2,169 posts categorized "Religion, Religion & State"

August 31, 2015: Israeli Hasidic Rebbes Issue Warning About Shabbat Violations, Order Followers To Boycott Stores
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Kosher Business? , Religion, Religion & State
"…Do not support stores which operate on Shabbat or stores which are part of national chains that operate on Shabbat – even if the particular store in question is kept closed on Shabbat.Do not support shopping centers which operate on...

August 31, 2015: RICO Lawsuit Against Shalom Lamm To Be Dismissed
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Turf Disputes
The federal civil RICO lawsuit filed by the Town of Mamakating, New York and its neighbor, the Village of Bloomingburg, against Modern Orthodox real estate developer Shalom Lamm will be dismissed, a federal judge said last week. RICO Lawsuit Against...

August 31, 2015: Haredi Principal Loses Court Fight In Failed Bid To Discriminate Against Sefardi Girls
Comments: 5 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
The principal of the Bais Yaakov HaYoshon haredi girls high school in Jerusalem faced a tough hearing at the Education Ministry and punishing sanctions after he refused to accept 21 girls, almost all Sefardim, assigned to the school by the...

August 31, 2015: Haredim Threaten To Stop Jerusalem Public Bike Rentals Over Potential “Shabbat Desecration”
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
“There is not a shadow of doubt that we view [bike rentals] with the utmost seriousness. We will do everything we can to prevent [the bike rentals]. I know that there are similar initiatives in Tel Aviv and other places,...

August 31, 2015: Video: Why Not Vaccinating Your Kids Helps Sicken And Kill Others
Comments: 11 | Categories: Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health , Religion, Religion & State
The PBS Nova program's documentary on vaccines, Vaccines—Calling the Shots, which first aired last year was rebroadcast last night. And since it's that time of year again, here's clearly presented information proving haredi 'gadol' Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky, his wife, and...

August 31, 2015: Sefardi Man Commits Suicide After Haredi School Refuses To Accept His 5-Year-Old Daughter
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
“It is a mafia here in Rechasim. I will not give my name for if I do I will be a dead man. Tomorrow my daughter will be thrown out of school and they will make sure to ruin my...

August 30, 2015: New Chief Rabbi Of Kfar Chabad Launches Modesty Campaign
Comments: 24 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Web/Tech , Women & Judaism
Skirt too short? Stockings inadequate? Wrong type of head covering worn? Neck exposed? Ladies, it's time to correct these 'problems.' The Chief Rabbi of Kfar Chabad, the Chabad hasidic village in central Israel not far from Tel Aviv, has launched...

August 30, 2015: Rabbis Who “Harass” Israel’s Chief Rabbinate Are Rodefs, Leading Right-Wing Rabbi Says
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Terrorism
Don’t like Israel’s haredi-controlled Chief Rabbinate and say or do anything about that, even something completely non-violent and legal? If you do, you’re a rodef (pursuer), a person who under halakha (Orthodox Jewish law) can be murdered by any Jew...

August 30, 2015: Top Hasidic Rabbis Order Haredi Girls High Schools To Keep Discriminatory Admissions Policy
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
The existing system of admissions tests and other requirements – like barring all girls from admission who come from homes in which both parents or the father works (outside the haredi educational system) – has been repeatedly used to discriminate...

August 29, 2015: Children's Clothing Store Gets Warning Note After Its Ad Features Non-Jewish Clothing
Comments: 20 | Categories: Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State
The store owner is warned that s/he is "[acting in a way that causes] Jewish children in the neighborhood to stumble." Please click to enlarge: The note writer appears to be upset because the clothing is not 'Jewish,' the haircuts...

August 29, 2015: Kabbalistic Magic Knife Will Bring You "Abundance And Livelihood" – But Only If You Pay For It First
Comments: 21 | Categories: Haredim , Religion, Religion & State
Open the Gates of Heaven to get a year of good fortune and income with the magic kabbalistic knife. It's the "key to opening the gates of abundance and livelihood." And all you need to do to get one is...

August 28, 2015: Sign In Lakewood Yeshiva Warns Students Not To Bring 'Immodest' Taster's Choice Coffee Jars Into The Yeshiva
Comments: 26 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Banning 'immodest' coffee jars seem to be the latest modesty craze in the haredi community. A Lakewood source writes: Now in BMG there is a (unofficial) sign telling people about the women picture on Taster's Choice [Coffee]. So strange. It...

August 28, 2015: "Notice For VIPs And Rich People"
Comments: 31 | Categories: Haredim , Religion, Religion & State
"Notice for VIPs and Rich People: If you are willing to pay $1,800…This is a segula [mystical charm, remedy, protection] which has already performed many miracles. Serious inquiries only." Above: a white gartel Notice for VIPs and Rich People If...

