6,436 posts categorized "Israel"

March 6, 2015: After 18 Years Of Refusal, Man Finally Gives Wife A Get
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
18 years of refusing to grant a Jewish religious divorce known as a “get” to his wife culminating in a two-month stint in prison ended Wednesday when a recalcitrant husband finally did the right thing and granted the get. While...

March 6, 2015: Police Raid Home In Haredi Town, Confiscate Large Quantity Of Dangerous Illegal Fireworks
Comments: 0 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel
A 23-year-old man from the overwhelmingly haredi town of Elad in central Israel was detained by police for questioning Wednesday night after a large cache of dangerous illegal fireworks was found in his family home. Police Raid Home In Haredi...

March 5, 2015: Bostoner Rebbe Equates LGBT Jews To Murderers
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel
"There is a community which wants to murder other people. It's their nature and they must murder – so we should give them equality? Why give them equality, because they are murderers?" Horowitz said during a rare press conference held...

March 4, 2015: Rabbinic Supporters Of Dangerous Circumcision Practice Issue Anti-Israel Statement
Comments: 11 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
The statement, released at the demonstration against Netanyahu staged by Satmar near Israel's consulate in Manhattan yesterday, contains what is essentially a condensed restatement of Satmar's anti-Zionist theology. The statement was released at the demonstration against Netanyahu staged by Satmar...

March 3, 2015: Liberal Zionist Orthodox Rabbis Launch New Halakhic Prenup
Comments: 13 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
A new halakhic prenuptial agreement, drafted over a period of years by the liberal Zionist Orthodox Tzohar rabbinical association in conjunction with the Israel Bar Association, penalizes spouses of either gender who refuse to grant or accept a Jewish religious...

March 3, 2015: Netanyahu's Speech; Obama's Response
Comments: 56 | Categories: Israel
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a strong speech in the well of the US Congress today. But US President Barack Obama's response was also strong, and while the speech will likely help Netanyahu's short term reelection campaign, in the...

March 3, 2015: Modern Orthodox Advocacy Group Seeks To Make Ancient Ceremony Less Uncomfortable For The Women Forced To Participate In It
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
Responding to what it says are numerous complaints it has received from women compelled to go through it, ITIM – a Modern Orthodox-run nonprofit that helps people navigate through Israel’s byzantine state-mandated haredi-controlled Jewish religious court system and related state...

March 3, 2015: Ancient Skull Found In Israel May Show When And Where Humans And Neanderthals First Interbred
Comments: 8 | Categories: History , Israel , Science
The date and shape of the Manot Cave skull provides some intriguing evidence that humans and Neanderthals might have interbred sometime during the human trek out of Africa, most likely as the former passed through the Middle East before spreading...

March 3, 2015: Right-Wing Activist Banned From Temple Mount By Police Unjustly, Court Finds; Orders State To Pay $126,000 In Damages
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Turf Disputes
Judge Malka Aviv of the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court ordered the State of Israel to pay Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick 500,000 shekels (about $126,000) for banning him from the Temple Mount from 2011-2013. She also awarded Glick 150,000 shekels...

March 2, 2015: The Lament Of A Former Israeli Haredi Yeshiva Student
Comments: 31 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
"…When you meet a haredi doctor or architect, the first question that you ask him is, when did you become a Baal Teshuva? If it wasn't so sad it would be funny. Imagine a scenario where the haredi population would...

March 2, 2015: Reports: Haredi Pre-Schools Allegedly Looted By Rabbis, Teachers Money Stolen For Many Years
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel
The fraud reportedly has gone on for many years. The victims in large part are teachers who do not receive their full pay, and United Torah Judaism Party Members of Knesset allegedly know about the fraud but have done little...

March 2, 2015: Secular Jews Endanger Israel, Senior Sefardi Haredi Rabbi Says
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Saturday night, Rabbi David Yosef publicly said during a lecture that Zionist Orthodox Jews who serve in the IDF carry two burdens – serving in the Israeli military and serving in the “army of God” – while secular Israeli Jews...

March 1, 2015: Satmar Zalman Faction To Stage Massive Demonstration Against Israel Tuesday
Comments: 30 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
The Satmar hasidic Zalman faction headed by Williamsburg Satmar Rebbe Zalman Teitelbaum will stage a huge anti-Israel demonstration in front of the of Israeli Consulate in Manhattan Tuesday in protest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the US...

