1,585 posts categorized "Religion"

December 18, 2014: Sarah Silverman Joins Women of the Wall For Menorah Lighting, Kotel Guards Try To Stop Women From Bringing Menorahs To The Holy Site
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Women of the Wall (WoW) may have been prevented from lighting a large public menorah at the Kotel (Western Wall) today, but it didn’t stop the feminist group from holding a special menorah-lighting at the holy site attended by Comedian...

December 18, 2014: Israel's High Court Allows State Haredi-Controlled Rabbinical Court To Annul Conversion, Ruling Could Spark New Conversion Crisis
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Israel’s High Court of Justice has just ruled that a haredi-controlled state rabbinical court can retroactively annul conversions if the convert in question is believed to have deceived the court with regard to his or her commitment to keep halakha...

December 18, 2014: Capitulation To Terror? In Wake Of Terror Attack, Chabad Says A Little Light Drives Away Much Darkness – And Then Cancels Public Menorah Lighting Ceremony
Comments: 32 | Categories: Chabad , Hanukkah , Religion , Terrorism
It isn’t just American movie theater chains and Sony Pictures that capitulate to terror. Now, it seems Chabad has done so, as well. Capitulation To Terror? In Wake Of Terror Attack, Chabad Says A Little Light Drives Away Much Darkness...

December 17, 2014: Head Of Right-Wing Racist Neo-Kahanist Group Remanded By Court
Comments: 4 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Bentzion “Bentzi” Gopstein, the head of the right-wing racist neo-Kahanist group Lehava, arrested along with nine other Lehava members Tuesday on suspicion of incitement to racist violence, was remanded to custody by a Jerusalem judge. Above: Bentzion “Bentzi” Gopstein (sometimes...

December 17, 2014: Clay Seals Found That Help Prove Kings David And Solomon Existed, Mississippi Archeologists Say
Comments: 4 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion , Science
However, the seals do not mention either biblical king by name, and what they appear to prove is only that there was some type of government functioning in the area at approximately 1000 BCE. Above and above right: One of...

December 16, 2014: Hanukkah Was Originally Named "Orot"
Comments: 43 | Categories: Hanukkah , History , Israel , Religion
Hanukkah was originally called "Orot" ("Lights"). And guess what it commemorated and celebrated… Above: A menorah on a Hasmonean coin Hanukkah was originally called "Orot" ("Lights") and celebrated and commemmorated the resuption of Temple sacrifices after the Hasmoneans (Maccabees) captured...

December 16, 2014: Israel Police Raid Homes Of Racist Right-Wing Neo-Kahanist Group, Arrest 10
Comments: 0 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Israel Police raided the houses of 10 activists of the right-wing racist neo-Kahanist Lehava organization this morning, including the home of Lehava’s chairman, Bentzion “Bentzi” Gopstein, and arrested all 10 men. Above: Bentzion “Bentzi” Gopstein Israel Police Raid Homes Of...

December 15, 2014: Three Sefardi Haredi Members Of The Right-Wing Neo-Kahanist Lehava Organization Indicted For Torching Jewish-Arab School
Comments: 10 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Three smirking and laughing members of the right-wing neo-Kahanist Lehava organization were indicted today for the hate crime arson of a Jewish-Arab Jerusalem school, the Max Rayne Hand-in-Hand School. Three Sefardi Haredi Members Of The Right-Wing Neo-Kahanist Lehava Organization Indicted...

December 15, 2014: People Who Vote For Haredi Political Parties Have The Blood Of All Terror Victims On Their Hands, Satmar Rebbe Says
Comments: 47 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Terrorism
The blood of all Jewish terror victims past and future is stained on the hands of anyone who votes for haredi political parties in the March 17 Israeli Knesset elections, the Kiryas Joel Satmar Rebbe Rabbi Ahron Teitelbaum said Saturday...

December 14, 2014: Jerusalem Post Paints Hasidic Secular Education Advocate Naftuli Moster As A Mosser
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism , Religion
“The orthodox community is happy to have a conversation as long as you have the conversation without undermining the existing communal hierarchy, Instead of talking about it with the educators and the big rabbis they have gone outside the system...

December 12, 2014: Money And Food Surpluses Created Religion As We Know It About 2,500 Years Ago, Researchers Find
Comments: 71 | Categories: Religion , Science
It was money along with food and housing security that gave rise to the moralizing religions – Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism (and through Judaism, Christianity and Islam) – that expect a person to control personal desires and emphasize personal transcendence,...

December 12, 2014: Israeli Film About An Agunah And Israel’s Oppressive Rabbinical Courts Nominated For Golden Globe Award
Comments: 0 | Categories: Film , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
"Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem" has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Israeli Film About An Agunah And Israel’s Oppressive Rabbinical Courts Nominated For Golden Globe Award Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com "Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem" was...

