1,410 posts categorized "Religion"

August 30, 2014: Gone But Not Forgotten: Haredi Cult Expelled From Small Guatemalan Town
Comments: 3 | Categories: Antisemitism , Crime, etc. , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Religion , Turf Disputes
After fleeing Canada amid allegations of child abuse, about 230 members of the ultraorthodox Jewish group Lev Tahor have now been expelled from the Guatemalan village where they had reassembled their reclusive community. Above and above right: Lev Tahor expelled...

August 29, 2014: Only Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach Is Left To Speak For God, Haredi Rabbi Says
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Turf Disputes
"…All of Yiddishkeit depends on [the survival of HaPeles]! It is a clear and simple thing, and whoever does not understand this is just mindless! [Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach] speaks in the name of God through this newspaper! He is the...

August 28, 2014: Another Haredi Yeshiva Student Arrested For Draft-Dodging
Comments: 0 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Another haredi draft-dodger yeshiva student, 21-year-old Yinon Avitan, was arrested by IDF police at his Jerusalem home early Monday morning. More than 600 17-year-old haredim alone could now be dodging the draft. Above: file photo Another Haredi Yeshiva Student Arrested...

August 27, 2014: Jewish Day School Named For Billionaire’s Family Can Violate US Labor Law Because It Is A Religious Institution, National Labor Relations Board Rules
Comments: 20 | Categories: Religion
It's another embarrassment for the Conservative Movement and for the organized Jewish community – although its not likely many machers in charge will ever realize that. Above: Raymond G. and Ruth Perelman. He sits on the school's board of trustees...

August 27, 2014: Haredim And The IDF: Don't Call Them Our Soldiers
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
A haredi letter-writer from Beit Shemesh chastises the haredi newspaper Hamodia because it called IDF soldiers fighting in Gaza "our forces" – a euphamism likely meant to avoid using the hated term "IDF." But the letter-writer isn't upset for any...

August 27, 2014: Haredi Kabbalist Says Government “Killed” Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Comments: 12 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
“Maran [our supreme spiritual leader] died in sanctification of God’s name [“al Kiddush Hashem;” i.e., as a martyr]. We all saw his pain over the evil decree to draft haredi Torah students and how it affected his heart, eventually leading...

August 26, 2014: Hasidic Rebbe Tells Yeshiva Students To Ignore IDF Draft Notices
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
War or no war, rocket fire or no rocket fire, cease fire or no cease fire, haredim still refuse to serve in Israel’s military. An example of that mass draft-dodging was made clear again today when a hasidic rebbe ordered...

August 25, 2014: Guatemalan Town Allegedly Expels Haredi Cult
Comments: 17 | Categories: Antisemitism , Crime, etc. , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Religion
The council of the city fathers of San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala reportedly decided to evict the haredi Toras Hesed cult after finding the cult to be a a risk to the local population. Guatemalan Town Allegedly Expels Haredi Cult...

August 25, 2014: Use Of Undercover Cops, Water Cannon And Mounted Police Controls Violent Haredi Protest
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
The arrests of nine haredi rioters at last Sunday’s violent protest against the draft of haredi yeshiva students were carried out in what is supposed to be an unusual way for Israeli police – through undercover police officers dressed as...

August 24, 2014: Israel’s High Schools Bastions Of Racism, New Israeli Book Claims
Comments: 33 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Religion , Terrorism , Xenophobia
“For me, personally, Arabs are something I can’t look at and can’t stand. I am tremendously racist. I come from a racist home. If I get the chance in the army to shoot one of them, I won’t think twice....

August 23, 2014: Except For 6 Families, Haredi Lev Tahor Cult Relocated To Rural Guatemala
Comments: 10 | Categories: Child Safety , Crime, etc. , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
Of the nearly 200 members of the sect, a half-dozen families remain in Chatham, Ont., where the group has been based since November 2013. The members left in Canada include some of those who have been involved in a custody...

August 22, 2014: Haredi Rebel Leader Rules That Haredim Must Donate To Failing Faction Newspaper Rather Than To The Faction’s Yeshivas Or Other Charities
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Non-hasidic haredi rebel faction leader Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach reportedly told followers through a surrogate that donating to his faction’s failing newspaper, HaPeles, must take precedence over keeping charity pledges made to his faction’s kollels (yeshivas for married haredim), buying or...

