2,208 posts categorized "MO & Chardal"

October 31, 2014: Large Number Of Israelis Of Jewish Descent Not Recognized As Jews By Haredi Rabbis Leave Israel For Diaspora, Expert Says
Comments: 2 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
A disproportionate number of Israelis who leave Israel to live elsewhere in the world are immigrants from the former Soviet Union – immigrants whose Jewish status was questioned by the country’s haredi-controlled chief rabbinate and government agencies acting on the...

October 31, 2014: Orthodox Shul In Israel To Give Women Aliyot Tomorrow
Comments: 5 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
Nachat Ruach, an Orthodox congregation in the town of Shoham near Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, has decided beginning tomorrow to allow women to be given aliyot (to be called up to the Torah) and to read from the Torah...

October 30, 2014: Right-Wing Rabbi Shot In Terrorist Assassination Attempt Shows “Very Light” Improvement
Comments: 5 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Terrorism
The bullets punctured one of Rabbi Yehuda Glick’s lungs, his throat, one hand hand, and fractured ribs and caused even more harm to his small and large intestines. Above: Rabbi Yehuda Glick Right-Wing Rabbi Shot In Terrorist Assassination Attempt Shows...

October 30, 2014: Terrorist Who Allegedly Shot Right Wing Rabbi Worked At Right-Wing Center Popular With Jewish West Bank Settlers
Comments: 10 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Terrorism
Muataz Hijazi spent more than a decade in prison for terrorist arson attempts and for violent attacks while in prison against prison guards and against another inmate. He slashed two guards in their faces with a razor blade, hurt a...

October 30, 2014: Condition Of Right-Wing Rabbi Shot By Terrorists Yesterday Reportedly Worsens
Comments: 12 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Terrorism
The condition of right-wing activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who was shot Wednesday night in an Islamic Jihad terrorist assassination attempt outside an event at the Menachem Begin Heritiage Center in Jerusalem, has reportedly taken a turn for the worse. Above:...

October 30, 2014: Israeli Security Services Shoot, Kill Terrorist Who Allegedly Tried To Assassinate Right-Wing Activist Rabbi
Comments: 12 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Terrorism
Israeli security forces shot and killed the man who is believed to have tried to assassinate a well-known right-wing activist, Zionist Orthodox Rabbi Yehuda Glick, last night outside the annual Temple Mount and Eretz Yisrael Faithful Movement event held at...

October 30, 2014: In Wake Of Alleged Mikvah Voyeur Rabbi Arrest, Controversial RCA Rabbi Resigns From Conversion Court After RCA Puts Women On Committee To Revise Conversion Standards
Comments: 22 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
"…[T]he RCA has just appointed a committee “that will review its current Geirus Protocol and Standards (GPS) conversion process and suggest safeguards against possible abuses.” The committee consists of six men and five women, bolstering the trend on the Orthodox...

October 30, 2014: IDF Orders Outside Vendors, Employers At Job Fair To Follow Orthodox-Friendly Dress Code, Bans “Immodest” Pictures In Brochures, Tank Tops, Short Skirts After Orthodox Soldiers Complain
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
Israel’s Ministry of Defense is now mandating that all companies that send representatives to IDF job fairs held for soldiers preparing to go off active duty must ensure their female representatives do not wear tank tops, short skirts or any...

October 30, 2014: OU Israel Job Fair Allegedly Charged Unemployed Job Seekers An Entry Fee
Comments: 2 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
The Orthodox Union's Israel branch allegedly charged unemployed job seekers 50 shekels to enter its Jerusalem job fair this past spring. OU Israel Job Fair Allegedly Charged Unemployed Job Seekers An Entry Fee Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com The Orthodox Union...

October 30, 2014: Alleged Voyeur Rabbi Encouraged Single Jewish Women To Use His Mikvah, Source Says
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
Accused voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel allegedly encouraged sexually active single Orthodox Jewish women from the Washington, DC-Baltimore area to use the mikva (ritual bath) he controlled – the mikvah in which Freundel allegedly had a hidden video camera positioned in...

October 29, 2014: Dov Hikind And OU Sponsor Job Fair – Charge Unemployed $20 Each To Enter
Comments: 21 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
Orthodox New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind and the Orthodox Union (OU) sponsored a job fair last week at the Young Israel of Midwood synagogue in the heavily haredi neighborhood of Midwood, Brooklyn and charged unemployed people $20 each to...

