10,207 posts categorized "Haredim"

September 1, 2014: Video: Top Aide To Sadigura Rebbe Busted For Resisting Arrest, Assault
Comments: 21 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
Police say Friedman became belligerent and refused to cooperate or sign the summons they issued. So they say they tried to arrest Friedman. He resisted and was quickly pulled from vehicle, wrestled to the ground, and handcuffed. Above: Rabbi Nachman...

September 1, 2014: Riot Erupts Over Beit Shemesh School Cut In Half By City For Haredim
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Turf Disputes
Israel’s school year began today and secular parents in the secular/haredi battleground of Beit Shemesh and teachers in the secular public school the parents' children attend went on strike to protest the haredi-controlled city’s last minute decision to cut their...

September 1, 2014: Hasidic Rebbe Clarifies Ban On Answering IDF Draft Notices
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
The rosh yeshiva (dean) of the Slonim hasidic yeshiva has reportedly issued a clarification of the ruling issued last week by the Slonimer Rebbe, who forbade yeshiva students from answering IDF draft notices and reporting to IDF induction centers to...

September 1, 2014: Why Did Leading US Haredi Rabbis Really Endorse Israeli Seminaries Formerly Run By Alleged Sex Abuser?
Comments: 12 | Categories: Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Television , Women & Judaism
When the Novominsker Rebbe, Rabbi Aharon Schechter, Rabbi Aharon Feldman and other members of Agudath Israel of America’s moeztzet, Council of Torah Sages, issued a letter last week endorsing as safe Pnimim and other seminaries once owned and run by...

August 31, 2014: Bobov 45 Launches Boycott Of Businesses That Receive Kosher Supervision From Beit Din Judge Who Ruled Against It
Comments: 24 | Categories: Haredim , Turf Disputes
Bobov 45, the Bobov hasidic splinter group that lost a ten-year beit din fight for control of the Bobov name and movement 10 days ago, is now urging haredim to boycott stores and food manufacturers which have the kosher supervision...

August 31, 2014: Report: Wide-Ranging Criminal Indictment To Be Filed Against Former Haredi Chief Rabbi
Comments: 14 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
Rabbi Yona Metzger was arrested in November on fraud, embezzlement bribery, money laundering and breach of public trust charges and stepped down as chief rabbi shortly afterward. Above: Former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger Report: Wide-Ranging Criminal Indictment...

August 31, 2014: Orthodox Rabbi Refuses To Reverse Excommunication Of World Famous Philosopher Because Judaism Does Not Recognize Freedom Of Speech
Comments: 29 | 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 31, 2014: Haredi 'Elders' Protest IDF
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Haredim billed the protest as the “demonstration of the 70 elders.” Posters and flyers advertising it reportedly called the Government of Israel the “regime of destruction” and said it wanted to test the haredi community by judging its response to...

August 31, 2014: Did Israel Do Enough To Find Missing Haredi Yeshiva Student?
Comments: 32 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
"Not enough was done from the very beginning. Not enough attention was paid to the disappearance of Aaron. So I want to say to the Israeli government: treat Aaron as if he were an Israeli soldier missing. Because we know...

August 30, 2014: Gone But Not Forgotten: Haredi Cult Expelled From Small Guatemalan Town
Comments: 5 | Categories: Antisemitism , Crime, etc. , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Religion , Turf Disputes
After fleeing Canada amid allegations of child abuse, about 230 members of the ultraorthodox Jewish group Lev Tahor have now been expelled from the Guatemalan village where they had reassembled their reclusive community. Above and above right: Lev Tahor expelled...

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 29, 2014: No Foul Play In Haredi Yeshiva Student’s Death, Police Believe
Comments: 36 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld also said Sofer’s body, which was found yesterday, was in the same area of the Jerusalem Forest where he went missing last Friday. Above: Aaron Sofer No Foul Play In Haredi Yeshiva Student’s Death, Police Believe...

August 29, 2014: Video: Rural Guatemala Village Expels Haredi Cults
Comments: 33 | Categories: Antisemitism , Extreme Sniut , Haredim
When the Lev Tahor haredi cult fled Canada for Guatemala this summer, it joined up with another small haredi cult already established in rural Guatemala – Toiras Chesed. Now the small Guatemalan town where these haredi cults sought refuge from...

