1,743 posts categorized "Religion"

March 26, 2015: Video: Rabbi Yosef Mizrahi Blames Death Of 7 Sasson Children On Facebook, Women's 'Immodest' Wigs
Comments: 92 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
Mizrahi blames the deaths of the seven Sassoon children – who were all killed early last Saturday in a Brooklyn house fire started by a Shabbat hotplate left on and unattended – on Facebook, text messages, immodesty, lack of proper...

March 26, 2015: Video: Yossi Gestetner Interviewed About Grotesque Video Smearing Opponents Of Haredi Community In Rockland County
Comments: 14 | Categories: Antisemitism , Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Religion , Turf Disputes
Satmar hasidic PR hack Yossi Gestetner's Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) has released a disgusting video that smears opponents of the haredi community as anti-Semites and potential terrorists without ever once mentioning the very real misbehavior of many haredim....

March 26, 2015: Video: The Torah's Buried Secrets
Comments: 19 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion
What science and history really show about the creation of Judaism and the truth – or the opposite – of the Torah's claims. Some of the reenactments are anachronistic – Jews wearing tallit katans and kippot during the First Exile,...

March 25, 2015: Planning Board Gives Green Light For Bloomingburg Satmar Girls School
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion , Turf Disputes
Modern Orthodox Developer Shalom Lamm’s proposed Satmar hasidic girls school was was finally approved by the Town of Mamakating, New York’s Planning Board Tuesday night, after which the spokesman for Lamm and the hasidic community Michael Fragin lashed out at...

March 24, 2015: Agudath Israel Of America Spokesman: Blame Hotplate Manufacturer For Deadly Fire, Not Haredim!
Comments: 59 | Categories: Child Safety , Haredim , Rants / Editorials , Religion
"…The insinuation that observant Jews engage in dangerous Sabbath practices and are indifferent to the hazards of fire and electricity is a pernicious one. To be sure, smoke detectors – which fire officials suspect were absent on the main floor...

March 24, 2015: After Long Fight, Disputed Secular School Building Given To Haredim
Comments: 31 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Turf Disputes
The school had been divided earlier in the school year, with roughly half remaining a secular school and half becoming a haredi girls school. But the manner in which that division took place – including city workers erecting makeshift walls...

March 23, 2015: Hamodia: Ignore The Physical Causes Of The Fire And Repent
Comments: 82 | Categories: Child Safety , Haredim , Religion
"When learning of a tragedy of any sort, there is a natural inclination to make inquiries as to precisely what occurred and how it happened. Often, these questions are driven by a fear of this happening to us, and the...

March 20, 2015: On Eve Of Election, Netanyahu Promised Chabad He Will Never Cede Land To Arabs, Palestinians
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Haredim , Israel , Religion
On the eve of this week’s Knesset elections and desperate for a win as opinion polls showed his Likud Party floundering – largely because of his own unpopularity – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a prominent Israeli haredi man...

March 20, 2015: Leaked EU Report Harshly Condemns Israel, Urges Sanctions And Says Arab-Jewish Tensions In Jerusalem At Near-All-Time High
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Religion
A leaked EU report on the status of Jerusalem warns that the city has reached a dangerous level of “polarisation and violence” more severe than anything since the end of the second Intifada in 2005. It places much of the...

March 19, 2015: Conservative Rabbis Condemn Prime Minister Netanyahu Over Divisive Racist Comments
Comments: 24 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Jewish Leadership , Religion
"…On Election Day, March 17, 2015, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated that Israel was endangered by Israeli Arabs exercising their right to vote. ‘The right-wing government is in danger. Arab voters are going en masse to the polls,’ said Prime...

March 18, 2015: Somali Anti-Islam Activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali Says She Wants To Convert To Judaism
Comments: 34 | Categories: Israel , Religion
“I hope and pray I die in bed of old age at 100. But if they get me before then, please, I beg of you, do not give in." Above: Ayaan Hirsi Ali Somali Anti-Islam Activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali Says...

March 18, 2015: How Netanyahu Won
Comments: 20 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Religion
"…[T]he polls published last week, before the polling blackout began, which showed Likud trailing by an average of four seats, were pretty accurate. They were spot on when it came to the size of the Zionist Union and of the...

March 17, 2015: Names Of Israeli Haredi Rabbis Who Encouraged Voting In Today's Election "Should Be Blotted Out," Williamsburg Hasidic Rebbe Says
Comments: 24 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
"The name of the wicked should rot. All these instigators and subverters who order [Jews] to go to vote [in today's national election in Israel] [–] [non-hasidic supreme haredi rabbinic leader] Aharon Leib Steinman, Yisrultcha Hager [the Vizhniter Rebbe], Yenkel...

March 16, 2015: Haifa University Researchers Discover The Largest Bronze Mask of Greek Sex God Ever Found
Comments: 9 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion , Science
Horns like the ones on the mask are usually associated with Pan, the half-man half-goat god of the shepherds, music and pleasure. A more thorough cleaning in the lab, revealed strands of a goat beard, long pointed ears, and other...

March 16, 2015: High Court Rules Haredi Papers Do Not Have To Run Ads From Haredi All-Female Political Party
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
In part, Yated Ne’eman claimed that it cannot be compelled to run photos or depictions of women in Yated Ne’eman because doing so violates haredi modesty laws. There is no actual halakha (Orthodox Jewish law) banning modest photographs of women...

