6,767 posts categorized "Israel"

June 29, 2015: Top Haredi Kabbalist Was Laundering Money For The Underworld, Senior Cop Says under Oath
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
Before his fall, Pinto was extremely close to many top Israeli politicians and businesspeople and built a net worth of tens of millions of dollars through ‘donations’ he received for his kabbalah-inspired advice, making his one of the top ten...

June 29, 2015: Modern Orthodox Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Gets 5-Year Job Extension, But Not Because Haredi Chief Rabbis Wanted To Give It To Him
Comments: 0 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Turf Disputes , Women & Judaism
After Israel’s haredi-controlled Chief Rabbinate tried to strip him of his job, primarily over his moderate views on conversion and over his liberal views on women’s public roles in Orthodox religious life, Modern Orthodox Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s tenure as chief...

June 29, 2015: Do Haredim Have A Child Safety Problem?
Comments: 46 | Categories: Child Safety , Editorials , Haredim , Israel
When rabbis start teaching safety and public health in all haredi schools (or better yet, bring in actual experts to teach these subjects and stand there with them as they do it, showing real interest and respect so the kids...

June 28, 2015: Gur Hasid Busted For Allegedly Operating Chain Of Illegal Sex Shops
Comments: 24 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health
The man allegedly operated an illegal network of "Kruvim" sex shops geared for haredim. The network allegedly had branches in Beitar Illit, Beit Shemesh, Bnei Brak, Netivot and other cities with large haredi populations. Gur Hasid Busted For Allegedly Operating...

June 28, 2015: Is Former Israeli Ambassador To The US Michael Oren Lying?
Comments: 13 | Categories: Israel
After a heated exchange with former US Ambassador Martin Indyk on CNN today, it would seem exceedingly clear that Oren is either a liar or was deceived by Prime Minister Netanyahu. Either way, Oren has just given many US Jews...

June 28, 2015: 11-Year-Old Boy Dies In Fall From Roof Of Haredi Yeshiva
Comments: 17 | Categories: Child Safety , Haredim , Israel
The child, who had been playing on the roof, was in traumatic cardiac arrest when rescue personnel reached him and was pronounced dead at Shaare Tzedek Hospital. 11-Year-Old Boy Dies In Fall From Roof Of Haredi Yeshiva Shmarya Rosenberg •...

June 27, 2015: Hybrid Haredi Yeshiva That Combines Secular And Religious Studies Grows
Comments: 18 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
“In the mainstream haredi education system, boys get spoon-fed and spoiled. They don’t need to think for themselves, everything will come from state or from donors and they never need to think about their financial future. What we’re saying is...

June 26, 2015: Israel’s Highest Court Outlaws Forced Haredi Gender Segregation At Funerals
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
The suit to end the forced gender segregation at funerals was filed by a woman, Susanne Ayad, who directly suffered from this discrimination. She was aided in her suit by the Israel Religious Action Center of the Israel Movement for...

June 26, 2015: Report: Sefardi Haredi Minister Of Religious Services To Fill Local Chief Rabbi Positions With Shas Party Haredi Loyalists, Others To Be Shut Out
Comments: 4 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
Why no Zionist Orthodox appointments or Ashkenazi haredi appointments? Because Minister of Religious Affairs David Azoulay’s primary (and only) concern in choosing these new rabbis will reportedly be their loyalty to his Sefardi haredi Shas Party – which is arguably...

June 25, 2015: Jerusalem To Vet Future Public Christian Events With City’s Orthodox Rabbinate Before Issuing Permits
Comments: 26 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The government of the City of Jerusalem has decided to consult the city's Orthodox chief rabbis before approving any public Christian event haredim fear might possibly include missionary activity. Jerusalem To Vet Future Public Christian Events With City’s Orthodox Rabbinate...

June 25, 2015: Eat, Pray, Study, But Don't Work: How Haredim Are Leading Israel To Disaster
Comments: 32 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
"……For Israeli economists…the reluctance of ultra-Orthodox (or Haredi) men to work, coupled with their community’s high birth rate (double the national average), is a problem. A study recently completed by the finance ministry predicts that on current trends Israel’s public...

June 25, 2015: A Transgender Surprise: Groom Born As A Female Married By Jerusalem Rabbinate
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
The Rabbinate gave the couple permission to marry – a necessity in Israel, where all Jews are forced to marry through the auspices of the haredi-controlled Chief Rabbinate of Israel and its local affiliates. The couple wanted a small wedding...