August 29, 2014: Only Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach Is Left To Speak For God, Haredi Rabbi Says
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Turf Disputes
"…All of Yiddishkeit depends on [the survival of HaPeles]! It is a clear and simple thing, and whoever does not understand this is just mindless! [Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach] speaks in the name of God through this newspaper! He is the...

August 28, 2014: Rabbinical Court Judges Chastised For Making Deal With Haredi Fixer In Divorce Case
Comments: 1 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
The official state Jerusalem Regional Rabbinical Court reportedly forced a woman to meet privately with her violent and abusive husband against her will. The rabbi-judges apparently made the move after haredi fixers taking the side of the husband visited them...

August 28, 2014: Haredim Move To Take Over Secular Anti-Poverty Agency
Comments: 13 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
Met Council board member Abraham Biderman, who is a top haredi lay leader in Agudath Israel of America, is likely to be the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty's new board chairman and his candidate to replace David Frankel the CEO...

August 28, 2014: Top Haredi Rabbis Say Seminaries Linked To Alleged Sex Abuser Now Safe
Comments: 24 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Top American haredi rabbis and rosh yeshivas Avrohom Chaim Levin (Telz, Chicago), Aharon Feldman (Ner Israel), Aharon Schechter (Chaim Berlin), Malkiel Kotler (Beth Medrash Govoha, Lakewood), and Yaakov Perlow (the Novominsker Rebbe) – in other words, most of the top...

August 28, 2014: Bloomingburg: Planning Board Refuses To Approve New Satmar Girls School
Comments: 0 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Turf Disputes
The planning board of the Town of Mamakating, New York has – temporarily – blocked Modern Orthodox developer Shalom Lamm’s plan to open a Satmar hasidic girls school early next month in the neighboring Village of Bloomingburg. Bloomingburg: Planning Board...

August 28, 2014: UPDATED: Body Of Missing Yeshiva Student Found
Comments: 25 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
Earlier today, Israel Police found the body of Aaron Sofer, the missing haredi yeshiva student. Israel Police found a body today they believe is Aaron Sofer, the missing haredi yeshiva student, the Jerusalem Post reported. No further details are yet...

August 28, 2014: Another Haredi Yeshiva Student Arrested For Draft-Dodging
Comments: 0 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Another haredi draft-dodger yeshiva student, 21-year-old Yinon Avitan, was arrested by IDF police at his Jerusalem home early Monday morning. More than 600 17-year-old haredim alone could now be dodging the draft. Above: file photo Another Haredi Yeshiva Student Arrested...

August 27, 2014: Jewish Anti-Poverty Agency CEO Forced Out Because Haredi-Controlled Agencies Did Not Like Increased Oversight
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
A major sticking point came over increased oversight. For years, the Met Council has served as a “fiscal conduit” for seven of the smaller JCCs and community organizations, meaning that the Council handled financial operations such as payroll and bill...

August 27, 2014: Judge Allows Haredi Fraudster's Attorneys To Escape Responsibility For Stolen Money
Comments: 14 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim
A New York State judge has ruled that, despite the fact that Eliyahu Weinstein's attorneys did not do what anyone would consider to be due diligence and failed in their ethical duties, those attorneys don't have to repay millions of...

August 27, 2014: Video: Bobov 45 Rebbe May Ignore Beit Din Decision But Says He Wants Peace With His Rival
Comments: 40 | Categories: Haredim , Turf Disputes
The Bobov 45 rebbe – the rebbe of the Bobov faction which lost a ten-year fight for succession last week in one of the longest-running beit dins in history – is allegedly consulting with important rabbis from Israel to see...

August 27, 2014: Video: Siblings Of Missing Haredi Yeshiva Student Speak Out
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
Two siblings and one brother-in-law of haredi yeshiva student Aaron Sofer, who went missing in the Jerusalem Forest Friday, speak briefly to the media. Aaron Sofer is 23-years-old and is described as being 1.75 meters (5’9”) tall, lean build, and...

August 27, 2014: Haredim And The IDF: Don't Call Them Our Soldiers
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
A haredi letter-writer from Beit Shemesh chastises the haredi newspaper Hamodia because it called IDF soldiers fighting in Gaza "our forces" – a euphamism likely meant to avoid using the hated term "IDF." But the letter-writer isn't upset for any...

August 27, 2014: Haredi Kabbalist Says Government “Killed” Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Comments: 12 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
“Maran [our supreme spiritual leader] died in sanctification of God’s name [“al Kiddush Hashem;” i.e., as a martyr]. We all saw his pain over the evil decree to draft haredi Torah students and how it affected his heart, eventually leading...

