1,498 posts categorized "Religion"

October 30, 2014: No More Special Exclusive VIP Treatment For Haredi Rabbis At Airport, Government Is Forced To Say
Comments: 20 | 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: 13 | 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: 38 | 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...

October 24, 2014: Vice News Video: Haredim vs IDF – Israel's Religious War
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Vice News takes a look inside the IDF's 'haredi' Netzach Yehuda battalion, which is really primarily made up of ex-haredim and right wing Zionist Orthodox, and the haredi opposition to serving in the IDF.

October 23, 2014: Haredi Soldier Attacked By Haredi Mob In Jerusalem Synagogue, Police Take 15 Minutes To Respond
Comments: 27 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Haredi rioters broke a window of the synagogue in an attempt to break in, beat up the haredi soldier and drag him outside as the soldier and his friends waited inside for police, who took 15 minutes to come. Above:...

October 23, 2014: British Government Threatens To Close Dirty, Dangerous Satmar Hasidic School
Comments: 14 | Categories: Child Safety , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Religion
The British government has threatened to close the Satmar hasidic movement’s Talmud Torah Yetev Lev, one of the largest hasidic schools in London. Above: Satmar school children in Monroe, NY (file photo) British Government Threatens To Close Dirty, Dangerous Satmar...

October 23, 2014: Ouote Of The Day: Israel's Selfish, Self-Serving Prime Minister And Haredim
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
“When the haredim are in the coalition the kashrut system continues to be corrupt, and Shabbat is what it is now, and there’s religious coercion, and marriage and divorce are in their current state. But when that the same situation...

October 21, 2014: Again: Haredim Refuse To Sit Next To People Of Opposite Gender, Delay Delta Airlines Flight By More Than One Hour
Comments: 49 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Because their baggage then had to be located and then removed from the plane’s cargo hold, departure had to be delayed by approximately 75 minutes. Haredim Refuse To Sit Next To People Of Opposite Gender, Delay Delta Airlines Flight By...

October 21, 2014: Jerusalem Has New Chief Rabbis After 11-Year Gap
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
The results of yesterday’s elections for the two chief rabbis of Jerusalem are in. And one of the new chief rabbis is not haredi. Jerusalem Has New Chief Rabbis After 11-Year Gap Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com The results of yesterday’s...

October 21, 2014: Israel's Chief Rabbis Say Voyeur Rabbi's Conversions Still Valid
Comments: 92 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion , Women & Judaism
"After a thorough review of the halacha, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel now announces that all past conversions of rabbi Freundel will not be affected by recent events. They are acknowledged as Jews. Conversions that will be conducted by Freundel...

October 20, 2014: Prime Minister Kills Conversion Reform To Appease Haredim
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
In another attempt to try to bring haredi political parties into his coalition government and force out centrist parties, Israel’s right of center Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told coalition members today that he will not allow conversion reform to go...

October 20, 2014: Haredim Riot, Attack Egged Buses, Smash Windows, Puncture Tires, Enraged Over Women Of The Wall Ads
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
The haredi rioters targeted Women of the Wall ads on the buses, enraged because some of the 12-year-old girls in those ads were wearing yarmulkes (skullcaps) and because female faces were being publicly shown. Haredim Riot, Attack Egged Buses, Smash...

October 20, 2014: Israel’s Chief Rabbis May Rule Rabbi Barry Freundel’s Conversions Invalid
Comments: 37 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion , Women & Judaism
“We are appalled by the accusations against Rabbi Barry Freundel and wish to stress that the acts attributed to him are atrocious and strictly against Jewish law. We offer our deepest sympathy to any victims. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel...

October 20, 2014: We Can’t Live With You Any More: Non-Haredi Politicians Demand Beit Shemesh Be Divided Into Two Separate Municipalities, One Haredi, One Not
Comments: 33 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Turf Disputes
Haredim are staunchly opposed to dividing the city because the vast majority of taxpayers in the city are not haredi, and a haredi-only city carved out of Beit Shemesh would be impoverished. Since their population grew to the point where...

