1,531 posts categorized "Religion"

November 21, 2014: Israel Further Unravels Into Violence
Comments: 1 | Categories: Antisemitism , Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Religion , Terrorism
From a violent acid attack on the car of a Israeli Muslim interfaith peace activist to attacks on police and Arab workers and attacks on Jews, Israel shows more signs of unravelling into a spiral of racist violence. “Wave” Of...

November 19, 2014: Satmar Rebbe Blames Jews, Not Terrorists, For Gruesome Israel Synagogue Murders
Comments: 29 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Terrorism
“Regarding the prohibition of ascending the Temple Mount, which all Jews who fear G-d know demands the punishment of kares [excision; destruction of a person’s soul], it has unfortunately become easy for people to take it lightly because of false...

November 18, 2014: Terror Attack In Jerusalem Synagogue Kills At Least Three Jews, Wounds 13 Others
Comments: 7 | Categories: Israel , Religion , Terrorism
At least five people have been killed and thirteen wounded in a terror attack on synagogue on Shimon Agassi Street in the western Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof Tuesday morning. Last updated at 2:16 am CST Terror Attack In Jerusalem...

November 16, 2014: Ministerial Law Committee Votes Down Bill That Would Have Lengthened Time Zionist Orthodox Yeshiva Students Serve On Active IDF Duty
Comments: 4 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Israel’s Ministerial Law Committee voted down a bill that would have extended the active duty military service time of Zionist Orthodox soldiers who serve as part of the Hesder yeshiva program from 17 months to 24 months. Secular male soldiers...

November 16, 2014: Reports: Netanyahu Asks Haredi Parties To Join Government
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Both haredi political parties – the Sefardi haredi Shas Party and the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party – are claiming that Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked them to join his ruling coalition. But both parties allegedly turned him...

November 16, 2014: Video: Haredim Scream "Shabbos!" As They Attack Taxi In Jerusalem
Comments: 24 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Haredim attack a taxi driving on a main public street in the Mea Shearim-Geulah neighborhood of Jerusalem yesterday on Shabbat.

November 14, 2014: Chief Rabbinate Allegedly Forces Wedding Halls To Keep A Higher Standard Of Kosher Than Hotels – Even When The Couple Being Married Is Not Orthodox
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , Religion
"Ah, but that’s not quite all there is to it. The Rabbinate has new regulations. Because my waiters and barmen are not Shabbat observant, I am only permitted to serve yayin mevushal (pasteurized wine)" at your wedding. Yizhar Hess, the...

November 14, 2014: 92% Of West Bank Anti-Palestinian Hate Crimes Unsolved, Only 2% Of Cases Lead To Indictments
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Terrorism , Xenophobia
Police investigations into alleged hate crimes against West Bank Palestinians, many of them so-called price tag attacks committed by right-wing Jewish settlers, are almost always closed by police without catching the perpetrators, Yesh Din, an Israeli human rights group with...

November 13, 2014: Rabbis Steinman And Kanievsky To Haredi Schools: Don’t Teach Secular Studies, Pull Out Of Government Funding Program, Don't Pollute Children's Minds
Comments: 26 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Halakha , Israel , Religion
"We must stand as a bulwark not change an inch…God forbid, do not be tempted…there's no instruction to permit [joining the state’s haredi educational framework which requires teaching secular studies] at all, and those who have joined already must break...

November 12, 2014: Nothing Wrong With Rabbis, Rabbi Says, No Changes Needed After Mikvah Scandal
Comments: 28 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion
"…I do not understand why one would generalize from one man’s disgusting behavior to sully an entire group of people? In particular, rabbis. The perversion this man demonstrated is not part of a rabbinic mindset or protocol. No psychology or...

November 12, 2014: Is This Why Some Rabbis Live So Long? Wellbeing, Sense Of Life Purpose Appear To Prolong Life
Comments: 12 | Categories: Religion , Science
It doesn't seem to matter what your purpose in life is, but the greater the sense of meaning you get from it and the more the purpose matters to you, the more likely it seems to be that you will...

November 11, 2014: Israel's High Court Hears Petition Against Haredi Military Draft Law
Comments: 2 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
The [Movement for Quality Government in Israel] said that the nine justice panel presided over by Supreme Court President Asher D. Grunis agreed with its premise that the law was unequal, and spent much of the hearing questioning the state...