August 26, 2014: Brooklyn Judge Tosses Evidence Against Satmar Hasidic Man Who Allegedly Intimidated Weberman Sex Abuse Victim
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
A Brooklyn judge threw out most of the evidence against a haredi man who allegedly took a picture of a child sex abuse victim as she was testifying and allegedly sent that picture to blogs, Facebook accounts and Twitter feeds...

August 26, 2014: Hasidic Rebbe Tells Yeshiva Students To Ignore IDF Draft Notices
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
War or no war, rocket fire or no rocket fire, cease fire or no cease fire, haredim still refuse to serve in Israel’s military. An example of that mass draft-dodging was made clear again today when a hasidic rebbe ordered...

August 26, 2014: Video: Monroe Town Board Gives Kiryas Joel Lead Agency Status On Land Annexation Without Allowing Public Comment
Comments: 14 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Turf Disputes
The Town of Monroe, New York gave lead agency status on a land annexation bid by the neighboring Satmar hasidic village of Kirays Joel to Kiryas Joel over strong opposition. The board did this without allowing any public comment in...

August 26, 2014: Haredi Über Fraudster Eliyahu Weinstein, Rabbi Fred “Fishel” Todd, To Plead Guilty
Comments: 29 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim
Haredi über fraudster Eliyahu Weinstein is set to plead guilty on September 3 to a set of fraud-related charges stemming from an alleged fake Facebook stock scam he committed with the help of other haredi scammers while out on bail...

August 26, 2014: Haredi Poster: Lets Agree To A Cellphone "Cease-Fire"
Comments: 39 | Categories: Haredim , Web/Tech
A haredi poster and newspaper insert see in synagogues and homes across the haredi bastion of Lakewood, New Jersey says haredim need a "cease-fire" with their cellphones. Please click to enlarge:

August 26, 2014: Police Find Personal Items Of Missing Haredi Yeshiva Student
Comments: 25 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
Israel Police have found personal items belong to Aaron Sofer, a 23-year-old haredi yeshiva student from Lakewood, New Jersey, who went missing in the Jerusalem Forest Friday. Police Find Personal Items Of Missing Haredi Yeshiva Student Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com...

August 26, 2014: Bloomingburg: Petition To Fold Tiny Village Into Neighboring Town In An Effort To Control Deceptive Hasidic Development Allegedly Illegal
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Turf Disputes
The plan to fold the tiny 420-person Bloomingburg into the larger neighboring Town of Mamakating was proposed in large part to deal with a deceptive high density 396-unit townhouse development originally pitched to the rural village, through an alleged straw...

August 26, 2014: Public HMOs In Bnei Brak Caught With Illegal Haredi Modesty Signs
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Three HMOs in the predominantly haredi city of Bnei Brak have modesty signs posted urging patients to wear haredi-acceptable dress. The signs are illegal and are also a violation of a specific directive issued by the Ministry of Health. Above:...

August 25, 2014: Victims' Advocate Manny Waks Steps Down From Advocacy Organization
Comments: 10 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Manny Waks, the Australian victims' advocate and survivor of child sex abuse at Chabad's Yeshivah Centre in Melbourne, has stepped down from his leadership role in Tzedek, the anti-child-sex-abuse organization he founded. Manny Waks writes: After more than three years...

August 25, 2014: Haredi Yeshiva Student Still Missing; Family Criticizes Search, Asks For IDF Involvement
Comments: 18 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
“A physically, mentally and emotionally healthy young man does not go missing for 72 hours.The family is not satisfied with the way the search and rescue operation has been handled thus far. It’s well known that a murder took place...

August 25, 2014: Bobov 45 Sues Bobov 48 In Israeli Secular Court
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Turf Disputes
Bobov 45 lost the decade-long beit din case over Bobov succession last week. So what did it do? It filed a civil suit in Israel to try to gain control over Kiryas Bobov. Please click to enlarge: Via. A Few...

August 25, 2014: Artscroll Still Selling Disgraced Rabbi's Books
Comments: 11 | Categories: Books , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Rabbi Dovid Weinberger was forced to resign from his synagogue and sign a formal agreement never to be a synagogue rabbi again and never to be involved in education again. You might think that would be enough reason for America's...

