2,404 posts categorized "MO & Chardal"

April 24, 2015: More Federal Criminal Charges Filed Against Embattled Modern Orthodox Politician
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal
Prosecutors from the Manhattan US Attorney's office brought new additional criminal charges against former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver yesterday. The new charges are related to earlier corruption charges filed by the government against Silver, a pillar of...

April 23, 2015: Criminal Allegedly Preying On Detroit Orthodox Community Prompts Rabbinic Warning – But Allegedly No Call To Police
Comments: 18 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal
Rabbi Doniel Neustadt of the Vaad HaRabbonim of Greater Detroit released a warning (posted below the page break) that is, I'm told, posted in Orthodox/haredi synagogues in the Detroit area, about a criminal who is defrauding members of the community....

April 22, 2015: YU Medical School Child Psychologist Busted For Trying To Have Sex With 14-Year-Old Girl
Comments: 36 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Justin Miller, a 34-year-old child psychologist at Yeshiva University's Albert Einstein College of Medicine, was arrested yesterday for allegedly attempting to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex. YU Medical School Child Psychologist Busted For Trying To Have Sex With 14-Year-Old...

April 22, 2015: After Losing 2 Sons To Suicide, Orthodox Couple Tries To Raise Suicide Awareness And Prevention In The Orthodox Community, IDF
Comments: 22 | Categories: Med-Ethics, Public Health , MO & Chardal , Religion
Gil and Esther Alexander lost two sons, both IDF soldiers, to suicide and have dedicated their lives to raising the issues of suicide awareness and prevention in the Orthodox community – and in the IDF itself. After Losing 2 Sons...

April 22, 2015: Rabbi Arthur Schneier To Be Knighted By Pope
Comments: 8 | Categories: MO & Chardal
Pope Francis has announced that he will knight Rabbi Arthur Schneier, the founder of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation and the senior rabbi of Manhattan’s Park East Synagogue. Above: Rabbi Arthur Schneier Rabbi Arthur Schneier To Be Knighted By Pope...

April 22, 2015: Near-Riot In Beit Shemesh Between Haredim And Opponents Over Memorial Day Ceremony
Comments: 18 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Turf Disputes
A public Yom Hazikoron (Memorial Day) ceremony today in Beit Shemesh was disrupted by haredim, leading to violence. Near-Riot In Beit Shemesh Between Haredim And Opponents Over Memorial Day Ceremony Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com A public Yom Hazikoron (Memorial Day)...

April 21, 2015: Gruesomely Murdered Arab Boy Added To Official Israeli State Memorial Plaque For Victims Of Terror
Comments: 33 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Sefardim , Terrorism , Xenophobia
Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the 16-year-old East Jerusalem Arab boy gruesomely murdered last summer by right-wing terrorists from an extended Sefardi haredi family, has had his name added to the list of names on the official Israeli government memorial plaque memorializing...

April 20, 2015: Parents Of Alleged Yeshiva University High School Child Sex Abuse Victim To Sue YU For Deceptive Advertising
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
In what their lawyer calls a first-of-its-kind move in the state, Israel and Chaya Gutman are set to file a lawsuit Monday claiming that [Yeshiva University’s] embattled Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy in Manhattan is guilty of deceptive advertising by touting...

April 20, 2015: Baruch Dayan HaEmet: Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein
Comments: 10 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal
Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein, a son-in-law of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveichik and the preeminent rabbi in Modern Orthodoxy today, has passed away at age 81. Baruch Dayan HaEmet: Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein, a son-in-law of Rabbi...

April 18, 2015: Does Israel Really Have Religious Freedom? Increasingly, Observers Doubt It Does
Comments: 51 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
The largely secular and affluent Israeli city of Ra’anana abruptly canceled a Jehovah’s Witnesses event scheduled for Saturday, claiming it was concerned that the Christian group’s event would “hurt the feelings of the public.” Does Israel Really Have Religious Freedom?...