October 14, 2014: More French Jews Allegedly Join Islamic Terror Group
Comments: 12 | Categories: Israel , Religion , Terrorism
A small number of Jews have left France to join ISIS in Syria, a French government official reportedly told Israel’s Channel 2 News today based on French intelligence reports. Many appear to be Jewish converts to Islam. More French Jews...

October 14, 2014: WoW’s Bat Mitzvah Bus Ads Are An Unwanted Provocation, Kotel Rabbi Says
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
"I regret that there are still those who wish to fan the flames of controversy, and put on an aggressive media campaign. And to our sorrow, the Women of the Wall group is responsible for putting forth an attempt via...

October 14, 2014: Wave Of Anti-Arab Hate Crimes Near Settlement Linked To Extremist Rabbi
Comments: 17 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Xenophobia
A mosque was burned and Arab olive trees destroyed in attacks that appear to have been carried out by followers of the late extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane. Above: File photo Wave Of Anti-Arab Hate Crimes Near Settlement Linked To Extremist...

October 14, 2014: A Simchat Torah Warning: You Are What You Drink – Especially If You Are Religious, Study Shows
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Religion , Science
520 people ranging in age from 21 to 35 received an alcohol or non-alcohol beverage. The more spiritual a person was, the less violent they were – but only when they were given a non-alcoholic drink. But when the subjects...

October 13, 2014: First Jerusalem Public Bus Ads In Years Depicting Women Spark Haredi Outrage And Vandalism
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Ads depicting women from two organizations haredim love to hate – Women of the Wall and Yerushalmim – have begun to run on public buses in Jerusalem, and haredim have already begun to fight back. Above: The Yerushalmim ad First...

October 13, 2014: Anti-Mikva Video Sparks Outrage
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
An Israeli nonprofit that works to achieve civil marriage in Israel sparked a wildfire of criticism after it posted a video against state rabbinic control of mikvas (ritual baths) and forced mikva use on its Facebook page. Anti-Mikva Video Sparks...

October 12, 2014: Woman Allegedly Made Homeless By Chabad Charity Allegedly Sexually Assaulted In Chabad’s Main Synagogue – Where She Was Sleeping
Comments: 36 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Hessed , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Poverty & Homelessness , Religion , Women & Judaism
A Chabad-Lubavitch organization meant to house and feed hasidim, primarily from Israel and France, who come to Crown Heights, Brooklyn for the month of Tishrei to spend the High Holidays, Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret “with” Chabad’s long-dead rebbe, Rabbi Menachem...

October 12, 2014: Jewish Law Was Cited As A Defense During President Clinton’s Lewinsky Scandal
Comments: 63 | Categories: Halakha , History , Rabbis & Sex , Religion
An email sent to Hillary Clinton’s domestic-policy adviser Ruby Shamir during the Monica Lewinsky scandal in 1999 cites Jewish law as a defense for Clinton’s husband’s sexual encounter with Lewinsky in the Oval Office of the White House. Above: Monica...

October 11, 2014: Study Shows Haredi Community Would Likely Be Almost Extinct – If Not For The Holocaust
Comments: 90 | Categories: Haredim , History , Outreach , Religion
Dr. Michal Shaul found that the haredi community was rapidly shrinking in the decades before the Holocaust and likely would be virtually nonexistent today if the Holocaust had not spurred a rebuilding effort by a few haredi Holocaust survivors who...

October 11, 2014: Haredim Publish Poster Depicting A Haredi IDF Soldier As A Pig, Hamas Puts Poster On Its Twitter Page
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
A cartoon poster depicting a haredi IDF solider as a pig holding a volume of the Babylonian Talmud and attempting to lure other haredim into IDF service was posted in haredi neighborhoods of Jerusalem during Sukkot. Updated 12:44 am CDT...

October 8, 2014: Did King David Have An Etrog?
Comments: 43 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion , Science
Did King David wave an etrog on the holiday of Sukkot? Did he ever hold an etrog, see an etrog or even know that a fruit we call "citron" in English even existed? Did King David Have An Etrog? Shmarya...