August 27, 2015: Almost 100 Haredi Kindergarten Assistants Refuse To Be Transferred To Secular Kindergartens
Comments: 19 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
“Putting us with the secular Jews is like fire and water. What will happen when I light Shabbat candles and a non-religious child will ask me what these candles are about? It is simply not compatible." Almost 100 Haredi Kindergarten...

August 27, 2015: Haredi IDF Soldiers Get Death Threats, Cops Do Nothing
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
“If you [haredi IDF soldiers] are Jews, we're ISIS.…Itbach Al-Yahud! [Death to the Jews!].” Above: An Orthodox IDF officer's car after he was attacked by a haredi mob in Mea Shearim in April Haredi IDF Soldiers Get Death Threats, Cops...

August 27, 2015: Police, Shin Bet Raid High Level Meeting Of Extreme Right Wing Jewish Settlers, Rabbis
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Terrorism
Israel Police surrounded and then raided a high-level meeting of right-wing Zionist Orthodox rabbis and community leaders today. At least four people who violated government orders to stay out of the West Bank have reportedly been arrested at the meeting...

August 27, 2015: Haredim Launch Campaign To Remove Woman's Photo From Coffee Jars
Comments: 48 | Categories: Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Haredim want this photo of a woman removed from a major coffee label's jar, and there's now a campaign to call the company's 800 number and complain about the 'immodest' packaging of it product. "To remove a stumbling block. Please...

August 26, 2015: Netanyahu Government Games High Court Again, Persecutes African Refugees Just Released From Israeli Detention
Comments: 20 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Darfur , Israel , Refugees , Religion, Religion & State , Xenophobia
The head of Enforcement and Foreign Workers at Israel's Population Authority, Yossi Edelstein, came to Holot to supervise the African asylum seekers release process. “We hope they keep to the restrictions,” he said, referring to the [newly issued government] ban...

August 25, 2015: African Asylum Seekers To Be Released From Detention On High Court’s Orders, But Netanyahu Government Issues Order Banning Them From Tel Aviv, Eilat
Comments: 15 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Refugees , Religion, Religion & State , Xenophobia
1,178 Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers will be released from the Holot detention-facility-cum-prison today and Wednesday, but few have any idea where they will live or how they will survive after the government issued a new decree that cuts off...

August 24, 2015: How The Ancient Hebrews Viewed The Universe
Comments: 58 | Categories: History , Religion, Religion & State , Torah & Science
“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters...

August 24, 2015: New “Sanhedrin” Praises Alleged Jewish Terrorists
Comments: 23 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Terrorism , Xenophobia
"…The Sanhedrin, which sits on Mount Zion in Holy Jerusalem, hereby strengthens your spirits and reduces your sorrow, as you were seized while acting for the respect of God and the nation of Israel, risking your lives for the holiness...

August 24, 2015: Haredi Yeshiva Illegally Fines, Expels Students Who Have A Drivers License
Comments: 40 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
“Any decision made in this matter was done after rabbis of 23 yeshivas met to discuss the matter, including gedolei hador [top haredi rabbinic leaders] and profound Torah scholars,” a source in Ohr Baruch reportedly said, adding that no student...

August 24, 2015: Haredi Terrorist Indicted For Gay Pride Parade Murder, Says Parades Must Be Cancelled To "Elevate The Soul" Of His Teen Victim
Comments: 28 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
“The [Gay] Pride Parade must be canceled to elevate Shira Banki’s soul. If you care for her wellbeing, you must cease this blasphemy against God. The [Gay Pride Parades] bring harsh decrees on Israel.…Whenever there is a Gay Pride Parade,...

August 23, 2015: If You Leave The Haredi World, You Cannot Return
Comments: 97 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Skepticism & Former Haredim
"…I personally was very close to a young [ex-haredi] man who killed himself a year and a half ago. He was 24 and had gone through all the possible options in the haredi world before leaving – Bratslav [Breslov; a...

August 21, 2015: Haredim Disrupt IDF Recruitment Meeting, Riot; Police Use Water Cannon, 3 Haredim Arrested
Comments: 11 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
“It looks like until a haredi soldier is murdered, nothing will be done to stop terror against the [IDF] recruitment of haredi men. The feeble response of authorities [to this violence and incitement] strengthens the daring and insolent behavior of...

August 20, 2015: Orthodox Cleaning Business Owner Arrested For Allegedly Defrauding Day Laborers
Comments: 37 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State
Five day laborers each worked more than 24 hours straight cleaning homes for the Just Clean cleaning business owned by 21-year-old Samuel Just. Four of the workers, all women, cleaned the homes of Orthodox Jews before Passover, working around the...

