2,364 posts categorized "MO & Chardal"

March 4, 2015: New Jewish Community Letter On Australian Child Sex Abuse Scandal
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
In light of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and the historical cases of abuse that have come to light at various institutions, Mount Scopus Memorial College is taking its role in the community very seriously....

March 3, 2015: Liberal Zionist Orthodox Rabbis Launch New Halakhic Prenup
Comments: 12 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
A new halakhic prenuptial agreement, drafted over a period of years by the liberal Zionist Orthodox Tzohar rabbinical association in conjunction with the Israel Bar Association, penalizes spouses of either gender who refuse to grant or accept a Jewish religious...

March 3, 2015: Modern Orthodox Advocacy Group Seeks To Make Ancient Ceremony Less Uncomfortable For The Women Forced To Participate In It
Comments: 16 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
Responding to what it says are numerous complaints it has received from women compelled to go through it, ITIM – a Modern Orthodox-run nonprofit that helps people navigate through Israel’s byzantine state-mandated haredi-controlled Jewish religious court system and related state...

March 3, 2015: Right-Wing Activist Banned From Temple Mount By Police Unjustly, Court Finds; Orders State To Pay $126,000 In Damages
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Turf Disputes
Judge Malka Aviv of the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court ordered the State of Israel to pay Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick 500,000 shekels (about $126,000) for banning him from the Temple Mount from 2011-2013. She also awarded Glick 150,000 shekels...

February 28, 2015: Modern Orthodox Billionaire Looted His Mining Company, Federal Jury Finds
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal
Modern Orthodox mining billionaire Ira Rennert looted his bankrupt magnesium mining corporation as it teetered on the brink of insolvency in the late 1990s and will have to repay at least $118.2 million in damages and what could be hundreds...

February 28, 2015: Mikvah Voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel Resigns From University – But Will Still Be Paid Thousands, Despite Guilty Pleas
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
Mikvah Peeping Tevya Rabbi Barry Freundel has resigned from his part-time teaching post at Towson University in Maryland but will still be paid through March, despite pleading guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism for secretly video recording naked women as...

February 27, 2015: Chabad Rabbinical Front Group Launches Extreme Right-Wing Ad Campaign – On Eve Of Israel’s National Election
Comments: 10 | Categories: Chabad , Israel , MO & Chardal
The Rabbinical Congress for Peace (RCP), a Chabad-founded right-wing front group, put up hundreds of billboards across Israel with the headline “ceding territory is a danger to life,” urging voters to vote for right-wing political parties. Chabad Rabbinical Front Group...

February 26, 2015: Banned Audio: Top YU Rabbi Talks About LGBT Jews, Women's Minyans, Female Orthodox Clergy, And Other Related Topics
Comments: 33 | Categories: Homophobia and its Discontents , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
Yeshiva University's Rabbi Mordechai Willig held a Q & A session at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh in Jerusalem recently, and the audio was allegedly briefly posted on Yeshiva University's Torah website, but was quickly taken down. Willig talks about women's roles...

February 26, 2015: Beit Shemesh Moderates Fight Back Against Extreme Haredi Modesty Rules
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Turf Disputes , Women & Judaism
The group took out advertisements in the local papers and launched a Facebook campaign in both English and Hebrew, all centering around an image of an ultra-Orthodox woman sitting with her young daughter looking through a magazine. The girl in...

February 26, 2015: Modern Orthodox Billionaire Allegedly Looted Mining Company
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Kosher Business? , MO & Chardal
Did Modern Orthodox billionaire Ira Rennert loot one of his mining companies? A jury in a Manhattan federal court is poised to answer that question, and that answer could cost Rennert almost $1 billion. Above: Ira Rennert Modern Orthodox Billionaire...

February 23, 2015: OU May Certify Medical Marijuana As Kosher
Comments: 16 | Categories: Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of the Orthodox Union’s kosher certification agency, said he has held “preliminary discussions” with several companies interested in obtaining a kosher seal of approval for medical marijuana. The Forward reports: …Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of the...

February 23, 2015: Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Complains City Plowed Streets On Shabbat
Comments: 17 | Categories: Israel , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Aryeh Stern complained that the city plowed streets on Shabbat – even though plowing was necessary (despite claims to the contrary) to allow emergency vehicles to safely pass. Yeshiva World reports: Jerusalem Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi...