April 17, 2015: “Effeminate” Liberals Sexually Attracted To “Masculine Strength And Brutality” Of Radical Islamic Fundamentalism, Orthodox Rabbi Claims
Comments: 32 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Bizarre , MO & Chardal , Religion
Politically right-wing Orthodox Rabbi Daniel Lapin, the mentor of people like right-wing talk radio host Michael Medved, says liberals’ supposed attraction to radical Islam has a “sexual dimension” caused by the left's supposed femininity. Above: Rabbi Daniel Lapin “Effeminate” Liberals...

April 15, 2015: Sheldon Silver's Daughter Not A Registered CPA
Comments: 60 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal
Michelle Trebitsch – who is reportedly likely to arrested for her role in a Ponzi scheme allegedly run by her husband, Rabbi Marcello "Yair" Trebitsch – is not a registered CPA in New York State, and that might mean that...

April 15, 2015: Sheldon Silver’s Daughter Likely To Be Indicted In Fraud Case, Law Enforcement Source Reportedly Says
Comments: 21 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal
Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s 37-year-old daughter, Michelle Trebitsch, will likely be criminally charged in the $7 million Ponzi scheme her husband, Rabbi Marcello “Yair” Trebitsch, allegedly ran, a law enforcement source says. Above: Sheldon Silver, left;...

April 14, 2015: Modern Orthodox Developer Shalom Lamm, Others Sued Over Alleged Racketeering
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Turf Disputes
In a federal lawsuit filed today, two Hudson Valley communities argue that Shalom Lamm, a real estate developer seeking to take control of local government for his personal benefit, has engaged in racketeering activity consisting of repeated instances of deception,...

April 14, 2015: Video: Watch Alleged Ponzi Schemer Rabbi Marcello “Yair” Trebitsch Teach Talmud
Comments: 35 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal
Indicted former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's rabbi-son-in-law Marcello “Yair” Trebitsch teaches Talmud. Trebitsch was arrested yesterday in a $7 million Ponzi scheme. From TorahAnytime.com: Here's a screenshot. Please click to enlarge: Related Posts: Sheldon Silver’s Son-In-Law Busted...

April 13, 2015: Sheldon Silver’s Son-In-Law Busted By FBI In Alleged $7 Million Ponzi Scheme
Comments: 22 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal
Marcello “Yair” Trebitsch, a 37-year-old son-in-law of indicted Orthodox former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was arrested by the FBI today on charges that he ran a $7 million Ponzi scheme. Sheldon Silver’s Son-In-Law Busted By FBI In...

April 13, 2015: Should Agunahs Walk Away From Orthodoxy? Here's Why They Should – And Why You Probably Should, Too
Comments: 57 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Rants / Editorials , Religion , Women & Judaism
“Asking [an agunah] to give up her religion is asking her to accept her abuse and have it extend through all aspects of her life and her sense of self. It’s pointing the finger in the direction of the victim...

April 12, 2015: "Secret" Orthodox Sect Allegedly A Cult Exploiting Female Recruits
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
The young women were recruited to study at the sect’s seminary for women by the seminary’s rabbi and his wife but are instead allegedly sent out to work and are required to turn over their pay to the rabbi and...

April 8, 2015: Over-Broad Subpoenas Issued By Slippery Modern Orthodox Developer’s Supporters Blocked By Federal Judge
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Turf Disputes
Modern Orthodox developer Shalom Lamm’s supporters wanted to go fishing for “anti-Semitic” and “anti-hasidic” private correspondence between opponents of Lamm’s controversial – and some say, illegal – Chestnut Ridge development in the tiny 420-person village of Bloomingburg, New York in...

April 7, 2015: Modern Orthodox Rabbi Wants To Hold Holocaust Memorial…In Ramallah
Comments: 14 | Categories: MO & Chardal
Rabbi Marc Schneier, the President of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and a prominent Modern Orthodox rabbi in New York City and the Hamptons, wants to hold a Holocaust memorial ceremony next year in the Palestinian Authority capital of Ramallah...

