2,170 posts categorized "MO & Chardal"

October 20, 2014: Israel’s Chief Rabbis May Rule Rabbi Barry Freundel’s Conversions Invalid
Comments: 26 | 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: 14 | 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: 14 | 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: 30 | 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: 31 | 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...

October 15, 2014: Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel's Police Incident Report
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel, one of the top Modern Orthodox rabbis in the world, is Jformer US Senator Joseph Lieberman's and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's rabbi, was arrested yesterday ona voyeurism charge. Here's the police incident report. Note that Freundel...

October 14, 2014: Synagogue Suspends Leading Modern Orthodox Rabbi Without Pay Over Women's Mikva Electronic Peeping
Comments: 32 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
"…Upon receiving information regarding potentially inappropriate activity, the Board of Directors quickly alerted the appropriate officials. Throughout the investigation, we cooperated fully with law enforcement and will continue to do so. After today’s arrest of Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel, the...

October 14, 2014: Leading Modern Orthodox Rabbi Arrested On Voyeurism Charge
Comments: 71 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal
Uniformed police officers and plainclothes detectives swarmed the Georgetown home of Rabbi Barry Freundel, the senior rabbi at Washington, DC’s Kesher Israel synagogue, this morning. Freundel was reportedly taken away in handcuffs by the Metropolitan Police, who also took computers...

October 14, 2014: Wave Of Anti-Arab Hate Crimes Near Settlement Linked To Extremist Rabbi
Comments: 17 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Xenophobia
A mosque was burned and Arab olive trees destroyed in attacks that appear to have been carried out by followers of the late extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane. Above: File photo Wave Of Anti-Arab Hate Crimes Near Settlement Linked To Extremist...

October 13, 2014: Let Women Dance With Torah Scrolls On Simchat Torah, Liberal Zionist Orthodox Rabbis Say
Comments: 10 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
The liberal Zionist Orthodox Beit Hillel rabbinical association issued a ruling today that not only permits, but also encourages, synagogues to allow women to dance with Torah scrolls on Simchat Torah, the Jewish holiday that in rabbinic tradition celebrates the...

October 12, 2014: Hadassah Hospital Halts Educational Program For Rabbis On Organ Donation After Pressure From Leading Haredi Rabbi
Comments: 33 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
Hadassah tried to teach Orthodox rabbis the science of brain stem death and organ donation so they would better know how to advise families, and a haredi rabbi used his muscle – much of which is based on previous violent...

October 8, 2014: Right-Wing Zionist Orthodox Rabbi Says He Will Promote Dangerous Psychological Therapy Despite Health Ministry Ban
Comments: 9 | Categories: Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , MO & Chardal
Despite a rapidly growing body of evidence which shows that conversion therapy (sometimes called reparative therapy) meant to “convert” homosexuals to heterosexuality does not work and is dangerous, and despite the fact that psychological associations across the globe have banned...

October 6, 2014: Israel’s Ministry Of Health Comes Out – Against Conversion Therapy
Comments: 10 | Categories: Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , MO & Chardal
Israel’s Ministry of Health issued a public warning Sunday against so-called conversion therapies which claim to convert homosexuals into heterosexuals. The ministry noted that there is no evidence conversion therapy works while there is evidence that it likely causes harm....

October 3, 2014: Video: Live Chicken Kapparot In Israeli Hospital Nursery
Comments: 24 | Categories: Child Safety , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion
An actual live chicken was brought intio an Israeli hospital nursery and kapparot was done for one of the babies. Neonates have very immature immune systems, and this unnecessarily exposed babies to disease.

September 30, 2014: New Study Shows That Pregnant Women Who Fast On Yom Kippur Are Twice As Likely To Have Premature Birth
Comments: 31 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
A new study conducted by researchers from the Soroka University Medical Center and Ben Gurion University of the Negev shows that women in the later stages of pregnancy who abstain from food and liquids for 25 hours – the Yom...

September 29, 2014: Court Sentences Two Top Haredi Rabbis To Prison In Ordination Fraud Case
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal
The Jerusalem District Court has sentenced two haredi rabbis to prison in a fraudulent rabbinic ordination scandal that reached to the top of Israel’s haredi-controlled chief rabbinate. Court Sentences Two Top Haredi Rabbis To Prison In Ordination Fraud Case Shmarya...

September 29, 2014: Moderate Zionist Orthodox Rabbis Come Out Against Chicken Kapparot
Comments: 32 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal
Tzohar, the Israeli moderate Zionist Orthodox rabbinical association, has issued a statement opposing using live chickens for the kapparot (atonement) ritual done by many Orthodox and almost all haredi Jews before Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement which begins...

September 29, 2014: Tense Vote Scheduled For Tuesday In Bloomingburg
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion , Turf Disputes
The tiny Village of Bloomingburg in eastern Sullivan County, New York will vote tomorrow on a referendum to dissolve and merge the 420-person village with the adjoining Town of Mamakating, allegedly to prevent a Satmar hasidic takeover. Tense Vote Scheduled...

