2,134 posts categorized "MO & Chardal"

September 15, 2014: Jews Forbidden To Diet On Shabbat And Yom Tov, Zionist Orthodox Rabbi Claims
Comments: 9 | 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: 21 | 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: 37 | 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...

August 28, 2014: Haredim Move To Take Over Secular Anti-Poverty Agency
Comments: 13 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
Met Council board member Abraham Biderman, who is a top haredi lay leader in Agudath Israel of America, is likely to be the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty's new board chairman and his candidate to replace David Frankel the CEO...

August 28, 2014: Bloomingburg: Planning Board Refuses To Approve New Satmar Girls School
Comments: 0 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Turf Disputes
The planning board of the Town of Mamakating, New York has – temporarily – blocked Modern Orthodox developer Shalom Lamm’s plan to open a Satmar hasidic girls school early next month in the neighboring Village of Bloomingburg. Bloomingburg: Planning Board...

August 27, 2014: Jewish Anti-Poverty Agency CEO Forced Out Because Haredi-Controlled Agencies Did Not Like Increased Oversight
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
A major sticking point came over increased oversight. For years, the Met Council has served as a “fiscal conduit” for seven of the smaller JCCs and community organizations, meaning that the Council handled financial operations such as payroll and bill...

August 26, 2014: Bloomingburg: Petition To Fold Tiny Village Into Neighboring Town In An Effort To Control Deceptive Hasidic Development Allegedly Illegal
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Turf Disputes
The plan to fold the tiny 420-person Bloomingburg into the larger neighboring Town of Mamakating was proposed in large part to deal with a deceptive high density 396-unit townhouse development originally pitched to the rural village, through an alleged straw...

August 24, 2014: Video: The Fight For Missing Multimillionaire Guma Aguiar's Money Continues
Comments: 4 | Categories: Chabad , Israel , MO & Chardal
The family of millionaire Guma Aguiar, who went missing on his boat off Fort Lauderdale, Florida in June 2012, appeared in court Friday to battle over parts of his $100 million fortune. Aguiar, who suffered from bipolar disorder and had...

August 22, 2014: Top Candidate For CEO Of Scandal-Plagued Anti-Poverty Charity Said To Be Chabad Rabbi
Comments: 7 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, the New York City Jewish community’s scandal-plagued anti-poverty arm, is reportedly considering hiring a Chabad rabbi to replace outgoing CEO David Frankel, who was brought in to clean up the organization last year but...

August 21, 2014: New CEO Of Scandal-Plagued Jewish Community Anti-Poverty Arm ‘Resigns’
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
The scandal-plagued Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, the New York City-area’s Jewish community’s scandal-plagued anti-poverty arm, is losing its new CEO – likely due to conflicts with organization’s board and with local Jewish Community Councils, which are largely haredi or...

August 19, 2014: Controversial Orthodox IDF Commander Begrudgingly Orders Troops To Watch Performance Of Band That Included Female Musicians
Comments: 19 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
"This is just for one song that I have no control over. I'm asking you to have patience. I've suffered from this enough over the last week. My wife can't listen to all of this poppycock either. I've seen great...

August 18, 2014: Report: All 3 Killers Of Arab Boy Come From Same Sefardi Haredi Family
Comments: 6 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Terrorism , Xenophobia
All three killers of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir come from the same Jerusalem haredi family, and the lead killer's father is well-known Sefardi haredi rabbi and rosh yeshiva. Above: Yosef Haim Ben-David The Washington Post reports on the alleged killers...

August 18, 2014: Video: "Dump That Donkey!"
Comments: 25 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Crime, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal
Racist protesters from the racist neo-Kahanist Lehava organization shouted racist slurs and tried to rush the wedding hall where a Muslim-Jewish couple was celebrating their wedding. They also attacked a Ha'aretz photojournalist and caused other trouble. Ha'aretz reports: …Each guest...

August 18, 2014: Orthodox Man Sues Hospital, Rabbi, Over Cremation Of Amputated Leg
Comments: 24 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal
A 43-year-old blind Orthodox Jewish man, Moshe Lefkowitz, is suing a hospital in a Chicago suburb for cremating the leg its doctors amputated instead of keeping it so it could be buried in a traditional Jewish burial as required by...

August 17, 2014: Israel's Shameful Rate Of Organ Donation Gets International Negative Attention
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
Since 2000, one [organ] trafficking prosecution after the next has implicated Israelis in some way. Although recent legal changes have made it less enticing for Israelis to seek transplants overseas, they have contributed to longer wait lists at home. That...