February 20, 2015: Haredi Sefardi Chief Rabbi Of Israel Vows Do Disobey Law, Will Refuse To Recognize Moderate Zionist Orthodox Conversions
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
“They went ahead and made a law that municipal rabbis can perform conversions and then went over my head. The chief rabbi of Jerusalem can perform conversions, the chief rabbi of Shoham can perform conversions – they [i.e., the local...

February 19, 2015: Mikvah Peeping Tom Rabbi Barry Freundel Pleads Guilty To 52 Counts Of Voyeurism
Comments: 44 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
Rabbi Barry Freundel admitted in court Thursday that he used three hidden cameras to secretly videotape 52 naked women as they prepared to immerse in the mikvah (ritual bath) adjoining Freundel's former Modern Orthodox synagogue in Washington, DC. Above: Rabbi...

February 19, 2015: Sheldon Silver Indicted
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal
A federal grand jury in Manhattan voted on this morning to indict Orthodox New York State Assemblyman Sheldon Silver on fraud and extortion charges. Above: Sheldon Silver Sheldon Silver Indicted Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com A federal grand jury in Manhattan...

February 19, 2015: British Chief Rabbi Downplays Current Child Sex Abuse Scandals In England While Calling For Jews To Report Cases To Police
Comments: 10 | Categories: Chabad , Child Safety , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion
"Let there be no doubt: it is a legal, moral and religious imperative to report cases of sexual abuse to the police. Nobody is above the law and no institution is greater than its members or followers. The impact of...

February 19, 2015: Non-Chabad Orthodox Rabbis In Australia Form New Rabbinic Roof Body To Replace Roof Body Implicated In Child Sex Abuse Coverups Controlled By Chabad
Comments: 20 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion
A new national organization of rabbis, the New Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia (NORA), was founded Tuesday night, reportedly after top rabbis from across the world insisted in the wake of the Royal Commission investigation into child sex abuse at...

February 19, 2015: Mikvah Peeping Rabbi To Plead Guilty Today
Comments: 24 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
Alleged mikvah Peeping Tuvia Rabbi Barry Freundel will reportedly plead guilty today to 52 counts of voyeurism stemming from the secret videotaping of naked women preparing to immerse in the mikvah (ritual bath) next to Freundel’s Washington, DC Modern Orthodox...

February 15, 2015: Top European Rabbi Equates Copenhagen Terror Attack With 'Anti-Shechita' Demand For Humane Slaughter
Comments: 6 | Categories: Antisemitism , Circumcision , Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal , Religion , Terrorism
"…The Jewish community in Denmark is a microcosm of what is happening to Jewish communities across the continent. On the one hand they are under attack from extremist Muslims who see every Jew as a legitimate target, on the other...

February 14, 2015: Trump Hotel Allegedly Intentionally And Deceptively Serves Kosher Customer Non-Kosher Food
Comments: 61 | Categories: Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal
An Orthodox Jewish man is suing the Trump Soho after he allegedly spent $146 to get a special hot kosher meal there — and was allegedly served a cold non-kosher turkey sandwich the hotel claimed was kosher instead. The New...

February 12, 2015: Mikvah Voyeur Rabbi Had More Than 150 Victims, Prosecutors Say
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Prosecutors told alleged victims of Rabbi Barry Freundel that Freundel allegedly secretly videotaped more than 150 nude women at the mikvah (Jewish ritual bath) located next to his Modern Orthodox synagogue in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. This confirms...

February 12, 2015: RCV Statement On Reporting Child Sex Abuse
Comments: 8 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
The Rabbinical Council of Victoria (i.e., Melbourne, Australia) issued the following statement on reporting child sex abuse yesterday. Please click to enlarge:

February 10, 2015: OU, RCA Issue Joint Statement On Vaccines
Comments: 28 | Categories: Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
"…Therefore, the consensus of major poskim (halachic decisors) supports the vaccination of children to protect them from disease, to eradicate illness from the larger community through so-called herd immunity, and thus to protect others who may be vulnerable. The vaccination...

February 10, 2015: Rabbi Benny Elon In Critical Condition
Comments: 10 | Categories: Hessed , Israel , MO & Chardal
Former Israel Cabinet Minister Rabbi Benny Elon is reportedly in critical condition in an Israeli hospital. The 61-year-old Elon has been fighting an undisclosed illness for a long period of time. Above: Rabbi Benny Elon Rabbi Benny Elon In Critical...

February 9, 2015: Jewish Settler Sentenced To 3 Years in Prison For Anti-Arab Hate Crime
Comments: 1 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Xenophobia
The sentence is reportedly the longest ever given for similar anti-Arab hate crimes. Above: (file photo) "price tag" and a Jewish star spray-painted on an Arab house Jewish Settler Sentenced To 3 Years in Prison For Anti-Arab Hate Crime Shmarya...

