6,049 posts categorized "Israel"

October 1, 2014: Israel Asks The Netherlands To Extradite Breslov Rabbi Accused Of Sex Crimes
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
At today’s court hearing in the Netherlands, the Dutch government reportedly presented evidence of Berland's alleged sex crimes and of additional violent crimes that he is suspected of. Above: Rabbi Elizer Berland in handcuffs after his arrest in Zimbabwe earlier...

October 1, 2014: Have US Government Sanction El Al Over Gender Discrimination, Rabbi Says
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Based on US law, Rabbi Iris Richman – a Conservative rabbi, lawyer and feminist activist – is proposing that women who have been harassed by haredim on El Al flights into and out of the US file complaints with the...

October 1, 2014: Rabbi Elimelech Meisels, Other Defendants, Close To Reaching Settlement With Plaintiffs In Alleged Sex Abuse Class Action Lawsuit
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
Rabbi Elimelech Meisels, who allegedly sexually abused several young women who were his students; the American arm of Penimim, one of the seminaries in Israel Meisels owned, and other defendants are close to reaching an out of court settlement with...

September 30, 2014: El Al Has No Policy In Place To Deal With Disruptive Haredim Who Refuse To Sit Next To Women And Does Not Plan On Having One
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Despite public outcry over the disruption of an El Al flight from New York to Israel last week after male ultra-Orthodox Jewish passengers refused to be seated next to women, El Al says it has no official policy for dealing...

September 30, 2014: New Study Shows That Pregnant Women Who Fast On Yom Kippur Are Twice As Likely To Have Premature Birth
Comments: 30 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
A new study conducted by researchers from the Soroka University Medical Center and Ben Gurion University of the Negev shows that women in the later stages of pregnancy who abstain from food and liquids for 25 hours – the Yom...

September 29, 2014: Women Of The Wall To Read From Torah Scroll At Kotel Unless Government Makes A Deal
Comments: 20 | Categories: Israel , Women & Judaism
Women of the Wall (WoW) plans on reading from a Torah scroll at the Kotel (Western Wall) on October 24, which is Rosh Hodesh Heshvan. If the government wants to prevent this happening, WoW’s head Anat Hoffmansaid today, it should...

September 29, 2014: Court Sentences Two Top Haredi Rabbis To Prison In Ordination Fraud Case
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal
The Jerusalem District Court has sentenced two haredi rabbis to prison in a fraudulent rabbinic ordination scandal that reached to the top of Israel’s haredi-controlled chief rabbinate. Court Sentences Two Top Haredi Rabbis To Prison In Ordination Fraud Case Shmarya...

September 29, 2014: Moderate Zionist Orthodox Rabbis Come Out Against Chicken Kapparot
Comments: 32 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal
Tzohar, the Israeli moderate Zionist Orthodox rabbinical association, has issued a statement opposing using live chickens for the kapparot (atonement) ritual done by many Orthodox and almost all haredi Jews before Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement which begins...

September 29, 2014: 3-Year-Old Found Alone Locked In Parked Car
Comments: 2 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
A three-year-old girl was found alone locked inside a parked car on Rashbi Street in the haredi town of Elad yesterday. 3-Year-Old Found Alone Locked In Parked Car Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com A three-year-old girl was found alone locked inside...

September 29, 2014: Israel Farmers Association Threatens To Refuse To Sell To IDF Over Haredi Shmita Accommodation
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
The Israel Farmers Association threatened to refuse to sell produce to the IDF until the IDF clearly explains its new policy on observance of shmita, the biblically ordained sabbatical year in which all land in Israel is supposed to law...

September 28, 2014: Government Tries To Use Coalition Changes To Force Liberal Jewish Movements To Cede More To Haredim
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
The Government of Israel is using Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s effort to bring haredi political parties into the ruling coalition while forcing out the centrist and largely secular Yesh Atid Party to pressure liberal Jewish religious leaders to accept slightly...

September 28, 2014: Hasidic IDF Soldier From Extremist Yeshiva Arrested For Telling Border Police To Disobey Orders
Comments: 5 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Crime, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Ariel Zilber told Border Police to disobey their orders and leave the extremist Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva. He was videoed doing this and, once the IDF saw the video, Zilber was arrested – as he tried to leave the country...

