435 posts categorized "Bans & Censorship"

April 24, 2015: Satmar Yeshiva Bans 2-Wheel Bikes
Comments: 42 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim
United Talmudical Academy "Torah V'Yirah" bans 2-wheel bikes. Please click to enlarge:

April 21, 2015: Belz Bans WhatsApp
Comments: 21 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
The Belz hasidic sect in Israel has banned the popular WhatsApp mobile messaging app. Please click to enlarge: [Hat Tip: The Lion.]

April 20, 2015: Jewish Leaders Want NY State To Ban MMA Over Gulf State's Partial Ownership
Comments: 17 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Israel , Jewish Leadership , Sports
A group of Jewish leaders wrote a letter addressed to “friends of the Jewish community.” The letter will be sent to New York State lawmakers and will be published as an ad in Jewish publications. The letter notes that the...

April 19, 2015: Satmar Yeshiva Bans Short Sleeve Shirts For All Boys Grade 3 And Older
Comments: 95 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim
A Satmar yeshiva has banned boys beginning in Grade 3 from wearing short sleeve shirts.

April 16, 2015: "Immodest" Lane Bryant Subway Ads Scheduled To Run For 3 Weeks, MTA Says, Rejecting Haredi Call For A Ban
Comments: 22 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Haredi New York City Councilman David Greenfield asked the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to remove Lane Bryant’s seminal #ImNoAngel ads from subway lines (the F train) that in part travel through the haredi neighborhoods of Borough Park and Midwood. The...

April 14, 2015: Haredim Want NYC Subways To Censor Lane Bryant Ad Meant To Empower Women
Comments: 40 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Haredi New York City Councilman David Greenfield has reportedly asked the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to remove Lane Bryant’s seminal #ImNoAngel ads from subway lines that travel through the haredi neighborhoods of Borough Park and Midwood. Above: David Greenfield Haredim...

April 6, 2015: Israeli City Bars Jews With Hametz From Entering Public Park
Comments: 69 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , Religion
A Tel Aviv family tried to enter a public park in the nearby city of Afula on Saturday, the first day of Passover. A city-funded security guard checked their bags for weapons and explosives, as is common in Israel –...

April 5, 2015: Haredi Father Of 7 Kids Killed In Horrific Brooklyn House Fire Says The Lesson To Be Learned From The Fire – Which Was Caused By A Shabbat Hotplate – Is…Jews Should Not Use The Internet Or Cellphones
Comments: 93 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Religion , Sefardim , Web/Tech
"…Our generation is tested with many types of trials, but the greatest of which, as declared by our great leaders to be the greatest trial that ever existed since the beginning of time, the trial of technology and the internet....

March 29, 2015: Haredi Modesty Squad Mashgiach Bans Ad Showing 2-Year-Old Girl’s Clothed Ankles And Feet
Comments: 44 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Two local haredi newspapers in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh refused to publish an ad for a stocking shop that showed the shod feet and clothed ankles and shins of a two-year-old girl. Above and below: the banned ad...

February 27, 2015: Israel Medical Association Billboard Banned In Jerusalem Because Of Haredi Objections To Photo – Of Elderly Woman
Comments: 10 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
The Deal Tov billboard company refused to publish the billboards, which included a photo of an elderly women, reportedly telling the IMA that the Jerusalem Municipality bans the publication of women's pictures on billboards and posters in “a haredi area"...

February 18, 2015: Lipa Schmeltzer Explains Why He Decided To Get Married – And Why He Later Decided To Go To College Without Permission From His Rabbis
Comments: 34 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Music
“When it was time to get married, it was an arranged marriage, took twenty minutes to meet my wife,” he explained. “I had no idea what marriage was all about. All I wanted was a car, and you couldn’t drive...

February 12, 2015: Haredi Matzoh Bakery Threatens To Fire, Fine Any Workers Who Have Smartphones
Comments: 11 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Web/Tech
Get caught with a "non-kosher" smartphone or cellphone and your job baking high-end Passover matzoh may be over. Haredi Matzoh Bakery Threatens To Fire, Fine Any Workers Who Have Smartphones Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Many haredi yeshiva students make extra...

February 1, 2015: Israeli Chief Rabbi Proudly Destroys Smartphone Of Unwilling Yeshiva Student
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim , Web/Tech
Israel’s Sefardi haredi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef lashed out at smartphones Saturday night and told a story about personally destroying an unwilling yeshiva student’s smartphone. Above: Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef Israeli Chief Rabbi Proudly Destroys Smartphone Of Unwilling Yeshiva Student Shmarya...