October 29, 2014: Leading Right-Wing Activist Rabbi Shot At Begin Center Event
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Terrorism
Rabbi Yehuda Glick. a leading right-wing activist and advocate for Jewish control of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, was shot tonight in an apparent terrorist attack at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem. Above: Yehuda Glick Leading Temple Mount...

October 29, 2014: As Women Panic And Refuse To Use Mikvahs After Voyeurism Scandal, Rabbis Paternalistically Tell Them There's Nothing To Worry About
Comments: 29 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
Untrained Modern Orthodox and Centrist rabbis claim to have "swept" mikvahs to check for hidden video recording devices, many of which they wouldn't know how to find, and tell women that everything is all better now. Meanwhile, haredi rabbis won't...

October 29, 2014: Israel: 1 Million People Prohibited From Marrying ‘Pure’ Jews By Haredim, Moderate Rabbis Say
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
According to Tzohar, over 700,000 Jews living in Israel have been banned from marrying by the haredi-controlled Chief Rabbinate because their Jewish ancestry cannot be clearly verified due to records destroyed during WW1 and WW2 and by the communist regimes...

October 28, 2014: We Won’t Recognize Conversions Done By Local Orthodox Rabbis, Chief Rabbis Warn Netanayahu
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Israel’s haredi chief rabbis warned Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu today that they would refuse to recognize any conversions to Judaism done outside the conversions courts they control under the new conversion reform bill now making its way through the Knesset...

October 28, 2014: US Attorney Opens Special Hotline, Website And Email Account For Potential Victims Of Alleged Voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel
Comments: 32 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
Also, in the first public comments she has made in the media about the case, Washington, DC Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier told a DC television station today that the investigation into alleged voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel is expected...

October 28, 2014: An Alleged Victim Of Rabbi Barry Freundel Speaks Out In Her Own Words
Comments: 29 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion , Women & Judaism
A college student who was in the process of converting to Judaism under the auspices of alleged voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel and who took two "practice dunks" in the mikvah because Freundel told her to do it, writes about the...

October 28, 2014: Leading Right-Wing Zionist Orthodox Rabbi Equates Conversion Reform With Destruction Of Second Temple
Comments: 20 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
The conversion reform bill will “bring a complete destruction the magnitude of which cannot be described.…[It permits] any kind of conversion a person wishes, Reform, Conservative, light, half, whatever one wishes,” Aviner insisted, adding that the bill allows Arab Israelis...

October 27, 2014: More Arrests Possible In Rapfogel Scandal, Former Board Members May Be Targets, AG Says
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Jewish Leadership , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
New York State’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman appears to be targeting former Met Council board members who may have turned a blind eye to or participated in the embezzlement of at least $9 million from the Met Council. More Arrests...

October 27, 2014: Conversion Reform Bill Passes Knesset Committee
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu previously removed those administrative changes from the cabinet’s schedule in order to appease haredi political parties with whom he hopes to form a new coalition government after the next election, and use their numbers to push...

October 26, 2014: Racist Extremist Rabbi To Step Down From West Bank Position
Comments: 0 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , MO & Chardal
The racist extremist Chief Rabbi of of the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba and adjacent Hebron, Dov Lior, is stepping down – but not out. Instead of retiring, the 80-year-old Lior will reportedly move to the disputed Beit Orot...

October 26, 2014: What Jewish Law About Abortion Says About Orthodox And Haredi Rabbis
Comments: 28 | Categories: Haredim , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
"…Therefore, in an extremely pressing situation, such as when the fetus suffers from Tay-Sachs or other severe defects, or the fetus is known to be a mamzer, or continuing the pregnancy could cause blindness or deafness to the mother [or...

October 25, 2014: RCA's Lack Of Transparency With Regard To Abuse Complaints Against Its Rabbis Needs To Change, JOFA Says
Comments: 13 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
“The system of oversight is unknown, and that’s what needs to change,” said Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. “Rabbinic institutions need to figure out how to relay complaints and concerns about rabbinic authority, abuse, problems...

October 24, 2014: Police Find Hidden Cameras At Alleged Voyeur Rabbi’s University Office
Comments: 36 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
A search by Washington, DC police of the Towson University office used by Rabbi Barry Freundel repoprtedly found “a backpack with an assortment of tiny cameras hidden in everyday household objects, including ones embedded in a computer charger, a clock...