March 14, 2015: Nearly 70% Of Evangelicals Do Not View Religion, Science As Being In Conflict, New Study Finds – But What About Haredim?
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Science , Torah & Science
However, Jews taken as a unified group (42%), Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus (52% together as a group) and the nonreligious (47%) are more interested in new scientific discoveries than evangelicals (22%) are. But what would happen if haredim – or...

March 12, 2015: Complaints Against Rabbi Yisroel Belsky's Handling Of Divorce Cases Made By Agudah-Linked Opponents
Comments: 29 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
Rabbi Shlomo Miller of Toronto and Rabbi Aharon Schechter of Yeshivas Chaim Berlin in Brooklyn complain about Rabbi Israel "Yisroel" Belsky's handling of Jewish divorces. Belsky is linked to Rabbi Mendel Epstein, who allegedly ran a get (Jewish religious divorce)...

March 12, 2015: Husband Of Victim Of Rabbi Barry Freundel Speaks Out
Comments: 27 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
"Conversions should not be exclusively decided by men for men are not emotionally equipped as women to deal with it…" Above: Top Modern Orthodox Rabbi Barry Freundel pleaded guilty to secretly video-recording 52 naked women as they prepared to immerse...

March 12, 2015: Vast Majority Of Haredi Soldiers Aren’t Really Haredim, Internal IDF Report Finds
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
An internal IDF report on the recruitment of ultra-Orthodox soldiers shows that almost all of the soldiers entering haredi IDF units are not actually haredim, confirming what FailedMessiah.com has been reporting for two years. The report also shows that the...

March 11, 2015: 102-Year-Old Haredi Leader Tells Haredim To Get Out The Vote To Avoid A "Desecration Of God's Name"
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman's speech was exceedingly brief and succinct, but its message was clear – get out and vote for the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party (UTJ) in next week's national Knesset election or you'll cause a massive...

March 11, 2015: Has ISIS Come To Israel? Zionist Orthodox Jews Smash 'Immodest' Biblical Statue Over Alleged “Idol Worship”
Comments: 19 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
A local artist made a statue of a woman depicting a scene from Tanakh (the Hebrew bible) and put it up on a traffic circle in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Tekoa, sparking a backlash of fundamentalism in the...

March 10, 2015: Jerusalem Supermarket Removes Haredi Modesty Sign But Admits No Wrongdoing
Comments: 4 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
A haredi modesty sign has been removed from a public supermarket in Jerusalem's Talpiot neighborhood after customers, neighbors and, ultimately, a local politician and the store’s landlord complained. Jerusalem Supermarket Removes Haredi Modesty Sign But Admits No Wrongdoing Shmarya Rosenberg...

March 10, 2015: Matisyahu Talks About His Religious Practice – And Lack Thereof
Comments: 21 | Categories: BTs , Chabad , Haredim , Music , Religion , Skepticism & Former Haredim
Matisyahu was once a Chabad-Lubavitch ba'al teshuva known worldwide as a hasidic reggae singer. Today, Matisyahu is no longer completely frum, as he explains in this new interview. Above: Matisyahu as a Chabad-Lubavitch ba'al teshuva, left; Matisyahu Purim 2015 City...

March 10, 2015: Pro-Prodfather, Anti-Mesirah Appeal Posted On Front Door Of Rabbi Yisroel Belsky's Yeshiva Torah Vodaas
Comments: 35 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
The poster criticizes Rabbi Dovid Wax, himself arrested in a get (Jewish religious divorce) extortion scheme, for his scheduled testimony against the alleged Prodfather Rabbi Mendel Epstein, who allegedly kidnapped recalcitrant husbands and extorted and tortured them, sometimes with an...

March 10, 2015: Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's Daughter Reportedly Blocked From Running For Knesset, Threatened By Shas Party Rabbis And Apparatchiks
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
Adina Bar-Shalom, who is due to get the Israel Prize this year, wanted to run for Knesset, but the rabbis and apparatchiks of the Sefardi haredi Shas Party her late father founded blocked her from doing so by threatening to...

March 9, 2015: Embarrassing Picture Of The Day
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
The Sefardi haredi Shas Party has a campaign billboard featuring the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef running in a very inconvenient and embarrassing location. That location? Above the Sex City sex shop: [Via: Lahav Hakarov.]

March 8, 2015: Top Sefardi Haredi Rabbi Was Lenient On Conversions To Judaism – Until He Entered Politics
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
A handwritten letter by a senior Sefardi haredi rabbi, Meir Mazuz, the spiritual leader of former Shas Party Chairman Eli Yishai’s new Yahad Party, shows that Mazuz adopted a lenient position on conversion to Judaism – something Mazuz now claims...

March 8, 2015: Video: Vehemently Anti-Zionist Haredim Burn Poster Of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Comments: 11 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who died in late 2013, was the most important Sefardi haredi rabbi of his generation. But he also served as Chief Rabbi of Israel in the 1970s, and Mea Shearim's vehemently anti-Zionist haredim have never forgiven him...

March 4, 2015: Haredi Leaders Admit Herpes Testing Doesn't Work, Want To Continue Dangerous Circumcision Practice Anyway
Comments: 25 | 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: 13 | 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: 17 | 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: 12 | 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....

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