6,659 posts categorized "Israel"

May 22, 2015: Haredi-Controlled Petach Tikva Rabbinate Caught Discriminating Against Ethiopian Jews, But Israel’s Haredi-Controlled Religious Services Ministry Says The Discrimination Does Not Exist
Comments: 8 | Categories: Ethiopian Jews , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Israel’s Army Radio reported yesterday that Ethiopian Jewish couples in Petach Tikva have been forced to wait to marry for more than nine months while the Petach Tikva official state rabbinate, which is haredi-controlled, delayed approving their marriage documents –...

May 21, 2015: Man Found Dead In Bnei Brak Mikvah, Cops Fear It May Have Been Murder
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel
Was it murder? A man in his 20s was found lifeless in a mikvah on Breuer Street in the haredi city of Bnei Brak, and police are reportedly investigating to see if the man was murdered. Man Found Dead In...

May 21, 2015: Make Your Homes Safer, Haredi Rabbis Order Followers
Comments: 8 | Categories: Child Safety , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health
Following several recent serious accidents and fires in haredi homes, many involving children, members of haredi rabbinical courts are calling on haredim to invest in safer housing. Arutz Sheva reported today that following several recent serious accidents (and fires) in...

May 21, 2015: Where's Miri? Shas Party Newspaper Removes All Female Cabinet Ministers From Official Government Photo
Comments: 27 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Actually, a newspaper affiliated with the Sefardi haredi Shas Party, photoshopped an offical photo of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's entire new cabinet to entirely remove its three female members – including the new minister in charge of gender equality....

May 21, 2015: Haredi Teen Wanted For Series Of Alleged Child Sex Assaults Flees Cops
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Intelligence officers from an elite police unit went to arrest the boy, but when he saw them he fled and a car chase ensued. Haredi Teen Wanted For Series Of Alleged Child Sex Assaults Flees Cops Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com...

May 20, 2015: Haredi News Website Blurs Out Faces Of New Female Israeli Cabinet Ministers – Including The New Minister Of Gender Equality
Comments: 108 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Behadrei Haredim’s censorship appeared to have fallen short: while it blurred out all the female faces and female’s visible necklines in the photo, it forgot to blur out Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev’s bare legs, which are in full...

May 20, 2015: Study: Jesus Was Buried In Jerusalem’s Armon Ha’Natziv/Talpiot Neighborhood And May Have Had A Wife And Child
Comments: 41 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion , Science
While we're speaking of grave finders, Dr. Aryeh Shimron used chemical analyses to find a clear link between ossuaries discovered in an ancient tomb in Talpiot and the ossuary of the “Brother of Jesus” – reigniting debate on Jesus’ burial...

May 20, 2015: Tzohar Reluctantly Gives Into Heavy Pressure, Allows Non-Orthodox Rabbis To Teach At Shavuot Event
Comments: 20 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
The Tzavta theater in Tel Aviv and the moderate Zionist Orthodox Tzohar rabbinical association announced yesterday that Conservative and Reform rabbis will, after all, be part of their planned all-night Shavuot study at the theater. Above: The head of Tzohar...

May 20, 2015: Arrest Made In Haredi Mob Attack On IDF Soldier
Comments: 13 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Police reportedly arrested an 18-year-old haredi male in connection with the mob assault. He was arraigned Tuesday morning, and police are said to hoping to make additional arrests in the case. Above: File photo of haredim throwing stones at police...

May 19, 2015: Haredim, Police Violate Law, Block Women Of The Wall From Reading From Torah Scroll At Western Wall
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
A day after Jerusalem Day, which celebrates Jerusalem’s reunification and renewed Jewish access to the Kotel (Western Wall), Women of the Wall (WoW) was blocked from reading from or from having access to a Torah Scroll there. The haredi official...

May 19, 2015: More Than 10,000 Haredim Protest Shabbat Violation In Ashdod, Demand Shopping Center Be Forced To Close
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Over 10,000 people, almost all of them haredim, held a mass prayer rally in a haredi neighborhood in the southern Israeli port city of Ashdod yesterday to protest a new shopping center that is open on Shabbat. More Than 10,000...

May 18, 2015: Haredi Chief Rabbis Want Government To Vet All Proposed Legislation Through The Haredi-Controlled Chief Rabbinate
Comments: 11 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Is it another step toward an Iran-like theocracy? Speaking at a conference of the Israel Bar Association in Eilat today, the haredi Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau called for a law to be passed by the Knesset that...

