204 posts categorized "Halakha"

January 2, 2015: Hanukkah Menorah Photographed Together With Snow A Desecration Of God's Name Due To Snow's Connection To Christmas, Haredi Letter-Writer Says
Comments: 41 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Religion
A letter-writer complains to Toys-4-U, a haredi-owned toy store in Lakewood, New Jersey, that its brochure showing a Hanukkah menorah with snow might be a desecration of God's name, because snow is a symbol of "that holiday of the goyyim"...

December 23, 2014: Answering The Beit Yosef's Famous Hanukkah Question
Comments: 44 | Categories: Halakha , History
Rabbi Yosef Karo, the author of the Shulkhan Arukh, wrote an earlier work called the Beit Yosef, and is often referred to by its title. Karo asked a question several Rishonim (leading medieval rabbis) asked before him and other leading...

November 27, 2014: Should You Celebrate Thanksgiving? According To Haredi Rabbis, Probably Not
Comments: 20 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim
Many haredi rabbis forbid or discourage the celebration of Thanksgiving and some even prohibit eating turkey on Thanksgiving because eating it makes it look as if the eater is celebrating the holiday – even if he's only eating a turkey...

November 20, 2014: Bring Guns To Synagogue On Shabbat, Leading Sefardi Haredi Rabbi Rules
Comments: 26 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim , Terrorism
Rabbi David Yosef – one of the four members of Sefardi haredi Shas Party’s Council of Torah Sages and a son of its late head, Shas Party founder Rabbi Ovadia Yosef – ruled today that everyone with a valid gun...

November 13, 2014: Rabbis Steinman And Kanievsky To Haredi Schools: Don’t Teach Secular Studies, Pull Out Of Government Funding Program, Don't Pollute Children's Minds
Comments: 26 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Halakha , Israel , Religion
"We must stand as a bulwark not change an inch…God forbid, do not be tempted…there's no instruction to permit [joining the state’s haredi educational framework which requires teaching secular studies] at all, and those who have joined already must break...

November 12, 2014: Top Sefardi Haredi Rabbis Overrule Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Ban Israeli Produce During Shmita Causing Firestorm
Comments: 2 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Israel , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal
“People with vested interests, who have mehadrin [stringent] kashrut-licensing businesses whose only purpose is to squeeze money out of the weakest members of our community, charge twice or three times the value [for the imported produce]. The propaganda against heter...

October 12, 2014: Jewish Law Was Cited As A Defense During President Clinton’s Lewinsky Scandal
Comments: 63 | Categories: Halakha , History , Rabbis & Sex , Religion
An email sent to Hillary Clinton’s domestic-policy adviser Ruby Shamir during the Monica Lewinsky scandal in 1999 cites Jewish law as a defense for Clinton’s husband’s sexual encounter with Lewinsky in the Oval Office of the White House. Above: Monica...

September 24, 2014: How Big Are Your Esrogs?
Comments: 16 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Israel
Yemenite-custom etrogs are very, very large – the larger the better. Non-hasidic haredi #2 Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky is apparently accustomed to using many different types of etrogim on Sukkot in order to cover all the different halakhic opinions and customs,...

September 19, 2014: IDF Partially Adopts Haredi Rabbinic Opinion, Shocking Many
Comments: 9 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal
In what is being called a precedent-setting decision, the IDF has decided to largely adhere to haredi stringencies for the shmitta (sabbatical) year, drawing sharp criticism from of Israeli farmers, most of whom, unlike haredim, have actually served in the...

September 1, 2014: In Honor Of Labor Day…
Comments: 3 | Categories: Halakha
In honor of Labor Day, here's a booklet explaining labor rights according to halakha – at least as the halakha was normatively understood before certain groups exploited it. Left click to download or right click to open in a new...

August 15, 2014: The Myth Of The Temple Menorah And The Vatican Exposed By Leading National Newspaper – With The Help Of YU Professor, Class
Comments: 22 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , History , Israel , MO & Chardal
The menorah – the size of a human being and made of solid gold – is purportedly being held captive in the bowels of the Vatican, many Orthodox and haredi rabbis believe. But is this true? The Arch of Titus...

July 23, 2014: IDF Can Indiscriminately Carpet Bomb Gaza To “Exterminate The Enemy,” Senior Zionist Orthodox Rabbi Rules
Comments: 26 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Halakha , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Terrorism
A well-known right wing rabbi with a notorious racist background has ruled that Israel may carpetbomb Gaza and completely destroy it if it wants to, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians if it so chooses. Above: Rabbi Dov Lior IDF...

