1,715 posts categorized "Religion"

March 4, 2015: Haredi Leaders Admit Herpes Testing Doesn't Work, Want To Continue Dangerous Circumcision Practice Anyway
Comments: 24 | Categories: Child Safety , Circumcision , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics , Religion
“How can you be certain that at any given time the mohel doesn’t have the virus? Because he may have been tested a year ago and he may have contracted the virus since then. There’s no foolproof way of doing...

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...

March 2, 2015: The Lament Of A Former Israeli Haredi Yeshiva Student
Comments: 31 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
"…When you meet a haredi doctor or architect, the first question that you ask him is, when did you become a Baal Teshuva? If it wasn't so sad it would be funny. Imagine a scenario where the haredi population would...

March 2, 2015: Secular Jews Endanger Israel, Senior Sefardi Haredi Rabbi Says
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Saturday night, Rabbi David Yosef publicly said during a lecture that Zionist Orthodox Jews who serve in the IDF carry two burdens – serving in the Israeli military and serving in the “army of God” – while secular Israeli Jews...

March 1, 2015: Video: Haredi Modesty Signs And Violence Against Women In Beit Shemesh
Comments: 11 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Weeks ago, an Israeli court ordered the city of Beit Shemesh to remove haredi modesty signs. But the divided city's haredi mayor has not ordered city workers to remove the signs. Here's video of local Nili Philip and a journalist...

March 1, 2015: Endangering Children's Lives To Appease Powerful Haredi Bloc Vote Attacked By NY Times and NY Daily News, But Endorsed By NY Post
Comments: 18 | Categories: Chabad , Child Safety , Circumcision , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion
"…de Blasio, who has pleased the potent [ultra-]Orthodox voting bloc by ridiculing the [Bloomberg's informed consent] policy as unenforceable while making no visible effort to enforce it, has decided simply to let the mohels do their thing….The [new] plan needs...

February 27, 2015: Israel Medical Association Billboard Banned In Jerusalem Because Of Haredi Objections To Photo – Of Elderly Woman
Comments: 10 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
The Deal Tov billboard company refused to publish the billboards, which included a photo of an elderly women, reportedly telling the IMA that the Jerusalem Municipality bans the publication of women's pictures on billboards and posters in “a haredi area"...

February 27, 2015: Satmar Hasidic Village Of Kiryas Joel Launches PR Ad Campaign Touting – Sustainability
Comments: 25 | Categories: Bad Spin , Haredim , Religion
The Satmar hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel, New York has launched a public relations advertising campaign that touts Kiryas Joel's "respect" and "sustainability" – two things non-Satmar locals overwhelmingly find to be untrue. Instead, from its community poultry plant with...

February 27, 2015: Study: Thinking of God Makes People Bigger Risk-Takers
Comments: 10 | Categories: Religion , Science
Reminders of God can make people more likely to seek out and take risks, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings suggest that people are willing to take these risks...

February 27, 2015: Video: In Interview With Ha'aretz, MK Rabbi Dov Lipman Talks About Haredim, About Allowing Reform Rabbis To Conduct Marriages, And About Other Religion-State Issues In Israel
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Member of Knesset Rabbi Dov Lipman (right) of the centrist Yesh Atid Party tells Ha'aretz how he believes the rift between secular and haredi communities in Israel can be bridged, what his party is doing to encourage haredi men and...

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: She's Baaaack!
Comments: 30 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Torah & Science
Want an evil eye removed? Hoping for some medieval lead poring to scope out your future? Jerusalem-based haredi Rebeitzin Aidel Miller is back in New York seeking to do incantations and the like for you – at very modern prices,...

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: Jerusalem Christian Seminary Torched In Apparent Racist Hate Crime
Comments: 16 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , Religion , Xenophobia
The seminary was set on fire and its walls were painted with nationalist and racist graffiti, including the slogans “Jesus is a son of a whore” and “Redemption of Zion.” Above: The fire's aftermath (Jerusalem Fire Department) Jerusalem Christian Seminary...

February 25, 2015: Mayor Of Kiryas Joel Asks Congresspeople To Boycott Netanyahu Speech, Cites Neturei Karta Website
Comments: 23 | Categories: Current Affairs , Israel , Religion
The mayor of the Satmar hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel, New York wrote US Rep. Carolyn Maloney asking her and her fellow Democrats to boycott the controversial upcoming speech to the US Congress by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In...

February 25, 2015: Human Rights Watch: Israel Fails African Asylum Seekers
Comments: 24 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Darfur , Israel , Refugees , Religion , Xenophobia
Government statistics just released show that of 3,165 Sudanese asylum applications lodged since 2009, Israel has recognized a grand total of zero. Almost 2,200 of them are still waiting for an answer. Of 2,408 Eritreans who lodged asylum claims, 4...