June 25, 2015: Who Really Wrote The Bible, Or At Least A Large Part Of It?
Comments: 60 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
"…Josiah's kingdom was actually rather puny, and his purpose in having the Deuteronomistic History written was to unite the various warring Israelite tribes into a single powerful empire under his rule. That would be why the king's scribes write that...

June 25, 2015: Former Owner Of Top Haredi News Website Indicted For Bribery And Extortion
Comments: 11 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Media & Media Criticism
Guy Cohen, the former owner and CEO of the Behadrei Haredim news website, his top deputy Uri Zur, and three companies owned by Cohen have all been charged with blackmail and extortion of top haredi rabbis. Above: the alleged extortion...

June 24, 2015: Hasidic IDF Soldier’s Home Smeared With Feces – By Fellow Hasidim Upset That He Joined The IDF
Comments: 22 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
Haredim apparently linked to the vehemently anti-Zionist Edah Haredit haredi umbrella organization attacked the home of a haredi IDF soldier in Beit Shemesh Tuesday, smearing feces on the front door and hanging a sign that read, "Hardakim out!" Above: a...

June 23, 2015: Israel's Message To Non-Orthodox American Jews Is, We Want Your Money And Your Political Power, But Not Your Rabbis Or Your Religion, Leading Non-Orthodox Rabbi Claims
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Jewish Leadership , Religion, Religion & State
“It’s not that we feel unwelcome in Israel,” said Rabbi Schnofeld. “We are unwelcome. Our advocacy for Israel is welcome in the political sphere, but we as Jews and as human beings are unwelcome in the state of Israel.” Above:...

June 23, 2015: Haredim Stage Fake Bar Mitzvah Ceremony For Disabled Kids In Order To Usurp Conservative Movement
Comments: 15 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The kids were giving six months pf bar mitzvah training in a special program run by the Conservative Movement, but haredim blocked the kids' bar mitzvah ceremony – in part with the help of Israel's president, Reuven "Ruby" Rivlin –...

June 22, 2015: At Least 15 Arrested In Latest Protest By Ethiopian Jews
Comments: 4 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
Hundreds of Ethiopian Jews protested this afternoon in Tel Aviv against police brutality, racism and the decision by Israel's Attorney General, Yehuda Weinstein, not prosecute a police officer who beat an Ethiopian IDF soldier in an unprovoked attack. Above: A...

June 22, 2015: Undercover Investigation Shows Almost All State-Employed City Rabbis Ordered Sex Abuse Victims Not To Report Abuse To Police
Comments: 22 | Categories: Child Safety , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Almost all of the 27 state-employed rabbis investigated – the vast majority haredim but some Zionist Orthodox and some very prominent – ordered victims not to report the sex crimes to police. Because of the number of child sex abuse...

June 22, 2015: Ethiopian Jews Plan Massive Demonstration Today Against Attorney General, State Prosecutor And Police
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
Ethiopian Jewish community activists say they will stage their largest protest against racism, police brutality and government apathy to date later today in Tel Aviv. The protest is a direct response to Israel’s Attorney General Yehuda Weinsten’s decision not to...

June 21, 2015: Strong Majority Of Israeli Jews Want Conservative And Reform Rabbis To Have Equal Legal Status With Rabbis Who Are Orthodox And Haredi, New Poll Finds
Comments: 25 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
“A president cannot be president exclusively for the Orthodox and cannot turn the presidential residence into an Orthodox synagogue. It is regretful that a president otherwise so sensitive to the rights of different sectors and of the disenfranchised in society...

June 21, 2015: Why Can't Israel Solve Its Church-Burnings?
Comments: 33 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Rants / Editorials , Religion, Religion & State
The profile of Christian-haters is found at the seam between ultranationalist racists and religious-theological groups. To date, no arsonists involved in setting fire to religious sites have been caught, but the Jerusalem police has some experience with those who spit...

June 21, 2015: Gur Hasid Ordered To Pay Compensation To Victim Of Vicious Hasidic Gang Assault
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Turf Disputes
The beating was part of a chain of attacks and counter attacks over control of the Batei Warsaw houses in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem between Gur (which is widely viewed in the haredi world as being too close...

June 21, 2015: Guests At Wedding Of Belzer Rebbe’s Grandson Reportedly Charged $260 Each For Good Seats
Comments: 134 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
Guests at the wedding of a grandson of the Belzer Rebbe were charged NIS 1,000 (about $260) if they wanted a seat close enough to the head table so they would be able to watch top haredi rabbinic leaders, including...

June 19, 2015: Vizhnitzer Rebbe Changes His Mind, Tells Yeshiva Students To Answer IDF Draft Notices
Comments: 13 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The rebbe told his male followers they must only report to induction centers in one large group, supposedly to prevent issues of immodesty and temptation that could otherwise exist if a teenage yeshiva student went to the IDF center by...