September 28, 2014: Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto Alleges Israeli Cabinet Minister Threatened Him Over US Rep Michael Grimm Contributions
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
A top official in Israel tried to intimidate Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto – who claims Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm shook him down for donations, sources familiar with the investigation – likely Pinto's attorneys Alan Dershowitz and Arthur Aidala –...

September 27, 2014: Haredim Disrupt El Al Flight Over Women, Airline Does Nothing To Stop Them
Comments: 29 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
It was, passengers said, an “11-hour-nightmare” – a nightmare caused by misbehaving haredim and the refusal of Israel’s national airline El Al to properly deal with it. Haredim Disrupt El Al Flight Over Women, Airline Does Nothing To Stop Them...

September 24, 2014: Anti-Zionist Haredi Leader Lists “Evil Decrees” Haredim Must Fight To Please God
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
On the first night Ashkenazim begin to say the slichot (penitential) prayers that statrt being recited the week before Rosh Hashana, the #2 rabbi in the virulently anti-Zionist haredi umbrella organization Edah Hareidit, Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch, spoke to haredi yeshiva...

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 23, 2014: 6-Month-Old Haredi Baby Dies After Being Dropped Down Stairs
Comments: 12 | Categories: Child Safety , Haredim , Israel
A six-month-old haredi baby has passed away after being dropped last week by an older brother and tumbling down a flight of stairs. 6-Month-Old Haredi Baby Dies After Being Dropped Down Stairs Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com A six-month-old haredi baby...

September 23, 2014: Russian Orthodox Priest Arrested In Israel Over Russian Child Sex Abuse Charges
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Thirty-five-year-old Gleb Grozovsky was arrested by Israel Police on Sunday on an international arrest warrant and Israel’s state’s prosecutors have petitioned Jerusalem District Court for Grozovsky’s extradition to Russia. Prosecutors also reportedly asked the court to extend Grozovsky’s detention until...

September 23, 2014: By A Large Majority, Israelis Fed Up With State-Mandated Religion
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
The 2014 Religion and State Index demonstrates growing public support for freedom of religion and equality in Israel. In addition to surveying Israeli public opinion on core issues surrounding Israel's religion and state conflict, (marriage, conversion, equality in sharing the...

September 22, 2014: High Court Rules Israel’s Detention Of African Asylum Seekers Is Illegal And Must Stop
Comments: 18 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Religion , Xenophobia
Israel’s High Court of Justice ordered government to close the Holot detention facility for African asylum-seekers within 90 days and it voided an amendment to Israel’s Anti-Infiltration Law, passed by the Knesset nine months ago. That amendment allowed Israel to...

September 22, 2014: Arsonists Torch Anti-Zionist Rabbi's Car
Comments: 35 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
Arsonists poured petrol over Rabbi Ahron Cohen's Volvo estate before setting fire to the vehicle outside his home in a suburb of Manchester, England. Above: Rabbi Ahron Cohen The Mirror reports: Arsonists have torched the car of a Rabbi who...

September 21, 2014: Israel To Sell Russia Produce No Matter How Many Sanctions The West Levies Against It, Israel’s Ag Minister Says
Comments: 15 | Categories: Current Affairs , Israel
“"…I believe our products will continue to flow into Russia. It will be easier to deal with us, it will be cheaper and more stable, and with no political price tag for what you do and what you don’t." Above:...

September 21, 2014: 2 Breslov Hasidim Busted For Trying To Use Forged Passports To Travel To Uman
Comments: 13 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
Two Breslov hasidim trying to fly to Uman, Ukraine for Rosh Hashana were arrested today in Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport. The 43-year-old resident of Jerusalem and 25-year-old resident of Ma’ale Levana in the West Bank allegedly printed fake passports...

September 21, 2014: Government Ups Cost Of Hotels’ Kosher Supervision 30%
Comments: 7 | Categories: Israel , Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal , Religion
Regulations signed by Religious Services Minister Naftali Bennett of the right-wing Zionist Orthodox HaBayit HaYehudi Party increase by 30% the price each hotel in the country must pay for kosher supervision – despite that fact that tourism slumped due to...

