6,087 posts categorized "Israel"

October 21, 2014: Newly Discovered Ancient Tablet Appears To Provide Answer To Question Over Cause Of The Bar Kokhba Revolt
Comments: 6 | Categories: History , Israel , Science
What caused the Bar Kokhba Revolt in 132 CE which almost led to a third Jewish commonwealth but instead led to disaster and the end of any significant Jewish presence in Jerusalem for hundreds and hundreds of years? Now we...

October 21, 2014: Again: Haredim Refuse To Sit Next To People Of Opposite Gender, Delay Delta Airlines Flight By More Than One Hour
Comments: 46 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Because their baggage then had to be located and then removed from the plane’s cargo hold, departure had to be delayed by approximately 75 minutes. Haredim Refuse To Sit Next To People Of Opposite Gender, Delay Delta Airlines Flight By...

October 21, 2014: Jerusalem Has New Chief Rabbis After 11-Year Gap
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
The results of yesterday’s elections for the two chief rabbis of Jerusalem are in. And one of the new chief rabbis is not haredi. Jerusalem Has New Chief Rabbis After 11-Year Gap Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com The results of yesterday’s...

October 21, 2014: Top Haredi Pol Lashes Out At Secular Jerusalem Mayor For Kissing Man On The Cheek In Greeting
Comments: 33 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Rabbis & Sex
Israel’s former Deputy Minister of Health, Rabbi and Member of Knesset Yaakov Litzman, a Gur hasid, lashed out at Jerusalem's secular mayor for kissing aanother Gur hasid's cheeks in greeting. Gur has a long series of bizarre, extreme sexual takanot...

October 20, 2014: Prime Minister Kills Conversion Reform To Appease Haredim
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
In another attempt to try to bring haredi political parties into his coalition government and force out centrist parties, Israel’s right of center Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told coalition members today that he will not allow conversion reform to go...

October 20, 2014: Haredim Riot, Attack Egged Buses, Smash Windows, Puncture Tires, Enraged Over Women Of The Wall Ads
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
The haredi rioters targeted Women of the Wall ads on the buses, enraged because some of the 12-year-old girls in those ads were wearing yarmulkes (skullcaps) and because female faces were being publicly shown. Haredim Riot, Attack Egged Buses, Smash...

October 20, 2014: We Can’t Live With You Any More: Non-Haredi Politicians Demand Beit Shemesh Be Divided Into Two Separate Municipalities, One Haredi, One Not
Comments: 33 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Turf Disputes
Haredim are staunchly opposed to dividing the city because the vast majority of taxpayers in the city are not haredi, and a haredi-only city carved out of Beit Shemesh would be impoverished. Since their population grew to the point where...

October 19, 2014: Daughter Of Hamas Leader Treated In Israeli Hospital
Comments: 10 | Categories: Hessed , Israel
A daughter of Ismail Haniyeh was hospitalized at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv for "a number of days" in October, Avi Shushan, a spokesman for for the hospital said. Daughter Of Hamas Leader Treated In Israeli Hospital Shmarya Rosenberg •...

October 19, 2014: Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist Apparently Violates Plea Deal – Again
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
In what appears to be yet another violation of his plea deal, Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto used the Ometz rights organization as a proxy to file a petition with Israel’s High Court of Justice against the senior police officer he...

October 19, 2014: Video: Rabbis Approve High Rise Skyscraper Cemetery
Comments: 12 | Categories: Israel
At a newly-built Jewish cemetery complex near Tel Aviv, Israel saves land by putting graves in a multi-level concrete structure that looks almost like a large multi-level parking garage. During the last century BCE and the first century CE, Jews...

October 18, 2014: The Beggars Of Lakewood
Comments: 56 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Poverty & Homelessness
Lakewood, New Jersey, the home of the famous Lakewood Yeshiva, is inundated with haredi beggars. So Lakewood's haredi community regulates them. Here's how it does it, courtesy of the New York Times. The New York Times Magazine has a long...

October 14, 2014: More French Jews Allegedly Join Islamic Terror Group
Comments: 12 | Categories: Israel , Religion , Terrorism
A small number of Jews have left France to join ISIS in Syria, a French government official reportedly told Israel’s Channel 2 News today based on French intelligence reports. Many appear to be Jewish converts to Islam. More French Jews...

October 14, 2014: WoW’s Bat Mitzvah Bus Ads Are An Unwanted Provocation, Kotel Rabbi Says
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
"I regret that there are still those who wish to fan the flames of controversy, and put on an aggressive media campaign. And to our sorrow, the Women of the Wall group is responsible for putting forth an attempt via...