August 17, 2014: Court Refuses To Block Racist Right-Wing Demonstration At Private Jewish-Muslim Wedding
Comments: 6 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
An Israeli court refused to stop a racist right-wing demonstration outside a wedding hall where an Arab-Jewish couple is holding a wedding celebration even though the couple and their families have received death threats. Above: Lehava's chairman Bentizion "Bentzi" Gupstein...

August 16, 2014: Israeli Jewish-Arab Couple Petition High Court For Protection From Racist Orthodox Jewish Group As Police Require Couple To Hire 33 Security Guards To Protect Wedding Celebration
Comments: 8 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Haredim , MO & Chardal
An Israeli Arab Muslim man and his wife, a former Jew who converted to Islam, are seeking protection from Israel’s High Court of Justice after a right-wing Orthodox racist organization announced plans to demonstrate at the couple’s private wedding celebration...

August 15, 2014: Jewish-Arab Intermarriage Prompts Right-Wing Protest, Threats
Comments: 22 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
An Israeli Arab man and his formerly Jewish wife were forced to hire 14 security guards to protect their wedding celebration after openly racist right-wing neo-Kahanist group Lehava, made up predominately of Zionist Orthodox, haredi and Chabad Jews, decided to...

August 15, 2014: Jerusalem Street Finally To Be Named For Controversial Orthodox Academic
Comments: 4 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal
After a long 20-year fight led by rightists and haredim to prevent it, a Jerusalem street has finally been named for the extremely controversial Orthodox Hebrew University Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz. Above: Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz Jerusalem Street Finally To Be Named...

August 15, 2014: The Myth Of The Temple Menorah And The Vatican Exposed By Leading National Newspaper – With The Help Of YU Professor, Class
Comments: 21 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , History , Israel , MO & Chardal
The menorah – the size of a human being and made of solid gold – is purportedly being held captive in the bowels of the Vatican, many Orthodox and haredi rabbis believe. But is this true? The Arch of Titus...

August 13, 2014: Trustee Loses Two Battles To Recover Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In Stolen Madoff Money From Modern Orthodox YU-Linked Hedge Fund Maven
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal
Irving Picard, the court-appointed trustee trying to recover money for the victims of massive Ponzi-schemer Bernard Madoff, suffered his second loss in less than a week to Modern Orthodox hedge fund manager J. Ezra Merkin. Above: J. Ezra Merkin Trustee...

August 12, 2014: Israel Lifts Haredi-Imposed Ban On Open Funerals And Marked Graves For Stillborns
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Israel's Health, Justice and Religious Services ministries have finally agreed to address a sad problem created by a very strict interpretation of Jewish law and the goverment’s prolonged failure to reign in haredi rabbis. Israel Lifts Haredi-Imposed Ban On Open...

August 12, 2014: Murderer Of Arab Boy Says He Regrets Killing
Comments: 6 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Terrorism , Xenophobia
Yosef Haim Ben-David kidnapped and savagely murdered a 16-year-old Arab boy, burning him alive with the help of two accomplices – one of them a haredi yeshiva student. Ben-David told police he was sorry for the murder because, after all,...

August 11, 2014: Another Haredi Synagogue Bans Beggars
Comments: 36 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness , Sefardim
Another haredi synagogue – this one Sefardi – bans beggars, a haredi Jewish family with children from outside New York City is homeless, and a homeless Jewish woman in her 50s wanders the streets of Brooklyn. A quick Jewish poverty...

August 11, 2014: Controversial Orthodox IDF Brigade Commander Bans Popular Female Pop Star From Performing For Troops
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
The controversial Orthodox commander of an Israeli army infantry brigade refused to allow a top female Israeli pop star to sing for his troops because he was afraid it would insult a minority of those soldiers who are Orthodox. Above:...

August 7, 2014: Video: Deputy Knesset Speaker Advocates Forced Transfer Of Gaza Arabs On CNN
Comments: 25 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Terrorism , Xenophobia
On CNN, Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Moshe Feiglin of the Likud Party advocated expelling all Gaza Palestinians who refuse to swear a loyalty oath to Israel – arguably a war crime. On CNN, Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Moshe Feiglin of...

August 5, 2014: Video: On CNN, Hamas Spokesman Cites Orthodox Five Towns Jewish Times Journalist's Call For Genocide Against Palestinians
Comments: 20 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Ethics , Israel , Media & Media Criticism , MO & Chardal , Religion , Terrorism
Speaking to Wolf Blitzer on CNN, Hamas spokesperson Osama Hamdan cited Five Towns Jewish Times journalist Yochanan Gordon's call for genocide against all Gaza Palestinians as support for his own blood libel of the Jewish people. Hamdan's logic is insane...