April 7, 2015: Creeping Closer Toward Fascism, Israeli Political Party Wants To Override And Neuter High Court, Appoint Judges Based On Religious Affiliation And Political Views
Comments: 27 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
HaBayit HaYehudi representatives are reportedly demanding the new government agree to pass for legislation to curb the power of Israel’s High Court of Justice, which serves as the only check against the otherwise unrestrained power of the Knesset’s majority. Above:...

April 6, 2015: Report: Netanyahu And Likud Have Promised Haredim They Will Kill Conversion Reform If Haredi Parties Join His Government Or Support It
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Sources in the haredi Shas and United Torah Judaism political parties say they have reached an agreement with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party to rescind the recent reforms made in the official state conversion-to-Judaism process. Likud has apparently promised...

April 3, 2015: $11,000 Per Person Luxe Orthodox Passover Retreat Calls Everything The Holiday Is Supposed To Mean Into Question
Comments: 31 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion
For $11,000 per head, the St. Regis’ “Prime Passover Experience” promises Viennese dessert tables, open bar until 1 a.m., and hobnobbing with reality stars. (Last year they offered a kosher lunch with the Kardashians, and former Chief Rabbi of England...

April 1, 2015: Did Modern Orthodox Man Who Stole Millions From The Jewish Poor And Homeless Get Kid Glove Treatment From NY State's AG?
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Jewish Leadership , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
William E. Rapfogel stole at least $9 million from poor and homeless Jews, and destroyed the New York City Jewish Community's anti-poverty arm in the process. But did New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman give Rapfogel a much better...

April 1, 2015: Mikvah Voyeur Rabbi’s Wife Speaks Out About Sex Abuse, Trauma And PTSD; We May Never Understand Why Bad Things Happen, Sharon Freundel Said, But God Is With Us
Comments: 25 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
Sharon Freundel quoted Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik as saying that marriage can be a place we can go at times of trauma and loneliness “when we believe nobody ‘gets’ us.…the ultimate answer is to turn to the One above [i.e.,...

April 1, 2015: Obama Is "Existentially" Endangering Israel, Leading Modern Orthodox Rabbi Says, But He Isn't Haman
Comments: 18 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
According to Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, his previous remarks linking US President Barack Obama with Haman, the biblical archenemy of the Jews from the Purim story, were misunderstood. Obama isn't Haman, Riskin now says. Above: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin The JTA reports...

March 31, 2015: The Complete List Of Jewish Communal Leaders Who Asked AG For Leniency For Man Who Stole Millions From Poor Jews
Comments: 11 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Jewish Leadership , MO & Chardal
Here's the complete list of all the Jewish community leaders who wrote to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman asking for leniency for William E. Rapfogel, the Modern Orthodox former head of the the New York City Jewish community's...

March 29, 2015: Dozens Of Jewish Leaders, Including At least 19 Rabbis, Pleaded To Get William E. Rapfogel A Sweetheart Deal In $9 Million Theft From Jewish Poor
Comments: 42 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
Who sent letters to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman asking him to go easy on William E. Rapfogel, the Modern Orthodox former head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty who stole at least $9 million from the...

March 29, 2015: Obama Is Haman, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Says
Comments: 53 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , MO & Chardal
In rabbinic thought, Haman is considered the archenemy of the Jewish people, the prototype for all anti-Semites who followed after him – like for example, Hitler. Obama Is Haman, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Says Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Rabbi Shlomo Riskin,...

March 25, 2015: Planning Board Gives Green Light For Bloomingburg Satmar Girls School
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion , Turf Disputes
Modern Orthodox Developer Shalom Lamm’s proposed Satmar hasidic girls school was was finally approved by the Town of Mamakating, New York’s Planning Board Tuesday night, after which the spokesman for Lamm and the hasidic community Michael Fragin lashed out at...