June 18, 2015: Tel Aviv Man Beats Woman, Breaks Glass On Her Head In Dispute Over Allegedly Lax Religious Observance
Comments: 21 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
“The police will act with zero tolerance for violence of any kind and anyone who acts violently against women will find himself behind bars." Tel Aviv Man Beats Woman, Breaks Glass On Her Head In Dispute Over Allegedly Lax Religious...

June 18, 2015: Women Of The Wall Commit Hate Crimes Against Haredim Through Their Torah Readings, Haredi Political Leader Says
Comments: 17 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
“Vandals in both places are to be condemned,” Eichler continued, “since they can bring hate crimes in Israel and the entire world. Whoever condemns, and justifiably so, hate crimes against Christians and understands it can bring bloodshed, must condemn the...

June 18, 2015: Iconic Israeli Catholic Church Burned In Likely Hate Crime Arson
Comments: 40 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
The Church of the Multiplication Loaves and Fishes located at Tabgha on the Sea of Galilee was heavily damaged early Thursday morning in what clearly appears to be another "price tag" hate crime arson. Iconic Israeli Catholic Church Burned In...

June 17, 2015: Hypocrisy And Censorship: Haredi Pol Caught Swimming With Young Bikini-Clad Women, Media Censorship Blocks Reporting
Comments: 28 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
“How dare he act as part of the political establishment in Beit Shemesh which has worked to prevent the construction of an outdoor pool in the city, a culture hall in the city, a movie theater in the city, and...

June 17, 2015: Women's Grave Destroyed By Haredi Burial Society In Land Dispute
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The grave of Mrs. Leah Fisch, who passed away 20 years ago, was allegedly too large because Frisch was a tall woman. So a haredi burial society in Jerusalem allegedly destroyed her grave. All the material inside square brackets [...

June 17, 2015: Israel’s Haredi Minister Of Religious Affairs Calls Reform Movement “A Disaster For The Nation Of Israel”
Comments: 22 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
“Millions of Reform Jews in Israel and in the Diaspora have had it with the ugly lashings out of haredi politicians. If Minister Azoulay cannot function as minister for all the citizens of Israel, then he should resign,” Rabbi Gilad...

June 16, 2015: New Survey Finds Most Haredi Households Earn Less Than $2,100 Per Month
Comments: 86 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The survey also found that: Only 46% of haredi men have jobs of any type – even part time jobs. 76% of haredi women work, although many do so in part time jobs and low-paying jobs. New Survey Finds Most...

June 16, 2015: Rare Inscription from the Time of King David Found
Comments: 13 | Categories: History , Israel , Science
"This is the first time that the name Eshbaʽal has appeared on an ancient inscription in the country. Eshbaʽal Ben Shaul, who ruled over Israel at the same time as David, is known from the Bible. Eshbaʽal was murdered by...

June 16, 2015: Haredi-Controlled Cemetery Refuses To Bury Infant, Gives Body Of 4-Day-Old Boy To Parents In Cardboard Box
Comments: 25 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
"It’s completely shocking to me that burial is monopolized by the hevra kadisha, which takes advantage of people during difficult times in a manner that is completely unacceptable. They treated the body of my son as if it were a...

June 15, 2015: Haredi Health Minister Tries To Block Bill That Would Ban Tobacco Ads – Allegedly Because His Faction's Newspaper Benefits Financially From Them
Comments: 8 | Categories: Child Safety , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health
Not only that, during his previous tenure as deputy health minister more than two years ago, Rabbi Yaakov Litzman opposed the requirement that cigarette packs carry photos of dirty lungs and teeth to discourage children and youth from smoking, arguing...

June 15, 2015: Shas Pushes Affirmative Action Bill For Haredim
Comments: 42 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The head of the Sefardi haredi Shas Party, Minister of the Economy Aryeh Deri, is pushing a new bill that would mandate that at least 5% of all new civil servants hired in Israel are haredim. Above: Aryeh Deri Shas...

June 15, 2015: Despite Video Evidence Of Police Brutality, Israel’s AG Decides Not To Prosecute Officer Who Beat Unarmed Ethiopian Jewish Soldier
Comments: 9 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
A policeman caught on security camera footage beating an unarmed IDF soldier who is originally from Ethiopia will not face criminal charges despite the video evidence. The decision was made by Israel’s Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein yesterday after both State...