August 25, 2014: Guatemalan Town Allegedly Expels Haredi Cult
Comments: 17 | Categories: Antisemitism , Crime, etc. , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Religion
The council of the city fathers of San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala reportedly decided to evict the haredi Toras Hesed cult after finding the cult to be a a risk to the local population. Guatemalan Town Allegedly Expels Haredi Cult...

August 25, 2014: Use Of Undercover Cops, Water Cannon And Mounted Police Controls Violent Haredi Protest
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
The arrests of nine haredi rioters at last Sunday’s violent protest against the draft of haredi yeshiva students were carried out in what is supposed to be an unusual way for Israeli police – through undercover police officers dressed as...

August 24, 2014: Haredi Yeshiva Student Sill Missing As Fears For His Safety Mount
Comments: 2 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
Cars with loudspeakers drove through parts of Jerusalem on Shabbat to announce Sofer’s disappearance and to urge haredim to immediately contact rescue services or police if they knew anything about his whereabouts. Above: Aaron Sofer Haredi Yeshiva Student Sill Missing...

August 24, 2014: Haredi Yeshiva Student Missing In Jerusalem Forest
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
Aaron Sofer, a 23-year-old haredi yeshiva student, went missing in the Beit Zayit area of the Jerusalem Forest Friday at approximate noon, sparking a large manhunt. He is still missing. Above: Aaron ben Chuldah Sofer Haredi Yeshiva Student Missing In...

August 24, 2014: Yeshiva Of Brooklyn Expels Two Physically Disabled Students
Comments: 26 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics
The Yeshiva of Brooklyn asks two disabled students not to return to school this fall because the school is not accessible for disabled students – an apparent violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. YESHIVA OF BROOKLYN [TALMUDICAL SCHOOL OF...

August 23, 2014: Except For 6 Families, Haredi Lev Tahor Cult Relocated To Rural Guatemala
Comments: 10 | Categories: Child Safety , Crime, etc. , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
Of the nearly 200 members of the sect, a half-dozen families remain in Chatham, Ont., where the group has been based since November 2013. The members left in Canada include some of those who have been involved in a custody...

August 23, 2014: Chabad Pedophile Allegedly Rapes Teen In Prison
Comments: 36 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Samuel David Cyprys, convicted of sexually abusing nine boys at Chabad’s Yeshivah Centre in Melbourne, Australia after he had already been cited for child sexual abuse in a previous case that was known to Chabad leaders, has allegedly raped another...

August 22, 2014: Top Candidate For CEO Of Scandal-Plagued Anti-Poverty Charity Said To Be Chabad Rabbi
Comments: 7 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, the New York City Jewish community’s scandal-plagued anti-poverty arm, is reportedly considering hiring a Chabad rabbi to replace outgoing CEO David Frankel, who was brought in to clean up the organization last year but...

August 22, 2014: Haredi Rebel Leader Rules That Haredim Must Donate To Failing Faction Newspaper Rather Than To The Faction’s Yeshivas Or Other Charities
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Non-hasidic haredi rebel faction leader Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach reportedly told followers through a surrogate that donating to his faction’s failing newspaper, HaPeles, must take precedence over keeping charity pledges made to his faction’s kollels (yeshivas for married haredim), buying or...

August 22, 2014: Ubiquitous Ads Promising Prayers By Sefardi Kabbalist In Exchange For Donations To Chabad-Linked Anti-Missionary Charity Ruled Illegal
Comments: 21 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad & Christianity , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
The ubiquitous ads for the haredi Yad L’achim anti-missionary anti-intermarriage organization featuring Rabbi Yehiel Abuhatzeira have been ruled illegal. Above: Rabbi Yehiel Abuhatzeira Ubiquitous Ads Promising Prayers By Sefardi Kabbalist In Exchange For Donations To Chabad-Linked Anti-Missionary Charity Ruled Illegal...

August 21, 2014: Beit Din Issues Final Ruling In Decade-Long Bobov Hasidic Succession Fight
Comments: 29 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Turf Disputes
Bobov 45 (i.e., the rebel or breakaway faction) must call Bobov 48 (the main faction) "Bobov" without any qualifying identifiers (for example, like "Bobov 48"). Bobov 48 (the mainstream faction) must call Bobov 45 "Bobov 45" without adding any derogatory...

August 21, 2014: Government To Cut Funding To Noncompliant Haredi Schools
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Unless someone blinks, many haredi yeshivas in Israel are about to lose all or much of their state funding – unless they start teaching math, science, English and other core subjects. Yeshiva World reports: In line with the policies of...


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