October 24, 2014: IDF To Allow Female Kosher Food Inspectors
Comments: 4 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
The Chief Rabbinate of the Israel Defense Forces has finally agreed to allow female soldiers to serve as kosher food inspectors in IDF kitchens. IDF To Allow Female Kosher Food Inspectors Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com The Chief Rabbinate of the...

October 24, 2014: Screw The Election, Don’t Recognize New Chief Rabbi, Haredi Rabbi Says
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
When democracy works in your favor, celebrate it; when it doesn’t, attack it, ignore the vote and do what haredi rabbis want. That’s the message being sent by a prominent Israeli haredi rabbi upset with the results of this week’s...

October 23, 2014: Pro-Shechita Organization Lies About Jewish Ritual Slaughter – Again
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal
Shechita UK, the British Jewish community's haredi-dominated pro-Jewish ritual slaughter organization, has a long history of lying about the humaneness shechita. Now it's scientific adviser – Dr. Stuart Rosen, a haredi cardiologist – has written a deceptive article on the...

October 23, 2014: Would Alleged Voyeur Rabbi's Illegal Behavior Have Been Stopped By Making His Wife Into His Own Personal Web Cam Girl?
Comments: 16 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Rabbis & Sex , Women & Judaism
"…Boteach misses a crucial point: the alleged objects of Freundel’s gratification were women who did not consent. In fact, voyeurism is not so much about finding “new flesh,” but about autonomy and control. The “object” of a voyeur’s gratification has...

October 23, 2014: DC Police Seize Alleged Voyeur Rabbi’s University Office Computer
Comments: 39 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
The Towson University office computer used by accused voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel has now been seized by Washington, DC police and his campus office searched. Above: Rabbi Barry Freundel DC Police Seize Alleged Voyeur Rabbi’s University Office Computer Shmarya Rosenberg...

October 23, 2014: Ouote Of The Day: Israel's Selfish, Self-Serving Prime Minister And Haredim
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
“When the haredim are in the coalition the kashrut system continues to be corrupt, and Shabbat is what it is now, and there’s religious coercion, and marriage and divorce are in their current state. But when that the same situation...

October 22, 2014: University Opens Investigation Into Alleged Voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness , Women & Judaism
A university spokesman reportedly said the university is investigating whether it violated provisions of Title IX, the federal law which prohibits various types of gender and sex discrimination on college and university campuses. Above: Rabbi Barry Freundel University Opens Investigation...

October 22, 2014: Senior RCA Rabbi Lashes Out At Jewish Feminists, Media, 'Weak' Orthodox Jews In Wake Of Alleged Voyeur Rabbi Arrest
Comments: 27 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
"…Granted, there are some sins that are more grievous than others and some failures are inexcusable – especially those in which the practice of the rabbinate is corrupted. I would love it if all rabbis (myself included) were above reproach...

October 22, 2014: Men Who Investigated – And Cleared – Abusive Voyeur Rabbi Now Head The OU, NYC Jewish Federation
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Jewish Leadership , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
Among those tasked by the RCA and its affiliated Beth Din of America with investigating [previous complaints against] Freundel [and who found Freundel fit to continue doing conversions and serving as a rabbi] were two attorneys who now lead major...

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: Israel's Chief Rabbis Say Voyeur Rabbi's Conversions Still Valid
Comments: 92 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion , Women & Judaism
"After a thorough review of the halacha, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel now announces that all past conversions of rabbi Freundel will not be affected by recent events. They are acknowledged as Jews. Conversions that will be conducted by Freundel...

October 21, 2014: Haredi Rabbi Threatens To Void Conversion Done By Modern Orthodox Rabbi Unless Modern Orthodox Rabbi Swears Universe Is Only 5,775 Years Old
Comments: 65 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Torah & Science
"…A good friend of mine (an upstanding Orthodox rabbi of an Orthodox congregation) was recently informed by a charedi rabbi that a conversion he had performed several decades ago was to be invalidated unless he would declare under oath that...

October 21, 2014: Voyeur Rabbi Coerced And Forced Female Conversion Candidates To Labor For Him For Free, RCA Turned Blind Eye
Comments: 22 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
“He had total control of my life, and he loved having that power over me,” she said. “I couldn’t marry, I couldn’t move, I couldn’t take a new job until the conversion was done.” During her conversion, Mandel said Freundel...

