2,065 posts categorized "Religion, Religion & State"

July 31, 2015: Mob Boss "Moshe The Religious" Sentenced To 32 Years In Prison
Comments: 0 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
A Los Angeles man nicknamed "Moshe the Religious" who prosecutors say was a leader of an Israeli organized crime ring that moved drugs and money across the world was sentenced by a federal judge Friday to 32 years in prison....

July 31, 2015: Haredi Gay Pride Stabber Rejects Authority Of The Court As Police Say It Wasn’t Their Job To Monitor Him
Comments: 28 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
"I do not accept this court's authority. This court does not follow the rules of the holy Torah. This court is part of the mechanism of evil. I have no interest in cooperating at all. I do not recognize any...

July 31, 2015: Murder: Jewish Settlers Allegedly Firebomb Occupied Arab House, Kill Baby, Injure 3 Other Family Members
Comments: 24 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Xenophobia
A one-and-a-half-year-old Palestinian baby was burned to death and three others were seriously injured after Jewish settlers allegedly set fire to a Palestinian home in the Palestinian Arab village of Douma, near Nablus in the West Bank. Above: "Revenge!" spray-painted...

July 30, 2015: 3 Indicted In Israeli Church Arson
Comments: 10 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
One of the assailants, who lives in the haredi city of Bnei Brak, allegedly wrote and and distributed a letter setting out the alleged “necessity” of attacking both non-Jewish institutions like the church and the “necessity” to attack non-Jewish people,...

July 30, 2015: In Recent Radio Interview, Today’s Gay Pride Parade Stabber Said He Would Do Something “Extreme” To Stop Parade
Comments: 22 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
“If a single person comes and wants to hold the [gay pride] parade, then therefore in order to do something, something extreme is necessary.…these impure people want to defile Jerusalem [and]…the objective — I need to stop this parade." Above:...

July 30, 2015: Top Sefardi Haredi Rabbi Rules Yeshiva Students Are Forbidden To Serve In The IDF, Calls IDF Recruiters “Enticers” Who Have No Place In The World To Come
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
“God forbid, that an unmarried yeshiva student at any level of learning, or a married student, even if he has problems with his income, should leave the holy guard post [yeshiva], and should not be enticed by any ‘haredi’ or...

July 30, 2015: Cops Knew Haredi Gay Pride Attacker Was Getting Out Of Prison, Failed To Watch Him During Parade
Comments: 8 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
How inept is the Israel Police? About as inept as any modern police department can be, it seems. The Times of Israel reports: …Jerusalem District police chief Moshe Adri says police knew Schlissel was released from prison, but didn’t have...

July 30, 2015: Haredi Man Who Stabbed 6 At Jerusalem Gay Pride March Committed Similar Attack In 2005
Comments: 49 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
Police say the haredi who allegedly stabbed 6 people at today's Jerusalem gay pride parade is Yishai Shlissel, the same person who committed the stabbing attack on the Jerusalem gay pride parade 10 years ago. Above and above right: Yishai...

July 30, 2015: Haredi Man Stabs At least 6 People At Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade
Comments: 19 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
At least six people were stabbed at Jerusalem's annual Gay Pride Parade today. The assailant is allegedly a haredi man. At Least 6 Stabbed By Haredi Man At Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com At least four six...

July 29, 2015: Knesset Hears About Haredi Corruption In Jerusalem City Kosher Supervision As Police Decide Whether Or Not To Open Criminal Corruption Investigation
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
The Knesset Internal Affairs Committee began an investigation of Jerusalem’s official state religious council and its associated kosher supervision company today after Jerusalem’s Zionist Orthodox Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern went public with evidence of widespread corruption. Police are now deciding...

July 29, 2015: As Haredim Harass And Assault Non-Jewish Tourists At King David’s Tomb, Israel Police Fail To Act
Comments: 14 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Turf Disputes
In one incident, a tour guide escorting two tourists was shoved by a haredi man wielding a shtender (lectern). He also blocked the entrance to the prayer room as he screamed at the tourists. The visitors reportedly fled in terror....

July 28, 2015: Haredi Girls Schools Ban All Girls Whose Parents Are Employed
Comments: 50 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
In the haredi town of Elad, Israel, work does not pay. More than 100 girls, Sefardim and Ashkenazim, were denied places in the only two girls high school yeshivas (known as seminaries) in Elad for one reason and one reason...

July 27, 2015: Case Of Illegal Haredi Construction Could “Spark A Religious War,” Insiders Say
Comments: 19 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
On advice of her rabbi, “C” called police – twice. And police came twice and tried to speak with her upstairs neighbor, who refused to answer his door. But because this is Israel where the rule of law is very...