February 25, 2015: Israeli Haredi Girls School Test Teaches Girls To Serve Their Future Husbands
Comments: 44 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Explain what the [proper] role of a woman in this world is based on the verse "it is not good for man to be alone, I [God] will create him a helpmate.” Correct answer: To ensure that her husband doesn't...

February 25, 2015: Mosque Burned In Another Alleged West Bank Jewish Settler Hate Crime
Comments: 4 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , Religion , Xenophobia
"At one o'clock we heard screaming from the people of the village and realized the mosque was on fire. More than three hundred people awoke and we managed to put it out. After that we saw the writing, racist writing....

February 23, 2015: Sefardi Haredi Parties Want To Ban Teaching Of Evolution In Israel's Public Schools
Comments: 32 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Science
“As an ultra-Orthodox party that believes that our forefathers were Adam and Eve, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and that our holy matriarchs were Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, we refuse to teach our children that they originated from apes.” Ha’aretz...

February 22, 2015: HaTikva Is “Stupid,” Top Sefardi Rabbi Says
Comments: 34 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Speaking at a Shas campaign rally in Netivot on Sunday, the head of the Sefardi haredi Shas Party’s Council of Torah Sages Rabbi Cohen called Israel’s national anthem Hatikva "a stupid song.” Cohen also reportedly disparaged people who sing it....

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 20, 2015: Divorce In Israel Is Especially Awful – Largely Because Of Haredim
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Last night, Israel's Channel 2 aired a strong exposé on divorce and the haredi-controlled state beit din (religious court) system. Watch it now. Last night, Israel's Channel 2 aired a strong exposé on divorce and the haredi-controlled state beit din...

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: 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: An "Enormous" Day For East Ramapo, Pro-Public Schools Group Says
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion , Turf Disputes
"Today was simply an ENORMOUS day for East Ramapo children and families. Our local lawmakers, Ellen Jaffee, Ken Zebrowski and David Carlucci, delivered big time with an oversight bill (Assembly Bill 5355, Senate Bill 3821) that would create the strong...

February 18, 2015: Jerusalem Secular Residents Launch Shabbat Bus Service
Comments: 19 | Categories: Israel , Religion
The government refuses to run public buses on Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) in deference to the haredi and Zionist Orthodox communities. But secular Jews and non-Jews need Shabbat transportation. And now a group of secular Jews has banded together to...

February 17, 2015: How Far Has The Haredi Community Fallen?
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
The late supreme rabbinic leader of Sefardi haredim Rabbi Ovadia Yosef passed away about 16 months ago. Some of the halakhic (Orthodox Jewish law) rulings he issued after his last book was published have now been released in a new...

February 17, 2015: Jewish Agency Deceives Donors, Funds Anti-Zionist Haredi Programs Despite Bans
Comments: 1 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
The Jewish Agency for Israel, in violation of their own governance policies, is funding haredi anti-Zionist and non-Zionist programs – in part likely because the chairman of the Agency's executive is Natan Sharansky, an ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu....

February 17, 2015: Netanyahu: "Haredim Are [My] Natural Partners"
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
"The Haredim are natural partners [with my right-of-center Likud Party], I have great sympathy for [Orthodox Jewish] tradition. Every Shabbat I study the weekly Torah portion," Netanyahu – who has reportedly openly eaten non-kosher food on foreign trips, a non-no...

February 16, 2015: Thousands Of Haredim Stage Joyous Parade Through Northern Jerusalem Celebrating Release From Prison Of Haredi Draft-Dodger Yeshiva Students
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Thousands haredi men – and, for apparently the first time, women – from Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach’s non-hasidic Ashkenazi haredi rebel faction flooded the streets of Jerusalem to celebrate the release of four draft-dodging haredi yeshiva students from military prison. Thousands...

February 16, 2015: Head Of Chabad Front Group Again Calls To Arm Europe's Jews
Comments: 21 | Categories: Chabad , Media & Media Criticism , Religion , Terrorism , Turf Disputes
Rabbi Menachem Margolin wants European countries to make an exception to gun control laws and allow Jews to arm themselves – a call many actual European Jewish leaders strongly oppose. Above: Rabbi Menachem Margolin Newsweek has a pretty awful report...

February 16, 2015: British Government Forces Racist Chabad Rabbi Off Interfaith Charity's Board
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Haredim , Religion
Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, a controversial rabbi from a prominent Chabad family, was forced off the Faith Matters interfaith anti-extremism charity last week after his racist remarks posted on social media were exposed by a Palestinian news agency. Schochet has remained...