May 18, 2015: Jerusalem Zoo To Remain Open On Shabbat, Despite Haredi Rabbis’ Pressure (Or Lack Thereof)
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
The Tisch Family's Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem, more commonly known as the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, will remain open on Shabbat – despite ostensible haredi demands to close it. Jerusalem Zoo To Remain Open On Shabbat, Despite Haredi Rabbis’ Pressure (Or...

May 18, 2015: Ethiopian Jews Protest Israeli Racism And Discrimination In Tel Aviv
Comments: 1 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
“We wish to show that things haven’t dissipated – we’re continuing to protest. Nothing has been done for 30 years and we want to show the prime minister that this time we are not giving in. Even if he commits...

May 18, 2015: Haredi Boys Find 1,400-Year-Old Wine Press In Unauthorized Archaeological Dig
Comments: 18 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , History , Israel
A group of young haredi boys in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood of Jerusalem, all reportedly about 13-years-old, staged an unauthorized archeological dig and found a 1,400-year-old wine press. Haredi Boys Find 1,400-Year-Old Wine Press In Unauthorized Archaeological Dig Shmarya Rosenberg...

May 18, 2015: 65-Year-Old Hasidic Woman Gives Birth To First Child
Comments: 35 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health
A 65-year-old Nadvorna hasidic woman from Bnai Brak gave birth to her first child today – the oldest woman in Israel to ever give birth. 65-Year-Old Hasidic Woman Gives Birth To First Child Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com A 65-year-old Nadvorna...

May 18, 2015: Rabbis Rush Wedding So Dying Father Can See Daughter Married
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
The state religious council of the southern Israeli town of Netivot expedited a wedding because the father of the bride was very ill and in deteriorating health. The wedding was conducted within hours after the council’s rabbis were told of...

May 17, 2015: Israel Was Wrong To Close Its Doors To Ethiopian Jews For Decades, Israeli Racism And Discrimination Against Them Must End, Israeli President Says
Comments: 6 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin made statements today in support of Ethiopian Jews and against racism at the national memorial ceremony for the thousands of Ethiopian Jews who perished on their way to Israel...

May 17, 2015: Israel Will Have Massive Earthquake If Pinto Put In Prison, Sefardi Haredi Kabbalists Claim, Say Nepal Quake Was Supposed To Strike Israel But Was Diverted Due To Kabbalist’s Prayers
Comments: 35 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Pinto bribed top police officers to try to get inside information on the police investigation into Hazon Yeshaya, a charity Pinto controlled through close followers. Those close followers allegedly looted the charity, taking tens of millions of dollars in food...

May 17, 2015: Jews And Palestinians Violently Riot In Old City
Comments: 18 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Jews and Palestinians fought at Damascus Gate in the Arab Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City today as Zionist Orthodox right-wing Jews waving Israeli flags marched in honor of Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day). Meanwhile, haredi children stoned firefighters in another Jerusalem...

May 17, 2015: Moderate Zionist Orthodox Rabbinic Group Invites Head Of Israel’s Non-Orthodox Masorati Movement To Speak At Shavuot Event
Comments: 5 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
The moderate Zionist Orthodox Tzohar rabbinic organization vetoed participation of Reform and Conservative rabbis in the all-night Shavuot study session to be held next Saturday at the Tzavta Tel Aviv Theater, but at the same time, it invited the head...

May 16, 2015: Where Does The Name Jerusalem Really Come From?
Comments: 35 | Categories: History , Israel
Is Jerusalem really the "City of Peace" or is it actually named after a pagan god of our Canaanite ancestors? And why do we write and pronounce the word with a "J" when the Hebrew word for Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, is...

May 15, 2015: Moderate Zionist Orthodox Rabbis To Launch Own Conversion Court System To Compete With State-Backed Haredim
Comments: 21 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Rabbi Haim Amsellem, a former Shas Party Member of Knesset who rebelled against party leadership over several things, including its unnecessarily strict approach to conversion to Judaism praised Tzohar’s move and called the establishment of a Tzhoar conversion court a...

May 15, 2015: Chabad, Right-Wing Zionist Orthodox Organizations Using Jewish Identity Education Seminars For IDF Offices To Proselytize And Push Political Views
Comments: 31 | Categories: Chabad , Israel , MO & Chardal , Outreach , Religion
Most of the IDF’s weekend Jewish identity education programs for commanders are run by Orthodox Jewish organizations like Chabad and the right-wing Ir David (City of David) nonprofit, both of which push political and religious views on participants and even...

May 14, 2015: Cost Of Netanyahu’s Deals With Coalition Partners More Than The Entire Cost Of Coalition Deals For The Last Three Governments Combined
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Much of the money doled out by Netanyahu this month goes to haredim to fund haredi yeshivas, housing and other social programs while at the same time the coalition agreements Netanyahu signed with haredi parties allow haredim to dodge the...