September 28, 2014: Government Tries To Use Coalition Changes To Force Liberal Jewish Movements To Cede More To Haredim
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
The Government of Israel is using Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s effort to bring haredi political parties into the ruling coalition while forcing out the centrist and largely secular Yesh Atid Party to pressure liberal Jewish religious leaders to accept slightly...

September 28, 2014: Hasidic IDF Soldier From Extremist Yeshiva Arrested For Telling Border Police To Disobey Orders
Comments: 5 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Crime, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Ariel Zilber told Border Police to disobey their orders and leave the extremist Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva. He was videoed doing this and, once the IDF saw the video, Zilber was arrested – as he tried to leave the country...

September 23, 2014: By A Large Majority, Israelis Fed Up With State-Mandated Religion
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
The 2014 Religion and State Index demonstrates growing public support for freedom of religion and equality in Israel. In addition to surveying Israeli public opinion on core issues surrounding Israel's religion and state conflict, (marriage, conversion, equality in sharing the...

September 21, 2014: Government Ups Cost Of Hotels’ Kosher Supervision 30%
Comments: 7 | Categories: Israel , Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal , Religion
Regulations signed by Religious Services Minister Naftali Bennett of the right-wing Zionist Orthodox HaBayit HaYehudi Party increase by 30% the price each hotel in the country must pay for kosher supervision – despite that fact that tourism slumped due to...

September 19, 2014: Czech Chief Rabbi Caught In Alleged Sex Scandal
Comments: 37 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Rabbis & Sex
Rabbi Karol Sidon allegedly is having an affair with a young woman he converted to Judaism. Sidon is 72-years-old and married. The woman is in her 20s. Sidon was forced out as chief rabbi but is fighting to get his...

September 19, 2014: IDF Partially Adopts Haredi Rabbinic Opinion, Shocking Many
Comments: 9 | 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 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 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: 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: Rabbi Michael Broyde Co-Founds New Modern Orthodox Synagogue Despite Scandal
Comments: 22 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal
Rabbi Michael Broyde, the sockpuppeting Modern Orthodox rabbi who resigned from the Rabbinical Council of America in January rather than face an investigation into his two-decades-long use of fake identities – including fake rabbinical identities – is opening a new...

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 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 12, 2014: Recap: Felony Case Dismissed Against Rabbi, Sons
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal
Rabbi Philip Lefkowitz and his sons Levi and Moshe had all criminal charges against them dismissed nine days ago after a six-year ordeal. The Lefkowitzes were charged with stealing $17,000 from the shul Rabbi Lefkowitz headed. But the shul owed...

September 12, 2014: Female Students, Parents At Yeshiva Of Flatbush Criticize School's Enforcement Of Dress Code
Comments: 39 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
"…We are calling on the school to stop the madness and put an end to this constant chase. It is imperative that action be taken soon. The current situation has already created a nearly irreparable fissure in the already fragile...

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 10, 2014: Alleged YU Victims’ Lawyer Lashes Out At Appeals Court Panel In Bid To Have New Appeal Heard
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
"The panel decision mocks the law, ignores the facts, insults the survivors of childhood sexual abuse and diminishes the dignity and integrity of this court. The panel decision is grossly flawed, intellectually dishonest and antithetical to well-settled Supreme Court and...

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: Appeals Court Says Alleged YU Abuse Victims Waited Too Long To Sue
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
A 3-judge panel of a federal appeals court ruled today that dozens of men, some in their 60s, who say they were sexually abused as children in Yeshiva University’s affiliated mens high school in Manhattan cannot sue the Modern Orthodox...

September 3, 2014: Felony Case Dismissed Against Chicago Rabbi, Sons
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal
A Cook County, Illinois judge dismissed felony theft charges against 70-year-old Rabbi Philip Lefkowitz of Agudas Achim North Shore Congregation and his two sons Moshe and Levi because prosecutors, who alleged the three men had stolen more than $17,000 in...

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: Yeshiva Of Flatbush Grad To Plead Guilty To Bitcoin Illegal Money Transfers
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Sefardim
Twenty-four year old Charlie Shrem, a Yeshiva of Flatbush graduate, is the CEO of the digital currency exchange BitInstant and vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, a nonprofit group aimed at promoting the virtual digital currency, was arrested in January...

August 31, 2014: Orthodox Rabbi Refuses To Reverse Excommunication Of World Famous Philosopher Because Judaism Does Not Recognize Freedom Of Speech
Comments: 30 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion , Sefardim , Skepticism , Skepticism & Former Haredim
“The moment we rescind the herem, even if we could, it would imply that we share his heretic views…How on earth can we even consider to remove the herem from a person with such preposterous ideas, where he was tearing...

August 29, 2014: Appeals Court Hears Alleged Yeshiva University Child Sex Abuse Victims’ Bid To Reinstate Lawsuit Against YU
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
"Judge Koeltl knew what he was doing [when he ruled]. I’m asking you if you know what you are doing," a federal judge said to YU's attorney, Karen Bitar of Greenberg Taurig, yesterday. Appeals Court Hears Alleged Yeshiva University Child...

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