1,890 posts categorized "Religion"

May 29, 2015: Soon All Female Haredim Will Be Forced To Wear Veils, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Daughter Says
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
“If a man cannot look at a woman and say ‘What a healthy and handsome woman the Almighty has created,’ then I do not know what is happening to us. And I fear that if this continues, we will have...

May 29, 2015: Black Converts Illegally Denied Israeli Citizenship For Almost 5 Years Finally Get It
Comments: 6 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Religion
After a long legal battle, Israel’s Interior Ministry finally agreed to follow Israeli law and recognize the conversions of a large African-American family who subsequently moved to Israel and sought citizenship under the Law of Return. Black Converts Illegally Denied...

May 29, 2015: Satmar Zalman Faction Files Suit Against Rival Aharon Faction Over Destroyed KJ Buildings
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion
The Williamsburg-based Satmar Zalman faction filed suit yesterday against its arch rival, the Satmar Aharon faction, over four Zalman buildings the Aharon faction allegedly destroyed in the hasidic village of Kiryas Joel, New York in January. The two factions are...

May 29, 2015: British Government Lashes Out At Hasidic Sect’s Ban On Women Driving, Could Defund Sect Schools
Comments: 18 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
"This is completely unacceptable in modern Britain. If schools do not actively promote the principle of respect for other people they are breaching the independent school standards. Where we are made aware of such breaches we will investigate and take...

May 29, 2015: The Battle For God: The Rise Of Modern Fundamentalism
Comments: 16 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Essentially all modern religions have a small subset of fundamentalists, and Karen Armstrong argues that these all come about as a reaction against the rapid modernization of the modern world, and the many crises inherent in that modernization. An even...

May 28, 2015: Get Stoned At Chabad: Chabad Center Offers Marijuana-Based Art Classes
Comments: 18 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Med-Ethics, Public Health , Outreach , Religion
Chabad – which arguably has more alcoholics and drug addicts per capita than any other hasidic sect, due in large part to its more than liberal use of alcohol at Shabbat and holiday meals, shul kiddushes, hasidic gatherings known in...

May 28, 2015: Court Bans Accused Haredi Cult Leader From Teaching Females Or Managing Schools
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
Accused haredi cult leader Rabbi Aharon Ramati has been forbidden by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court from managing any school or educational institution or teaching females. The ban is in place for a period of 70 days or until he is...

May 27, 2015: Former Foreign Minister Calls Haredi Judaism An "Unauthentic Mirage"
Comments: 11 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
"…Many years ago, when we were looking for a school for my daughter in Gush Etzion, it was suggested that we send her to [Rabbi Shlomo] Riskin’s girl’s school. The welcoming and non-judgmental atmosphere there helped my daughter embrace Judaism...

May 27, 2015: Ashdod Saved From Gaza Rocket Attack By Prayers And Protests Of Haredim, Hasidic Rebbes Say
Comments: 61 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Two hasidic rebbes have chosen to directly link yesterday’s rocket attack on the port city of Ashdod from Gaza to Shabbat observance – and its lack – in city. Ashdod Saved From Gaza Rocket Attack By Prayers And Protests Of...

May 27, 2015: Top Haredi Rabbi Orders Charities To Trash Food Meant For The Poor
Comments: 47 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Israel , Poverty & Homelessness , Religion
The top non-hasidic haredi rabbinic leader worldwide, 102-year-old Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman, was asked in the past few days if heter mechira vegetables can be given by a haredi charity to the poor. Above: Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman Top Haredi...

May 27, 2015: Is The Lakewood Letter Fake?
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
Rabbi Aharon Kotler, the executive director of Beth Medrash Govoha (better known worldwide as Lakewood Yeshiva) claims a letter calling for mechitzahs – in this case, curtains – to separate the genders on publicly-subsidized buses is a fake – but...

May 26, 2015: Boycott Israel’s Chief Rabbis, Moderate Zionist Orthodox Rabbinic Leader Tells US Jews
Comments: 18 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Rabbi David Stav, head of the moderate Zionist Orthodox Tzohar rabbinical association, called on American Jews today to boycott Israel's official state Chief Rabbis and the country’s official state Chief Rabbinate – both of which are haredi controlled – if...

May 26, 2015: UPDATED – As Part Of Alleged Haredi Housing Scam, Haredim Told To Only Sell Homes To Jews
Comments: 22 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion , Turf Disputes
Yiddish email calls on Jews in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and surrounding areas to only sell apartments and homes to other Jews, not to non-Jews, which it refers to as the "uncircumcised." But what the email really reveals is a scam to...