December 12, 2014: Chief Rabbi Blocks Ordination Exam Reform At Last Minute As Candidates Forced To Wait Up To 2 Years For Exam Results
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
As wannabee rabbis wait up to two years to find out if they've passed an ordination exam, Israel's haredi Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi blocks reform. Above: Haredi Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau Chief Rabbi Blocks Ordination Exam Reform At...

December 11, 2014: YU Starts Online Course To Train Rabbis About Child Abuse
Comments: 3 | Categories: Child Safety , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion
But Yeshiva University's press release only talks about child abuse in general – not child sexual abuse. In fact, the words "sex," "sexual" and "molestation" are not even mentioned. YU's press release. Note there is no mention of the decades...

December 11, 2014: Arsonists Who Burned Jewish-Arab Jerusalem School Members Of Right-Wing Haredi-Zionist Orthodox Racist Extremist Organization, Shin Bet Says
Comments: 0 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
The racist thugs who allegedly set a Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem on fire 12 days ago and smeared anti-Arab and pro-Kahane slogans on its walls have been identified by Israel’s Internal Security Service commonly known as the Shin Bet as...

December 11, 2014: Haredim Stage Protest Against Yeshiva That Teaches Math And Physical Education
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
About 25 haredim protested outside the house of the yeshiva's founder and rosh yeshiva (dean). They screamed "traitor" and promised to continue protesting against the school – in fact, they reportedly promised to protest in front of Bombach’s home again...

December 11, 2014: Ami Magazine Runs Ad For Group Trying To Reform Haredi Education, Claims Ad Is Mistake
Comments: 8 | Categories: Haredim , Media & Media Criticism , Religion
Ami Magazine, the haredi publication that linked President Barack Obama to Nazis and which called bloggers Nazis has now issued an apology for mistakenly publishing an ad for Yaffed, a nonprofit that advocates for New York State and New York...

December 11, 2014: Ashkenazi Haredi Community Allegedly Harasses, Bullies Sefardi Family, Forces Them To Flee City
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
The Ashkenazi haredi grammar school Talmud Torah Zichron Gavriel in Zichron Yaakov reopened Wednesday – but without the two Sefardi boys who had earlier been denied admission and then, once finally admitted, were harassed and bullied. The absence of the...

December 10, 2014: In Last Act Before Self-Dissolution, Israel’s Lawmakers Vote To Imprison Black African Asylum Seekers To Preserve “Jewish Character” Of The State
Comments: 24 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Israel , Refugees , Religion
The law allows Israel to detain African asylum seekers – almost every one of them blacks from Eritrea and Southern Sudan – without a trial or judicial hearing for 3 months in closed “detention centers” the rest of the world...

December 10, 2014: Stop Public Bus Companies From Violating Shabbat, Chief Rabbi Tells Government
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Concerned that public desecration of Shabbat is on the rise, the haredi Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi David Lau sent a letter to Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz of the Likud Party and Religious Services, Economy and Diaspora Minister...

December 10, 2014: No More Forced Gender Segregation At Funerals, Israeli Court Says
Comments: 8 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Israel’s official state-funded and almost always haredi-controlled hevra kadishas (burial societies) can no longer force mourners to gender segregate at funerals, the Jerusalem District Court has provisionally ruled. Above: Illegal gender segregation signs in Jerusalem's Givat Ram cemetery in 2013...

December 9, 2014: Haredim Skirt Law In Order To Make Getting Married More Difficult For Secular Israelis
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
“Instead of welcoming the change in the law and making things easier for couples registering for marriage, the [haredi controlled chief] rabbinate [of Israel] is creating bureaucratic difficulties which have no justification administratively or in Jewish law.” And secular Israelis...

December 8, 2014: Lawsuit Possible Over Ancient Hebrew Bibles Known As The “Crowns Of Damascus”
Comments: 1 | Categories: Books , History , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Two decades after the Mossad smuggled a group of ancient Hebrew Bibles from Syria to Israel, a member of the Syrian Jewish community wants them back and has threatened to sue to get them. Lawsuit Possible Over Ancient Hebrew Bibles...

December 8, 2014: Government Gives Haredi And Zionist Orthodox Schools Much More Money Per Student Than Secular Jewish Public Schools, Arab Public Schools
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Details on exactly how much money various school systems in Israel get from the Education Ministry were made public last week, and they show discrimination – in favor of haredi schools and Zionist Orthodox schools and against secular public schools...

December 7, 2014: Haredi Women Who Do Not Vote For Official Haredi Political Party Will Be Excommunicated And Their Children Expelled From Haredi Schools, A Senior Haredi Rabbi Says
Comments: 65 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Rabbi Mordechai Blau, a senior member of the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party (UTJ), said today that every woman must vote for UTJ in the upcoming elections. Those who do not do so should in effect be excommunicated and...