May 14, 2015: Netanyahu Abruptly Cancels Swearing-In Ceremony Of New Government
Comments: 4 | Categories: Israel
A spokesman for the Knesset, Yotam Yakir, said the ceremony and the swearings-in were delayed due to a request by Netanyahu himself – a delay Israeli media says is connected to last-minute disputes over ministerial appointments. Above: Benjamin Netanyahu Netanyahu...

May 14, 2015: Are They Really Haredi?
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Because of the supposed increase of haredi soldiers who are stationed at the Netavim Air Force base, the base was given a Torah scroll over the weekend. 60 so-called haredi soldiers now serve there. But are they really haredi? Are...

May 14, 2015: Haredi Family Of 50 Ruled Non-Jews Over Decades-Old Conversion
Comments: 34 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
“The incident shows the intransigence of the rabbinical courts. Rather than seeking to certify and verify the original conversion they rely on a clerk who tells them the conversion is no good, and then humiliate an entire extended family by...

May 14, 2015: Dozens Of Children Reported Molested By School Transport Employee
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
A 35-year-old resident of Jerusalem who works in school transportation has been arrested on suspicion of molesting dozens of little children. Dozens Of Children Reported Molested By School Transport Employee Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Avraham Natan Barnet, a 35-year-old resident...

May 14, 2015: Hundreds Of Diamonds Recalled In Alleged Large Israeli Fraud Scheme
Comments: 1 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel
424 diamonds have been recalled by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) after several Israelis and Israeli companies allegedly tampered with them to temporarily improve their grade and increase their value. Hundreds Of Diamonds Recalled In Alleged Large Israeli Fraud...

May 14, 2015: Video: The Hasidic Tashbar Cheder In Williamsburg Holds An Anti-Israel Demonstration
Comments: 34 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
The Tashbar cheder (yeshiva grade school) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn held an anti-Israel demonstration late last month. Here's video:

May 14, 2015: Haredi Prisoner Refuses To Share Cell With Secular Jews, Sent To Isolation – Prisoner, Family Claim Religious Discrimination
Comments: 20 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
An unnamed haredi prisoner and his family are complaining that the haredi prisoner is forced to spend Shabbat in his assigned cell – a cell he shares with a non-Orthodox prisoner who watches TV on Shabbat. The haredi prisoner has...

May 13, 2015: Haredi Man Arrested For Allegedly Raping And Abusing Three Of His Daughters
Comments: 37 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Israel Police reportedly arrested a 54-year-old man in the haredi town of Kiryat Ye'arim (also known as Telshe-Stone and Telz-Stone) for allegedly sexually abusing and raping three of his daughters over a period of years. The man reportedly claims the...

May 13, 2015: 74% Of Likud Voters Opposed To Party's Deal With Ashkenazi Haredim
Comments: 0 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Some 74% of Likud voters said the deal included "too many" or "many" concessions to [the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party] UTJ, [while only] 22% said it was balanced. The Jerusalem Post reports that new poll conducted by the...

May 13, 2015: By Narrowest Possible Margin, New Netanyahu Government Wins First Knesset Vote – To Increase Patronage Positions Netanyahu Can Dole Out
Comments: 2 | Categories: Israel
In a 61 to 59 vote taken while the opposition openly ridiculed it, the Knesset ratified the amendment by a strict party-line vote – so strict that all members of Knesset whose parties are part of Netanyahu’s new government voted...

May 12, 2015: In Haifa, Ethiopian Jews Protest Racism
Comments: 14 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
One protestor reportedly told media tonight's protest took place “to ensure that members of our community aren't judged solely on the color of their skin by Israeli society.” Above: File photo. An anti-racism demonstration in Tel Aviv earlier this month...

May 12, 2015: Official Haredi-Controlled State Rabbinical Court Blocks Mother From Seeing Her Children Because She Is Now Secular
Comments: 21 | Categories: BTs , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
The haredi-controlled official state Jerusalem Rabbinical Court ruled earlier this month that a haredi man does not have to pay his ex-wife child support for their two daughters because his ex-wife is no longer Orthodox and blocked her from seeing...

May 12, 2015: Another Unregulated Haredi Check-Casher, Money-Changer Goes Out Of Business As What Could Be Another Haredi Ponzi Scheme Collapses
Comments: 21 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel
A second large haredi check-cashing and money-changing business has collapsed in less than two weeks in what appears to be a another Ponzi scheme gone bad. Behadrei Haredim reports that a second large haredi check-cashing and money-changing business has collapsed...