August 21, 2014: Beit Din Issues Final Ruling In Decade-Long Bobov Hasidic Succession Fight
Comments: 29 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Turf Disputes
Bobov 45 (i.e., the rebel or breakaway faction) must call Bobov 48 (the main faction) "Bobov" without any qualifying identifiers (for example, like "Bobov 48"). Bobov 48 (the mainstream faction) must call Bobov 45 "Bobov 45" without adding any derogatory...

August 21, 2014: Government To Cut Funding To Noncompliant Haredi Schools
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Unless someone blinks, many haredi yeshivas in Israel are about to lose all or much of their state funding – unless they start teaching math, science, English and other core subjects. Yeshiva World reports: In line with the policies of...

August 21, 2014: US-Israel Relations Continue To Worsen After US Accuses Israel Of Targeting For Arrest Members Of Murdered Palestinian Boy’s Family
Comments: 25 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Skepticism & Former Haredim , Terrorism , Xenophobia
The deputy spokeswoman for the US Department of State charged yesterday that Israel was targeting members of the family of the 16-year-old Palestinian boy, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was kidnapped and gruesomely murdered by a band of haredi and ex-haredi...

August 20, 2014: Warring Bobov Hasidic Factions Continue Decade-Long Succession Fight
Comments: 16 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Religion
The newest claims made by Bobov 45 are that two of the five beit din rabbinic judges are biased because they or their families have business ties with Bobov 48 – facts that appear to have been known for a...

August 20, 2014: Haredim Riot In Jerusalem Against Draft, IDF – Despite Gaza Shooting War
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Hundreds of haredim from Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach’s non-hasidic haredi rebel fraction filled Jerusalem’s Shabbat Square late this afternoon to protest the military draft of haredi yeshiva students and against even voluntary enlistment in the IDF – despite the fact that...

August 20, 2014: Haredim To Hold Anti-Draft Protest Today, Despite War
Comments: 21 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Missiles may be flying and Israel’s security services and police may be on high terrorism alert, but haredim are still planning to stage a large anti-draft protest in Jerusalem today, anyway. Above: file photo; haredim stone police in Mea Shearim...

August 19, 2014: Despite Missiles From Gaza, Haredim Riot Against Serving In The IDF
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Despite the newly-resumed large scale rocket fire from Gaza, and despite the fact that IDF airmen and women were flying combat missions while IDF units prepare for a possible invasion of Gaza, haredim took to the streets to of Jerusalem...

August 19, 2014: A Note On The End Of The Cease Fire, The Collapse Of Truce Talks, And What It Likely Means For Israeli Society
Comments: 31 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Rants / Editorials , Religion
As you know, several Grad rockets were fired into Israel this morning from Gaza, ending the cease fire many hours prematurely and Israel responded by hitting several terrorist target in Gaza. This could mean Israel will face a prolonged war...

August 19, 2014: State Rabbinic Court Refuses To Hear Testimony From Females, Including Wife, In Divorce Case
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
The judges asked the woman’s husband to leave the courtroom. After he left, they asked the woman’s attorney how many witnesses he planned to call. After he answered, the rabbi-judges asked on their own initiative without prompting, “Are your witnesses...

August 19, 2014: Hands Tied Over Illegal Haredi Schools
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Religion
These schools “can either be made to operate properly or be disbanded. It’s that simple.” What this would mean in practice is not simple at all, however: the yeshivas are not publicly funded and they enjoy the support of their...

August 18, 2014: Report: All 3 Killers Of Arab Boy Come From Same Sefardi Haredi Family
Comments: 6 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Terrorism , Xenophobia
All three killers of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir come from the same Jerusalem haredi family, and the lead killer's father is well-known Sefardi haredi rabbi and rosh yeshiva. Above: Yosef Haim Ben-David The Washington Post reports on the alleged killers...

August 18, 2014: Likud Interior Minister Allegedly Closed TA Supermarkets On Shabbat In Exchange For Haredi Votes For Presidential Candidate
Comments: 0 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Member of Knesset Meir Sheetrit of the Hatnua Party says he lost the runoff presidential election in Knesset earlier this year because of a deal Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar made with haredim – and that deal involved Saar closing the...

