11,488 posts categorized "Haredim"

June 30, 2015: The Top Aide To The Late Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe And The Convicted Child Sex Abuser
Comments: 9 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion, Religion & State
The daughter of the Cleveland Alexander Rebbe is now engaged to marry the son of Rabbi Chaim Yakov Lebovits. Chaim Yakov Lebovits is the son of notorious haredi child sex abuser Rabbi Baruch Lebovits, and sure enough, the proud grandfather...

June 30, 2015: Breslov Leader May Be Extradited For Alleged Sex Crimes, Supreme Court Rules
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
The Supreme Court of the Netherlands rejected the appeal of Shuvu Banim Breslov hasidic leader Rabbi Eliezer Berland, removing the final impediment to his extradition to Israel, where Berland is wanted for questioning in a series of alleged sex attacks...

June 30, 2015: The Summer Of The Evil Eye Removers, Continued
Comments: 20 | Categories: Haredim , Religion, Religion & State
In yet another haredei evil eye removal claim this summer, advertising in a local haredi Catskills shopper publication Rabbi Avraham Level from Jerusalem has announced that he will remove the evil eye – for $50 per name, major credit cards...

June 30, 2015: Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag Resigns As Chief Rabbi Of Amsterdam
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Kosher Scandal
Ralbag has been a controversial figure in both the US and in Holland, where he has served as Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam for almost a decade. In 2012, members of the Amsterdam Jewish community wanted to remove Ralbag because of...

June 29, 2015: Report: NY Pol Who Actively Supports Hasids Bid For Medical Marijuana License Took Large Campaign Contributions From Them
Comments: 4 | Categories: Haredim
“Letters of support are not uncommon, and we have provided them for a large number of initiatives in hopes of bringing jobs to our community. We do an initial review and understand that there is a series of steps that...

June 29, 2015: Top Haredi Kabbalist Was Laundering Money For The Underworld, Senior Cop Says under Oath
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
Before his fall, Pinto was extremely close to many top Israeli politicians and businesspeople and built a net worth of tens of millions of dollars through ‘donations’ he received for his kabbalah-inspired advice, making his one of the top ten...

June 29, 2015: State Supreme Court Upholds Extended Statute Of Limitations For Child Sex Abuse
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
"Given the unique psychological and social factors that often result in delayed reporting of childhood sexual abuse, which frustrated the ability of victims to bring an action under earlier revisions of the statute of limitations, we cannot say that the...

June 29, 2015: Man With Knife Threatens To Kill Jews At Hasidic Kollel In LA
Comments: 2 | Categories: Antisemitism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim
A man entered Kollel Yechiel Yehuda in Los Angeles at about 7:30 am this morning during the morning prayers, pulled out a knife and brandished it while screaming he would kill the Jews. Above: Kollel Yechiel Yehuda Man With Knife...

June 29, 2015: In Yet Another Insensitive Step, Chabad Again Shows It Has Not Come To Grips With Its Child Sex Abuse Scandal
Comments: 4 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Today, Yud Beis Tammuz, there is additional motivation as the Rebbe encouraged everyone to donate to Mosdos connected to the Frierdike Rebbe on this day. Not only is your donation fully tax deductible, you are supporting the learning and spreading...

June 29, 2015: Modern Orthodox Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Gets 5-Year Job Extension, But Not Because Haredi Chief Rabbis Wanted To Give It To Him
Comments: 0 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Turf Disputes , Women & Judaism
After Israel’s haredi-controlled Chief Rabbinate tried to strip him of his job, primarily over his moderate views on conversion and over his liberal views on women’s public roles in Orthodox religious life, Modern Orthodox Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s tenure as chief...

June 29, 2015: Do Haredim Have A Child Safety Problem?
Comments: 46 | Categories: Child Safety , Editorials , Haredim , Israel
When rabbis start teaching safety and public health in all haredi schools (or better yet, bring in actual experts to teach these subjects and stand there with them as they do it, showing real interest and respect so the kids...

June 28, 2015: Gur Hasid Busted For Allegedly Operating Chain Of Illegal Sex Shops
Comments: 24 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health
The man allegedly operated an illegal network of "Kruvim" sex shops geared for haredim. The network allegedly had branches in Beitar Illit, Beit Shemesh, Bnei Brak, Netivot and other cities with large haredi populations. Gur Hasid Busted For Allegedly Operating...

June 28, 2015: Will Haredim Be Able To Accept US $10 Bills If A Woman's Face Is On Them? A Haredi Editor Speaks Out
Comments: 67 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Women & Judaism
The editor of Country Vues, a haredi newspaper in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York, was asked by a letter writer what haredim will do if a female face is put on the US $10 bill as planned. After...