April 3, 2014: The Forgotten Method of Eating Matzah
Comments: 13 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , History , Religion
You are about to learn the 'best' method of eating your matzoh according to Jewish law as interpreted by haredi (and, to be fair, some 'centrist' Orthodox) rabbis. And in the process you will learn why the Jewish law these...

March 27, 2014: Haredim, Halakha & Sex: "It Is Better To Be Killed Than To Shake The Hand Of A Woman"
Comments: 32 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Rabbis & Sex , Women & Judaism
"…In the business world a handshake is considered the standard greeting for both men and women. Since one is not allowed to touch a woman as an expression of affection, a question arises if shaking hands with a woman in...

February 26, 2014: Haredi Rabbis Rule That A Tax Cheat Can Still Write A Kosher Sefer Torah And Can Be Trusted As A Witness In A Haredi Religious Court
Comments: 11 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Halakha , Haredim
The rabbis ruled that a sofer (scribe) who illegally evades paying VAT or other taxes or is a known cheat in other ways is not disqualified from writing kosher Torah scrolls, tefillin, mezzuzahs and megillahs. Additionally, his halakhic trustworthiness is...

February 10, 2014: YU's Rabbi Hershal Schachter Comes Out Against Women Wearing Tefillin
Comments: 26 | Categories: Halakha , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
The rosh yeshiva (dean) of Yeshiva University's rabbinical school opposes women wearing tefillin (phylacteries), not because the Torah forbids it (it does not) but because, essentially, women didn't ask permission first and non-Orthodox women do it. "…We are headed for...

December 17, 2013: A Fearful Halakhic Decision Causes Zionist Orthodox Rabbi To Pause – Should He Do It?
Comments: 31 | Categories: Halakha , Israel , MO & Chardal
A leading Zionist Orthodox rabbi is caught in the storm in freezing temperatures on Shabbat, and his power – and heat – shuts off. But it isn't a widespread power outage. Instead, it's only a breaker in his building and...

December 10, 2013: Don’t Take Donations From Known Criminals (Most Of The Time) Rabbis Say
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Halakha , Israel , MO & Chardal
A group of Zionist Orthodox rabbis and dayanim (rabbi-judges in the Zionist Orthodox-haredi state rabbinic court system) have ruled that it is often – but surprisingly not always – forbidden to accept charity donations given by a known criminal. Don’t...

October 20, 2013: 61 Years Ago Today The Prime Minister Of Israel Came Begging A Haredi Rabbi For Sanity, But The Haredi Rabbi Refused
Comments: 18 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Israel
“Two camels meet on a path, and one of the camels is weighed down with a load, and the other camel is not, the one not carrying the burden must give way to the one who is.” The moral of...

June 17, 2013: OU Misrepresents Haredi Leader's Ruling On Child Sexual Abuse
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Halakha , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
What this OU author has done is, in effect, endorse Agudath Israel of America's false position that Rabbi Elyashiv held that all allegations of child sexual abuse must be filtered through senior haredi rabbis before police are notified, and only...

April 23, 2013: Can A Synagogue Give A Known Pimp An Aliya?
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Halakha , Haredim , Sefardim
Can a synagogue give a Torah honor to a known pimp? This question was asked of a gadol, leading haredi rabbi, and was answered. The answer may surprise you. Can a synagogue give a Torah honor to a known pimp?...

April 15, 2013: Haredi Man In Bag On Plane Says Rabbi Told Him To Do It
Comments: 45 | Categories: BTs , Halakha , Haredim , Israel , Religion
"I have known him for 25 years now. He is a retired lieutenant colonel who served in senior and classified positions in the Israel Air Force. Before Passover he flew to Israel, and because of a change in the flight...

March 14, 2013: Senior YU Rabbi Says He Didn't Try To Stop Child Sex Abuse At YU's High School Because He Could Not Be Sure Allegations Met Halakhic Threshold For Truth
Comments: 73 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Halakha , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Speaking at a rabbinical conference in London, England, Rabbi Hershel Schachter, the rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva University's rabbinical school, says every community should have a board of Jewish yeshiva scholars who are also psychologists. That board should screen allegation of...

March 14, 2013: 15 Babies Die Every Year In NYC From Metzitzah B'Peh Herpes, Hospitals Cover Up Deaths Leading YU Rabbi Claims
Comments: 51 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Halakha , Haredim , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
Speaking at a rabbinical conference in London, England, Rabbi Hershel Schachter, the rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva University's rabbinical school, claims 15 Jewish babies die every year in the New York City area from herpes transmitted by the haredi circumcision direct...

