388 posts categorized "Bans & Censorship"

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: 43 | 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: 21 | 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...

October 1, 2013: Gur Rebbe Forbids Men To Dance On Simchat Torah With Their Little Children On Their Shoulders, Allegedly Because It May Be Sexually Arousing For The Men
Comments: 17 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Rabbis & Sex
On the day before Simchat Torah, Gur (also known as Ger or Gerrer) hasidim were told that adults would no longer be allowed to dance with little children on their shoulders – even their own little children – to avoid...

September 24, 2013: Bobov Bans Women From Entering Sukkah
Comments: 66 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Women & Judaism
The Bobov hasidic movement bans women from entering sukkah, apparently for 'modesty' reasons. This is a "holy camp," the sign says, and "it is strictly forbidden for women to enter the Sukkah at all times." This hasidic edict – which...

September 15, 2013: Haredi Rabbis Order Kosher Cellphone Providers To Block Numbers Of Rape Crisis And Suicide Prevention Hotlines
Comments: 9 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics , Women & Judaism
Providers of haredi-rabbi-endorsed 'kosher' cellphones have reportedly blocked the numbers of rape crisis and suicide prevention hotlines on the orders of haredi rabbis, leaving haredi women in a dangerous position and causing Israel's Ministry of Communications to demand answers. Cellphone...

September 13, 2013: Internet Goes Against God's Creation, Haredi Rabbi Insists
Comments: 48 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
Speaking at a haredi anti-Internet rally held Thursday in Modi'in Illit, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Ulman, the rosh yeshiva (dean) of Modi'in Illit's Beit Din (haredi religious court) asserted that the internet goes against what G-d created, and since the time...

September 3, 2013: Israel Orders Science Textbook Publishers To Remove Human Reproduction Information From Some Zionist Orthodox School Textbooks
Comments: 8 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Israel , MO & Chardal
Publishers of Israeli science textbooks have been reportedly ordered by the government to remove content related to human reproduction and contraception in books used by students under the age of 15. Israel Orders Science Textbook Publishers To Remove Human Reproduction...

July 31, 2013: Anonymous Chabad Group Calls For Boycott Of Non-Chabad Talmud
Comments: 11 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Books , Chabad , Haredim , Israel
An anonymous letter purportedly from Chabad community activists and rabbis calling for a boycott of the Oz Vehadar Talmud and other books by Oz Vehadar has been published in Israel. Chabad dot info reports that an anonymous letter purportedly from...

July 23, 2013: Haredi Modesty Squad Bans Traditional Lifting Of Bride And Groom
Comments: 23 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel
Lifting the bride and groom up in the air and dancing around with them is a goyishe (non-Jewish) thing, a Jerusalem haredi modesty squad claims in a new pashkvil (poster). Lifting the bride and groom up in the air and...

July 17, 2013: Haredi Paper Allegedly Tells Mothers To Kill Or Maim Their Sons Who Use Smartphones
Comments: 28 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Insanity , Israel
Mothers - if your son refuses to stop using "evil devices" [computers, smartphones, etc.], you should ask the rabbi if it might be a good idea to kill him, or at least cut off a few fingers, or poke out...

July 16, 2013: No Movies On Tisha B'Av Warning Placed On RedBox Movie Machine
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim
A warning from a "Lomdische Concerned Yid" taped on a RedBox movie machine says, "It is not permitted to watch movies on Tisha b'Av!! We are watching and you will be reported to your yeshiva as well as to your...

July 16, 2013: iPhones Delay The Redemption, Store Receipt Tells Customers
Comments: 18 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel
"It is 1944 [sic] years since the destruction of our Temple. If you continue to use an iPhone, you delay its rebuilding." The Israeli news website Mako posted this receipt, allegedly from a Bnei Brak hardware store, Sunday afternoon. The...

July 16, 2013: Satmar Synagogue Bans Hebrew, "The Impure Language Of The Sectarian Heretics"
Comments: 32 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim
A Satmar synagogue bans worshippers from speaking in Hebrew – which it calls the "impure language of the minim [sectarian heretics]" – in the synagogue. [Via: BaOlam Shel Haredim.] Related articles Massive Anti-Israel Demonstration To Unite Warring Satmar Factions Pictures...