July 27, 2015: Haredi Boy Tries To Refuse Life-Saving Anti-Cancer Treatment Because Haredi Rabbi Promised Refusing It Would Heal Him
Comments: 40 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health , Religion, Religion & State
A 16-year-old haredi teen has released an online video asking Israelis to demonstrate in front of a Haifa hospital to force it to allow him to stop anti-cancer treatment. Above: Rambam Medical Center Haredi Boy Tries To Refuse Life-Saving Anti-Cancer...

July 27, 2015: Is Orthodox Judaism On The Verge Of A Historic Schism?
Comments: 22 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
In Israel, as opposed to the United States, worshipers don’t wait for the rabbis to allow them to pray under equal conditions. In light of the attempts to stop them, Prof. Tamar Ross, a professor of Jewish philosophy at Bar-Ilan...

July 26, 2015: Jews Locked Inside Israeli Conservative Shul With Traps Set To Harm Them
Comments: 34 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
“I went out to help her and realized something was blocking it. When I finally managed to open it, I noticed that someone had assembled four [heavy concrete] flowerpots in front of it to block it. Somebody had also tied...

July 26, 2015: Exposé: Sex Abuse In The Haredi Community
Comments: 25 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Israel's Channel 1 News aired a new documentary report on the sexual abuse of women and girls in the haredi community centered around one organization: Ezer Mizion. [Hat Tip: Joel Katz.]

July 24, 2015: Small Group Of Modern Orthodox Rabbis Raises Small Amount Of Money For Catholic Church Burned In Jewish Hate Crime
Comments: 17 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
A small group of generally liberal-leaning Zionist Orthodox and Modern Orthodox rabbis have made a donation to rebuild a damaged Catholic church in northern Israel. Small Group Of Modern Orthodox Rabbis Raises Small Amount Of Money For Catholic Church Burned...

July 24, 2015: What Really Makes Humans Unique?
Comments: 11 | Categories: Books , History , Religion, Religion & State , Science
"…The truly unique feature of [Homo Sapiens or Sapiens] language is not its ability to transmit information about the [tangible]. Rather, it's the ability to transmit information about things that do not exist at all.…only Homo sapiens can speak about...

July 23, 2015: Historical Video: Chabad Hasidim In Jerusalem React To News Of The Death Of The Last Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe
Comments: 125 | Categories: Chabad , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
Contemporaneous reactions of the Chabad community in Jerusalem to the death of the last Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson on June 12, 1994. Above: the late Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson I recognize many of the faces in this video...

July 23, 2015: Increasing Prevalence Of Autism Due In Large Part To Marked Increase In Frequency Of Autism Diagnosis, Not Actual Increase In Autism Occurrence, Study Finds
Comments: 19 | Categories: Med-Ethics, Public Health , Religion, Religion & State , Science
More evidence continues to roll in showing that anti-vaccine activists like haredi 'gadol' Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky and his wife are wrong. Above: This graph shows the number of students (per 10,000) diagnosed with autism (blue) and intellectual disability (red) in...

July 23, 2015: Haredi Rabbi Of The Kotel Writes 530-Page Book On The Holy Site, Devotes Only 7 Lines To 'Bleeding' Women
Comments: 26 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
"…In order to understand you better, I have read your book, Hilkhot Hakotel, cover to cover. In your letter you say that you are a moderator, bridging the gap between extremes, but your book was written by someone whose world...

July 23, 2015: Two Kahane Supporters Who Burned Jewish-Arab School Get “Harsh” Prison Sentences
Comments: 17 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim , Xenophobia
After the court hearing was over, the brothers said burning the school was "worth the price" and then burst into triumphant songs praising God as they were led away by guards. Above: "Kahane was right" painted on the school, November...

July 22, 2015: Ministerial Committee For Legislation Passes Bill That Would Give Haredi Draft Dodgers Priority In Hiring, Angering Many Israelis
Comments: 11 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
Reform Rabbi Uri Regev, who heads of the religious freedom NGO Hiddush, called the bill an “unequaled moral distortion” and suggested renaming the bill “operation ‘a job for every draft evader.’” Ministerial Committee For Legislation Passes Bill That Would Give...

July 22, 2015: A Brief Word On Suicide
Comments: 115 | Categories: Haredim , Jewish Leadership , Med-Ethics, Public Health , Religion, Religion & State , Skepticism & Former Haredim
I didn't want to have to write this. A very tragic part of life is that some people commit suicide. They often do so even when they have loving families and a good support system. But that does not mean...