May 26, 2015: Haredi Rabbis Ask Israel’s President To Use His Influence To Try To Free Haredi Rabbi Imprisoned In The US For Fraud
Comments: 54 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
The rabbis wanted Rivlin to pressure the US to free Rabbi Mordechai Yitzchok Samet, who is serving a 27-year federal prison sentence for various financial frauds, including soliciting money for a fake lottery, submitting false death claims to insurance companies,...

May 26, 2015: Haredim Enraged After Secular ‘Satan’ Invited To Teach Torah On Shavuot
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Outreach , Religion
Haredim in the central Israeli city of Petach Tikvah are enraged because an official city-organized Shavuot event included a talk by the centrist Yesh Atid Party’s very secular chairman, Member of Knesset Yair Lapid, who is hated by haredim because...

May 26, 2015: Video: Haredi Mother-Of-11 Is Israeli President's Chief Of Staff
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
A haredi mother-of-11 children is the longtime chief of staff for Israel's President Reuven "Ruby" Rivlin. Here's a brief profile of and interview with Rivka Ravitz. Rivka Ravitz is a relative of the late head of the non-hasidic Degel HaTorah...

May 25, 2015: Revenge: Haredi Chief Rabbis Move To Strip Job Of Modern Orthodox Rabbi Who Supports Conversion Liberalization
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
The haredi-controlled Council of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate decided not to automatically renew the tenure of the Chief Rabbi of Efrat, Modern Orthodox Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the Jerusalem Post reported. The move brought immediate and vociferous opposition from a wide swath...

May 22, 2015: Lakewood Haredi Rabbis Ask Haredim To Gender Segregate Public Buses And Install Curtains To Separate The Genders
Comments: 37 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
"We find ourselves in turbulent times in which darkness covers the land. It is our duty to strengthen and to enlighten ourselves by guarding the holiness and purity of our city.…Therefore we ask anyone traveling on township buses to guard...

May 22, 2015: Why Do We Eat Dairy Foods On Shavuot Morning?
Comments: 25 | Categories: Food , Haredim , History , Religion
There are many rabbinically posited explanations for the custom of eating dairy foods on the morning of Shavuot, some more fanciful than others. But the real reason may have much more to do with practicality and non-Judaism-related local custom than...

May 22, 2015: Did Moses Really Write The Torah?
Comments: 56 | Categories: History , Religion , Skepticism
Did Moses really write the Torah? And if he didn't, why is it that we attribute its authorship to him nonetheless? Could the whole thing be nothing more than a rabbinical error, a misreading of the biblical text by rabbis...

May 22, 2015: Haredi-Controlled Petach Tikva Rabbinate Caught Discriminating Against Ethiopian Jews, But Israel’s Haredi-Controlled Religious Services Ministry Says The Discrimination Does Not Exist
Comments: 11 | Categories: Ethiopian Jews , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Israel’s Army Radio reported yesterday that Ethiopian Jewish couples in Petach Tikva have been forced to wait to marry for more than nine months while the Petach Tikva official state rabbinate, which is haredi-controlled, delayed approving their marriage documents –...

May 21, 2015: Child Sex Abuse And The Community: For Lessons In What Not To Do, Look At Chabad In Australia
Comments: 15 | Categories: Chabad , Child Safety , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion
"…Last week, a Chabad official told me that they were taking action, but that change takes time. The Australian experience shows that this issue cannot wait for concerted action. If organizations are serious about this problem, they need to have...

May 20, 2015: Haredi News Website Blurs Out Faces Of New Female Israeli Cabinet Ministers – Including The New Minister Of Gender Equality
Comments: 108 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Behadrei Haredim’s censorship appeared to have fallen short: while it blurred out all the female faces and female’s visible necklines in the photo, it forgot to blur out Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev’s bare legs, which are in full...

May 20, 2015: Is This The Real Reason Many Jews And Muslims Don't Eat Pork?
Comments: 19 | Categories: History , Religion , Science , Torah & Science
The chicken…provided Middle Eastern populations with a more efficient protein resource [than pork]. Pigs became a redundant animal in the subsistence system, but they were not entirely replaced. “Indeed, contrary to expectations based on the religious prohibition of the pig,...

May 20, 2015: Study: Jesus Was Buried In Jerusalem’s Armon Ha’Natziv/Talpiot Neighborhood And May Have Had A Wife And Child
Comments: 43 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion , Science
While we're speaking of grave finders, Dr. Aryeh Shimron used chemical analyses to find a clear link between ossuaries discovered in an ancient tomb in Talpiot and the ossuary of the “Brother of Jesus” – reigniting debate on Jesus’ burial...