February 8, 2015: Senior Orthodox Rabbi Calls For Chabad Resignations Over Abuse Coverups
Comments: 32 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Hessed , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion
Rabbi James Kennard, a former executive member of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) and the principal of the largest Jewish school in Melbourne, Australia, issued a public call for top Chabad leadership to resign over their conduct in the...

February 5, 2015: Petition Filed To Disqualify Openly Racist Kahanist, Right-Wing Party, From Elections Due To Racism
Comments: 10 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , MO & Chardal
A petition has reportedly been filed with Justice Salim Jubran, the chairman of Israel’s Central Election Committee, asking Jubran to disqualify extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane’s former Knesset aide, Baruch Marzel, from running for Knesset. Marzel is a top member of...

February 5, 2015: Met Council Hasidic Embezzler Gets Better Plea Deal Terms
Comments: 11 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
Joseph “Yossi” Ross, the first person to plead guilty in the long-running Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty embezzlement scam, has renegotiated his plea deal in a bid to keep him out of state prison. Met Council Hasidic Embezzler Gets Better...

February 4, 2015: Video: Long-Time Get-Refuser Tossed Out Of YU Prayer Service
Comments: 43 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
On Tuesday,an ORA staff member spotted Yechiel Friedman praying at a minyan in Yeshiva University. Yechiel Friedman has refused to issue his wife a Jewish divorce (Get) for nearly 18 years, and the Beth Din of America has issued a...

February 4, 2015: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Names A Successor
Comments: 8 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal
74-year-old Modern Orthodox former wunderkind Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, known worldwide for his pioneering work in the US and Israel, has named his successor. But this does not mean Riskin is retiring anytime soon. Above: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Rabbi Shlomo Riskin...

February 3, 2015: Modern Orthodox Rabbi-Educator Arrested For Child Porn
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Rabbi Lyle Kamlet was arrested and charged with two counts of receipt and possession of child pornography. Modern Orthodox Rabbi-Educator Arrested For Child Porn Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Rabbi Lyle Kamlet was arrested Friday and charged with one count of...

February 1, 2015: Israel’s Orthodox Minister of Senior Citizen Affairs In Medically-Induced Coma
Comments: 0 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal
Israel’s Minister of Senior Citizen Affairs Uri Orbach of the right-wing Zionist Orthodox HaBayit HaYehudi Party is now reportedly in a medically induced coma on a respirator and is listed in serious condition. Above: Uri Orbach Israel’s Orthodox Minister of...

February 1, 2015: Did Chai Lifeline Misuse Almost $1 Million?
Comments: 35 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Hessed , MO & Chardal
Did Chai Lifeline, the haredi charity that provides summer camps and outings for (primarily) haredi and Orthodox kids sick with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, essentially steal almost $1 million from a donor? Did Chai Lifeline Misuse Almost $1 Million?...

February 1, 2015: Extremist Zionist Orthodox Knesset Candidate Refuses To Shake Hands With Arab-Israeli Judge
Comments: 18 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
I’m not in the habit of shaking hands with people who are against us, the people of Israel and the State of Israel, Baruch Marzel reportedly said. Above: Baruch Marzel Extremist Zionist Orthodox Knesset Candidate Refuses To Shake Hands With...

January 31, 2015: Consistently Dishonest British Pro-Shechita Group Attacks British Veterinary Association Over Shechita
Comments: 98 | Categories: Haredim , Jewish Leadership , Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal , Religion
A parliamentary petition demanding an outright ban on slaughtering animals without stunning them first has attracted more than 100,000 backers, causing Simon "Shimon" Cohen of Shechita UK to criticize the BVA for its "obsession" with ritual religious slaughter, calling it...

January 29, 2015: Sefardi Haredi Renegade Party Joins Up With Hard Right-Wing Ashkenazi Racist Party
Comments: 2 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Sefardim
Eli Yishai's new political party, Yachad - Ha'am Itanu, has joined with the hard right-wing neo-Kahanist Otzma Yehudit Party to form a joint list for the upcoming Knesset elections. Above: Eli Yishai Sefardi Haredi Renegade Party Joins Up With Hard...

January 29, 2015: Guma Aguiar Declared Dead
Comments: 4 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal
Guma Aguiar, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based multimillionaire who went missing at sea more than two years ago, was officially declared dead by a Broward County, Florida judge today. Above: Guma Aguiar Guma Aguiar Declared Dead Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Guma...

