410 posts categorized "Bans & Censorship"

September 18, 2014: God Might Kill You Over Your "Impure" Cellphone, Leading Haredi Rabbi Says
Comments: 21 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
Without any doubt, holding an impure cellphone in your hands – behold, this is a great danger [for your soul when] the Day of Judgement [Rosh Hashana comes], #2 Ashkenazi haredi Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky says. Please click to enlarge: [Hat...

September 13, 2014: City Of Jerusalem Blots Out Lady Gaga Concert Posters
Comments: 21 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Music , Women & Judaism
Billboards promoting tonight’s Lady Gaga concert in Tel Aviv were plastered over last week with large white stickers in Jerusalem after a city councilman from the Sefardi haredi Shas Party, Nati Lasri, complained the billboards were " abominations" and “immodest.”...

August 31, 2014: Orthodox Rabbi Refuses To Reverse Excommunication Of World Famous Philosopher Because Judaism Does Not Recognize Freedom Of Speech
Comments: 30 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion , Sefardim , Skepticism , Skepticism & Former Haredim
“The moment we rescind the herem, even if we could, it would imply that we share his heretic views…How on earth can we even consider to remove the herem from a person with such preposterous ideas, where he was tearing...

August 29, 2014: What Killed Haredi Yeshiva Student Aaron Sofer? Likely That He Did Not Own A Cellphone
Comments: 63 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics
What killed Aaron Sofer might have been two things – inadequate preparation to hike though the forest, which is smaller than New York City’s Central Park but more rugged, and the lack of a cellphone. Above: Aarob Sofer, a"h What...

August 15, 2014: Israeli Human Rights Organization Tossed Off National Civilian Service Program For Its Support Of Gaza Civilians
Comments: 3 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Israel , Terrorism
The controversial Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories has been booted out of Israel’s state-run civilian national service volunteer program because it acted “against the state and its soldiers.” Israeli...

August 13, 2014: Pupa Hasidic Group Warns Parents: Send Your Kids To Our Summer Camps, Or Else
Comments: 29 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
The Pupa hasidic movement warned parents of children who attend Pupa schools that they must send their children to Pupa summer camps. If they do not, Pupa will not guarantee the children will be readmitted to Pupa schools in the...

August 11, 2014: Controversial Orthodox IDF Brigade Commander Bans Popular Female Pop Star From Performing For Troops
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
The controversial Orthodox commander of an Israeli army infantry brigade refused to allow a top female Israeli pop star to sing for his troops because he was afraid it would insult a minority of those soldiers who are Orthodox. Above:...

August 6, 2014: Picture: Haredi Store Censors Huggies Toddler Swim Pants Diaper Packages
Comments: 42 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
A haredi store in Monsey has stickered over the pictures on Huggies Little Swimmers packages. This is far from the first time haredim have censored pictures of toddlers and babies, but unlike what many people on social media mistakenly think,...

August 3, 2014: Satmar Shul Poster: Non-Kosher Cellphones Equal Hamas Rockets
Comments: 29 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Terrorism
A poster seen hanging in a Satmar shuls equates non-kosher cellphones to Hamas rockets. An abridged translation made by the source who sent me the poster (and edited by me): The cellphone doesn't stop attacking our lives just like [Hamas]...

August 1, 2014: Haredi Journalist Calls For Genocide Against Gaza Palestinians
Comments: 24 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Chabad , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Terrorism
Yochanan Gordon, the son of 5 Towns Jewish Times publisher Larry Gordon and the grandson of the late Chabad journalist Nison Gordon, published a column today arguing that the right thing to do to bring Israel stability and peace is...

July 24, 2014: Facebook Removes Pages Of Racist Israeli Group And Former Extreme Right Wing MK
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Israel , MO & Chardal
Facebook has removed the page of the far right wing racist and neo-Kahanist group Lehava and the personal page belonging to former MK Michael Ben Ari. Above: Michael Ben Ari Facebook Removes Pages Of Racist Israeli Group And Former Extreme...

July 1, 2014: Skvere Hasidim CENSOR The Torah
Comments: 27 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Books , Haredim , Rabbis & Sex , Women & Judaism
Skvere hasidim from New Square, New York have published a CENSORED Chumash (FIve Books of Moses; the Torah; the first 5 books of the Hebrew Bible) for girls that removes the first two pashiyot – perhaps because they deal with...