June 28, 2015: 3 Employees Of Nursing Home Owned By Hasidim Who Seek Medical Marijuana License Arrested And Charged With Endangering The Welfare Of A Patient
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics
Three employees of the Peninsula Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Far Rockaway, Queens – which owned by Michael Melnicke and Leo Friedman, two prominent hasidim (Friedman is the son of Satmar powerbroker Moshe "Gabbai" Friedman) who are seeking a license...

June 28, 2015: Satmar Rebbe Teaches Grade School Students The Difference Between Jews And Non-Jews
Comments: 75 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State
Satmar Rebbe: "What if someone walks on the street in Kiryas Joel and he finds an item that someone else has lost, and what if someone walks on the street of Monroe – do you know that there’s a place...

June 28, 2015: 11-Year-Old Boy Dies In Fall From Roof Of Haredi Yeshiva
Comments: 17 | Categories: Child Safety , Haredim , Israel
The child, who had been playing on the roof, was in traumatic cardiac arrest when rescue personnel reached him and was pronounced dead at Shaare Tzedek Hospital. 11-Year-Old Boy Dies In Fall From Roof Of Haredi Yeshiva Shmarya Rosenberg •...

June 27, 2015: Satmar Hasidic Papers Owe Almost $1 Million In Unpaid Printing Bills, Lawsuits Claim
Comments: 22 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism
A copy of Der Blatt reportedly costs $3. Last Thursday's edition, which was reportedly jammed with full page ads, was 172 pages long. Satmar Hasidic Papers Owe Almost $1 Million In Unpaid Printing Bills, Lawsuits Claim Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com...

June 27, 2015: Hybrid Haredi Yeshiva That Combines Secular And Religious Studies Grows
Comments: 18 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
“In the mainstream haredi education system, boys get spoon-fed and spoiled. They don’t need to think for themselves, everything will come from state or from donors and they never need to think about their financial future. What we’re saying is...

June 26, 2015: A Jew With "Extraordinary Powers" Offers Healing And Salvation
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health
Rabbi Yechezkel, "a Yid with extraordinary powers," came to US from Israel to offer "refuot" [methods of healing] and "yeshuot" [salvations; i.e., to be saved from illness. I called the number, got voicemail identified only by the phone number (i.e.,...

June 26, 2015: NY State Schools Chancellor Merryl Tisch Calls On Haredi-Controlled School Board In Scandal-Plagued East Ramapo To Fire District’s School’s Superintendent
Comments: 12 | Categories: Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Turf Disputes
“It’s time for the board of East Ramapo to stop living in this fantasy where the world doesn’t see them as being misguided in their treatment of these public school children, and do something to show…they are going to try...

June 26, 2015: Israel’s Highest Court Outlaws Forced Haredi Gender Segregation At Funerals
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
The suit to end the forced gender segregation at funerals was filed by a woman, Susanne Ayad, who directly suffered from this discrimination. She was aided in her suit by the Israel Religious Action Center of the Israel Movement for...

June 26, 2015: Report: Sefardi Haredi Minister Of Religious Services To Fill Local Chief Rabbi Positions With Shas Party Haredi Loyalists, Others To Be Shut Out
Comments: 4 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
Why no Zionist Orthodox appointments or Ashkenazi haredi appointments? Because Minister of Religious Affairs David Azoulay’s primary (and only) concern in choosing these new rabbis will reportedly be their loyalty to his Sefardi haredi Shas Party – which is arguably...

June 26, 2015: Sucking At The Teat Of A Cash Cow? Hasidim Tell NY State They Should Get A Medical Marijuana License Because Their Products Will Fill A Need For The Kosher Consumer
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics, Public Health
“New York has the largest Jewish population of any state in the U.S., and a large percentage of that population observes kosher customs. By aligning its manufacturing/production processes with Kashrut New York Growing Partners] ensuring that all New Yorkers who...

June 25, 2015: Jerusalem To Vet Future Public Christian Events With City’s Orthodox Rabbinate Before Issuing Permits
Comments: 26 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The government of the City of Jerusalem has decided to consult the city's Orthodox chief rabbis before approving any public Christian event haredim fear might possibly include missionary activity. Jerusalem To Vet Future Public Christian Events With City’s Orthodox Rabbinate...

June 25, 2015: Eat, Pray, Study, But Don't Work: How Haredim Are Leading Israel To Disaster
Comments: 32 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
"……For Israeli economists…the reluctance of ultra-Orthodox (or Haredi) men to work, coupled with their community’s high birth rate (double the national average), is a problem. A study recently completed by the finance ministry predicts that on current trends Israel’s public...