November 11, 2014: Scientists Find Evidence Of Unknown Ancient Roman God
Comments: 3 | Categories: History , Religion , Science
Archaeologists excavated a unique Roman relief depicting an unknown god in an ancient sanctuary in Turkey. According to a first assessment, the one and a half metre (five feet) high basalt stele which was used as a buttress in the...

November 11, 2014: Updated With Audio: Well-Known Haredi Kabbalist Allegedly Seduced Married Woman, Told Her Sex With Him Was “Tikkun”
Comments: 57 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion , Women & Judaism
A woman claims to have been tricked by a top haredi kabbalist who told her that she needed to sleep with him as a tikkun (mystical repair) for their souls. A beit din asked her to secretly tape the kabbalist...

November 9, 2014: Have Israeli Government Fund Jewish Education In The Diaspora, Deputy Education Minister Says
Comments: 9 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
“Anyone who leaves the Jewish world is our responsibility as the home of the Jewish people. The government of Israel must help children in the diaspora obtain a Jewish education. If we allocate 55 billion shekels [$14.5 billion] a year...

November 8, 2014: Stephen Hawking: There Is No God
Comments: 93 | Categories: Religion , Science
"Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation,” the world's top astrophysicist said. Above: Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking: There Is No God Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com...

November 7, 2014: When Islam Was Tolerant And Open
Comments: 23 | Categories: History , Religion
A vast portion of what is now Spain was ruled by Muslims, who were a model of religious tolerance, and who provided Europe with the knowledge and technology that was one of the keys to its resurgence in the Renaissance...

November 7, 2014: Haredi Rabbis Circulate Declaration Saying They Will Not Recognize Conversions To Judaism Done Under Israel’s New Conversion Reform
Comments: 8 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
It's our way or the highway, haredi rabbis to tell potential converts. Haredi Rabbis Circulate Declaration Saying They Will Not Recognize Conversions To Judaism Done Under Israel’s New Conversion Reform Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Israel’s haredi-controlled Chief Rabbinate has already...

November 6, 2014: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin v. Haredim, Part 2
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Here is a more complete transcript of the on-air fight over conversion to Judaism between top haredi activist and confidant of top haredi leaders on one hand and Modern Orthodox Rabbi Shlom Riskin on the other. Above: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin...

November 6, 2014: High Court: Couple Who Listened To A Rabbi Over A Doctor And Refused To Abort Seriously Damaged Fetus Must Pay For The Baby’s Care Out Of Their Own Pockets
Comments: 51 | Categories: Israel , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal , Religion , Sefardim
The Meuhedet Health Fund (an HMO) refused to provide medical care for the baby the couple had refused to abort, claiming that HMO doctors warned the couple the child would be born paralyzed and had urged them to abort. nstead,...

November 5, 2014: Chief Rabbi Argues That Conversion Reform Is Dangerous Because It Will Allow Africans To Convert To Get State Money
Comments: 8 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Refugees , Religion
"…Anyone who has undergone conversion is entitled to acquire citizenship. The State of Israel is dealing with a significant number of illegal residents [almost of whom are African asylum seekers – ed.], and they will do everything to enjoy what...

November 4, 2014: Haredi Chief Rabbi Says Evil Conversion Reform Law Was Passed Only To Please One Man – Moderate Zionist Orthodox Rabbi David Stav
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
“They are doing everything possible for one rabbi. There is a rabbi called Rabbi David Stav, and who wants to convert minors and implement leniencies regarding conversion. Rabbi Zalman Melamed, Shlita [the right-wing Zionist Orthodox West Bank settler rabbi whose...

November 4, 2014: New Law Stops Government Rabbis Blocked From Charging For Performing Weddings
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Government-employed chief rabbis of cities, towns and rural areas in Israel will no longer be able to charge couples for performing their weddings, a new law passed by the Knesset Monday says. New Law Stops Government Rabbis Blocked From Charging...

November 4, 2014: Leading Israel Modern Orthodox Rabbi Lashes Out At Haredi Rabbinic Leaders Over Conversions
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
During an interview on Galei Yisrael Radio yesterday conducted by a haredi interviewer, Dov Halberthal, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin lashed out at haredim – including Israel's chief rabbis – who won't recognize his (and other Modern Orthodox and Zionist Orthodox) conversions...

November 3, 2014: Government Delays Implementation Of Requirement For Haredi Schools To Teach Math, Hebrew, English
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
“[The government] has postponed the implementation of this decision until the next government, as Yesh Atid [did] on the issue of haredi enlistment. The consequences [of this delay] are the effective abolition of the requirement for haredi schools to teach...