August 20, 2015: Don’t Let Men Who Own TVs Or Smartphones Lead Prayers, Chief Rabbi Says
Comments: 42 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim , Web/Tech
“One must find a prayer leader who fears Heaven. If you know that the prayer leader has a TV at home and watches videos of abomination or [has] a TV in his pocket [i.e., a smartphone] and watches these types...

August 20, 2015: Hasidic Group To Charge Adherents $40 Each To Immerse In Mikva Water Used To Immerse Dead Rebbe’s Body
Comments: 129 | Categories: Bizarre , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State
Tosh intends to leave the water unchanged and charge hasidim $40 a pop to immerse in it before or during the High Holidays. Above: The late Rebbe of Tosh Rabbi Meshulam Feivsh Lowy Hasidic Group To Charge Adherents $40 Each...

August 20, 2015: Netanyahu Governments Appear To Have Lied About Coerced Departures Of African Asylum Seekers To Hide Its Violations Of International Law
Comments: 3 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , Refugees , Religion, Religion & State , Xenophobia
8,335 asylum seekers who fled from Sudan and Eritrea to Israel seeking safety were pushed out of Israel over the past two-and-a-half years. But despite Netanyahu government claims that these refugees were going to safe third countries in Africa where...

August 20, 2015: Haredi Gay Pride Parade Terrorist Fit To Stand Trial
Comments: 24 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Terrorism
Yishai Shlissel was released from prison only three weeks before this year’s terror attack, but police failed to put him under surveillance despite his open threats to attack the parade again. Shlissel walked right into the parade past police, calmly...

August 19, 2015: Did Jerusalem’s Secular Mayor Agree To Close 8 Mini-Markets On Shabbat To Appease Haredim?
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The change in Shabbat blue law enforcement will mean that eight mini-markets located in the center city area will almost certainly be forced to close – even though some of them have been open on Shabbat for decades. Above: Haredim...

August 19, 2015: A Certain Hypocrisy: Rabbi Mordechai Willig And Talmud Study For Women
Comments: 54 | Categories: History , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Last week, Rabbi Mordechai Willig, a rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva University and man who enabled child abuser Rabbi Baruch Lanner, came out against women's Talmud study. But what was Willig doing the day Talmud was first taught at Stern, YU's...

August 19, 2015: As Spanish-Speaking Parents And Students Speak, Haredi-Controlled School Board Doesn’t Listen To Simultaneous Translation
Comments: 23 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Turf Disputes
State monitor Dennis Walcott sat on the dais with the board and listened attentively as a large number of public school students, parents and activists complained about the district schools and the board. When Spanish speakers got up to speak,...

August 19, 2015: Haredim Want To Gender-Segregate Public Library
Comments: 30 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Haredim in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood of Jerusalem want the city to gender-segregate a new neighborhood swimming pool – and the public library. Above: a haredi gender segregation sign (file) Haredim Want To Gender-Segregate Public Library Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com...

August 19, 2015: Music Festival Removes Apparently Anti-Semitic Matisyahu Ban, Re-Invites Jewish Reggae Singer
Comments: 12 | Categories: Antisemitism , Israel , Music , Religion, Religion & State , Skepticism & Former Haredim
A publicly funded Spanish music festival that banned Matisyahu after he refused to comply with a demand from the festival to issue a public statement in support of a Palestinian state has recanted and re-invited the Jewish reggae singer to...

August 19, 2015: The Snake Oil Salesman And Scam Artist Trusted By Orthodox And Haredi Rabbis To Make Gay Men Straight
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
…[A]bout 25 years before a jury found that JONAH had engaged in “unconscionable” business practices, Arthur Goldberg pleaded guilty to mail fraud and conspiracy in connection with what the U.S. attorney alleged was a fraudulent scheme of “spectacular” scope, involving...

August 19, 2015: Bobov Succession Fight Back In Federal Court
Comments: 52 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Turf Disputes
Bobov 48 (i.e., the real Bobov) petitions a federal court asking the court to force Bobov 45 (i.e., the splinter faction) to follow the beit din ruling / arbitration agreement that mandates Bobov 45 not claim to be "Bobov." The...

August 18, 2015: IDF’s Conversion Program To Be Closed Due To Alleged Lack Of Funds
Comments: 12 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
Hundreds of thousands of Israelis, primarily immigrants from the Former Soviet Union, are not Jews according to Orthodox Jewish law. The IDF's conversion program was the fastest and simplest way for those among them who wanted to convert to Judaism...