June 25, 2015: A Transgender Surprise: Groom Born As A Female Married By Jerusalem Rabbinate
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
The Rabbinate gave the couple permission to marry – a necessity in Israel, where all Jews are forced to marry through the auspices of the haredi-controlled Chief Rabbinate of Israel and its local affiliates. The couple wanted a small wedding...

June 25, 2015: She's Back Again
Comments: 20 | Categories: Haredim , Hucksterism , Religion, Religion & State
Rebetzin Aidel Miller will cast lead, remove the evil eye, and otherwise use hocus pocus to heal you or make your life better – all if you pay her money. And don't worry, the same haredi rabbi who allegedly covered...

June 25, 2015: Former Owner Of Top Haredi News Website Indicted For Bribery And Extortion
Comments: 11 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Media & Media Criticism
Guy Cohen, the former owner and CEO of the Behadrei Haredim news website, his top deputy Uri Zur, and three companies owned by Cohen have all been charged with blackmail and extortion of top haredi rabbis. Above: the alleged extortion...

June 24, 2015: Hasidic School Bus Driver Arrested And Charged With 1st Degree Child Sex Abuse, Cops Claim Not To Know Name Of School Or Bus Company
Comments: 37 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
A 27-year-old Monsey, New York hasid who worked as a yeshiva bus driver was arrested in early June and charged with molesting a 4-year-old boy, police said today. But cops claimed not to known the name of the school or...

June 24, 2015: Sex, Prostitution And Rabbi Nachman Of Beslov
Comments: 51 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
It’s not only hasidim who travel to Uman, Ukraine to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov during the fall Tishrei Jewish holidays. At Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot female escorts get on a train from Kiev and, after two hours,...

June 24, 2015: Hasidic IDF Soldier’s Home Smeared With Feces – By Fellow Hasidim Upset That He Joined The IDF
Comments: 22 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
Haredim apparently linked to the vehemently anti-Zionist Edah Haredit haredi umbrella organization attacked the home of a haredi IDF soldier in Beit Shemesh Tuesday, smearing feces on the front door and hanging a sign that read, "Hardakim out!" Above: a...

June 23, 2015: Israel's Message To Non-Orthodox American Jews Is, We Want Your Money And Your Political Power, But Not Your Rabbis Or Your Religion, Leading Non-Orthodox Rabbi Claims
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Jewish Leadership , Religion, Religion & State
“It’s not that we feel unwelcome in Israel,” said Rabbi Schnofeld. “We are unwelcome. Our advocacy for Israel is welcome in the political sphere, but we as Jews and as human beings are unwelcome in the state of Israel.” Above:...

June 23, 2015: Haredim Stage Fake Bar Mitzvah Ceremony For Disabled Kids In Order To Usurp Conservative Movement
Comments: 15 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The kids were giving six months pf bar mitzvah training in a special program run by the Conservative Movement, but haredim blocked the kids' bar mitzvah ceremony – in part with the help of Israel's president, Reuven "Ruby" Rivlin –...

June 23, 2015: British Government Won’t Take Legal Action Against Hasidic Schools Over Women’s Driving Ban – As Long As Students In Those Hasidic Schools Are Not Expelled Or Otherwise Punished For Their Mother’s Disobedience
Comments: 7 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
The British government’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has dropped proceedings against two Belz hasidic schools in North London, the Talmud Torah Machzikei Hadass boys school and the Beis Malka girls school, after getting a “satisfactory response” from Belz...

June 23, 2015: How Rabbinic Lies Kill Jewish Babies
Comments: 31 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health
"…In desperation, my friend tried a different tactic. He proposed to his opponents that he and they go to the Gadol B'Torah [top haredi rabbi] of their choice, that they both present their arguments, and that they both agree to...

June 22, 2015: Satmar Powerbroker's Son, Other Prominent Hasid Try To Enter Medical Marijuana Business
Comments: 32 | Categories: Haredim
According to Saugerties [New York] Town Supervisor Greg Helsmoortel, two of the principals behind NY Growing Partners, LLC are nursing home magnate and Ger chasid Michael Melnicke and Leo Friedman, the son of Satmar powerbroker Moses Friedman, otherwise known as...

June 22, 2015: Newpaper Exposé Of Haredi Mega-Donor's Nursing Homes Was "Hit" Piece That Distorted The Facts, Spokesman Claims
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health
"The slanted article in the Sacramento Bee was a 'hit' piece that intentionally excluded or mischaracterized relevant positive information about Mr. Rechnitz’s organization and facilities. The clear bias in the article demonstrates the likely ulterior motives of the Sacramento Bee…"...