January 19, 2015: Internet Mashgiachs Wanted
Comments: 48 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
Haredi classified ad for two Internet mashgiachs - men paid to sit in a person's office to help make sure that person does not use his Internet access for pornography or other forbidden things like blogs. Presumably the half hour...

January 16, 2015: They Banned The Internet But Now Have An Official Website
Comments: 9 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
Many of Agudath Israel's top rabbis banned the Internet, smartphones and home computers (some allow these but only for very restricted use by adults who have pressing business needs, and only when haredi-rabbi-approved modesty filers are installed). But now for...

January 12, 2015: Haredi Newspaper Censors Female World Leaders From Iconic Paris Unity March Photo
Comments: 43 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Media & Media Criticism , Women & Judaism
The Israeli haredi daily HaMevasser photoshopped an iconic photo of yesterday's Paris unity march, removing female world leaders from the photograph. Walla! News was the first to detect and report the photoshopping. Mediaite then picked up the Walla! story. All...

January 2, 2015: Video: Hasidim Protest Outside Verizon Store In Satmar Hasidic Village
Comments: 30 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
Members of a local modesty squad protest outside a Verizon Wireless store in the upstate New York Satmar hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel. Why? Cellphones destroy children and ruin their Yiddishe neshamas (Jewish souls).

December 12, 2014: Haredi Publisher Artscroll Censors Bible Commentary Of Leading Medieval Rabbi
Comments: 29 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Books , Haredim
Rashbam (Troyes, France c. 1085 CE to c. 1158 CE), Rashi's grandson, was a major Rishon (medieval rabbi). But he wrote some things his Torah commentary that the haredi censors at Artscroll (Mesorah Publications) didn't like. So Artscroll did something...

December 11, 2014: Ashkenazi Haredi Community Allegedly Harasses, Bullies Sefardi Family, Forces Them To Flee City
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
The Ashkenazi haredi grammar school Talmud Torah Zichron Gavriel in Zichron Yaakov reopened Wednesday – but without the two Sefardi boys who had earlier been denied admission and then, once finally admitted, were harassed and bullied. The absence of the...

November 23, 2014: "iSof" – The Biblical Villain Esav –Equals The iPhone, Haredi Paskvil Says
Comments: 22 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
"iSof" – i.e., Esav or (Esau), the biblical villain who, according to rabbinic texts hated his brother Yitzhak (Isaac) – is equivalent to the (evil) iPhone, haredi poster says. Originally published at 11:06 pm CST 11-22-2014 Odd timing, when a...

November 22, 2014: Haredi Synagogue Hit By Terror Attack Had Cellphone-Blocking Device, Slowing Down Police Response
Comments: 47 | Categories: Antisemitism , Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Terrorism , Web/Tech
A reason it took police so long to respond to the attack – 11 minutes, by some accounts – and likely a reason the death toll was as high as it was is because haredi rabbis had installed a device...

November 15, 2014: Kiryas Joel Journal Blots Out Faces Of 'Evil' Non-Jewish Cops
Comments: 27 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Extreme Sniut , Haredim
The photo was taken at a press conference and the faces and names of these law enforcement officers are publicly known. But the Satmar hasidic Kiryas Joel Journal, Kiryas Joel's Yiddish-language newspaper, blotted out their faces yesterday, apparently so hasidim...

November 3, 2014: Hasidic Modesty Squad Warns Hasidim To Stay Inside During The "Dirty" Marathon
Comments: 40 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
A hasidic modesty squad in Williamsburg, Brooklyn warned hasidim to stay inside during the "dirty" New York Marathon this past weekend so they would not see 'impure' 'immodestly dressed' 'dirty' runners. Please click to enlarge:

October 22, 2014: If You Or Your Son Follow Professional Sports, Your Son Might Be Barred From This Yeshiva
Comments: 37 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim
"Do you or your son follow professional sports teams?" If you answer yes, your child may not be admitted to Yeshiva Jesode Hatorah Of Boro Park (Vien yeshiva), located at 1350 50th St, Brooklyn, NY - 11219 - 3501 near...

October 14, 2014: Main Bobov Hasidic Faction Bans Every Jew Who Has An Internet-Enabled Cellphone From Its "Holy" Sukkah
Comments: 27 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Web/Tech
Any Jew with an Internet-enabled cellphone is banned from entering the sukkah of the Bobov 48 hasidic sect – even if the phone is turned off. Meanwhile, the rival Bobov faction banned all women from entering its sukkah – just...

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, Public Health
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, Litigation, 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, Litigation, 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...

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