January 29, 2015: UPDATED: Alleged Mikvah Voyeur Rabbi Refuses To Leave Synagogue-Owned House, Despite Being Fired And Told To Leave
Comments: 22 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
Freundel is currently facing six separate voyeurism charges related to six separate victims, all secretly videoed naked as they prepared to immerse in the mikvah (ritual bath) next to Kesher Israel that Freundel controlled. Freundel could serve as much as...

January 28, 2015: Obsessive-Compulsive, And Orthodox
Comments: 34 | Categories: BTs , Haredim , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
"Alone in my living room, I took three steps backward, then three steps forward in preparation for the Shmoneh Esrei, part of the afternoon prayer service. As I began to recite the first blessing, an image came to mind, unbidden:...

January 27, 2015: Sheldon Silver's Fall Happened Only So That We Haredim Turn To God For Our Needs, Haredi Letter-Writer Says
Comments: 23 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal
"…One of the most powerful people in New York State, a Shomer Shabbos Jew is losing his place of power and fame. The reason? So that we can turn to Hashem. For the last twenty years, since Sheldon Silver had...

January 27, 2015: Orthodox State Assembly Speaker Forced Out Due To Federal Corruption Charges
Comments: 21 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal
Sheldon "Shelly" Silver, an Orthodox Jew who is the powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly, has been forced out as speaker effective next week due to federal corruption charges filed against him. Silver allegedly took millions of dollars...

January 26, 2015: Yesh Atid Woos Moderate Orthodox Voters, Launches a Moderate Orthodox Faction, Will No Longer Push For Allowing Public Transportation On Shabbat
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal
Yesh Atid hopes to be able to draw disaffected voters who previously supported the National Religious Party, which morphed into the increasingly right-wing Zionist Orthodox HaBayit HaYehudi Party headed by Economy, Diaspora and Religious Services Minister Naftali Bennett. Above: Yair...

January 26, 2015: New York City's Least Eligible Bachelor Is A Modern Orthodox Jew
Comments: 22 | Categories: MO & Chardal
Imagine opening your inbox to find a video of a hairy British man — wearing nothing more than a hat and a Union Jack to cover the family jewels — asking you on a date. For some other guy. A...

January 25, 2015: Sheldon Silver, Out On Bail, Treated Like A Hero By His Orthodox Synagogue
Comments: 35 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal
New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver may have been arrested by the FBI Thursday and charged with taking at least $4 million in kickbacks and bribes, but he’s still a hero to his Lower East Side Orthodox community. Above:...

January 23, 2015: Mob Of Orthodox Jews Attack, Beat Druze IDF Veteran In Random Act Of Racist Violence
Comments: 8 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Xenophobia
"Blood ran down all over me – my head, my ears and on my shirt. I have no idea who they are. They just saw me speaking Arabic and I have no idea why they chose to harass me specifically."...

January 23, 2015: As Measles Outbreak Worsens In California, A Look At Jewish Schools' Immunization Rates Reveals Many Flaws
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal
At the Ramaz School, a modern Orthodox day school in Manhattan, principal Rabbi Haskel Lookstein issued a ruling that vaccinations are considered “p’kuach nefesh,” a Jewish legal standard under which religious requirements are suspended to protect human life. “It’s a...

January 22, 2015: Metropolitan Council On Jewish Poverty To Go Out Of Business
Comments: 21 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
Met Council officials reportedly met with other Jewish nonprofit leaders about the closure today – the same day the met Council’s chief legislative patron, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was arrested by the FBI for allegedly taking millions...

January 22, 2015: Video: The Most Dangerous Thing For Religion Is Its Involvement In Politics, Rabbi Says
Comments: 18 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Religion
"The most dangerous thing for religion is when it's married to political power. When it's an instrument of political power then it betrays its own message." Above: Rabbi David Rosen At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Orthodox Rabbi...

January 22, 2015: The Criminal Complaint Against Sheldon "Shelly" Silver
Comments: 22 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal
The complete federal criminal complaint against the powerful New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon "Shelly" Silver, an Orthodox Jew, for public corruption. Above: Sheldon Silver Here is the entire complaint as a PDF file. Please right click to read in...

January 22, 2015: Sheldon Silver Arrested
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal
Sheldon Silver, a 70-year-old Orthodox Jew and the powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly, was reportedly arrested this morning by federal authorities on public corruption charges. Silver turned himself in at 8:00 am at 26 Federal Plaza in...

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