June 22, 2015: Ancient Rabbinic Censorship For Misogynistic Ends?
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Books , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Did ancient rabbis alter a seminal Jewish text in order to exclude women from public prayer roles and religious and communal leadership? The evidence is that they did. As many of you know, Professor Marc B. Shapiro has a new...

June 22, 2015: Chabad Assisted Living Facility Owner Allegedly Violates Court Order And Refuses To Air Condition Building In Sweltering Heat
Comments: 24 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim
Haysha Deitsch, a prominent Chabad hasid who is the scion of a powerful wealthy Crown Heights family, allegedly violated a court order and refused to turn on the air conditioning in an assisted living facility he owns, even though the...

June 22, 2015: Undercover Investigation Shows Almost All State-Employed City Rabbis Ordered Sex Abuse Victims Not To Report Abuse To Police
Comments: 22 | Categories: Child Safety , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Almost all of the 27 state-employed rabbis investigated – the vast majority haredim but some Zionist Orthodox and some very prominent – ordered victims not to report the sex crimes to police. Because of the number of child sex abuse...

June 21, 2015: Strong Majority Of Israeli Jews Want Conservative And Reform Rabbis To Have Equal Legal Status With Rabbis Who Are Orthodox And Haredi, New Poll Finds
Comments: 25 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
“A president cannot be president exclusively for the Orthodox and cannot turn the presidential residence into an Orthodox synagogue. It is regretful that a president otherwise so sensitive to the rights of different sectors and of the disenfranchised in society...

June 21, 2015: Why Can't Israel Solve Its Church-Burnings?
Comments: 33 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Rants / Editorials , Religion, Religion & State
The profile of Christian-haters is found at the seam between ultranationalist racists and religious-theological groups. To date, no arsonists involved in setting fire to religious sites have been caught, but the Jerusalem police has some experience with those who spit...

June 21, 2015: Gur Hasid Ordered To Pay Compensation To Victim Of Vicious Hasidic Gang Assault
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Turf Disputes
The beating was part of a chain of attacks and counter attacks over control of the Batei Warsaw houses in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem between Gur (which is widely viewed in the haredi world as being too close...

June 21, 2015: Guests At Wedding Of Belzer Rebbe’s Grandson Reportedly Charged $260 Each For Good Seats
Comments: 134 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
Guests at the wedding of a grandson of the Belzer Rebbe were charged NIS 1,000 (about $260) if they wanted a seat close enough to the head table so they would be able to watch top haredi rabbinic leaders, including...

June 20, 2015: Haredim Working For British Government Allegedly Skew Schools Inspection Reports To Cover For Deficient Haredi Yeshivas
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State
A study of reports on independent haredi schools, mostly yeshivas, issued by Ofsted, the British government schools inspection agency, during 2007 through 2014 found those schools were rated as “good” or “outstanding” 71% of the time – but only when...

June 19, 2015: Kosher Certified Fresh Raw Whole Tomatoes
Comments: 43 | Categories: Haredim , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal
Fresh whole raw tomatoes certified as kosher and unwaxed. The wax has no taste in its application on the fruit and is inedible in bulk form. Therefore, halakhicly no certification is necessary. But some haredim want to be strict anyway,...

June 19, 2015: Vizhnitzer Rebbe Changes His Mind, Tells Yeshiva Students To Answer IDF Draft Notices
Comments: 13 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The rebbe told his male followers they must only report to induction centers in one large group, supposedly to prevent issues of immodesty and temptation that could otherwise exist if a teenage yeshiva student went to the IDF center by...

June 19, 2015: Lipa Schmeltzer Finds Reason In Brain Science For Rabbis' Ban On His Music
Comments: 66 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Music , Religion, Religion & State
"[Brain science has] helped me understand that opposition to my music is not necessarily a religious opinion but a brain condition." Above: Lipa Schmeltzer Lipa Schmeltzer writes in the Jewish Press about the 2008 ban against his music signed by...

June 19, 2015: Chabad To Honor Memory Of Leader Of Child Sex Abuse Coverups
Comments: 40 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion, Religion & State
He covered up child sex abuse and allegedly helped molesters flee justice. He destroyed the lives of children in order to protect the name of Chabad and the well-connected Chabad men who raped and abused children. But this doesn't stop...

June 19, 2015: Kiryas Joel Dissidents Lash Out At Village Leadership Over Allegedly False Claims Of Anti-Semitism
Comments: 18 | Categories: Antisemitism , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Turf Disputes
In an ad published in the Times Herald-Record, dissidents in the Satmar hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel, New York lash out at village leaders claims that annexation opponents are driven by anti-Semitism. Please click to enlarge:

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