September 20, 2014: 5 Jewish Teens Arrested For Assault On Arab Israeli Attorney, Police Fail To Charge Hate Crime
Comments: 10 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Israel
"This is not the first time I encounter racists. I'm very hurt, and I don't even feel like going to my job [as an attorney with the Ministry of Economy] in Jerusalem anymore. Sometimes I think that if racism in...

September 20, 2014: Haredim Reportedly Run Roughshod Over Hapless Judge’s Ruling
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Turf Disputes
The wall illegally erected by the haredi-controlled government of the City of Beit Shemesh to divide the secular Languages ​​and Cultures School in two may be gone, but the separation it was meant to enforce – and that judge thought...

September 19, 2014: Video: Grandson Of Anti-Zionist Satmar Rebbe Serves In IDF
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
A grandson of the notoriously anti-Zionist Satmar rebbe is serving in the IDF. He also shaves and wears a small black yarmulke in the Zionist Orthodox style.

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 19, 2014: Prime Minister Tables Conversion Reform Bill To Please Haredim
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given in to haredi pressure and tabled the Stern Bill that would have decentralized conversions to Judaism, taking them out of the exclusive province of the haredi-controlled chief rabbinate. Above: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Prime...

September 18, 2014: Zionist Orthodox Lay Leader Resigns Over Money "Tainted" By – Christians
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness , Religion
It’s a canard that refuses to die, a canard illustrates the high level of anti-Christian prejudice still common in the haredi and the right-wing Israeli Zionist Orthodox communities, despite the fact that believing Christians are some of the closest allies...

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 18, 2014: Haredi MK Meets With Mossad Head Over Security At Breslov Rabbi’s Grave In Uman, Ukraine
Comments: 16 | Categories: Antisemitism , Haredim , Israel , Terrorism
20,000 Jews, most of them Breslov hasidim and most from Israel, are expected to be at Rabbi Nachman of Breslov’s gravesite in Uman, Ukraine for Rosh Hashana next week, despite the ongoing war between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists....

September 17, 2014: High Court Rules Haredi Schools Don’t Have To Teach Math, Science, Other Secular Subjects
Comments: 41 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled today that haredi schools can continue to be exempt from teaching Israel core curriculum, meaning basic secular subjects like math, Hebrew and science will not be taught by haredi schools or will be given...

September 17, 2014: A "New Form" Of "Terrorism" Uses "Roses," Not Guns, Haredi Org Says
Comments: 47 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism , Xenophobia
Israel is facing a new front with the Arabs. A terrorism that is fought with roses. They target young, vulnerable Jewish girls and they often pretend they are Jewish. “He wore a kippa and said Amen to brachas,” explained Sara,...

September 17, 2014: Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist Agrees To Plead Guilty To Bribery, Obstruction Of Justice
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Sefardi haredi ‘kabbalist’-to-the-stars Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto has agreed to plead guilty and to testify against former police Major Geneneral Menashe Arbiv in exchange for a receiving a reduced jail sentence. Above: Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist Agrees...

September 17, 2014: Netanyahu Wants To Bring Haredim Into The Government, Toss Lapid, Shaked Says
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal
The Knesset faction leader of the right-wing Zionist Orthodox HaBayit HaYehudi Party, Ayelet Shaked, said Tuesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to push the centrist, largely secular Yesh Atid Party out of the coalition government and bring in haredi...

September 16, 2014: 2 Ethiopian Jews Beaten In Alleged Hate Crime
Comments: 9 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
A 74-year-old man suffered serious injuries in the attack, including a fractured skull, and is still hospitalized at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva. Above: file photo used for illustrative purposes only 2 Ethiopian Jews Beaten In Alleged Hate Crime Shmarya...

September 16, 2014: Former Zionist Orthodox IDF Chief Rabbi Booted From IDF Over Intelligence Leaks During Gaza War
Comments: 1 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal
Brigadier General (Res.) Rabbi Avichai Rontski, the IDF’s former chief rabbi, was dismissed from duty today after the IDF determined that he illegally gave classified intelligence information to Economy, Diaspora and Religious Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett during the Gaza War....

