2,473 posts categorized "MO & Chardal"

July 3, 2015: Sheldon Silver Refuses To Disclose Outside Income To NY State
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal
Sheldon “Shelly” Silver, the former Speaker of the New York State Assembly, has reportedly refused to report his outside income on a legally mandated state disclosure form. Above: Sheldon "Shelly" Silver Sheldon Silver Refuses To Disclose Outside Income To NY...

July 2, 2015: Rabbi Prevented From Leaving Israel After Married Women Complain He Coerced Them Into Having Sex
Comments: 23 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
The Zionist Orthodox rabbi, who was both a rosh yeshiva (yeshiva dean) and a state-employed community rabbi, has been accused by members of his community of exploiting and having sex with married women in what would be called in many...

July 1, 2015: Jewish-Arab Grade School Hit With Second Racist Hate Crime
Comments: 3 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Xenophobia
In November, the school was also hit with a similar attack that also included arson. Right-wing Jewish extremists with Sefardi haredi affiliations admitted to that attack after they were arrested. All three were members of the right-wing neo-Kahanist Lehava organization....

July 1, 2015: How Orthodox And Haredi Rabbis Sent Young Gay To Fraudulent Fake-Orthodox Therapy Group
Comments: 21 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Med-Ethics, Public Health , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
Despite Goldberg’s lack of formal Jewish education — he left yeshiva after grammar school — and his personal non-observance, he was instrumental in the formation of right-wing Orthodoxy’s approach toward gay Jews. It was Goldberg’s name that was on the...

June 29, 2015: Rabbi Avi Weiss Resigns From RCA
Comments: 26 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
“As an act of protest I have not paid my dues to the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), and have now allowed my membership to lapse. I have chosen to leave the RCA foremost because of its attitude towards Yeshivat...

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 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: “Sauna Rabbi” Won’t Resign, Despite Decades Of Inappropriate Behavior With Boys And Young Men
Comments: 34 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion, Religion & State
Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt reportedly told synagogue members at a members only event last night that the calls for him to no longer be the Modern Orthodox synagogue’s rabbi are disproportionate to what he did wrong. And Rosenblatt said that despite...

June 24, 2015: Mother Of Alleged Miami Beach Child Sex Abuse Victim Says She Has Been Threatened, Ostracized By Rabbi's Supporters
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Sefardim
The mother of an 11-year-old who has accused a South Florida rabbi of inappropriately touching her is speaking out, saying she has been shunned by the Jewish community and has even received bribes to stay quiet. Above: Rabbi Steve Karro...

June 22, 2015: Rabbi Accused Of Child Molestation Caught Allegedly Bribing Victim's Family
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Sefardim
Surveillance video has surfaced that may show a South Florida rabbi accused of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old, giving a parent an envelop believed to contain money to stay quiet over the entire ordeal. WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News,...

June 22, 2015: Ancient Rabbinic Censorship For Misogynistic Ends?
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Books , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Did ancient rabbis alter a seminal Jewish text in order to exclude women from public prayer roles and religious and communal leadership? The evidence is that they did. As many of you know, Professor Marc B. Shapiro has a new...

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 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 15, 2015: Fraudster's Bail Revoked
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal
Gershon Barkany is deemed to be a serious flight risk who poses a serious danger to another person or the community, and allegedly committed a fraud while out on bail. Gershon Barkany pleaded guilty two years ago to stealing more...

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 12, 2015: Rabbi Expelled By RCA Blaims US Mail Snafu For Expulsion As RCA Appears To Fudge The Facts
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Rabbis & Sex , Religion, Religion & State
“The Rabbinical Council of America Executive Committee reviewed the facts presented to it regarding the conduct of Rabbi Marc Schneier and voted to expel him from his membership,” said the statement form Rabbi Mark Dratch, the RCA’s executive vice president....

June 12, 2015: Almost 200 Shul Members Sign Petition In Support Of Alleged “Sauna Rabbi” Jonathan Rosenblatt
Comments: 27 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
The petition calls the allegations against Rosenblatt "long resolved" – even though they reportedly are not resolved at all – and demonizes Rosenblatt's alleged victims by claiming that Rosenblatt's "enormous talent…so far outweigh[s] the ‘parsed ambiguities’ referred to in the...

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 11, 2015: Alleged "Sauna Rabbi" Jonathan Rosenblatt Expects "Very Fair" Buyout From Synagogue, His Attorney Says
Comments: 35 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
“Despite the board’s vote, the vast majority of the membership have expressed overwhelming support for the rabbi and have been openly critical of those few who elected to speak publicly about an issue the congregation has been aware of for...