December 6, 2014: Most Israelis Want Netanyahu Out As Prime Minister, Do Not Want Government That Includes Haredi Parties
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
A new poll conducted by the prestigious Smith Institute for the Israeli Hiddush freedom of and from religion advocacy nonprofit shows that 62% of Israeli Jews of all affiliations and levels of religious observance or nonobservance do not want haredi...

December 5, 2014: Montreal Borough Passes Bylaw Limiting Sukkahs; Hasidim Cry Foul
Comments: 20 | Categories: Haredim , Religion
“We are positioning ourselves as the most restrictive municipality in the world. We are continuing to uphold the unfortunate, long-standing tradition of confrontation, distrust, lack of response to the needs of our citizens and a worsening of the cohabitation between...

December 5, 2014: Israel Air Force Haredi Program Inducts “Most Haredi” Class Ever, IDF Says
Comments: 4 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
The government and the IDF have consistently over-counted the number of haredi enlistees by counting ex-haredim, recent ba’al teshuvas, converts, right-wing Zionist Orthodox, and traditional Sefardim as haredim. But in reality, very few actual haredim enlist, and the IDF admits...

December 5, 2014: Part Of Rivky Stein's Civil RICO Suit Against Yoel Weiss Dismissed
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
Rivky Stein's RICO suit against her recalcitraint husband who refuses to grant her a Jewish divorce known as a get did not survive a motion to dismiss intact. But some of the individual charges did survive. Above: Yoel Weiss and...

December 4, 2014: Zionist Orthodox MK Says It’s Wrong To Rely Only On God, Israel Prize Winner Objects Because Children Will Hear
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
"A leader must have rational considerations…I want to say something to people who think God works for us…We try to put logic into God and assign roles to him, but God does not have the figure of a man, either...

December 4, 2014: Two Vizhnitz Hasidim Arrested For Draft Dodging
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Two Vizhnitz hasidim have been been arrested for draft dodging and one of them is from a prominent Vizhnitz family. Two Vizhnitz Hasidim Arrested For Draft Dodging Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Two Vizhnitz hasidim have been been arrested for draft...

December 4, 2014: Satmar Offers To Bribe Israelis: Don’t Vote In Upcoming Election And We’ll Pay You $100
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Satmar, the vehemently anti-Zionist hasidic sect, has offered to pay $100 to every Israeli of voting age who does not vote in the upcoming Knesset elections, currently tentatively scheduled for March 17, 2015. Satmar Offers To Bribe Israelis: Don’t Vote...

December 4, 2014: Ashkenazi Haredi School Closed For Discriminating Against Sefardi Kids Whose Father Uses A 'Non-Kosher' Cellphone
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Ashkenazi haredim – especially many hasidic groups – have long objected to having Sefardim study alongside their children, and they have repeatedly violated the law to ensure their ‘pure’ children are not ‘contaminated’ by Sefardim. In this new case, the...

December 3, 2014: Shas MK Threatened With Death If He Leaves Party To Start His Own
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Shas Member of Knesset Eli Yishai has allegedly received death threats after media reports were published saying that Yishai was thinking of breaking away from the Sefardi haredi party he once headed to form his own list for the upcoming...

December 3, 2014: Netanyahu: Haredi Yeshiva Students Who Dodge The Draft Should Not Be Sent To Prison
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Prime Minister Benjamin handed haredi yeshiva students who dodge the draft a get out of jail free card tonight in a transparent bid to muster haredi support for a new government he would head after new elections early next year....

December 2, 2014: Make PM Netanyahu Disclose Any Deals With Haredim, Religious Freedom Group Tells AG
Comments: 2 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Hiddush, an Israeli nonprofit that advocates for freedom of an from religion, asked Israel’s Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to mandate that any agreement Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaches (or has already reached) with haredi political parties, even if it only...

December 2, 2014: Israel: Will Female Converts No Longer Have To Immerse Nude In Front Of Three Male Orthodox Rabbis?
Comments: 18 | Categories: Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Member of Knesset Rabbi Dov Lipman of the largely secular centrist Yesh Atid Party has asked the Ministry of Religious Services to allow women converting to Judaism immerse in the mikvah (ritual bath) without having any rabbis in the room....

December 1, 2014: Will A Tiny New York State Village Be Dissolved? So Far, The Yes Votes Are Leading
Comments: 18 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion , Turf Disputes
Voters supporting the dissolution of the tiny upstate New York Village of Bloomingburg, which would be folded into the adjoining into the Town of Mamakating if the vote is successful, have a 46-vote lead in the vote tally after the...

