6,023 posts categorized "Israel"

September 19, 2014: Video: Grandson Of Anti-Zionist Satmar Rebbe Serves In IDF
Comments: 15 | 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: 7 | 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: 40 | 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: 4 | 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: 6 | 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: 9 | 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...

September 11, 2014: Busted! Fleeing Hasidic Rabbi Nabbed In Amsterdam After Almost 2-Year Chase
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
After hopping from country to country, seeking refuge from Israeli law in places like Morocco, Zimbabwe and South Africa, Breslov Rabbi Eliezer Berland was finally arrested early today in Amsterdam’s international airport. Above: Rabbi Eliezer Berland in police custody in...

September 10, 2014: Haredim Riot Against Draft, One Cop Injured
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
Dozens of haredim protested and rioted against the IDF draft near Mea Shearim yesterday, throwing stones at police and trying to block the road. Above: Haredim throwing stone in Mea Shearim, July 2011 Haredim Riot Against Draft, One Cop Injured...

September 10, 2014: Fleeing Breslov Rabbi Leads Cops On Wild Car Chase
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Rabbi Eliezer Berland and his driver led police on wild chase as Berland's car drove on sidewalks and laws to escape. "We could not shoot at him because it is not how we wanted to operate this. [But] we know...

September 10, 2014: New York Haredi Man Arrested In Israel For Unnamed Alleged Crimes Committed Against His Own Daughter
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Interpol reportedly worked with the Israel Police over a period of several months to track down a 55-year-old divorced haredi man who is suspected of serious crimes allegedly perpetrated against one of his children. New York Haredi Man Arrested In...

September 9, 2014: Video: Haredi Mayor To Young Yeshiva Students: Lie To Secular Court, Judge Might Not Catch You
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Turf Disputes
"We tried hard to succeed, and God helped us from Above, and thank God we were able to win. This is how we need to prepare for the Day of Judgment - with [preparation:] prayer, repentance and charity.…But with a...

September 8, 2014: Court Blocks Transfer Of Southern Western Wall Compound To Right-Wing Group, Ruling A Victory For Reform And Conservative Movements
Comments: 2 | Categories: Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court has blocked Israel’s right-wing Housing Minister’s attempt to give administrative control of the southern area of the extended Western Wall complex in Jerusalem’s Old City, including Robinson’s Arch, to a right-wing nonprofit organization after the Reform...

September 8, 2014: 26-Year-Old Haredi Woman Collapses And Dies, Police Back Away From Autopsy After Haredim Object
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
“We received a call for an unconscious person with labored respirations. We found the woman unconscious when we arrived and immediately began CPR. She was pronounced dead by a physician after an hour of life-saving efforts” 26-Year-Old Haredi Woman Collapses...

September 8, 2014: Women Gets Divorce After Waiting 14-Years While Haredi-Controlled Rabbinical Courts Delayed, Dawdled and Acted Illegally
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Fourteen years ago, the the woman found out that her husband was having an affair with a male foreign worker from the Philippines and she immediately filed for a divorce in the haredi-controlled state-Jerusalem Rabbinical Court. But her husband refused...

September 8, 2014: Neo-Hasidic Cult Leader Reportedly Convicted On Rape, Abuse, Incest Charges
Comments: 54 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Among the counts he was convicted on include: The serial rape of a now-19-year-old girl from the time she was 15 until she was 17 on a nearly daily basis and a violent rape of a girl whose mother died...

September 8, 2014: Government Tries To Claim Haredi IDF Enlistment Up, But Facts Don’t Support It
Comments: 2 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
It’s likely that almost no actual haredim were inducted into the IDF this past recruitment year. But the facts supporting that claim didn’t stop a Knesset committee in charge of implementation of the new universal draft law and packed with...

September 7, 2014: Lieberman: Bringing Haredim Into The Government Will Cost $1 Billion In Inducements And Added Benefits
Comments: 8 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told a press conference today that bringing haredi parties into the governing coalition will cost 3.5 billion shekels (just under $1 billion) the government will have to promise haredim as inducements to join. Above: Avigdor...

September 7, 2014: UPDATED: Court Rules Haredim Can Keep Half Of Secular School, Despite Objections From Education Ministry, Secular Parents And Teachers
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Turf Disputes
The Jerusalem District Court for Administrative Affairs rejected a petition filed by Israel’s Ministry of Education asking for an injunction to stop the City of Beit Shemesh from using half of a secular school as an extension of a haredi...