August 4, 2014: State Police Arrest Man In Vandalism Of Modern Orthodox Developer Shalom Lamm’s Building
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Turf Disputes
New York State police arrested a 38-year-old Wurtsburo man on suspicion that he shattered a window at one of Modern Orthodox developer Shalom Lamm’s Bloomingbug buildings. Above: Michael Essig State Police Arrest Man In Vandalism Of Modern Orthodox Developer Shalom...

August 3, 2014: Video: Chabad Women-Owned Fashion Company Criticized For Posting Photo Of Muslim Fashion Blogger Wearing Hijab
Comments: 16 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
When two female Chabad fashion designers posted a photo of a Muslim fashion blogger wearing their designs – and a hijab – they got a ton of flack from their outraged Chabad and Jewish customers. [Hat Tip: Dr. Rofeh-Filosof.]

August 2, 2014: Missing IDF Soldier Thought Kidnapped By Hamas Declared Dead
Comments: 7 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Terrorism
2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, the IDF soldier abducted by Hamas approximately 90 minutes after the 72-hour humanitarian cease fire negotiated by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon began Friday morning has now been declared...

August 1, 2014: Orthodox Man From Queens Busted For Allegedly Hiding Mother’s Death To Steal 4 Years Of German Holocaust Reparations Payments
Comments: 11 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal
A 61-year-old Orthodox man from Forest Hills, Queens, New York allegedly hid the death of his mother for four years to illegally keep collecting German Holocaust reparations meant for her. Above: Gary Jacoby leaving a Queens courthouse 7-31-2014 (Daily News)...

August 1, 2014: Zionist Orthodox IDF Brigade Commander Declared “Holy War” On Hamas, Told Haredim To Study Torah To Protect Israel
Comments: 12 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
The Zionist Orthodox commander of the IDF’s Givati Brigade Colonel Ofer Winter told the haredi newspaper Mishpacha that “anyone who can sit and study [Torah] – it’s his duty to do so. In a time of war the thing the...

August 1, 2014: Modern Orthodox Developer Allegedly Continues To Violate Stop Work Order, Tries To Block Appointment Of Code Enforcement Officer
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Turf Disputes
Residents and the village claim that Lamm is violating at least one existent stop-work order and is allowing buildings that lack certificates of occupancy to be used by hasidim – including using the second floor of one small structure as...

July 30, 2014: Video: Historian Simon Schama Says Orthodox And Haredi Jews Are "In Denial"
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , History , MO & Chardal
Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jews essentially are in denial because they deny history and deny fact in order to maintain separatist beliefs and a separatist society, the noted historian says. Above: Simon Schama There's no date on this video, but it...

July 29, 2014: Suspect In Gruesome Murder Of Arab Boy Tells Reporters “I Am The Messiah”
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Terrorism , Xenophobia
As he made his way into a Jerusalem court to hear the indictment against him read out by Jerusalem District Court Judge Yaakov Tzaban, Yosef Chaim Ben-David was asked by reporters if he felt any remorse for the kidnapping Abu...

July 28, 2014: Chabad And Breslov Missionize IDF Combat Soldiers As Former IDF Chief Rabbi Visits Troops And Tells Them This Is a Religious War Against Hamas
Comments: 12 | Categories: BTs , Chabad , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Breslover hasidim are a common sight along the Gaza border, as are their Chabad-Lubavitch competitors. Military police have been blocking access to vehicles that do not belong to local residents, but somehow the hasidim are getting through anyway. So have...

July 24, 2014: Facebook Removes Pages Of Racist Israeli Group And Former Extreme Right Wing MK
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Israel , MO & Chardal
Facebook has removed the page of the far right wing racist and neo-Kahanist group Lehava and the personal page belonging to former MK Michael Ben Ari. Above: Michael Ben Ari Facebook Removes Pages Of Racist Israeli Group And Former Extreme...

July 23, 2014: Small Village May Dissolve In Order To Block Massive Satmar Hasidic Development
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Turf Disputes
In an attempt to fight a 396-unit high-density Satmar hasidic townhouse development that was allegedly originally pitched to village officials through a front man as a low-density vacation and retirement cottage development complete with a golf course, the tiny Village...

July 23, 2014: Rapfogel Sentenced To Up To 10 Years In Prison
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
William E. Rapfogel, the former executive director and CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, was sentenced to 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison for leading a scheme that embezzled at least $9 million from the New York...

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