March 1, 2015: Video: Haredi Modesty Signs And Violence Against Women In Beit Shemesh
Comments: 11 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Weeks ago, an Israeli court ordered the city of Beit Shemesh to remove haredi modesty signs. But the divided city's haredi mayor has not ordered city workers to remove the signs. Here's video of local Nili Philip and a journalist...

February 27, 2015: Israel Medical Association Billboard Banned In Jerusalem Because Of Haredi Objections To Photo – Of Elderly Woman
Comments: 10 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
The Deal Tov billboard company refused to publish the billboards, which included a photo of an elderly women, reportedly telling the IMA that the Jerusalem Municipality bans the publication of women's pictures on billboards and posters in “a haredi area"...

February 27, 2015: Chabad Rabbinical Front Group Launches Extreme Right-Wing Ad Campaign – On Eve Of Israel’s National Election
Comments: 10 | Categories: Chabad , Israel , MO & Chardal
The Rabbinical Congress for Peace (RCP), a Chabad-founded right-wing front group, put up hundreds of billboards across Israel with the headline “ceding territory is a danger to life,” urging voters to vote for right-wing political parties. Chabad Rabbinical Front Group...

February 27, 2015: Video: In Interview With Ha'aretz, MK Rabbi Dov Lipman Talks About Haredim, About Allowing Reform Rabbis To Conduct Marriages, And About Other Religion-State Issues In Israel
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Member of Knesset Rabbi Dov Lipman (right) of the centrist Yesh Atid Party tells Ha'aretz how he believes the rift between secular and haredi communities in Israel can be bridged, what his party is doing to encourage haredi men and...

February 26, 2015: Does New Video Show Haredi Policy Change On Child Sex Abuse Reporting? Probably Not
Comments: 62 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Unidentified man 2: A child of 11 years old – a disgusting person sexually abused him. The person [i.e., the alleged victim] wants to know if he can go to the police or not? Kanievsky: "Presumably yes - he will...

February 26, 2015: Beit Shemesh Moderates Fight Back Against Extreme Haredi Modesty Rules
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Turf Disputes , Women & Judaism
The group took out advertisements in the local papers and launched a Facebook campaign in both English and Hebrew, all centering around an image of an ultra-Orthodox woman sitting with her young daughter looking through a magazine. The girl in...

February 26, 2015: Jerusalem Christian Seminary Torched In Apparent Racist Hate Crime
Comments: 16 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , Religion , Xenophobia
The seminary was set on fire and its walls were painted with nationalist and racist graffiti, including the slogans “Jesus is a son of a whore” and “Redemption of Zion.” Above: The fire's aftermath (Jerusalem Fire Department) Jerusalem Christian Seminary...

February 25, 2015: Mayor Of Kiryas Joel Asks Congresspeople To Boycott Netanyahu Speech, Cites Neturei Karta Website
Comments: 23 | Categories: Current Affairs , Israel , Religion
The mayor of the Satmar hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel, New York wrote US Rep. Carolyn Maloney asking her and her fellow Democrats to boycott the controversial upcoming speech to the US Congress by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In...

February 25, 2015: Human Rights Watch: Israel Fails African Asylum Seekers
Comments: 24 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Darfur , Israel , Refugees , Religion , Xenophobia
Government statistics just released show that of 3,165 Sudanese asylum applications lodged since 2009, Israel has recognized a grand total of zero. Almost 2,200 of them are still waiting for an answer. Of 2,408 Eritreans who lodged asylum claims, 4...

February 25, 2015: The Bamba Snack Effect: New Study Based On Israeli And Jewish Kids Finds Peanut Consumption In Infancy Prevents Peanut Allergy
Comments: 5 | Categories: Israel , Med-Ethics , Science
Researchers led by Gideon Lack, M.D., of King's College London, designed a study called Learning Early About Peanut Allergy (LEAP), based on observations that Israeli children have lower rates of peanut allergy compared to Jewish children of similar ancestry residing...

February 25, 2015: Israeli Haredi Girls School Test Teaches Girls To Serve Their Future Husbands
Comments: 44 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Explain what the [proper] role of a woman in this world is based on the verse "it is not good for man to be alone, I [God] will create him a helpmate.” Correct answer: To ensure that her husband doesn't...

February 25, 2015: Mosque Burned In Another Alleged West Bank Jewish Settler Hate Crime
Comments: 4 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , Religion , Xenophobia
"At one o'clock we heard screaming from the people of the village and realized the mosque was on fire. More than three hundred people awoke and we managed to put it out. After that we saw the writing, racist writing....