June 29, 2014: Bobov Bans Summer Campers From Having Cellphones
Comments: 26 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Child Safety , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
The Bobov hasidic movement in Brooklyn has banned all summer camp children from having any type of cellphone – even ones without Internet access. Any child found with a cellphone will be kicked out of camp. For students who need...

June 23, 2014: Brooklyn Synagogue Of Rabbi Behind Many Bans About To Close
Comments: 26 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim
Rabbi Avrohom Schorr, who forced Lipa Schmeltzer's BIG EVENT concert to be cancelled and has led many of the other bans in the haredi world, may no longer have a synagogue. His Flatbush shul and powerbase is apparently about to...

June 1, 2014: Satmar Shuls Launch Patrols To Check For Unfiltered Smartphones, Expel Owners
Comments: 16 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
Satmar synagogues in Brooklyn have launched a coordinated effort to launch modesty patrols to check smart phones belonging to hasidim. If the phones are not properly filtered, the hasidim will be expelled from the synagogue. Participation from hasidim coming to...

May 20, 2014: Rabbi Natan Slifkin's Very Disingenuous Explanation
Comments: 29 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal
In a new post today, Rabbi Natan Slifkin tries to explain why he deleted posts about Rabbi Nissan Kaplan, a haredi rabbi from the largest haredi yeshiva in the world, Mir in Jerusalem, who said that haredi leader Rabbi Aharon...

May 19, 2014: Video: Haredi Rabbi Burns iPhones, Tablet Computers In Lag Ba'Omer Bonfire As A "Korban"
Comments: 10 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
A haredi rabbi burned iPhones and tablet computers in a Lag Ba'Omer bonfire as a cheering haredi crowd watched.

May 19, 2014: HMO In Beit Shemesh Publishes Picture Of Every Doctor On Staff – Except For Its Only Female Doctor – In Order To Appease Haredim
Comments: 3 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Reform Rabbi Uri Regev, an attorney who heads Hiddush, a nonprofit that fights for freedom of and from religion in Israel, called for Health Minister Yael German to "issue regulations which will impose deterring fines on HMOs and other health...

May 15, 2014: Satmar Newspaper Blots Out Woman In Picture Of President Obama And Satmar Leaders
Comments: 19 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Der Blatt, the Yiddish-language newspaper controlled by the Aharonite Satmar faction, blots out the image of a woman in a photo of President Obama talking to Satmar leaders, including the mayor of Kiryas Joel. This was at the Tappan Zee...

May 13, 2014: Skvere Hasidic Yeshiva Bans – Plastic Framed Eyeglasses
Comments: 27 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim
Another hasidic yeshiva, this one in New Square, has banned plastic framed eyeglasses. Please click to enlarge: Related: Most Previous Posts On Various Hasidic Yeshivas Eyeglasses Ban.

May 12, 2014: Video: Haredi Rabbi Holds Smartphone Smashing Ceremony
Comments: 27 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
Rabbi Lior Glazer smashes a smartphone and sings Yemach shemo!, may its name be wiped out, in front of a group of women in a haredi synagogue in Israel. Several Related Posts: Rabbi Lior Glazer Smashes iPhone, Rants. Video: Rabbi...

May 1, 2014: How Haredi Rabbis Helped Make The Holocaust Worse
Comments: 47 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , History
"The great struggle of most of Orthodoxy in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries against Zionism influenced all Orthodox thought and behavior. As late as 1937, with German Jewry already prostrate before Hitler’s madness and Germany already threatening Poland, the...

April 11, 2014: The New York Times On Hasidic Yeshivas "Woody Allen" Eyeglasses Bans
Comments: 8 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim
"…Last month, under the headline “Another Hasidic Yeshiva Bans Plastic-Framed Woody Allen-Style Glasses,” Mr. Rosenberg posted a letter apparently sent to parents of children at the yeshiva run by the Pupa Hasidic sect, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Because several students recently...

April 9, 2014: Haredim To Open Gender-Segregated Holocaust Museum
Comments: 51 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Chabad , Haredim , History , Media & Media Criticism , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
"…Asked how the museum could depict both women’s stories without offending ultra-Orthodox men, Reidel said that on days when ultra-Orthodox school groups visit the museum, they might have to make sure no images of the women are on display.…" The...

April 7, 2014: Cellphone Company’s Security Breach Could Out Haredim Using Smartphones In Defiance Of Rabbinic Ban
Comments: 6 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
A system developed by the popular Israeli cellular phone company Orange and left unsecured can be exploited to ferret out haredim who are using smartphones in defiance of the near-universal rabbinic ban against them. Cellphone Company’s Security Breach Could Out...