September 7, 2014: Israel Police Bust "Hasidic" "Messianic" Prostitution Cult
Comments: 31 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Israel , Religion
Israeli police on the West Bank arrested four top members of a messianic cult because the group allegedly exploited women by coercing them to become prostitutes to "save the Nation of Israel and bring about its salvation.” Israel Police Bust...

September 7, 2014: Sefardi Haredi Rabbi Refuses To Allow Ethiopian Jews To Marry
Comments: 12 | Categories: Ethiopian Jews , Haredim , Israel
The Sefardi chief rabbi of the Israeli city of Petah Tikva has allegedly repeatedly refused to allow Ethiopian Jewish couples to marry because refused to accept them as Jews. Sefardi Haredi Rabbi Refuses To Allow Ethiopian Jews To Marry Shmarya...

September 6, 2014: Baby Dies In Hot Car After Mother Forgets Him While Shopping For Shabbat Items
Comments: 36 | Categories: Israel
A two-year-old boy died Friday in the Israeli town of Yehuda after his mother, rushing to prepare for Shabbat, “forgot” him in her car for about 40 minutes while she shopped inside a store for Shabbat items. Baby Dies In...

September 6, 2014: Likud Threatens To Make New Coalition Government With Haredim
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
The chairman of the government’s Knesset coalition, Member of Knesset Yariv Levin of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, said that Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid Party may be thrown out of the coalition and haredi parties included in...

September 6, 2014: Nigerian Tourist Does Not Have Ebola, Israeli Docs Say
Comments: 1 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics
A 28-year-old female tourist from Nigeria who was quarantined in Shaare Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem Friday does not have Ebola, doctors said today. Nigerian Tourist Does Not Have Ebola, Israeli Docs Say Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com A 28-year-old female tourist...

September 5, 2014: Heavily Haredi Hospital Gets First Ever Possible Ebola Case In Israel
Comments: 34 | Categories: Israel , Med-Ethics
A Nigerian health worker visiting Israel as a tourist was hospitalized this afternoon in an isolation ward in Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem on suspicion that she may Israel’s first case of Ebola. First Possible Ebola Case In Israel...

September 5, 2014: Video: 4 Jewish Teens Busted For West Bank Hate Crime Arson
Comments: 5 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Xenophobia
Four Jewish teens were allegedly caught on camera fleeing after they set fire to a café in the early morning of August 18 in the West Bank Palestinian village of Dura near Hebron. The teens – all minors who live...

September 4, 2014: In Odd Decision, Court Refuses To Grant Restraining Order, Haredim Can Seize Secular School
Comments: 1 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Turf Disputes
The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court ruled today that it has no jurisdiction to stop the haredi-controlled City of Beit Shemesh from seizing a secular school without proper legal notice and dividing it in half with a wall, and then giving half...

September 4, 2014: Haredi MK Rabbi Denies Making Death Threat
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
Rabbi Yaakov Litzman of the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party claimed yesterday that left wing haredi MK Rabbi Dov Lipman of the mostly secular Yesh Atid Party threatened to kill him on the Knesset floor. Lipman says it didn't...

September 3, 2014: Haredi MK Allegedly Threatens To Kill Another Haredi MK
Comments: 13 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel
Member of Knesset Rabbi Yaakov Litzman of the Ashkenazi haredi Untied Torah Judaism Party claims that left-wing haredi Member of Knesset Rabbi Dov Lipman of the centrist non-haredi Yesh Atid Party threatened to kill him during a heated debate in...

September 3, 2014: IDF Adds Legal Staff To Fight Looming War Crimes Charges
Comments: 6 | Categories: Israel , Terrorism
The Gaza war has forced the IDF to expand the Military Advocate General’s Corps “to deal with the legal battles expected to follow this war” – i.e., wide-ranging war crimes charges. When I wrote several posts on the doctrine of...

September 3, 2014: The Haredi War For Beit Shemesh
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Turf Disputes
The battle at the secular School for Languages and Cultures in Beit Shemesh is not over classroom space. It is a battle being fought by haredim for control of the resources of this culturally divided city, and a desperate existential...

September 2, 2014: Zionist Orthodox MK Lashes Out At Right Wing And Racist Rabbis
Comments: 1 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , MO & Chardal
“It’s not just that they [the rabbis] don’t know what they’re signing, or even if they’re signatories, they’re not even reading the proposal they’re coming out against. It’s too complicated for them. They deal with cheap politics and stupid battles....

September 1, 2014: Video: Top Aide To Sadigura Rebbe Busted For Resisting Arrest, Assault
Comments: 39 | 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...

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