May 12, 2015: Almost 2/3 Of Jewish Israelis Upset, Think Netanyahu Gave Haredim Too Much To Join His New Government
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Jewish Leadership , Religion
Almost two-thirds of Israeli Jews are upset with the concessions Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made to the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party (UTJ) to get the party to join his new narrow coalition government. Above: Benjamin Netanyahu Almost 2/3...

May 12, 2015: Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist Sentenced To One Year In Jail For Bribery, Corruption, Obstruction Of Justice And Money Laundering
Comments: 26 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, the kabbalist and rabbi-to-the-stars who pleaded guilty to attempting to bribe a senior police officer last month, was sentenced today to one year in jail – the maximum amount allowed under his generous plea bargain –...

May 11, 2015: Haredi Rabbi Detained For Questioning Over Secret Cameras Installed In Men’s Mikvah In Jerusalem
Comments: 43 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
A haredi rabbi, apparently well-meaning, was detained by police last week after complaints that he installed a hidden camera in a men's mikvah (ritual bath) on Avinoam Street in the haredi neighborhood of Sanhedria in Jerusalem. Haredi Rabbi Detained For...

May 11, 2015: Haredi MK Threatens To Bring Down Shaky Coalition Government Unless His Demands Are Met
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel
Member of Knesset Rabbi Yisrael Eichler of the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party (UTJ) – arguably the most obnoxious and aggressive of all Knesset Members – has sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatening to refuse to...

May 10, 2015: In Last Act As Religious Services Minister, Naftali Bennett Orders State To Pay Salaries Of Hundreds Of Additional Orthodox And Haredi Rabbis
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Only moments before leaving his position as the Minister of Religious Services last week, Naftali Bennett of the right-wing Zionist Orthodox HaBayit HaYehudi Party instituted new regulations that will see hundreds of additional Orthodox and haredi rabbis – but no...

May 10, 2015: Ethiopian Jews Demand "Zero Tolerance" For "Abusive Police" And Racist Civil Servants
Comments: 3 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
"…[There is a] widespread realization by Ethiopian Israeli community members that the system is the problem. Institutional attitudes and government policies need to be reformed. Segregation in schools, whether resulting from ignorance or actual prejudice, must cease. The provision of...

May 10, 2015: Ethiopian Jews Say Israel Police Using Violent Fringe Of Protesters To Cover Up Their Own Racism And Brutality
Comments: 1 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
"It's part of the tactics of the police, unfortunately. Instead of understanding the pain of the Israeli public, not only of the Ethiopian community, the police use us and blame us as 'illegitimate,' and say we are unruly and violent....

May 10, 2015: Former Chief Rabbi Caught On Tape Calling A Top Aide Who Cooperated With Police A Moser And A Snitch
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel
Former Ashkenazi haredi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger was secretly recorded by a top assistant calling the top aide a "moser" and a snitch and in another secret recoding offering that top aide a large bribe to lie to...

May 9, 2015: Most Religion Is A Legal Fiction; Fundamentalist Religion – Like Haredism – Is Societal Death
Comments: 113 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Rants / Editorials , Religion , Skepticism
"…It’s perfectly rational to reject faith as a matter of principle. Many people (myself included) find no practical advantage in believing things without evidence. But what about those who do? If a belief is held because of its effects, not...

May 8, 2015: Trust What Can't Ever Be Verified: A Chocolate Bar Is Labeled Both "Kosher Pareve, Halav Yisrael"
Comments: 37 | Categories: Israel , Kosher Scandal
An Israeli chocolate bar is labeled both kosher pareve and halav yisrael – two opposite things that cannot coexist in the same food item. The first line of the label reads in translation" "Bitter[sweet] chocolate, kosher pareve, halav yisrael." Please...

May 8, 2015: 80% Of Secular Israeli Jews Would Not Get Married By An Orthodox Rabbi – If The Law Gave Them The Choice
Comments: 10 | Categories: Israel , Religion
80% of secular Israeli Jews responded that they would not have had an Orthodox wedding if they had been given other alternatives. This is a dramatic increase from 67% during the summer of 2013. Nearly half of the [overall] Jewish...

May 8, 2015: Ethiopian Jews Say They Were Beaten By Police And Mistreated – After Being Taken Into Custody
Comments: 9 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Ethiopian Jews , Israel
“Some of us vomited and didn’t feel well. I kept spitting blood, afraid to swallow any of my teeth. Others urinated and defecated after being cooped up for seven hours. [I begged to see a doctor and a policeman replied]...

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