December 1, 2014: Government Closes Ashkenazi Haredi School That Discriminated Against Sefardi Girls Because Top Haredi Rabbis Ordered Them To
Comments: 6 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
"[T]he mayor received instructions both verbally and in writing from the great Torah scholars Rabbis Aharon Leib Steinman, Chaim Kanievsky, Gershon Edlestein, and Rabbi Moshe Hillel Hirsh, who said he should work for the good of both schools. Unfortunately, due...

November 30, 2014: How’s This For A Wedding Gift? In Israel, If You’re Jewish And Marry Outside The Auspices Of The Haredi-Controlled Chief Rabbinate, You Could Serve 2-Years In Prison
Comments: 21 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Israeli couples who marry in Israel without first registering their marriage with the haredi-controlled Chief Rabbinate can be sentenced to uo two years in prison, and the rabbis who perform those illegal marriage ceremonies also face the same potential two-year...

November 30, 2014: Tel Aviv Orthodox Synagogue Hit With Apparent Hate Crime
Comments: 3 | Categories: Antisemitism , Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
A Tel Aviv synagogue headed by a liberal Zionist Orthodox rabbi was hit with what appears to be an anti-Orthodox hate crime directly linked to the proposed Jewish State Bill that many legal experts, including Israel’s own attorney general, believe...

November 29, 2014: She's Baaaack
Comments: 45 | Categories: Haredim , Religion
Haredi female 'kabbalist' and "evil eye remover" Rebetzin Aidel Miller is touring again, looking for naive Jews to pay her lots of money for her hocus pocus. Related Posts: All Previous Rebitzin Aidel Miller Posts.

November 29, 2014: "There's No Coexisting With Cancer,” “Kahane Was Right”
Comments: 18 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Israel , Religion
A fire police believe to a likely arson damaged the playground of the leading Hebrew-Arab bilingual school in Jerusalem Saturday night. "Kahane was right," "There's no coexisting with cancer," and other anti-Arab slogans were spray-painted on the building, as well....

November 28, 2014: Synagogue Mandates Rabbi Steven Pruzansky Submit Writings To Editorial Board After Controversial Rabbi Called For Collective Punishment, Live Fire, Against Israeli Arabs
Comments: 18 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
“I probably have suffered sporadically over the years from lack of a resource that all other writers have — a good editor. As such, I have agreed (upon recommendation of the shul leadership) to form a panel of people that...

November 27, 2014: IDF Chief Rabbi Attacks Islam, Says Almost All Of Temple Mount Has No Holiness To Islam
Comments: 24 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
IDF Chief Rabbi Brigadier General Rafi Peretz wants Zionist Orthodox IDF soldiers to know that the almost all of the Temple Mount is not holy to Islam, that Islam’s view of the Temple Mount is made up, and that “ninety...

November 27, 2014: Haredim Reportedly Agree To Back Netanyahu For PM After Next Election
Comments: 1 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Member of Knesset Rabbi Yaakov Litzman, the head of the Agudath Israel hasidic faction of the haredi United Torah Judaism Party (UTJ), said today that both haredi parties, UTJ and the Sefardi haredi Shas Party, will recommend that Prime Minister...

November 26, 2014: Knesset Bans Non-Orthodox Rabbis And Rabbinical Students From Praying In Knesset’s Synagogue, Which Is Reserved For Orthodox Use Only, Knesset Speaker Says
Comments: 27 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
“A lot of the students were very upset and shocked. You’d think that the Knesset would be a place of ingathering of the Jewish people, but actually we learned that it has boundaries that don’t include liberal Jews. Paradoxically, this...

November 25, 2014: Only 300 ‘Haredim’ Joined Israel’s National Civilian Service Programs This Year
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Saar Shalom Jerbi, the head of Israel’s national civilian service programs staffed primarily by Zionist Orthodox girls who join them in lieu of serving in the military, has finally released the official number of haredi males who joined national civilian...

November 24, 2014: Senior RCA Rabbi Calls To Expel Arabs From Israel
Comments: 33 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism , Xenophobia
Rabbi Steven Pruzansky – the senior rabbi of Teaneck, New Jersey’s largest Modern Orthodox synagogue, Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, and senior member of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) – has called for Israel to use collective punishment against Israeli Arabs...

November 24, 2014: Controversial Haredi Rabbi Allegedly Says That Jerusalem Terror Attack Happened Because Of Corrupt Bobov Beit Din Rabbis
Comments: 41 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Terrorism , Turf Disputes
In an act of appalling theodicy, Rabbi Avraham Schorr, a controversial Flatbush haredi rabbi associated with several bans, allegedly blamed last week's gruesome terror attack on a haredi synagogue in Har Nof, Jerusalem on the behavior of an allegedly corrupt...

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