October 21, 2014: Voyeur Rabbi Brought Non-Jewish Female Co-Eds To Mikvah, Urged Them To Disrobe, Shower And Dip
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
“He basically said that not all Orthodox synagogues have [a mikvah], so it was kind of a rarity. He told us he was instrumental in getting it to his synagogue, he was proud of it. He proposed it as a...

October 20, 2014: Israel’s Chief Rabbis May Rule Rabbi Barry Freundel’s Conversions Invalid
Comments: 37 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion , Women & Judaism
“We are appalled by the accusations against Rabbi Barry Freundel and wish to stress that the acts attributed to him are atrocious and strictly against Jewish law. We offer our deepest sympathy to any victims. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel...

October 20, 2014: In Response To Rabbi's Alleged Voyeurism And Sexual Contact With A Non-Jewish Woman He Was Converting, RCA Brings Female Ombudsmen Into Conversion Process
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
…The RCA and the Beth Din of America have agreed that every Beit Din [religious court; in this case, a religious court impaneled to perform a conversion] assembled under their Geirus Protocol and Standards (GPS) [the conversion to Judaism protocol...

October 20, 2014: [UPDATED] Alleged Mikva Voyeur Rabbi Falsely Claimed To Have Coined The Republican Catch Phrase "Family Values"
Comments: 16 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Rabbi Barry Freundel, who was arrested last week for allegedly secretly videotaping naked women preparing to immerse in the his community's mikvah (ritual bath), claims he created the Republican Party's catch phrase 'family values" and was the man behind the...

October 20, 2014: RCA Says Alleged Voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel's Conversions Valid
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
"…Today the RCA is able to announce that the Beth Din of America - under the leadership of Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz - has concluded as a matter of Jewish law that conversions performed by Rabbi Freundel prior to his...

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: Full Text Of Rabbi Avi Weiss' Speech Announcing His Retirement
Comments: 2 | Categories: MO & Chardal
The following speech represents Rabbi Avi Weiss’s full statement which he delivered at Hebrew Institute of Riverdale on Thursday during Shemini Atzeret services: To my beloved congregants, I penned this open letter a few days before Shmini Atzeret. It represents...

October 18, 2014: Report: Rabbi Barry Freundel Videoed Naked Women In Mikvah For Several Years, Took Cross Country Trip With Non-Jewish Woman In Process Of Conversion, Hundreds Of Women May Have Been Secretly Videoed
Comments: 89 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
Until last year the highest-ranking rabbi in the country on the question of who can be considered an Orthodox Jew in America, Freundel maintained a set of practices with converts that sources alternately described as “creepy,” “weird,” “inappropriate,” and, in...

October 18, 2014: Controversial Modern Orthodox Rabbi To Retire
Comments: 1 | Categories: MO & Chardal
Rabbi Avi Weiss has been a champion of women’s inclusion in Orthodox life and is the founder of Yeshivat Maharat, an all-female institution which trains female Orthodox leaders he calls Maharat – an acronym which means a female spiritual, legal...

October 15, 2014: RCA, Beit Din Of America, Suspend Freundel
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
The suspension appears to have taken place after FailedMessiah.com pointed out that while Freundel’s synagogue suspended Freundel without pay yesterday, the RCA had not suspended him. Instead, while the RCA’s president had answered some media questions with regard to Freundel...

October 15, 2014: Prosecution Charging Documents Against Rabbi Barry Freundel
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
The US Attorney's charging documents against accused voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel. Please right click to read in a new browser window or tab, or left click to download: Download Freundel charging documents

October 15, 2014: The RCA Twice Investigated Rabbi Barry Freundel For Alleged Conversion-Related Misbehavior – Including An Alleged Sexual Dalliance With A Female In The Process Of Conversion
Comments: 32 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
The largest body of Orthodox rabbis in North America, the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), recently investigated Rabbi Barry Freundel after allegations were made that Freundel was sleeping with at least one woman who was in the process of converting...

October 15, 2014: Orthodox Drug Smuggler's Co-Defendant Found Murdered
Comments: 13 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal
32-year-old David Akiva Saltzman was found dead early this month, shot and then burned in his car in LA. Saltzman was co-defendant in the drug smuggling case of Jonathan Braun. Braun and his parents are close to Chabad, and while...

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