October 6, 2014: Haredi Cult Allegedly Purchased A 14-Year-Old Girl And Married Her To A Cult Member
Comments: 13 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Religion
A 14-year-old girl was allegedly purchased from a matchmaker outside the cult. A newly religious member of the haredi community, she was hired as an au pair by a haredi family in Brooklyn. She was encouraged by that family to...

October 5, 2014: Video: Bill Maher, Atheist Sam Harris, Actor Ben Affleck, The NY Times' Nicholas Kristof, And Former RNC Head Michael Steele Debate Islam And Fundamentalism
Comments: 8 | Categories: Religion
The specific issues Maher, Harris, Affleck, Kristof and Steele argue about have to do with Islam, but the wider issues – especially the tension between fundamentalists (like haredim and many Zionist Orthodox West Bank settlers and their supporters) and non-fundamentalists...

October 5, 2014: Haredim Attack IDF Soldiers In Bnei Brak, Sparking Melee
Comments: 11 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
"About 20 soldiers – including haredi, secular and female officers – passed by the synagogue, probably as part of a [security] tour. Some young people, probably from [Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach’s non-hasidic haredi rebel] Jerusalem faction, began shouting at them 'Hardakim!...

October 5, 2014: How Chabad Really Treats Abuse Victims, Part 2
Comments: 65 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion
"I don't defend the Grand Most High Pooh-bah Rebbetzin in any way but I do believe that this was a private email to Lord High Executioner waks [sic], which he chose to publicize. They [child sex abuse victims fighting for...

October 5, 2014: New Square Rabbis: If You're Not A Skvere Hasid, Don't Move Within 1 Mile Of New Square
Comments: 37 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Religion , Turf Disputes
The rabbis of New Square's beit din (religious court) and the village board issued a public statement in Monsey, New York's local haredi shopper, Community Connections, asking all haredim not to move within one mile of the Village of New...

October 4, 2014: Israel's Prime Minister Deceives About African Asylum Seekers
Comments: 30 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Refugees , Religion
“There is no asylum-seeker problem in Israel – they are illegal job immigrants,” Netanyahu said, adding that Israel has the right to protect its borders. “We don’t have to open our doors to be swamped by the way other people...

October 3, 2014: Video: Live Chicken Kapparot In Israeli Hospital Nursery
Comments: 24 | Categories: Child Safety , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion
An actual live chicken was brought intio an Israeli hospital nursery and kapparot was done for one of the babies. Neonates have very immature immune systems, and this unnecessarily exposed babies to disease.

October 2, 2014: Haredim Defy Government Ban, Slaughter Chickens On Public Streets
Comments: 16 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , Religion
Hundreds of haredim have taken to the streets of Jerusalem for the kapparot ritual involving the slaughter of chickens, defying a government ban on practicing it in public. The AFP reports: Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews have taken to the streets...

October 2, 2014: Large Traditional Sefardi Families, Illiteracy, Shocked Former Israeli PM
Comments: 10 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
“There’s another truth that’s not pleasant to mention…And though I didn’t ask them, I’d bet my head they can’t read or write. They’re at an age where they could have another 10 children…The man said to me, ‘You see, we...

October 1, 2014: Haredi Rabbi Becomes So Agitated Over Kosher Food Turf Dispute, He Needed Medical Attention
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Religion , Sefardim
A Sefardi haredi chief rabbi in an Israeli city reportedly became so agitated and upset today at his Ashkenazi haredi counterpart and at staffers that staff had to call for medical help to calm him down and prevent violence. Yeshiva...

September 29, 2014: Tense Vote Scheduled For Tuesday In Bloomingburg
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion , Turf Disputes
The tiny Village of Bloomingburg in eastern Sullivan County, New York will vote tomorrow on a referendum to dissolve and merge the 420-person village with the adjoining Town of Mamakating, allegedly to prevent a Satmar hasidic takeover. Tense Vote Scheduled...


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