May 20, 2015: Tzohar Reluctantly Gives Into Heavy Pressure, Allows Non-Orthodox Rabbis To Teach At Shavuot Event
Comments: 20 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
The Tzavta theater in Tel Aviv and the moderate Zionist Orthodox Tzohar rabbinical association announced yesterday that Conservative and Reform rabbis will, after all, be part of their planned all-night Shavuot study at the theater. Above: The head of Tzohar...

May 20, 2015: Arrest Made In Haredi Mob Attack On IDF Soldier
Comments: 13 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Police reportedly arrested an 18-year-old haredi male in connection with the mob assault. He was arraigned Tuesday morning, and police are said to hoping to make additional arrests in the case. Above: File photo of haredim throwing stones at police...

May 19, 2015: Many Sickened At Elegant ‘Halakhic’ Dinner Led By Rabbi Meir Soloveichik That Served Locusts, Duck Foie Gras, Veal Hearts And Other ‘Delicacies’
Comments: 73 | Categories: Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics, Public Health , MO & Chardal , Religion , Sefardim
The menu reportedly consisted of a salad of mixed greens topped with etrog dressing; crispy shallot-topped veal intestines stuffed with veal heart, chicken gizzards, duck liver and kidneys; truffle oil-drizzled poached brains with garbanzo beans, white pickled garlic and lemon;...

May 19, 2015: Hasidic Bus Company Sued Over Alleged Gender Discrimination
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
The hasidic-owned Monsey Trails bus company is being sued in a class-action lawsuit because it allegedly refuses to hire female drivers. Above: A Monsey Trails bus Updated at 10:07 am CDT 5-19-2015 Hasidic Bus Company Sued Over Alleged Gender Discrimination...

May 19, 2015: More Than 10,000 Haredim Protest Shabbat Violation In Ashdod, Demand Shopping Center Be Forced To Close
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Over 10,000 people, almost all of them haredim, held a mass prayer rally in a haredi neighborhood in the southern Israeli port city of Ashdod yesterday to protest a new shopping center that is open on Shabbat. More Than 10,000...

May 18, 2015: Haredi Yeshiva Covers Statues In Event Center With Sheets
Comments: 39 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
The Yeshiva of Waterbury (CT) has an event tonight at Terrace on the Park in Queens, New York – and covered all of the statues in the ballroom hallway, apparently for modesty reasons. One of the statues completely covered: My...

May 18, 2015: Haredi Chief Rabbis Want Government To Vet All Proposed Legislation Through The Haredi-Controlled Chief Rabbinate
Comments: 11 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Is it another step toward an Iran-like theocracy? Speaking at a conference of the Israel Bar Association in Eilat today, the haredi Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau called for a law to be passed by the Knesset that...

May 18, 2015: Jerusalem Zoo To Remain Open On Shabbat, Despite Haredi Rabbis’ Pressure (Or Lack Thereof)
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
The Tisch Family's Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem, more commonly known as the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, will remain open on Shabbat – despite ostensible haredi demands to close it. Jerusalem Zoo To Remain Open On Shabbat, Despite Haredi Rabbis’ Pressure (Or...

May 18, 2015: Rabbis Rush Wedding So Dying Father Can See Daughter Married
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
The state religious council of the southern Israeli town of Netivot expedited a wedding because the father of the bride was very ill and in deteriorating health. The wedding was conducted within hours after the council’s rabbis were told of...

May 17, 2015: Israel Will Have Massive Earthquake If Pinto Put In Prison, Sefardi Haredi Kabbalists Claim, Say Nepal Quake Was Supposed To Strike Israel But Was Diverted Due To Kabbalist’s Prayers
Comments: 35 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Pinto bribed top police officers to try to get inside information on the police investigation into Hazon Yeshaya, a charity Pinto controlled through close followers. Those close followers allegedly looted the charity, taking tens of millions of dollars in food...

May 17, 2015: Jews And Palestinians Violently Riot In Old City
Comments: 18 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Jews and Palestinians fought at Damascus Gate in the Arab Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City today as Zionist Orthodox right-wing Jews waving Israeli flags marched in honor of Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day). Meanwhile, haredi children stoned firefighters in another Jerusalem...

May 17, 2015: Satmar Aaron Faction Equates NY State Lawmaker With Hitler, Satmar PR Flack Yossi Gestetner Agrees
Comments: 28 | Categories: Antisemitism , Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Religion , Turf Disputes
"Pharaoh, Haman, Hitler, etc. Didn't succeed in curbing growth of Jews so will Assemblyman @KarlBrabenec not succeed…" Above: Yossi Gestetner On Twitter, Satmar Headquarters (@HQSatmar), a quasi-official Satmar Twitter news feed, equated New York State Assemblyman Karl Brabenec to Hitler,...