April 4, 2014: Williamsburg Modesty Committee Launched To Save Teenage Yeshiva Students From The Hell Caused By…Smartphones
Comments: 22 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
"Due to the fact that during bein ha-zemanim [the yeshiva vacation period that begins before Passover], the Satan is very active in spreading cellphones to bucherim [male teens], and through this he can destroy them for the rest of their...

March 24, 2014: Matzoh Factory Bans Smartphone Users
Comments: 8 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
A haredi matzoh bakery, Aronshtein Matzohs, bans smartphone users from baking matzoh.

March 19, 2014: Another Hasidic Yeshiva Bans Plastic-Framed Woody Allen-Style Eyeglasses
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim
The Pupa yeshiva in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has now banned children from wearing Woody Allen-style plastic frame glasses because those glasses are now in fashion among non-Jews. The rabbis have banned anyone wearing them from entering the yeshiva. Please click to...

March 16, 2014: Williamsburg Shul Holds iPhone Smashing Ceremony To Blot Out Amalek
Comments: 18 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
A synagogue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn held an iPhone smashing ceremony to "blot out the memory of Amalek," the villain of the biblical Book of Esther. Please click to enlarge:

March 11, 2014: Prominent Lakewood Haredi Rabbis Call For A Ban On Haredi Children's Video
Comments: 44 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Film , Haredim
Prominent Lakewood haredi rabbis are calling for a ban on Megillas Lester, a new haredi children's video that has been well-received by haredim, because the video supposedly "profanes and embarrasses the holy." Update 4:18 pm CDT – Artscroll has pulled...

February 17, 2014: Satmar Aharon Faction Officially Bans Girls Who Wear Makeup
Comments: 19 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
The Satmar Aharon faction has now officially banned girls who wear makeup, even at weddings or engagement parties. Any girl who violates this ban will be thrown out of school. Rabbi Aharon Teitelbaum As I first reported eight days ago,...

February 12, 2014: Haredim Ban IDF Soldier Purim Costumes
Comments: 18 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel
Haredim: Do not wear IDF uniforms as Purim costumes. So says a new decree reportedly issued by Rabbi Mordechai Blau, the head of the haredi Guardians of Sanctity and Education, banning the once-popular custom that saw haredim, primarily children, donning...

February 11, 2014: Haredim Protest Against Natalie Portman
Comments: 23 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Portman began filming the film adaptation of noted Israeli author Amos Oz's "A Tale of Love and Darkness" in Jerusalem today – and haredim have already begun to whine about it. Natalie Portman Last correction 11:59 am CST Haredim Protest...

February 6, 2014: Israel's Haredi Chief Rabbinate Fails To Sign Deal With The RCA
Comments: 4 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
As it has done previously in related issues, Israel's haredi-controlled chief rabbinate has reneged (at least temporarily) on a deal it struck and was supposed to sign with the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA). The signing ceremony was supposed to...

February 2, 2014: New Haredi Poster Shows Lapid, Bennett Destroying Haredim From Without, Smartphones Destroying Them From Within
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
A new haredi pashkvil (wall poster) features a large cartoon depicting Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Religious Services Minister Naftali Bennett destroying the "Dwelling of Haredim" from without and haredim using smartphones destroying it from within. Please click to enlarge:...

January 26, 2014: Satmar Zalman Faction Issues Eyeglasses Ban And Eyeglasses Dress Code
Comments: 28 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Haredim
"…And though the truth is its extra to talk about this topic, because all our honorable parents seek the same way to continue raise generations of children with the truth of God and his holy Torah, and they stand and...

January 23, 2014: Ban: Ashkenazi Haredi Rabbis Across The Board Ban Haredi News Hotlines
Comments: 38 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel
Senior haredi rabbinic leaders from both the hasidic Agudat Israel Party and the non-hasidic Degel HaTorah Party issued a ban today on listening, operating or being interviewed by haredi news hotlines. Ashkenazi Haredi Rabbis Across The Board Ban Haredi News...

January 21, 2014: Vizhnitzer Rebbe Bans Haredi News Hotlines
Comments: 24 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel
The Vizhnitzer Rebbe Rabbi Yisroel Hager has banned haredi news hotlines because they corrupt hasidim. The ban is reportedly soon to be adopted by other hasidic courts in Israel. The Vizhnitzer Rebbe Rabbi Yisroel Hager Vizhnitzer Rebbe Bans Haredi News...