August 17, 2014: Hundreds Of Haredim Protest, Riot Over Arrest Of Yeshiva Student Draft Dodger
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Even though Israel is still at war with with Hamas, hundreds of haredim from Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach’s non-hasidic haredi rebel faction demonstrated, sometimes violently, last night against the arrest and imprisonment of a haredi draft dodger from Ashdod – which...

August 17, 2014: Court Refuses To Block Racist Right-Wing Demonstration At Private Jewish-Muslim Wedding
Comments: 6 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
An Israeli court refused to stop a racist right-wing demonstration outside a wedding hall where an Arab-Jewish couple is holding a wedding celebration even though the couple and their families have received death threats. Above: Lehava's chairman Bentizion "Bentzi" Gupstein...

August 15, 2014: Jewish-Arab Intermarriage Prompts Right-Wing Protest, Threats
Comments: 22 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
An Israeli Arab man and his formerly Jewish wife were forced to hire 14 security guards to protect their wedding celebration after openly racist right-wing neo-Kahanist group Lehava, made up predominately of Zionist Orthodox, haredi and Chabad Jews, decided to...

August 15, 2014: United Monroe To Leaflet Kiryas Joel Sunday
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Turf Disputes
"…We welcome the Kiryas Joel citizens to live among us, we simply wish to maintain the rural beauty and character of the Hudson Valley region. Kiryas Joel leaders wish to expand the borders of Kiryas Joel in all directions to...

August 14, 2014: Video: Leaving The UK Haredi Community
Comments: 16 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Skepticism & Former Haredim
What life was like for one young man who left the haredi community in London. This the video interview this article was based on. [Hat Tip: D.O.]

August 14, 2014: Ignore Parents, Skip College And Study In A Haredi Yeshiva, Chief Rabbi Says
Comments: 16 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Israel's Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef recently decided that when it comes to respecting one's parent's wishes, if it involves an ultra-Orthodox yeshiva "Honor thy father and mother" gets thrown out the window. Above: Rabbi Yizhak Yosef Hiddush, an Israeli...

August 12, 2014: Israel To Launch Bible Classes For All Israelis
Comments: 5 | Categories: Israel , Religion
The program, called “Our Story – a Daily Bible Chapter,” focuses on 25- to 40-year-olds and includes activities meant to cause “a change of consciousness regarding the status of the Book of Books. Israel To Launch Bible Classes For All...

August 12, 2014: Israel Lifts Haredi-Imposed Ban On Open Funerals And Marked Graves For Stillborns
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Israel's Health, Justice and Religious Services ministries have finally agreed to address a sad problem created by a very strict interpretation of Jewish law and the goverment’s prolonged failure to reign in haredi rabbis. Israel Lifts Haredi-Imposed Ban On Open...

August 12, 2014: Report: Ex-Haredim Often Lose Custody Of Children When Divorcing Still-Haredi Spouse
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , Religion
When Shloime Fisher started his divorce process three years ago, he found the proceedings to be "very civilized." Now, Mr. Fisher said, he faces an uphill battle to broaden his paternity rights. What has made his situation different from the...

August 12, 2014: Haredi Version Of YU Set To Open In Israel Under Intense Objections From Mainstream
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
A new haredi yeshiva gedola based on the Yeshiva University model is set to open in Israel.The yeshiva will have yeshiva studies in the morning and secular studies toward a college degree in the late afternoon. But today's Yated Ne'eman...

August 12, 2014: Murderer Of Arab Boy Says He Regrets Killing
Comments: 6 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Terrorism , Xenophobia
Yosef Haim Ben-David kidnapped and savagely murdered a 16-year-old Arab boy, burning him alive with the help of two accomplices – one of them a haredi yeshiva student. Ben-David told police he was sorry for the murder because, after all,...

August 11, 2014: Hamas Terror Tunnels Only Built Because Former Top Haredi Rabbinic Leader Died, Ending His Magical Protection, Senior Haredi Rabbi Claims
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
A senior Ashkenazi haredi rabbi, Yitzchak Zilberstein, claims Hamas terror tunnels were only dug after the death of supreme Ashkenazi haredi leader Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, and that Elyashiv’s Torah study and prayer had protected Israel from Hamas while Elyashiv...

August 11, 2014: Controversial Orthodox IDF Brigade Commander Bans Popular Female Pop Star From Performing For Troops
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
The controversial Orthodox commander of an Israeli army infantry brigade refused to allow a top female Israeli pop star to sing for his troops because he was afraid it would insult a minority of those soldiers who are Orthodox. Above:...