March 7, 2013: Could A Plague Of Near-Biblical Proportion Ease Poor Israelis Hunger Pangs?
Comments: 20 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , Sefardim
As locusts descend on Southern Israel, controversy erupts over whether or not the winged pests are kosher to eat. Above right: A file photo of one type of locust used for illustrative purposes only Could A Plague Of Near-Biblical Proportion...

February 3, 2013: Is Football Kosher?
Comments: 36 | Categories: Halakha , Med-Ethics
Some rabbis ruled that boxing, because of it's high risk of serious injury including brain damage, was forbidden. But to my knowledge, no rabbi has ruled that American football is forbidden – even though the evidence that a high percentage...

December 27, 2012: When Is A Woman Like A Valued Pot?
Comments: 31 | Categories: Halakha , Women & Judaism
When she is governed by Jewish law – especially when that Jewish law is administered by haredim. The translation below was made by Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn. I added all the material in square brackets [ ], added some punctuation, changed...

December 27, 2012: No Representation, No Votes: Haredi Women Threaten Not To Vote For Haredi Parties That Refuse To Put Women On Their Knesset Lists
Comments: 12 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
A group of haredi women insist that haredi political parties and rabbinical leaders are intentionally "misleading the public" by claiming that Jewish law forbids women from running for public office and serving in Israel’s parliament, the Knesset. Rabbi Dov Halbertal:...

December 27, 2012: In A First For Israel, State Rabbinic Court Denies Woman Alimony Based On Alleged Lesbian Affair
Comments: 19 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Lesbian relationships are forbidden under Jewish law but generally bear no punishment and are not viewed as severe violations, unlike homosexual sex or heterosexual marital infidelity, which both carry severe punishments. Even so, the rabbis equated the purported affair with...

December 11, 2012: Chabad's Hanukkah Heresy
Comments: 69 | Categories: Chabad , Halakha , Hanukkah , History
Chabad's rabbis again show that ignorance is not only bliss in Crown Heights – it's the new halakha, too. First, a little historical background. All of the hundreds of ancient images of menorahs ever found look roughly like the menorah...

November 16, 2012: Is This Any Way To Treat The Poor?
Comments: 56 | Categories: Halakha , Hessed , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
"…Jews believe in charity, but primarily as a private endeavor. The tithing obligation, or the dispensing of gifts to the poor in Biblical times (maasrot, leket, shikcha, pe’ah – known collectively as matnot aniyim, gifts to the poor), are all...

November 14, 2012: New High Tech Doors Trouble Haredi Rabbis
Comments: 50 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Israel
Two senior haredi poskim, decisors of Jewish law, Rabbis Shmuel HaLevi Wosner and Nissim Karelitz, the first hasidic and the second non-hasidic, have ruled that a new type of self-locking doors are problematic and should be avoided – but not...

October 3, 2012: A Jewish History Of Sleep
Comments: 25 | Categories: Halakha , History , Rabbis & Sex
How the way humans used to sleep impacted the history of Jewish prayer. Updated at 1:16 am CDT 10-4-2012 David K. Randall writes in the New York Times: …One of the first signs that the emphasis on a straight eight-hour...

September 30, 2012: Haredi Rabbis Ban Candle Lighting In Sukkahs
Comments: 32 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim
Lighting candles in a sukkah is a very unsafe practice, unless someone is going to be awake and watching over them at all times, and is prepared to put out a fire if the candles start one. Haredi rabbis have...

September 25, 2012: Hasidim Getting Through The Yom Kippur Fast – With An IV Drip
Comments: 79 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Insanity , Med-Ethics
Hasidim who are too sick or too frail to safely fast are increasingly getting hooked up to IV drips on Yom Kippur in order to keep the 'fast' – even though doing so is arguably a violation of halakha, Jewish...

August 23, 2012: Is It Permissible To Cut The Social Safety Net Because, As Paul Ryan Claims, We “Can’t Afford” It Anymore?
Comments: 101 | Categories: Halakha , Poverty & Homelessness
Among the arguments made by Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan to support his plan to cut the social safety net for America’s poor and working poor is that America just can’t afford these social programs anymore. They cost too...

August 22, 2012: Is Judaism Pro-Life Or Pro-Choice?
Comments: 104 | Categories: Halakha , Women & Judaism
Does Judaism ban all abortions? No. Does it allow abortions to protect the life of the mother? No.Judaism MANDATES that abortion be done if it necessary to protect the mother's life. Should a woman who has been raped be allowed...