July 22, 2015: Kotel Security Staff Allegedly Stops Journalists From Bringing Cameras To Document Abuse Of Women Of The Wall
Comments: 41 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Editorials, News Analysis , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
"…One woman carrying in a table, which we bring because no tables are provided for women, was stopped and she was told, “Tables are not allowed.” Another woman was told that siddurim [prayer books] were not allowed to be brought...

July 21, 2015: How Deficient Is Haredi Education In Israel?
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
How deficient is haredi education in Israel? Very according to new information released today. Updated 12:54 pm CDT 7-22-2015 How deficient is haredi education in Israel? Very. According to a report in the Jerusalem Post today, 75.1% of non-haredi Jewish...

July 21, 2015: For The First Time, City Of Jerusalem Funds Non-Orthodox Jewish Religious Schools
Comments: 1 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The City of Jerusalem has approved funding for the Reform Movement's Hebrew Union College (HUC) and for other non-Orthodox institutions, but it isn’t clear whether haredi city councilmen whose parties are part of the governing coalition realized they were casting...

July 21, 2015: Ex-Hasid Dies In Fall From Rooftop
Comments: 138 | Categories: Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Skepticism & Former Haredim
A desperate woman jumped 20 stories to her death from a swanky rooftop bar in the Flatiron District Monday night. As onlookers sipped pricy drinks at the 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar during a corporate party at 7:30 p.m., a 30-year-old...

July 20, 2015: Report: Head Of Zionist Orthodox Women's Seminary Tricks About 100 Women Into Having Sex With Him
Comments: 29 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Rabbis & Sex , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Around 100 women claim they were enticed into relationships with a married, Zionist Orthodox man who tricked them into believing he was an IDF officer. "He sent us all pictures from Gaza, asking us to pray for him, and he...

July 20, 2015: President's Handpicked Orthodox Rabbi To Be A No-Show At Contrived Unity Event
Comments: 18 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
Zionist Orthodox Rabbi Uri Sherki called Reform Jews "total heretics" before pulling out of the unity event. Above: Rabbi Uri Sherki President's Handpicked Orthodox Rabbi To Be A No-Show At Contrived Unity Event Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Israel's President Reuven...

July 20, 2015: Israel Chief Rabbis Sued Over Women’s Mikvah Incidents
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
“The mikvah is an incredibly vulnerable place. Women have rights there as well. There is no other public service that demands that individuals – women or men – submit themselves to this kind of inspection. Mikvahs around the world –...

July 19, 2015: Prominent Conservative Jewish Woman Faces Jail For Refusing To Divorce In Haredi-Controlled Rabbincal Court
Comments: 71 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
In Israel, there is no true freedom of religion. Instead, religion and state are inextricably intertwined, and citizens who object to the coercion that causes are often singled out and punished – as appears to be the case here. Above:...

July 17, 2015: Women Of The Wall Prevented From Reading Torah At The Kotel, Board Member Arrested
Comments: 36 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
A board member of Women of the Wall (WoW) was arrested at the Kotel (Western Wall) this morning when she tried to sneak a Torah scroll into the women’s section. Women Of The Wall Prevented From Reading Torah At The...

July 17, 2015: Shas Official Stops Army Radio Journalist From Praying, Kicks Him Out Of Party’s Open Mincha Prayer Service
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
“Chutzpan! Chutzpan! [Arrogant one! Arrogant one!] Get out! I will file a complaint against you with the [Army Radio’s] station director, Yaron Dekel!…There are no haredim in Army Radio and until there are, you are ousted from the Shas mincha!”...

July 16, 2015: New "Stunning" Mosaics Discovered In Ancient Galilee Synagogue
Comments: 16 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Science
Excavations directed by UNC-Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences professor Jodi Magness revealed stunning new mosaics that decorated the floor of the Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue in the ancient Jewish village of Huqoq. Above: part of a mosaic...

July 16, 2015: The Satmar Rebbe's Fine European Vacation
Comments: 93 | Categories: Haredim , Religion, Religion & State
The Kiryas Joel Satmar Rebbe Aharon Teitelbaum took a vacation, and Satmar bought the entire first class section of the Lufthansa plane. Sitting in that section was Teitelbaum, a male Satmar servant and, from what it seems, no one else....

July 15, 2015: Disfigured Woman Prevented By Haredi Rabbis From Suing Company In Secular Court That Injured Her; 4 Years Ago The Same Rabbis Ordered A Dog To Be Stoned To Death Over Reincarnation Fears
Comments: 32 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
In 2011, the religious court court ordered a stray black dog to be stoned to death because they believed it to be the reincarnation of a secular attorney who had cursed them 20 years before. Disfigured Woman Prevented By Haredi...