November 3, 2014: Conversion Reform A “Slap In The Face To The Concept Of A Jewish State,” Haredi Knesset Member Says
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
MK Rabbi Yaakov Litzman summed up haredi feelings by calling the adoption of the reforms, which were supported by moderate Zionist Orthodox and Modern Orthodox rabbis, a “slap in the face to the concept of a Jewish state.” Above: MK...

November 2, 2014: Chief Rabbi: Change Israel’s Law Of Return To Keep Out Goyyim
Comments: 27 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Refugees , Religion
“We must change the Law of Return immediately so it will include only those who are Jewish according to the halakha. Israel can decide to be the third world's welfare state, but as long as that decision has not been...

November 2, 2014: New Push By Some Secular Lawmakers Seeks To Increase Time On Active Military Duty Of Zionist Orthodox Yeshiva Students
Comments: 0 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
“The abbreviated [amount of active duty military] service of the hesder yeshiva students and the significant financial support they receive for two years after they finish their abbreviated service is discrimination that shouts to the heavens.” New Push By Some...

November 2, 2014: Cabinet Approves Modified Conversion Reform After PM Gives In To Moderate, Secular Pressure
Comments: 1 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Because the bill was adopted as a series of administrative reforms by the cabinet rather than passed by Knesset as a law, the reforms will be implemented immediately. However, this or any subsequent cabinet can choose to rescind the reforms...

November 2, 2014: Netanyahu Caves On Conversions – This Time To Pressure From Secular Parties
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
A modified version of the conversion to Judaism reform bill previously blocked by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to appease haredi political parties may be approved by cabinet decision today. Above: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Netanyahu Caves On Conversions – This...

November 1, 2014: Video: Spiritual Flight Safety Video For Haredim Who Fly El Al
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Humor , Israel , PARODY & SATIRE , Religion , Women & Judaism
A special spiritual flight safety video from the Levinson Brothers and Tablet Magazine for haredim who fly El Al. [Creators: The Levinson Brothers; Via: Tablet Magazine.]

November 1, 2014: Defense Minister Says He Will Set Up “Women-Free And Secular-Free" IDF Induction Centers For Haredim
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon told haredi members of Knesset Wednesday in a letter that the IDF will ensure "women-free and secular-free" induction centers for haredi yeshiva students to accommodate haredi rabbis' demands to ban all women and secular Jews...

October 31, 2014: Large Number Of Israelis Of Jewish Descent Not Recognized As Jews By Haredi Rabbis Leave Israel For Diaspora, Expert Says
Comments: 21 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
A disproportionate number of Israelis who leave Israel to live elsewhere in the world are immigrants from the former Soviet Union – immigrants whose Jewish status was questioned by the country’s haredi-controlled chief rabbinate and government agencies acting on the...

October 30, 2014: No More Special Exclusive VIP Treatment For Haredi Rabbis At Airport, Government Is Forced To Say
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
In response to a petition filed against it in the High Court of Justice in January, the Government of Israel has finally decided to end the special VIP treatment top haredi rabbis get at Ben Gurion International Airport – special...

October 30, 2014: IDF Orders Outside Vendors, Employers At Job Fair To Follow Orthodox-Friendly Dress Code, Bans “Immodest” Pictures In Brochures, Tank Tops, Short Skirts After Orthodox Soldiers Complain
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
Israel’s Ministry of Defense is now mandating that all companies that send representatives to IDF job fairs held for soldiers preparing to go off active duty must ensure their female representatives do not wear tank tops, short skirts or any...

October 29, 2014: UNICEF: Israel Has 4th Highest Child Poverty Rate In The Developed World
Comments: 19 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Poverty & Homelessness , Religion
“This report is a warning light to Israel. We must make children our focus to prevent further deterioration and bring about long-term change,” Jonny Cline, UNICEF’s Israel office executive director, reportedly said. A large number of the poor children, however,...

October 29, 2014: Haredi MKs Disrupt Knesset Finance Committee, One Assaults Knesset Security Officer, Another Ejected After Accusing Zionist Orthodox MK Of Stealing Money From Haredi Yeshivas
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
On the very same day that Israel’s State Comptroller Yosef Shapira uncovered massive haredi tax evasion and money laundering, Member of Knesset Rabbi Moshe Gafne of the Ashkenazi haredi Untied Torah Judaism Party was ejected from a meeting of the...