August 18, 2015: Shun Haredi IDF Soldiers, New Haredi Pamphlet Says
Comments: 14 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
A new pamphlet distributed in haredi neighborhoods of Jerusalem names haredim who are serving in the IDF and urges other haredim to shun them. Shun Haredi IDF Soldiers, New Haredi Pamphlet Says Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com A new pamphlet distributed...

August 18, 2015: Haredi Seminaries Union Calls For State Closure Of Haredi School That Won’t Accept Most Sefardi Students – Or Maybe It Didn't
Comments: 5 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
The Union of Seminaries (haredi girls high schools) in Israel has called for the preeminent seminary in the haredi town of Elad to be closed over its discrimination against Sefardi girls. Or maybe it hasn't. Please see the update at...

August 18, 2015: Haredi West Bank Extremist Indicted For Threatening Shin Bet Agents, Deputy State Prosecutor
Comments: 14 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Terrorism
The indictment alleges Khantsis threatened the Shin Bet agents and a state prosecutor at an August 11 court hearing in which two other alleged Jewish West Bank settler terrorists were remanded into administrative detention for six months. Khantsis shouted, “We...

August 18, 2015: Haredi-Controlled Chief Rabbinate Fails To Recognize US Orthodox Conversions, Disrupts Lives, Ruins Weddings – And Won’t Apologize
Comments: 29 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
"The categorical denial on the part of the [Chief R] abbinate is, unfortunately, part of the problem. Rather than taking responsibility for the tragedy they inflict upon hundreds of immigrants each month, they simply bury their heads in the sand."...

August 18, 2015: In A Sign Of Steep Decline, Conservative Movement Drastically Alters Seminal Judaica Library's Open Access
Comments: 36 | Categories: Books , Jewish Leadership , Religion, Religion & State
How little do leaders of the Conservative Movement care about Jewish scholarship? That question is answered by how they are treating the Jewish Theological Seminary's library, which for a century has been the preeminent Jewish research library outside Israel, a...

August 17, 2015: Matisyahu Makes Public Statement On Music Festival BDS-Forced Ban
Comments: 37 | Categories: Antisemitism , Israel , Music , Religion, Religion & State , Skepticism & Former Haredim
"The festival organizers contacted me because they were getting pressure from the BDS movement. They wanted me to write a letter, or make a video, stating my positions on Zionism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to pacify the BDS people..…it was...

August 17, 2015: New Conversion Courts Won't Force Converts To be Fully Orthodox
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
The demand of converts to perform all the commandments “cannot be real, and I do not believe in things that are not real. I could also not take upon myself to perform all of the commandments according to that interpretation....

August 16, 2015: Matisyahu Appearance Cancelled After Jewish Singer Refuses To Endorse Palestinian State
Comments: 35 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Israel , Music , Religion, Religion & State , Skepticism & Former Haredim
The ex-hasidic reggae singer was supposed to perform at the Rototom Sunsplash Reggae Festival on August 22. But his show was cancelled after he refused to release a public statement backing a Palestinian state. Under extreme pressure from the BDS...

August 16, 2015: WoW Reads From Torah Scroll At Kotel, Blows Shofar, As Police And Kotel Guards Repeatedly Violate Agreement Made With The Women’s Prayer Group
Comments: 19 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
At about to 4:00 am, police entered the women’s section and searched WoW’s bags, finding the Torah scroll. Despite the agreement with the Old City's police chief, police tried to confiscate the Torah scroll and hold the WoW members for...

August 16, 2015: The Holy Blow Job And Other Tales Of Kabbalistic Healing
Comments: 50 | Categories: Halakha , History , Rabbis & Sex , Religion, Religion & State
Amid the well-known asceticism and rituals of Rabbi Isaac Luria, better known as the Ari, and his followers – like the Kabbalat Shabbat prayers all Jewish denominations say every Friday afternoon – are some lesser-known segulot and tikkunim (signs/amulets and...

August 15, 2015: Despite Large Need, Israeli Nonprofit That Helps Ex-Haredim Gets Zero State Funding Because Right-Wing And Centrist Lawmakers Do Not Want To Anger Haredi Rabbis And Politicians
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Hessed , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Skepticism & Former Haredim
According to a 2014 study, Israelis who were once religiously observant are at a high risk of committing suicide. The study was carried out by Bishvil Hahayim (Path to Life), a nonprofit organization that helps the families of people who...

August 14, 2015: New Modern Orthodox Conversions Won't Force Children Into Orthodox Schools
Comments: 19 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
"…Guided by rabbis of the mainstream of the tolerant religious Zionist community, Giyur Kehalacha meets potential candidates where they are. The process is completely transparent, candidates know where they can turn, know what's expected of them, and there is an...

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