October 14, 2014: Wave Of Anti-Arab Hate Crimes Near Settlement Linked To Extremist Rabbi
Comments: 17 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Xenophobia
A mosque was burned and Arab olive trees destroyed in attacks that appear to have been carried out by followers of the late extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane. Above: File photo Wave Of Anti-Arab Hate Crimes Near Settlement Linked To Extremist...

October 14, 2014: Will The World End In 2060?
Comments: 22 | Categories: Books , History , Israel
In his cursive English, occasionally laced with Hebrew words, Sir Isaac Newton applied his scientific mind to measurements of the ancient Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and predicted the end of the world in the year 2060. Above: Sir Isaac Newton...

October 13, 2014: First Jerusalem Public Bus Ads In Years Depicting Women Spark Haredi Outrage And Vandalism
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Ads depicting women from two organizations haredim love to hate – Women of the Wall and Yerushalmim – have begun to run on public buses in Jerusalem, and haredim have already begun to fight back. Above: The Yerushalmim ad First...

October 13, 2014: Anti-Mikva Video Sparks Outrage
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
An Israeli nonprofit that works to achieve civil marriage in Israel sparked a wildfire of criticism after it posted a video against state rabbinic control of mikvas (ritual baths) and forced mikva use on its Facebook page. Anti-Mikva Video Sparks...

October 13, 2014: Let Women Dance With Torah Scrolls On Simchat Torah, Liberal Zionist Orthodox Rabbis Say
Comments: 10 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
The liberal Zionist Orthodox Beit Hillel rabbinical association issued a ruling today that not only permits, but also encourages, synagogues to allow women to dance with Torah scrolls on Simchat Torah, the Jewish holiday that in rabbinic tradition celebrates the...

October 12, 2014: Hadassah Hospital Halts Educational Program For Rabbis On Organ Donation After Pressure From Leading Haredi Rabbi
Comments: 33 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
Hadassah tried to teach Orthodox rabbis the science of brain stem death and organ donation so they would better know how to advise families, and a haredi rabbi used his muscle – much of which is based on previous violent...

October 11, 2014: Haredim Publish Poster Depicting A Haredi IDF Soldier As A Pig, Hamas Puts Poster On Its Twitter Page
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
A cartoon poster depicting a haredi IDF solider as a pig holding a volume of the Babylonian Talmud and attempting to lure other haredim into IDF service was posted in haredi neighborhoods of Jerusalem during Sukkot. Updated 12:44 am CDT...

October 8, 2014: Did King David Have An Etrog?
Comments: 43 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion , Science
Did King David wave an etrog on the holiday of Sukkot? Did he ever hold an etrog, see an etrog or even know that a fruit we call "citron" in English even existed? Did King David Have An Etrog? Shmarya...

October 8, 2014: Right-Wing Zionist Orthodox Rabbi Says He Will Promote Dangerous Psychological Therapy Despite Health Ministry Ban
Comments: 9 | Categories: Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , MO & Chardal
Despite a rapidly growing body of evidence which shows that conversion therapy (sometimes called reparative therapy) meant to “convert” homosexuals to heterosexuality does not work and is dangerous, and despite the fact that psychological associations across the globe have banned...

October 8, 2014: Former Top US Peace Negotiator Surreptitiously Recorded In Shul On Yom Kippur; Right-Wing Accuses Him Of "Bashing" Israel
Comments: 15 | Categories: Israel
“What I think we discovered … trying to make peace this time around, was that [the US] would crack the whip, but no one was responding to our whip cracks." Above: Martin Indyk On Yom Kippur, former top Mideast negotiator...

October 7, 2014: Ancient Mikva Last Used During Bar Kokhba Revolt Found Near Beit Shemesh
Comments: 5 | Categories: History , Israel
A 1,900 year old ritual bath (miqwe) was recently exposed at Ha-Ela Junction in excavations undertaken by the Israel Antiquities Authority and financed by the Netivei Israel Company, prior to widening Highway 38. An enormous 1,700 years old water cistern...

October 7, 2014: Sefrardi Haredi Kabbalist Allegedly Violates Plea Deal, Causing His Defense Attorneys To Flee The Case
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Three of Sefardi haredi kabbalist Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto’s attorneys – Moshe Mazor, Ro'i Bichler and Eli Zahar – have abruptly filed to withdraw from his case after Pinto allegedly violated the terms of his plea deal in his bribery...