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 10, 2015: OU Puts Its Kosher Seal On Raw Fresh Whole Peaches And Other Raw Whole Fresh Fruit
Comments: 67 | Categories: Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal
You can now buy an OU certified kosher whole fresh peaches, even though there is no reason in halakha (Orthodox Jewish law) for whole fresh peaches grown outside of Israel to have kosher supervision. The owner of the Sugar Tree...

June 10, 2015: Shul Sends Members Another Letter About Alleged "Sauna Rabbi" Jonathan Rosenblatt
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
For more than three decades, Rosenblatt has been repeatedly accused of having boys as young as 12-years-old and young adult males join him for one-on-one sessions playing squash followed by long hot showers together naked and long sessions naked in...

June 9, 2015: Synagogue Board To Ask “Sauna Rabbi” Jonathan Rosenblatt To Step Down
Comments: 14 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
“Sauna Rabbi" Jonathan Rosenblatt will be asked to step down from his position as the top rabbi at the Modern Orthodox Riverdale Jewish Center (RJC) in the Bronx by the synagogue's board. Above: Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt Synagogue Board To Ask...

June 9, 2015: Miami Beach Rabbi Gets Bail And House Arrest In Alleged Child Molestation
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Sefardim
On arrest, he reportedly told police he touched the girls shoulders, back and buttocks as form of spiritual cleansing. Above: Rabbi Steve Karro Miami Beach Rabbi Gets Bail And House Arrest In Alleged Child Molestation Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com A...

June 9, 2015: Why Did American Jews Boo The Orthodox Jewish Treasury Secretary Of The US?
Comments: 28 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
"…The onslaught from Jerusalem is compounded by the increasingly venomous discourse in America itself. Many of Obama’s Jewish detractors take their cue from the harsh attacks directed at Obama by his GOP rivals, not only on matters concerning Israel but...

June 8, 2015: Shul Members Call On Prominent Modern Orthodox Rabbi To Resign Over Alleged Sauna Ogling
Comments: 6 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
At least 44 members of the Riverdale Jewish Center (RJC) have sent an e-mail petition to Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt calling on him to resign from the synagogue over a recent report that he bathed nude with boys at a sauna...

June 8, 2015: Sefardi Haredi Chief Rabbi Lashes Out At Modern Orthodox Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
Comments: 36 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
“Every morning we say the blessing [thaking God that He] ‘didn’t make me a woman,’ not like that one from Efrat, who makes all kind of innovations, who says we shouldn’t say that blessing, that women and men have equal...

June 8, 2015: US Supreme Court Strikes Down So-Called Jerusalem Law
Comments: 16 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal
Earlier this morning, the US Supreme Court struck down the so-called Jerusalem law that was meant to allow Americans born in Jerusalem to have Israel listed as their birthplace on US passports and other official documents. US Supreme Court Strikes...

June 7, 2015: Israel’s President Allegedly Lies To Leaders Of The Conservative Movement, Excludes Conservative Rabbi From Bar Mitzvah Ceremony For The Disabled Kids He Taught
Comments: 8 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
Leaders of the Conservative Movement are furious after Israel’s president, Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin, welched on his promise to host a bar mitzvah ceremony for disabled children that would include the children’s Conservative rabbi. Instead, Rivlin is hosting the ceremony –...

June 5, 2015: Rabbi Marc Schneier Allegedly Kicked Out Of The RCA Over Affair With Congregant
Comments: 22 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Rabbis & Sex , Religion, Religion & State
Rabbi Marc Schneier, the prominent co-founder and head of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and a top Modern Orthodox congregational rabbinic leader in Manhattan and the Hamptons, was reportedly expelled earlier this year from the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA)...

June 5, 2015: Top Modern Orthodox Rabbi Files Countersuit Against Enemy
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin filed the suit Wednesday in Jerusalem District Court against Samuel Wasserman. The suit alleges that Wasserman and two other men conspired to set up and entrap Riskin in order to allow Wasserman to use that to file...

June 4, 2015: "Sauna Rabbi" Jonathan Rosenblatt Responds To Allegations Against Him
Comments: 43 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion, Religion & State
“…I also deeply regret if my conduct at any time inadvertently offended anyone…I want to assure you however that it was never my intention to cause any harm, nor did I ever do anything that was unlawful.…” Above: Rabbi Jonathan...

June 4, 2015: So-Called Secular-Religious “Unity” Commemoration Event Bars Female Singers, Allegedly At Rabbis’ Request
Comments: 14 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
The Zionist Orthodox Makor Chaim Yeshiva high school allegedly requested that no females be allowed to sing at the “Unity Day” event slated to be held last night at the Dror high school, and that “dialogue circles” held during the...

June 4, 2015: Female Volunteers Booted Off Magen David Adom Crews To Accommodate Orthodox Male Drivers
Comments: 25 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
10th grade high school girls who were attempting to fulfill their high school volunteer requirement by volunteering at the Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance station in the Israeli city of Ramat Gan were forced to either go home or sit...