October 29, 2014: Haredim Commit Massive Tax Fraud, Israel’s State Comptroller Finds
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Shapira found that haredim exchange money “under the table,” concealing transactions and employment from tax authorities, and use haredi haredi charities and kosher supervision beit dins (religious courts; Badatz [name of haredi community or town]) to launder money and hide...

October 29, 2014: Israel: 1 Million People Prohibited From Marrying ‘Pure’ Jews By Haredim, Moderate Rabbis Say
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
According to Tzohar, over 700,000 Jews living in Israel have been banned from marrying by the haredi-controlled Chief Rabbinate because their Jewish ancestry cannot be clearly verified due to records destroyed during WW1 and WW2 and by the communist regimes...

October 28, 2014: Hasidim Allegedly Physically Attack Girls In Arad, Try To Take Over Secular School
Comments: 39 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Turf Disputes
Secular parents say hasidim broke through that separation barrier Sunday and tried to take over the area used by the secular tutoring center. As they were doing so, the hasidim also physically assaulted four young female Sherut Leumi (national civilian...

October 28, 2014: We Won’t Recognize Conversions Done By Local Orthodox Rabbis, Chief Rabbis Warn Netanayahu
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Israel’s haredi chief rabbis warned Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu today that they would refuse to recognize any conversions to Judaism done outside the conversions courts they control under the new conversion reform bill now making its way through the Knesset...

October 28, 2014: An Alleged Victim Of Rabbi Barry Freundel Speaks Out In Her Own Words
Comments: 29 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion , Women & Judaism
A college student who was in the process of converting to Judaism under the auspices of alleged voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel and who took two "practice dunks" in the mikvah because Freundel told her to do it, writes about the...

October 28, 2014: Leading Right-Wing Zionist Orthodox Rabbi Equates Conversion Reform With Destruction Of Second Temple
Comments: 20 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
The conversion reform bill will “bring a complete destruction the magnitude of which cannot be described.…[It permits] any kind of conversion a person wishes, Reform, Conservative, light, half, whatever one wishes,” Aviner insisted, adding that the bill allows Arab Israelis...

October 27, 2014: Hasidic Children's Torah Textbook Says Balaam Gave Moabite King The Evil Idea To Build A Walmart Store With "Impure" Pictures So Jewish Children Will Have "Impure" Eyes
Comments: 37 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Religion
Bilaam (Balaam, the non-Israelite prophet the Torah says was hired by King of Balak of Moab to curse the Israelites) gave King Balak a "bad idea" to "build a goyisha store like Walmart" with "impure pictures" so the Jewish children...

October 27, 2014: Conversion Reform Bill Passes Knesset Committee
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu previously removed those administrative changes from the cabinet’s schedule in order to appease haredi political parties with whom he hopes to form a new coalition government after the next election, and use their numbers to push...

October 27, 2014: Government’s Ban On West Bank Palestinian Workers Riding Jewish-Run Buses Called “Apartheid” – By Israelis
Comments: 39 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Religion , Xenophobia
“Not only has Defense Minister Ya’alon destroyed our relations with the United States; now he is also destroying our relations with the entire democratic world. This is an official, governmental stamp of approval for a policy of apartheid in the...

October 26, 2014: Don't Worry About Climate Change, Agudath Israel's Spokesman Says, Study Torah And Do Mitzvos And Everything Will Be Just Fine
Comments: 30 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Torah & Science
"…Enviro-zealots are convinced that the current climate change signals the end of the world (or, at least, the destruction of the world as we know it), and that humanity is at fault for the impending doom (and has the power...

October 24, 2014: Screw The Election, Don’t Recognize New Chief Rabbi, Haredi Rabbi Says
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
When democracy works in your favor, celebrate it; when it doesn’t, attack it, ignore the vote and do what haredi rabbis want. That’s the message being sent by a prominent Israeli haredi rabbi upset with the results of this week’s...

October 24, 2014: Women Of The Wall Smuggles Mini Torah Scroll Into The Kotel, Holds Torah Reading Bat Mitzvah, Kotel’s Haredi Rabbi Angered
Comments: 12 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Women of the Wall (WoW) smuggled a miniature Torah scroll into the women’s section of the Kotel (Western Wall) today after police again refused to allow them to bring a full-sized Torah to the site. Above: Today's Women of the...

October 24, 2014: The Impossible Voyage Of Noah's Ark
Comments: 58 | Categories: History , Religion , Science , Skepticism
"…Our study of the epic of Noah has two results: we have shown beyond any reasonable question that such a voyage never took place and could not possibly have ever occurred. And we have demonstrated that those who accept this...

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