June 14, 2015: IDF Gives Slap On The Wrist To Nahal Haredi Soldiers Who Roughed Up And Shouted Slurs At Unarmed Palestinian Man
Comments: 25 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
Late today, the IDF quickly tried and convicted the soldiers from the Nahal Haredi brigade caught on video beating an unarmed Palestinian man, Shadi al-Ghabbashy, in the Jalazoun refugee camp near Ramallah Friday. IDF Gives Slap On The Wrist To...

June 14, 2015: Many People Only Go To Uman To Party, Cause Trouble And Commit Crimes, Labor Party MK Says
Comments: 71 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
Member of Knesset Merav Michaeli, who heads the Labor Party’s Knesset faction, said over the weekend that some of the people who travel to the gravesite of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, located in Uman, Ukraine, to celebrate Rosh Hashana there...

June 14, 2015: Nahal Haredi Soldiers Caught On Video Beating Unarmed Restrained Palestinian Man
Comments: 61 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
IDF soldiers from the IDF's Nahal Haredi brigade, were caught on video beating a Palestinian man Friday after he was restrained by them. Worse, the entire confrontation with the man appears to have been instigated by the soldiers. Nahal Haredi...

June 13, 2015: Almost 1/3 Of Haredi Youth Alienated From Haredi Community, Activist Says
Comments: 87 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
"…The reality is that in the absence of a meaningful alternative, nearly a third of Haredi teenage boys will continue to become alienated from both mainstream Israeli society and the traditional ways of their [haredi] community. Many drop out of...

June 13, 2015: Netanyahu Allegedly Violates Israel's Freedom Of Information Law To Hide Illicit Relationship With Sheldon Adelson's Newspaper
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel
“It has been reported by the relevant bodies that the two people [Amos Regev and Sheldon Adelson] that the request relates to are personal friends of the prime minster, whose conversations with them are private conversations that are not related...

June 12, 2015: Top Haredi Rabbi Calls For Shopping Centers Boycott Over Shabbat Violations
Comments: 19 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
Moshe Sternbuch, the #2 rabbi in the vehemently anti-Zionist haredi umbrella organization Edah Haredit, has called for a boycott of the Big shopping center chain. Above: Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch Top Haredi Rabbi Calls For Shopping Centers Boycott Over Shabbat Violations...

June 12, 2015: Leading Haredi Rabbi Speaks Out Against Recent 'Exorcism'
Comments: 12 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
“There is much to be written on this topic among the kabbalists, some being ba'alei teshuvah from years ago and now delving into kabbalah, and they do not know their left side from their right regarding Torah and Halakha….This poor...

June 12, 2015: 2 Israeli Women Ordained As Orthodox Rabbis; 6 More Women To Be Ordained In NY Next Week
Comments: 53 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
“We must not be afraid of the title ‘rabbi.’ I’m impatient. I’m too old. If the Torah doesn’t move forward with the people, it will remain in the desert, and that will be a disaster." Above: Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy, left,...

June 12, 2015: Follower Of Alleged “Sex Pest” Breslov Hasidic Rabbi Arrested After Incident Of Airport Rage
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel
A follower of alleged “sex pest” Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the head of the Shuvu Banim Breslov hasidic sect, arrived at Ben Gurion Airport yesterday suitcase in hand only to find out that the Belgian discount airline he was planning to...

June 11, 2015: Tax Authority Announces Crackdown On Kabbalists, Issuers Of Charms And Amulets, Distributors Of Holy Water, Mohels, Cantors – And Private Haredi Kosher Supervision Companies
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , Sefardim
Israel’s Tax Authority announced it will begin to crack down on haredi kabbalists who charge fees or take money for blessings. The crackdown will also include cantors, mohels, “distributors or sellers of charms, holy water, or other holy objects,” and...

June 11, 2015: Zionist Orthodox Girls School Bans Grammar School Students From Public Library
Comments: 73 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Books , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
Even though the school gets state funding, Israel’s Education Ministry said it had no problem with the ban because it comported with school rules signed by all parents and students. Zionist Orthodox Girls School Bans Grammar School Students From Public...

June 11, 2015: Bar-Ilan University Uses Pedophile Excuse To Block LGBT Students From Holding Gay Pride Event
Comments: 67 | Categories: Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
"…[I]f a group were to come and say ‘We believe in pedophilia, in allowing sex with minors, and we want to hold a happening’… Any call to break the law is problematic and these are the laws of the Torah....

June 9, 2015: Government Shutters Kosher Slaughterhouse Over Animal Abuse For Second Time In Less Than One Week
Comments: 38 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal
Dabach, the largest kosher slaughterhouse in Israel, killed about 120,000 animals per year – until yesterday, when Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture shut down Dabach for the second time in less than five days after further evidence of rampant animal cruelty...

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