February 24, 2015: Trial Of Accused Child Sex Abuser Todros Grynhaus Begins
Comments: 31 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Todros Grynhaus, 50, who has taught in Jewish schools, is accused of exposing himself to one alleged victim he was ‘obsessed’ with, treating her as a ‘plaything’ and taking her to a hotel where he abused her in a jacuzzi....

February 24, 2015: Haredi-Cofounded Nonprofit Organization That Helped Child Molester’s Family Make Aliya Wins Jerusalem Prize
Comments: 26 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
This year’s Jerusalem Prize for Aliyah and Absorption was awarded to the cofounders of Nefesh B’Nefesh today – despite the fact that Nefesh B’Nefesh helped the family of a child molester who fled justice move to Israel to join him...

February 23, 2015: Sefardi Haredi Parties Want To Ban Teaching Of Evolution In Israel's Public Schools
Comments: 32 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Science
“As an ultra-Orthodox party that believes that our forefathers were Adam and Eve, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and that our holy matriarchs were Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, we refuse to teach our children that they originated from apes.” Ha’aretz...

February 23, 2015: Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Complains City Plowed Streets On Shabbat
Comments: 17 | Categories: Israel , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Aryeh Stern complained that the city plowed streets on Shabbat – even though plowing was necessary (despite claims to the contrary) to allow emergency vehicles to safely pass. Yeshiva World reports: Jerusalem Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi...

February 22, 2015: HaTikva Is “Stupid,” Top Sefardi Rabbi Says
Comments: 34 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Speaking at a Shas campaign rally in Netivot on Sunday, the head of the Sefardi haredi Shas Party’s Council of Torah Sages Rabbi Cohen called Israel’s national anthem Hatikva "a stupid song.” Cohen also reportedly disparaged people who sing it....

February 22, 2015: Terror Attack Foiled By Wedding Gift, Jerusalem Mayor
Comments: 7 | Categories: Antisemitism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Terrorism
Jerusalem has a new Caped Crusader, and it isn’t Batman – its secular Mayor Nir Barkat. Above: Nir Barkat Above: Barkat makes the tackle in the above security camera video released by the city tonight Terror Attack Foiled By Wedding...

February 22, 2015: Haredi Sicarii Gang Member Beaten, Peyos Cut Off, After Outburst At Rabbi’s Funeral
Comments: 11 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel
During the funeral of Rabbi Levi Hacohen Rabinowitz, the author of the Ma’adanei Hashulkan, which was attended by top haredi rabbis from across Jerusalem, Dovid Noach Krauss (also spelled Krause) – a leading member of the haredi Sikrikim / Sicarri...

February 20, 2015: Alleged "Sex Pest" Hasidic Rabbi Appeals Extradition To Supreme Court
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Alleged “sex pest” Rabbi Eliezer Berland is appealing to the Netherlands Supreme Court in an effort to avoid his imminent extradition to Israel. Berland, who heads the Breslov hasidic Shuvu Banim sect, alleged sexually abused several female followers, including at...

February 20, 2015: Haredi Sefardi Chief Rabbi Of Israel Vows Do Disobey Law, Will Refuse To Recognize Moderate Zionist Orthodox Conversions
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
“They went ahead and made a law that municipal rabbis can perform conversions and then went over my head. The chief rabbi of Jerusalem can perform conversions, the chief rabbi of Shoham can perform conversions – they [i.e., the local...

February 20, 2015: Divorce In Israel Is Especially Awful – Largely Because Of Haredim
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Last night, Israel's Channel 2 aired a strong exposé on divorce and the haredi-controlled state beit din (religious court) system. Watch it now. Last night, Israel's Channel 2 aired a strong exposé on divorce and the haredi-controlled state beit din...

February 20, 2015: Almost 2,000 Years Ago, The Top Wine In The World Came From Southern Israel, And Soon We May Know Why
Comments: 0 | Categories: History , Israel , Science
The archeologists know of “the Wine of the Negev” or “Gaza Wine” — named for the port it was sent from to all corners of the empire — from historical sources from the Byzantine period. This wine was considered to...

February 18, 2015: Jerusalem Secular Residents Launch Shabbat Bus Service
Comments: 19 | Categories: Israel , Religion
The government refuses to run public buses on Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) in deference to the haredi and Zionist Orthodox communities. But secular Jews and non-Jews need Shabbat transportation. And now a group of secular Jews has banded together to...