March 23, 2015: FDNY's Fire Safety Recommendations For Jewish Observances
Comments: 21 | Categories: Child Safety , Haredim , MO & Chardal
The Fire Department of New York's information handout for Orthodox and haredi Jews on fire safety and candle safety. Note how many of the recommendations do not jibe with haredi or even Orthodox observance and practice. Note that much of...

March 19, 2015: New York City Jewish Federation's Primary Social Services Agency Declares Bankruptcy After Flagrant Mismanagement
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
The Federation Employment and Guidance Service's (FEGS) salaries for its top executives increased even as program revenue declined. It's financial management system was 'outdated," and its administrative cost structure was "overly prohibitive" was "significantly more than target industry standards." The...

March 15, 2015: More Apparent Corruption Tied To Law Firm Linked To Indicted NY State Assemblyman Sheldon Silver
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal
Weitz & Luxenberg, the law firm accused of exploiting its connection to [then-Speaker of the New York State Assembly] Sheldon Silver in New York City’s asbestos court, has come under fire in another lucrative arena — multibillion-dollar bankruptcy trusts. The...

March 13, 2015: Ban Rabbis From Speaking At IDF Induction Ceremonies, Brigadier General Says
Comments: 5 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal
"I believe it is flawed that the central figures in the ceremony, alongside the unit commander, are the corps rabbi and the unit rabbi. The ceremony is not religious and there is no reason for it to appear religious.…The rabbinate...

March 12, 2015: Husband Of Victim Of Rabbi Barry Freundel Speaks Out
Comments: 27 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
"Conversions should not be exclusively decided by men for men are not emotionally equipped as women to deal with it…" Above: Top Modern Orthodox Rabbi Barry Freundel pleaded guilty to secretly video-recording 52 naked women as they prepared to immerse...

March 11, 2015: Has ISIS Come To Israel? Zionist Orthodox Jews Smash 'Immodest' Biblical Statue Over Alleged “Idol Worship”
Comments: 19 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
A local artist made a statue of a woman depicting a scene from Tanakh (the Hebrew bible) and put it up on a traffic circle in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Tekoa, sparking a backlash of fundamentalism in the...

March 10, 2015: Orthodox Jewish Gay Drag Queens Take NYC By Storm
Comments: 44 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , MO & Chardal
“Being a drag queen frees you up to say whatever the f#*k you want.” Above: Lady SinAGAGA The Guardian reports: This March, one of New York’s up-and-coming drag queens, Lady SinAGAGA, made her debut at the historic Stonewall Inn. She...

March 9, 2015: Israel’s HPV Vaccination Program Expands – Because Zionist Orthodox And Haredi Parents Refuse To Use It
Comments: 11 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health , MO & Chardal
Israel’s Ministry of Health will now offer Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccines to eighth-grade boys as well as girls in the hopes this will prevent boys from transmitting the cancer-causing virus to girls when they get older. The money the...

March 9, 2015: As Her Husband Sits In Prison, Judy Rapfogel Makes More Money Than The Governor, Despite The Fact That Her Disgraced Boss Is No Longer Speaker Of The NYS Assembly
Comments: 11 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
A month after disgraced Assemblyman Sheldon Silver resigned from his post as the New York State Assembly’s speaker, his top aide Judy Rapfogel remains employed – and makes more money than the governor. Above: Judy Rapfogel As Her Husband Sits...

March 8, 2015: Orthodox Man Convicted Of Praying While Driving
Comments: 33 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal
An Orthodox man stopped by Jerusalem Police for driving while wearing tefillin and a tallit (and, apparently, praying as well) was convicted by a Jerusalem court Sunday morning. Orthodox Man Convicted Of Praying While Driving Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com An...

March 4, 2015: New Jewish Community Letter On Australian Child Sex Abuse Scandal
Comments: 8 | 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: 13 | 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: 17 | 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...

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