October 6, 2014: Haredi Former Sefardi Chief Rabbi Of Israel To Run For Chief Rabbi Of Jerusalem
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
The rabbi “sees as a holy obligation the task of raising the prestige of the rabbinate in the Holy City after many years in which there have been no chief rabbis.…Out of a sense of heavy responsibility, he decided to...

October 6, 2014: Man Killed While Building Sukkah In Haredi City
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
A man was killed in the haredi West Bank settlement of Modi’in Illit tonight as he was building his sukkah on a sixth floor balcony from which he fell, landing on a balcony two floors below. Man Killed While Building...

October 6, 2014: Israel’s Ministry Of Health Comes Out – Against Conversion Therapy
Comments: 10 | Categories: Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , MO & Chardal
Israel’s Ministry of Health issued a public warning Sunday against so-called conversion therapies which claim to convert homosexuals into heterosexuals. The ministry noted that there is no evidence conversion therapy works while there is evidence that it likely causes harm....

October 5, 2014: Egged Resumes Running Bus Ads Featuring Women – But Only After Government Agrees To Pay For Any Damage Done To Buses Over The Ads By Haredi Vandals
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Egged public buses in Jerusalem began running ads featuring women’s faces today after a six-year absence triggered by haredi violence. Egged Resumes Running Bus Ads Featuring Women – But Only After Government Agrees To Pay For Any Damage Done To...

October 5, 2014: Haredim Attack IDF Soldiers In Bnei Brak, Sparking Melee
Comments: 11 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
"About 20 soldiers – including haredi, secular and female officers – passed by the synagogue, probably as part of a [security] tour. Some young people, probably from [Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach’s non-hasidic haredi rebel] Jerusalem faction, began shouting at them 'Hardakim!...

October 4, 2014: Israel's Prime Minister Deceives About African Asylum Seekers
Comments: 30 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Refugees , Religion
“There is no asylum-seeker problem in Israel – they are illegal job immigrants,” Netanyahu said, adding that Israel has the right to protect its borders. “We don’t have to open our doors to be swamped by the way other people...

October 2, 2014: Haredim Defy Government Ban, Slaughter Chickens On Public Streets
Comments: 16 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , Religion
Hundreds of haredim have taken to the streets of Jerusalem for the kapparot ritual involving the slaughter of chickens, defying a government ban on practicing it in public. The AFP reports: Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews have taken to the streets...

October 2, 2014: Large Traditional Sefardi Families, Illiteracy, Shocked Former Israeli PM
Comments: 10 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
“There’s another truth that’s not pleasant to mention…And though I didn’t ask them, I’d bet my head they can’t read or write. They’re at an age where they could have another 10 children…The man said to me, ‘You see, we...

October 2, 2014: Improperly Done Chicken Kapparot – A Photo Essay
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal
Here's a photo essay showing haredim mishandling kapparot chickens. Ynet has a kapparot photo essay, and most of the photos show haredim improperly holding chickens during the rite, which involves "waving" a live chicken over one's head while reciting verses...

October 2, 2014: 2-Year-Old Abandoned On Jerusalem Bus
Comments: 3 | Categories: Israel
A 2-year-old child was reportedly forgotten on a Jerusalem bus this morning. Above: file photo 2-Year-Old Abandoned On Jerusalem Bus Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com A 2-year-old child was forgotten on a Jerusalem bus this morning, Yeshiva World reported. At the...

October 2, 2014: Netanyahu Government Mistreats African Asylum Seekers, Despite High Court Order
Comments: 3 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Refugees
Despite the fact that Israel’s High Court of Justice ordered the government last month to close the Holot detention center within 90 days, the government is still sending African asylum-seekers there against their will. Netanyahu Government Mistreats African Asylum Seekers,...

October 1, 2014: 14 Arrested, Half Of Them Haredi, In Huge Alleged Drug Money Laundering Scheme
Comments: 34 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
After a months-long undercover police investigation, fourteen people – at least seven of them haredim, including one well-known haredi money changer – were reportedly arrested yesterday morning in Israel for allegedly laundering hundreds of millions of shekels in drug and...

October 1, 2014: Haredi Rabbi Becomes So Agitated Over Kosher Food Turf Dispute, He Needed Medical Attention
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Religion , Sefardim
A Sefardi haredi chief rabbi in an Israeli city reportedly became so agitated and upset today at his Ashkenazi haredi counterpart and at staffers that staff had to call for medical help to calm him down and prevent violence. Yeshiva...

October 1, 2014: Israel Asks The Netherlands To Extradite Breslov Rabbi Accused Of Sex Crimes
Comments: 6 | 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: 71 | 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: 19 | 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: 31 | 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: 21 | 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...

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