February 18, 2015: 3 Jerusalem Haredim Arrested In Stolen Burial Plot Scheme
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel
Three haredi men from Jerusalem, including former city council member Shmuel Yitzchaki from the Sefardi haredi Shas Party and Blisha Shaul, have been arrested in a fraud scheme involving stolen cemetery plots. Hundreds of thousands of dollars may have been...

February 17, 2015: How Far Has The Haredi Community Fallen?
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
The late supreme rabbinic leader of Sefardi haredim Rabbi Ovadia Yosef passed away about 16 months ago. Some of the halakhic (Orthodox Jewish law) rulings he issued after his last book was published have now been released in a new...

February 17, 2015: Drag Queens Stage Race And Celebration In Jerusalem
Comments: 8 | Categories: Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel
Drag Queens raced through the streets of Jerusalem in high heels and put on musical performances in an event sponsored by the LGBT student community and the City of Jerusalem. Drag Queens Stage Race And Celebration In Jerusalem Shmarya Rosenberg...

February 17, 2015: Former Spokesman For Vehemently Anti-Zionist Haredim Appears In Yair Lapid Campaign Ad Calling For Haredim To Join Workforce
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
Shmuel Pappenheim, who once served as the spokesman for the anti-Zionist haredi umbrella organization Edah Haredit, has appeared in a campaign video for Yair Lapid’s centrist Yesh Atid Party. Above: Shmuel Pappenheim Former Spokesman For Vehemently Anti-Zionist Haredim Appears In...

February 17, 2015: Jewish Agency Deceives Donors, Funds Anti-Zionist Haredi Programs Despite Bans
Comments: 1 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
The Jewish Agency for Israel, in violation of their own governance policies, is funding haredi anti-Zionist and non-Zionist programs – in part likely because the chairman of the Agency's executive is Natan Sharansky, an ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu....

February 17, 2015: Netanyahu: "Haredim Are [My] Natural Partners"
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
"The Haredim are natural partners [with my right-of-center Likud Party], I have great sympathy for [Orthodox Jewish] tradition. Every Shabbat I study the weekly Torah portion," Netanyahu – who has reportedly openly eaten non-kosher food on foreign trips, a non-no...

February 16, 2015: Thousands Of Haredim Stage Joyous Parade Through Northern Jerusalem Celebrating Release From Prison Of Haredi Draft-Dodger Yeshiva Students
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Thousands haredi men – and, for apparently the first time, women – from Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach’s non-hasidic Ashkenazi haredi rebel faction flooded the streets of Jerusalem to celebrate the release of four draft-dodging haredi yeshiva students from military prison. Thousands...

February 15, 2015: Excluded From Knesset, Haredi Women Fight Back
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Why is female representation in Knesset so low? The first answer is also a rather obvious one: as a rule, the three religious parties don’t let women run for public office on their slates: ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah...

February 15, 2015: Top European Rabbi Equates Copenhagen Terror Attack With 'Anti-Shechita' Demand For Humane Slaughter
Comments: 6 | Categories: Antisemitism , Circumcision , Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal , Religion , Terrorism
"…The Jewish community in Denmark is a microcosm of what is happening to Jewish communities across the continent. On the one hand they are under attack from extremist Muslims who see every Jew as a legitimate target, on the other...

February 15, 2015: Satmar, Other Anti-Zionist Haredim Again Offering Israelis Money To Not Vote
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
"All votes count - for free grant money." That’s the message anti-Zionist haredim are circulating around Israel through a poster with that headline. It offers Israelis who can prove after the upcoming March Knesset election that they did not vote...

February 13, 2015: Top Haredi Leader Lashes Out At Yair Lapid, Says Lapid Acts With Evil Intent
Comments: 12 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman wants you to know that Yair Lapid is intentionally evil – but being intentionally evil has nasty halakhic consequences. Above: Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman Top Haredi Leader Lashes Out At Yair Lapid, Says Lapid Acts With...

February 12, 2015: Government, City Of Beit Shemesh Put Up Modesty Fence To Wall Off “Immodest” Little Children In Playground And Protect Haredim From Temptation
Comments: 18 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Israel , Turf Disputes
The sight of children in a public playground is too “immodest” for haredi eyes to see. So haredim covered the playground walkways with tar, removed benches (so men and women would not be able to sit next to each other),...

February 12, 2015: Hasidic “Sex Pest” Rabbi Can Be Extradited To Israel, Dutch Court Rules; Rabbi To File Case With The European Court Of Human Rights
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
"We're studying the decision at the moment. We've agreed with Dutch authorities that he won't be arrested at this point, so he could continue wandering freely in the Netherlands. We intend to file an appeal that will be in court...

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