September 16, 2014: Breslov Rabbi Fleeing From Justice Was Tenant From Hell, Landlords Say
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Rabbi Eliezer Berland's grandchildren wrote on the villa's walls. His hasidim cut across the adjoining golf course and jumped in golfers' carts. When the golf course manager complained, they hit him. Berland was evicted from two different luxury villas because...

September 16, 2014: Haredi Rabbis Opposition To Conversion Decentralization Is Purely Political, Moderate Zionist Orthodox Rabbi Says
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
“We are in a generation in which considerations that lead us are not necessarily always halakhic but are instead sometimes political.…Most of the rabbis who signed the declaration against the [decentralization of conversions] bill are not aware of its details,...

September 15, 2014: Jews Forbidden To Diet On Shabbat And Yom Tov, Zionist Orthodox Rabbi Claims
Comments: 17 | Categories: Israel , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
"Diets that are not undertaken on the doctor's orders are not desirable on the festivals or Shabbat. These dates are designed to affect a spiritual transcendence through physical relaxation and satiety.…It is a mitzvah [Torah commandment] to spoil ourselves with...

September 15, 2014: I Couldn’t Have Raped Those Women, I’m Impotent! Breslov Hasidic Sect Leader Claims
Comments: 16 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the 77-year-old head of Beslov’s Shuvu Banim sect who has been on an almost two-year flight from justice, says there is no way he could have raped and sexually abused several female followers in Jerusalem because he’s...

September 15, 2014: Did Rosh Hashana Really Exist? Maybe Not
Comments: 18 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion
During the First Temple era, Rosh Hashana likely was not much of a holiday – if it even was a holiday at all. How did it likely become what we now know as the Jewish new year celebration? What purpose...

September 14, 2014: Human Rights Watch Finds Israel Violating International Refugee Laws By Forcing African Asylum Seekers To Be Repatriated To Dangerous Countries
Comments: 11 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Refugees , Religion , Xenophobia
A new report by Human Rights Watch has found that African asylum seekers have been denied fair and timely asylum procedures and have been unlawfully detained as part the effort to illegally force them to leave Israel. The Human Right...

September 14, 2014: London Haredi Rabbis Threaten To Refuse To Recognize Israeli Conversions To Judaism If Haredi Demands Are Not Met
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Senior haredi rabbis in London have warned that if Israel decentralizes conversions to Judaism, they will no longer recognize Israeli conversions as valid. Above: Rabbi David Lau London Haredi Rabbis Threaten To Refuse To Recognize Israeli Conversions To Judaism If...

September 14, 2014: Breslov Hasidic Leader Awaits Extradition, Claims To Be Innocent, Says Israel Is A “Country Of Hamas For Me”
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
"It's all rumors spread over the past ten years. No proof exists. The police [in Amsterdam] released me and told me that that all complaints against me had no foundation and no basis.… I'm finished with the land of Israel....

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.”...

September 12, 2014: Haredi Woman Leaves 2-Year Old Child On City Bus
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
Yesterday, an Egged bus driver on the #36 route in Jerusalem did a routine security sweep of his bus at he end of the route and made a surprise find – an abandoned baby carriage with a two-year-old toddler inside...

September 12, 2014: 4 Jewish Teen Yeshiva Students Arrested For Spitting Hate Crime Against Arab
Comments: 4 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Xenophobia
Israel Police reportedly arrested four 14-year-old Jewish teens Tuesday after they allegedly spat at an Arab vendor near King David’s purported tomb on Mount Zion adjacent to Jerusalem’s Old City and shouted at him, “Go to Gaza!” 4 Jewish Teen...

September 11, 2014: Coalition Of Right-Wing, Zionist Orthodox And Haredi Parties Could Have Enough Seats To Govern, New Poll Finds
Comments: 4 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal
Israel’s Knesset TV Channel commissioned a poll that found that a coalition of right-wing, Zionist Orthodox and haredi political parties could win enough seats in a new election to govern. Coalition Of Right-Wing, Zionist Orthodox And Haredi Parties Could Have...

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