December 30, 2013: Vizhnitz Rebbe Bans Wedding Photographers
Comments: 22 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel
After spending the past month in Europe, the Bnei Brak Vizhnitzer rebbe issued a new regulation for his hasidim that takes effect on his return to Israel today. That regulation? No Vizhnitz weddings can have photographers if the rebbe is...

December 25, 2013: iPhones Make Mikvas Unkosher, Invalidate Weddings And Divorces, Leading Haredi Rabbi Rules
Comments: 35 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky says anyone who owns an iPhone or similar phone or device that has full internet capabilities is halakhicly considered damaged and is therefore forbidden to serve as a witness at a wedding or a divorce. If an...

December 3, 2013: New Hasidic Anti-Smartphone Ads Compare iPhones To The Evil Syrian-Greek Villains Of The Hanukkah Story
Comments: 25 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
Two new anti-smartphone ads: 1) The supposed slippery slope from an iPod to being "iSov," Esav, the evil brother of the biblical Jacob and 2) iphones are like the Greeks we fight against every Hanukkah. Here they are in reverse...

November 19, 2013: Banned In Beirut, Yours Free – If You Win
Comments: 16 | Categories: Antisemitism , Bans & Censorship , Film , Israel , Terrorism
Lebanon’s Interior Ministry banned the award-winning film The Attack last spring when it found out part of it was filmed in Israel using Israeli actors. Now you have a chance to get a copy of the film - for free....

November 3, 2013: Kiryas Joel Residents Barred From Checking Out Library Materials In 4 New York Counties
Comments: 21 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Books , Crime, etc. , Haredim
The New York State Board of Regents has approved an amendment to the Monroe Free Library’s charter thatexcludes the Satmar Village of Kiryas Joel from the library’s service area – meaning Kiryas Joel residents can no longer check out library...

October 16, 2013: Lakewood Women's Flesh Colored Stockings Ban
Comments: 16 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Lakewood haredi rabbis ban women's flesh colored stockings due to their presumed immodesty. Please click to enlarge:

October 15, 2013: Haredi All Female Modesty Squad Orders Clothing Stores To Follow Their Underwear Modesty Rules
Comments: 33 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
A haredi all-female modesty squad sent letters to all clothing stores in Beitar Illit that warns store owners that they must adhere to the following rules modesty rules pertaining to – lingerie. Please click to enlarge: A free translation of...

October 14, 2013: Religious Freedom Group Asks AG To Stop Haredi Rabbis From Allegedly Violating Election Law
Comments: 5 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
The religious freedom nonprofit organization Hiddush has reportedly sent a letter of protest to Israel’s attorney general, Yehuda Weinstein, after major Ashkenazi haredi rabbis announced their support for haredi Elad mayoral candidate Sruly Porush in a public proclamation warning haredim...

October 14, 2013: Hasidic Yeshiva Bans 4-Section And Colored Yarmulkes
Comments: 26 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim
Pupa hasidic yeshiva in Williamsburg bans 4-section yarmulkes. Students' yarmulkes must have 6 sections and must be completely black. No colored yarmulkes are allowed, and permitted yarmulkes must be soft and big enough to cover the entire head (i.e., cover...

October 14, 2013: Bobov Bans Smooth Leather Women's Clothes As Low Class And Non-Jewish
Comments: 21 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
"This style originates from the lowest of the [non-Jewish] peoples of the world and we cannot allow it to penetrate into our midst as it is so unbefitting for a Jewish daughter [to wear]." [Hat Tip: Seymour.] 4 Related Bobov...

October 9, 2013: Kosher Cellphone Companies Block Rape Crisis And Domestic Abuse Hotlines
Comments: 5 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Web/Tech , Women & Judaism
Sources in two of the large mobile providers note that the decision to block these numbers was made exclusively by the haredi Rabbinical Committee for Communications, which is responsible for certifying the so-called kosher phones as kosher. Ynet has finally...

October 1, 2013: A Death In The OTD Family: Who Wants To Be Buried Next To Her? Her Family Is Very Ashamed
Comments: 22 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Religion , Skepticism & Former Haredim
“Who wants to be buried next to this lady? It’s very difficult to know where to put her. I hear they called up the rabbonim in Israel and they told them the decision [to bury her outside New Square].…The family...

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