May 17, 2015: Moderate Zionist Orthodox Rabbinic Group Invites Head Of Israel’s Non-Orthodox Masorati Movement To Speak At Shavuot Event
Comments: 5 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
The moderate Zionist Orthodox Tzohar rabbinic organization vetoed participation of Reform and Conservative rabbis in the all-night Shavuot study session to be held next Saturday at the Tzavta Tel Aviv Theater, but at the same time, it invited the head...

May 15, 2015: Moderate Zionist Orthodox Rabbis To Launch Own Conversion Court System To Compete With State-Backed Haredim
Comments: 21 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Rabbi Haim Amsellem, a former Shas Party Member of Knesset who rebelled against party leadership over several things, including its unnecessarily strict approach to conversion to Judaism praised Tzohar’s move and called the establishment of a Tzhoar conversion court a...

May 15, 2015: Satmar And Violence, A "Military" History
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion
"Religion, it has been noted, speaks the language of violence as often as of peace. This article explores the pronounced role of military language and a martial outlook in one particularly intriguing and unlikely branch of Judaism, the Satmar Hasidic...

May 15, 2015: Chabad, Right-Wing Zionist Orthodox Organizations Using Jewish Identity Education Seminars For IDF Offices To Proselytize And Push Political Views
Comments: 31 | Categories: Chabad , Israel , MO & Chardal , Outreach , Religion
Most of the IDF’s weekend Jewish identity education programs for commanders are run by Orthodox Jewish organizations like Chabad and the right-wing Ir David (City of David) nonprofit, both of which push political and religious views on participants and even...

May 14, 2015: Cost Of Netanyahu’s Deals With Coalition Partners More Than The Entire Cost Of Coalition Deals For The Last Three Governments Combined
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Much of the money doled out by Netanyahu this month goes to haredim to fund haredi yeshivas, housing and other social programs while at the same time the coalition agreements Netanyahu signed with haredi parties allow haredim to dodge the...

May 14, 2015: Are They Really Haredi?
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Because of the supposed increase of haredi soldiers who are stationed at the Netavim Air Force base, the base was given a Torah scroll over the weekend. 60 so-called haredi soldiers now serve there. But are they really haredi? Are...

May 14, 2015: Haredi Family Of 50 Ruled Non-Jews Over Decades-Old Conversion
Comments: 34 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
“The incident shows the intransigence of the rabbinical courts. Rather than seeking to certify and verify the original conversion they rely on a clerk who tells them the conversion is no good, and then humiliate an entire extended family by...

May 14, 2015: Haredi Prisoner Refuses To Share Cell With Secular Jews, Sent To Isolation – Prisoner, Family Claim Religious Discrimination
Comments: 20 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
An unnamed haredi prisoner and his family are complaining that the haredi prisoner is forced to spend Shabbat in his assigned cell – a cell he shares with a non-Orthodox prisoner who watches TV on Shabbat. The haredi prisoner has...

May 13, 2015: Picture Of The Day: Hasidim In Williamsburg Hang Effigy Of Last Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe
Comments: 36 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , History , Religion
Sometime in the 1970s when Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum was still alive and was still the Satmar Rebbe, hasidim in his home enclave of Williamsburg, Brooklyn hung an effigy on a public street corner to great celebration – an effigy of...

May 13, 2015: 74% Of Likud Voters Opposed To Party's Deal With Ashkenazi Haredim
Comments: 0 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Some 74% of Likud voters said the deal included "too many" or "many" concessions to [the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party] UTJ, [while only] 22% said it was balanced. The Jerusalem Post reports that new poll conducted by the...

May 13, 2015: Do Not Sell Homes To Lubavitcher Sinners!
Comments: 38 | Categories: Haredim , Religion
A new pashkvil (poster) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn warns locals in the heavily Satmar and Pupa hasidic neighborhood not to sell homes to Lubavitcher sinners. It is signed by the Va’ad to Keep Lubavitchers Out [of Williamsburg]. A Pupa hasid sold...

May 13, 2015: Modern Orthodox Developer's Outlandish Lawsuits Causing Local Town Officials To Quit Government
Comments: 14 | Categories: Antisemitism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion , Turf Disputes
“[Town boards members] are quitting on us in droves. We have pretty much lost half of our boards over the last year — the planning board, town board, zoning board and ethics board — and we are having trouble filling...

May 12, 2015: Official Haredi-Controlled State Rabbinical Court Blocks Mother From Seeing Her Children Because She Is Now Secular
Comments: 21 | Categories: BTs , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
The haredi-controlled official state Jerusalem Rabbinical Court ruled earlier this month that a haredi man does not have to pay his ex-wife child support for their two daughters because his ex-wife is no longer Orthodox and blocked her from seeing...



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