August 5, 2012: Ladies And Gentlemen, Your Problems Are Solved: Introducing "Kosher" Diapers
Comments: 61 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim
"The use of pampers on Shabbos and Yom Tov has always been a cause of grave concern for חשש of מלאכת שבת when opening and closing the adhesive tapes. Currently there is an innovative new development in the world of...

July 29, 2012: Should You Really Be Fasting In This Heat?
Comments: 38 | Categories: Halakha , Med-Ethics
Is it safe for you to fast when the temperatures have been so high in most of the US for so much of the summer? The answer may surprise you. Three weeks ago, I wrote a post about the dangers...

July 8, 2012: Health Alert Regarding Fasting And Heat
Comments: 45 | Categories: Halakha , Med-Ethics
Halakha may forbid you from fasting – and you might not even know it. Today is one of several annual minor fasts that commemorate incidents that eventually led to the destruction of the First Temple (a.k.a., Solomon’s Temple, the Jerusalem...

June 29, 2012: Modern Orthodox Lies
Comments: 75 | Categories: Ethics , Halakha , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
Rabbi Shlomo Brody, a Harvard grad who is the online editor of the Modern Orthodox journal Tradition and a teacher at Yeshivat Hakotel in Jerusalem, lies about Jewish law's position on breaking Shabbat law in order to save the life...

June 25, 2012: When Orthodox Jews Don’t Know The Halakha They Seek To Follow…
Comments: 90 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
A tow-truck driver delivered a Jewish baby yesterday when the baby’s father, an Orthodox Jew, wouldn’t touch his wife for "religious reasons" and instead stood on an East Harlem street and tried to flag down passing drivers. The New York...

May 20, 2012: As Abuse Scandal Widens, A Defense Of Chabad
Comments: 54 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Halakha , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
While he did not defend Rabbi Groner's alleged actions, Aron told Haaretz: "It's a great shame his legacy is being besmirched in this way. It was a different era back then. In those days he thought that sending him [the...

April 6, 2012: Passover Hasidic OCD Syndrome
Comments: 31 | Categories: Chabad , Halakha , Haredim , Israel
"Everything is hametz. A matza has been forgotten for a moment on the table? Hametz! Haroset with wine in korekh [the so-called "Hillel sandwich" of matza, bitter herbs and haroset eaten during the seder]? Hametz! Very strictly kosher for Passover...

March 21, 2012: Don't Stop Praying When Missile Alert Siren Sounds, Haredi Rabbi Says
Comments: 68 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics
"The halacha rules that if a snake is wrapped around a man's heels while he is reciting the Shemoneh Esrei prayer, he mustn't move. Yet if a scorpion is wrapped around his heels – he must run, for a scorpion...

March 6, 2012: NY Times Discovers Shabbat Elevators
Comments: 22 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion
The Times discovers Shabbat elevators exist, but incorrectly thinks the reason regular elevators are prohibited on Shabbat is because they make sparks or fire. The New York Times discovers Shabbat elevators, but gets the reason why regular elevators are (for...

February 28, 2012: Modern Orthodox Rabbis And Women Scholars Join To Decide Halakha For Women
Comments: 23 | Categories: Halakha , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
Beit Hillel was formed to counter the increasingly hard line that rabbis in the religious Zionist community are taking against women in official religious roles. The group’s formation paves the way for Jewish legal positions formulated by women to be...

February 20, 2012: With A Beard And A Shtreimel, Santorum Would Be The Perfect Israeli Haredi Politician
Comments: 19 | Categories: Current Affairs , Halakha , Religion
What saves America from the imposition of religious edicts in the public sphere is its two-party, winner take all political system. Imagine, though, that America also had a proportional system, with a staunchly social-democratic and dovish Democratic Party on the...

February 17, 2012: Israel Changes Organ Transplant Policy To Exclude Haredim And Others Who Refuse To Donate Organs
Comments: 77 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics
In 2005, he had two ultra-Orthodox, Haredi Jewish patients on his ward who were awaiting heart transplants. The patients confided in him that they would never consider donating organs, in accordance with Haredi Jewish beliefs, but that they had absolutely...

February 13, 2012: Worms In Canned Fish Found Kosher By DNA Anaysis
Comments: 18 | Categories: Halakha , Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal
Are the worms now found in many canned sardines kosher? Can the sardines be eaten as is? DNA has provided the answer. The OU brought samples of canned sardines to a parasitologist at the American Museum of Natural History to...


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