July 15, 2015: Zionist Orthodox Yeshiva Closed Over “Life-Threatening” Safety Violations
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
The yeshiva building is too unsafe for use and poses immediate “life-threatening” danger to students, an inspector told the media. Zionist Orthodox Yeshiva Closed Over “Life-Threatening” Safety Violations Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com The Zionist Orthodox hesder yeshiva in the Israeli...

July 14, 2015: Israel Refuses Entry To Black American Convert And Her 10-Year-Old Son
Comments: 43 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Israel , Refugees , Religion, Religion & State
"Eretz Yisrael isn’t a country for cushim [a derogatory Hebrew term that is the rough equivalent of nigger]." Above: file photo Israel Refuses Entry To Black American Convert And Her 10-Year-Old Son Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com It is uncomfortable, but...

July 14, 2015: Anti-Zionist Haredim Illegally Release Personal Information Of Top Haredi IDF Soldiers
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The illegally-released information includes the names and photos of the soldiers and the details of the recruitment work they do for the IDF. Each soldier has a profile that includes his full name, age, identity card number, home address, mobile...

July 14, 2015: Lying To Protect Haredi Judaism
Comments: 38 | Categories: Haredim , History , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
Shimon Schwab, a prominent 20th-century German haredi rabbi, argued that “a realistic historic picture” is good for “nothing but the satisfaction of curiosity.” Instead, “every generation has to put a veil over the human failings of its elders and glorify...

July 13, 2015: The Story Behind Orthodox And Haredi Rabbis' Intentional Abuse Of Converts
Comments: 37 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Rants / Editorials , Religion, Religion & State
Like it or not, converts live in a world heavily shaped by craven bitter men like Schachter and Elyashiv and by those men's apologists, like Shmuel Goldin. And in this misshapen, off-kilter world, protection from the mafioso who run it...

July 13, 2015: Tax Authority Tells Knesset Committee It Is Cracking Down On Rabbi-Kabbalists, Mystics And Private Haredi Kosher Supervision Companies’ Widespread Tax Evasion
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
Kabbalists and other ‘mystics’ will now have to pay taxes on the money they receive for doling out advice, amulet and other segulot, and blessings, a Knesset committee reportedly heard today. And so will private haredi kosher supervision companies that...

July 13, 2015: Hasidim Call Urgent Meeting Over “Harsh Decree”
Comments: 43 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The Toldos Aharon hasidic sect is having a near-existential crisis. Above: The Toldos Aharon rebbe Hasidim Call Urgent Meeting Over “Harsh Decree” Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com The Mea Shearim-based Toldos Aharon hasidic community has called an urgent emergency meeting for...

July 12, 2015: Rabbi Marc Schneier Allegedly To Resign From Synagogue He Founded, Move To Israel, Source Says
Comments: 27 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Rabbis & Sex , Religion, Religion & State
Rabbi Marc Schneier will allegedly become a real estate broker in Israel because the board of his tony Hamptons Modern Orthodox synagogue has allegedly asked him to leave. Above: Rabbi Marc Schneier Rabbi Marc Schneier To Resign From Synagogue He...

July 12, 2015: Suspects Arrested In 2 Israeli Church Arsons
Comments: 3 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Religion, Religion & State
The suspects’ attorneys work for the right-wing neo-Kahanist legal aid organization Honeinu, likely meaning the suspects are extreme right-wing West Bank Jewish settlers, their close supporters, or members of other neo-Kahanist groups like, for example, Lehava, a racist anti-race-mixing organization...

July 12, 2015: Orthodox Rabbis Admit To Doing Illegal Marriages And Divorces Not Approved By Haredi-Controlled Chief Rabbinate, Could Serve 2 Years in Prison
Comments: 25 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
The couples and the rabbis who illegally married them could face up to two years in prison for their 'crime.' Orthodox Rabbis Admit To Doing Illegal Marriages And Divorces Not Approved By Haredi-Controlled Chief Rabbinate, Could Serve 2 Years in...

July 11, 2015: Report: Cops Blocked Child Protection Workers From Protecting Lev Tahor Haredi Cult Kids
Comments: 8 | Categories: Child Safety , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion, Religion & State
Police detectives trying to investigate human trafficking and forgery in the Lev Tahor haredi cult in 2013, then located in rural Quebec, Canada, blocked province child protection workers from removing children from the cult – children who were allegedly being...

July 10, 2015: London Hasidic School Tells Government It Refuses To Teach Secular Subjects; When Asked Why The School Responded, Because We Don’t Want To
Comments: 30 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State
The school reportedly told the government that, despite the law mandating it, the school would not teach English in grades one through three because “it is not what the school wants, not what the parents want, and not [what] the...

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