June 4, 2015: Orthodox Academics Minimize Haredi Censorship And Marginalization Of Women
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Media & Media Criticism , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
[Kimmy Caplan] conceded that among some groups there was a new “zealousness” and “stricter demands” relating to gender separation and modesty but insisted that those trends did not manifest themselves in Haredi news coverage…“The question is what you’re looking at....

June 3, 2015: Letter From His Synagogue Downplays Alleged Misdeeds Of Leading Modern Orthodox Rabbi
Comments: 27 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
"…Years ago, when RJC leadership heard rumors about the Rabbi’s alleged interactions surrounding athletic activities, the details were assessed and no evidence of misconduct was found. In order to avoid even the appearance of impropriety as to such activities, in...

June 2, 2015: Bronx DA Reportedly Opens Criminal Investigation Into Leading Modern Orthodox Rabbi
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
The Bronx District Attorney's Bureau on Child Abuse and Sex Crimes has reportedly opened a criminal investigation into the conduct of Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt of the Riverdale Jewish Center. Above: Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt Rabbi Asher Lopatin, the president of the...

June 1, 2015: Can Rabbinic Abuse Be Preveneted If Critics Fail To Name Alleged Abusers And Fail To Tell Followers To Call Police?
Comments: 11 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion, Religion & State
"…So many institutions and organizations are undermined because people don’t step up to combat inappropriate, immoral behavior on the part of rabbis and leaders. It is so much easier to look the other way, to make excuses, to pray that...

May 31, 2015: Haredim, Other Jews Try To Stop Christians From Praying At Purported Site Of The Last Supper
Comments: 22 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
“We have gathered here to sanctify God’s name. The debasement of this holy place will not be allowed to take place." Above: the entrance to the complex Haredim, Other Jews Try To Stop Christians From Praying At Purported Site Of...

May 31, 2015: Modern Orthodox Synagogue Still Lists Accused Rabbi As A "Holy Vessel"
Comments: 22 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion, Religion & State
The Riverdale Jewish Center, the synagogue headed by Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt, who allegedly inappropriately got naked with and ogled teen boys and young men who were members of his congregation and/or his students, still refers to Rosenblatt as a "Holy...

May 31, 2015: Convicted Child Sex Abuser Allegedly Hosted And Honored By IDF’s Chief Rabbi
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
The Chief Rabbi of the IDF, Rabbi Rafi Peretz, allegedly had a prominent guest over the Shavuot holiday – convicted child molester Rabbi Mordechai “Motti” Elon. Convicted Child Sex Abuser Allegedly Hosted And Honored By IDF’s Chief Rabbi Shmarya Rosenberg...

May 29, 2015: Video: My Husband Doesn't Know How To Be A Child Molestor, Accused Rabbi's Wife Says
Comments: 27 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Sefardim
"He does not know how to use molestation techniques. I say this as a wife, as his sex partner. I believe that these charges were placed in order to defile his reputation.…He never kissed her on the neck as the...

May 29, 2015: Report: Top Modern Orthodox Rabbi Likes To Ogle Naked Teen Boys
Comments: 73 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt of the Riverdale Jewish Center in the Bronx, New York, has liked to get naked with and ogle male congregants, who were often teen boys, and with university-age students he mentored or taught. Above: Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt...

May 27, 2015: Former Foreign Minister Calls Haredi Judaism An "Unauthentic Mirage"
Comments: 11 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
"…Many years ago, when we were looking for a school for my daughter in Gush Etzion, it was suggested that we send her to [Rabbi Shlomo] Riskin’s girl’s school. The welcoming and non-judgmental atmosphere there helped my daughter embrace Judaism...

May 26, 2015: Boycott Israel’s Chief Rabbis, Moderate Zionist Orthodox Rabbinic Leader Tells US Jews
Comments: 18 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
Rabbi David Stav, head of the moderate Zionist Orthodox Tzohar rabbinical association, called on American Jews today to boycott Israel's official state Chief Rabbis and the country’s official state Chief Rabbinate – both of which are haredi controlled – if...

May 25, 2015: Revenge: Haredi Chief Rabbis Move To Strip Job Of Modern Orthodox Rabbi Who Supports Conversion Liberalization
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
The haredi-controlled Council of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate decided not to automatically renew the tenure of the Chief Rabbi of Efrat, Modern Orthodox Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the Jerusalem Post reported. The move brought immediate and vociferous opposition from a wide swath...

May 21, 2015: Why Mikvah Voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel's Victims Are Justified In Suing The RCA
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
Like many of Freundel’s conversion candidates, she was asked to do hours of unpaid administrative work in his home office until late in the evening. She spent hours taking dictation from him, including of his personal emails, even writing his...

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, Religion & State
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...

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