February 16, 2015: Will Tunisian Jews Survive Threat Posed By…Educating Girls?
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
In the Tunisian island of Djerba's ancient Jewish community, women rarely work outside the home and only do so if their husbands allow it. And until very recently, girls were only allowed to have two hours of schooling per day....

February 15, 2015: Conversion With A Boot Pressed Into Her Throat
Comments: 11 | Categories: Antisemitism , Bizarre , Religion
Marguerite Haragan, 58, pressed her foot into the throat of a Jewish woman while saying she “better accept Jesus,” an Ada County prosecutor said during Haragan's arraignment Thursday. Above: Marguerite Haragan The Idaho Statesman reports: BOISE, IDAHO – Marguerite Haragan,...

February 15, 2015: British Chabad Rabbi Calls Convert "Idiot," Says She Should Marry A Non-Jew
Comments: 48 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Haredim , Religion
A female convert to Judaism who later fell in love with a non-Jewish man an "idiot" who should "do the moral thing, give back [her] conversion certificate and embrace the life [she was] meant to live – as a non-Jew,...

February 15, 2015: Excluded From Knesset, Haredi Women Fight Back
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Why is female representation in Knesset so low? The first answer is also a rather obvious one: as a rule, the three religious parties don’t let women run for public office on their slates: ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah...

February 15, 2015: Intifooda: Kosher Food-Cart Vendor Says He‘s Blocked By ‘Halal Mafia’ In NYC
Comments: 11 | Categories: Antisemitism , Haredim , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Religion , Turf Disputes
“Why doesn’t he go to 47th Street?” Mossad shouted, referring to the Hasidim-heavy Diamond District. “He’s just coming to this particular spot, and he wants to grab it from me — and kill me, actually. Kill my business.” The food...

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 15, 2015: Satmar, Other Anti-Zionist Haredim Again Offering Israelis Money To Not Vote
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
"All votes count - for free grant money." That’s the message anti-Zionist haredim are circulating around Israel through a poster with that headline. It offers Israelis who can prove after the upcoming March Knesset election that they did not vote...

February 13, 2015: Top Haredi Leader Lashes Out At Yair Lapid, Says Lapid Acts With Evil Intent
Comments: 12 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman wants you to know that Yair Lapid is intentionally evil – but being intentionally evil has nasty halakhic consequences. Above: Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman Top Haredi Leader Lashes Out At Yair Lapid, Says Lapid Acts With...

February 10, 2015: Haredi Former Chief Rabbi Of Israel Indicted
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Haredi former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger has been indicted for allegedly taking at least NIS 10 million ($2.6 million) in bribes and other crimes. Above: Rabbi Yona Metzger Haredi Former Chief Rabbi Of Israel Indicted Shmarya Rosenberg...

February 8, 2015: Chabad Expelled And Shunned Child Victim Of Sex Abuse, Royal Commission Hears
Comments: 26 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion
A confirmed victim of Chabad pedophile Samuel David Cyprys, identified only as AVR, has just told the Australian Royal Commission that when he and his mother told Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner, the head of Chabad in Melbourne, Australia, in 1991...

February 8, 2015: Sources: Some Chabad Rabbis Still Telling People To Break Law, Not Report Child Sex Abuse To Police
Comments: 15 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Rants / Editorials , Religion
I've heard that some Australian Chabad rabbis who are mandatory reporters are still saying (at least in closed groups) that it is wrong to report suspected child sex abuse to police, and that a rabbi (or beit din) must first...

February 8, 2015: Hundreds Of Haredim Riot In Jerusalem In Protest Of Arrest Of Draft-Dodging Yeshiva Student
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion
Haredim gathered without a permit, blocked roads, and stoned police to protest the arrest of yet another haredi yeshiva student who dodged the draft. Above: file photo Hundreds Of Haredim Riot In Jerusalem In Protest Of Arrest Of Draft-Dodging Yeshiva...

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 6, 2015: Haredi Paper Apoloigizes To Fellow Haredim For Appearing Happy That Two Lakewood, NJ Locals Joined The Israeli Military
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
After a haredi reader complained, the Voice of Lakewood apologizes for appearing to be happy about two Lakewood haredim joining the IDF. Please click to enlarge:

February 6, 2015: Haredim Riot In Jerusalem
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Hundreds of haredim rioted on the edge of the über haredi Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim today, throwing bottles and other objects as they blocked a major intersection. Above: Haredim stone police in Mea Shearim (file photo from 2011) Haredim...


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