July 15, 2013: Video: Rabbi Tells The Barren And Infertile To Smash Their iPhones To Have Children
Comments: 28 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel
The latest segula (sign, good omen caused by man’s action) to have children is reportedly to “Smash your iPhone With Rabbi Lior Glazar.” Rabbi Tells The Barren And Infertile To Smash Their iPhones To Have Children Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com...

July 5, 2013: London Haredi Modesty Squad Bans All Contact With Former Haredim Who Publicly Question Haredi Doctrine
Comments: 22 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim
It is strictly forbidden by Torah law to have contact with or to the red or circulate the words or recordings of former haredim who question haredi doctrine, a London official haredi modesty squad tells London haredim. [Hat Tip: Nuchem...

July 5, 2013: “Take Revenge…Smash In Their Heads” Do Kiruv On Their Children, Candidate For Sefardi Chief Rabbi Said About Non-Orthodox Jews
Comments: 15 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Israel , MO & Chardal
Violent remarks against secular Jews made by potential Sefardi chief rabbi candidate Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu in 2005 in the aftermath Israel’s Disengagement from the Gaza Strip were summarily removed without notice or explanation from the Zionist Orthodox news website Kipa...

July 4, 2013: Egged Public Bus Company CEO: As Far As I’m Concerned, We’re A “Haredi Company” And As Such We Will Continue To Refuse To Post Ads Depicting Women, Girls, Men, Boys, Animals, Extinct Animals, Cartoon Figures And Space Aliens
Comments: 6 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
"…we function in Jerusalem as a haredi media company because the buses pass through haredi neighborhoods, and just as haredi media won't post an ad with a message that calls for opening businesses on Shabbat, and just as other media...

June 27, 2013: Israeli Bus Company Bans Space Alien Ads Due To Fears Of Haredi Violence
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Crime, etc. , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
The Egged Bus Company has again refused to allow ads it believes will offend haredi sensibilities to be posted on its Jerusalem buses and stations. Previously, the company banned any ads that depicted women or girls, no matter how young...

June 18, 2013: Haredi Gadol Bans Men's Wristwatches
Comments: 69 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky argues that men should not wear wristwatches because doing so violates the prohibition of lo yilbosh gever simlat isha (men should not wear women's type of clothing). Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky Yeshiva World reports: HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky...

June 16, 2013: Satmar Rabbis Ban Matzliach Magazine
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim
Satmar rabbis issue yet another ban, this time against Matzliach Magazine. Related articles Satmar Schools Send Anti-Draft, Anti-Israel Announcement Home With All Grade-School-Age Students Satmar's Williamsburg Faction Orders All Hasidim To Agree To Censorship Requirements Ordered By Its Leader; Those...

June 16, 2013: Satmar Attacks Business Conference For Haredim Over "Immodesty"
Comments: 11 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
The business conference, held last week, had at least one non-Jewish waitress wearing a pants suit, and what appears to be two women wearing a normal summer dresses who accompanied a speaker. Related Post: First Ever Business Conference For Haredim...

June 6, 2013: Satmar's Williamsburg Faction Orders All Hasidim To Agree To Censorship Requirements Ordered By Its Leader; Those Who Do Not Comply Will Be Expelled
Comments: 24 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
The Williamsburg Satmar Rebbe Rabbi Zalman Leib Teitelbaum has ordered immediate and complete compliance with new Internet and cellphone bans. Those hasidim who do not comply will be excommunicated from Satmar and their children will be expelled from Satmar schools....

June 4, 2013: Video: Satmar Anti-Internet Rally In Brooklyn
Comments: 34 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Blogs , Haredim , Web/Tech
Here's a brief video of Satmar's anti-Internet rally which took place in Brooklyn Sunday. Related articles "Bankrupt" Satmar Scammer And Federal Cooperating Witness Moses "Mark" Stern Rents Private Island For Posh 2 Week Vacation Haredi Soldiers Receive Death Threats From...

June 3, 2013: New Bobov Bans And Legal Maneuvering
Comments: 11 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Turf Disputes
Bobov 48 bans baby carriages on Shabbat because it holds the the Brooklyn eruv is not kosher, Bobov 45 bans smartphones, and Bobov Monsey's attempt to trademark the name Bobov in Canada to keep competing Bobov groups from using it...

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