August 10, 2014: Hasidic Singer Attacked By Haredim In Beit Shemesh Over Support For IDF
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Arale Samet was attacked in the street Sicarii members who reportedly shouted “Hard”k!” (a haredi slur reserved for IDF soldiers, loosely translated as “haredi cockroach”) at him. Above: Arale Samet Hasidic Singer Attacked By Haredim In Beit Shemesh Over Support...

August 10, 2014: Prosecutors Warn Rabbi Avraham Yosef Criminal Charges Are Likely To Be Filed Against Him
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Religion , Sefardim
Prosecutors say they are considering charging Chief Rabbi of Holon Rabbi Avraham Yosef with breach of public trust and fraud charges. Prosecutors Warn Rabbi Avraham Yosef Criminal Charges Are Likely To Be Filed Against Him Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Prosecutors...

August 10, 2014: New Film Co-Starring Ex-Hasid Set To Premiere
Comments: 9 | Categories: Film , Haredim , Religion , Skepticism & Former Haredim
Ex-hasid Luzer Twersky's new film, "Felix and Meira," will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. It also stars Hadas Yaron from "Fill The Void." Ex-hasid Luzer Twersky's new film, "Felix and Meira," will premiere at the Toronto...

August 8, 2014: Ba'al Teshuva Hasidic Lesbian Dreams
Comments: 15 | Categories: BTs , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
One day I boarded an airplane and found myself sitting next to a nun. …Did her skin also ache for touch in a way nothing in her world could satisfy? Did she also set aside dreams, like the erotic lesbian...

August 8, 2014: Top Ashkenazi Haredi Rabbinic Leader Bans Red Tablecloths As Non-Jewish
Comments: 51 | Categories: Haredim , Insanity , Israel , Religion , Xenophobia
The supreme leader of non-hasidic Ashkenazi haredi worldwide, 100-year-old Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman, banned red tablecloths today because they are "for goyyim." Above: Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman Top Ashkenazi Haredi Rabbinic Leader Bans Red Tablecloths As Non-Jewish Shmarya Rosenberg •...

August 8, 2014: Father-In-Law Of Terror Victim Verbally Attacked Over Anti-Zionist Speech
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Terrorism
Rabbi Yaakov Tzvi Chanon, the father-in-law Rabbi Avrohom Wallis who was killed in a terror attack in Jerusalem earlier this week, was attacked by a fellow haredi upset that Chanon had blamed the government, the IDF and Zionists for his...

August 7, 2014: Haredi Paper Lashes Out Against “Spiritual Terror Tunnels” Dug By Secular Israelis, Government, IDF To Entrap Haredim
Comments: 8 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Terrorism
In an editorial, Yated Ne’eman argued that the haredi community had drawn too close to the IDF during the war and that the government, the IDF and secular Israelis wanted to entrap them in “spiritual terror tunnels.” Above: Rabbi Aharon...

August 7, 2014: Anti-Zionist Haredi Terror Victim’s Family Rips Up Letters Of Condolence From Top Government Officials
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Terrorism
Israel’s new president, Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin, sent a message of condolence to the family of Rabbi Avrohom Wallis, the young haredi father-of-six who was killed in a Jerusalem terror attack earlier this week. But the family was not happy to...

August 7, 2014: Main Suspect In Revenge Murder Of Arab Boy To Be Held In Custody Until Trial Completed
Comments: 3 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Terrorism
Yosef Haim Ben-David, the main suspect in the kidnapping and gruesome murder of 16-year-old Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir in early July, has been remanded into custody until the end of his trial. Above: Yosef Haim Ben-David Main Suspect In...

August 7, 2014: Video: Deputy Knesset Speaker Advocates Forced Transfer Of Gaza Arabs On CNN
Comments: 25 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Terrorism , Xenophobia
On CNN, Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Moshe Feiglin of the Likud Party advocated expelling all Gaza Palestinians who refuse to swear a loyalty oath to Israel – arguably a war crime. On CNN, Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Moshe Feiglin of...

August 6, 2014: IDF Soldiers Died In Gaza While Almost No Jews Were Killed By Hamas Rocket Fire In Israel Because Gaza Is Impure Land Of Gentiles, Haredi Leader Says
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Terrorism
The reason so many Israeli soldiers died or were wounded in Gaza while so few Israelis were killed or injured by Hamas rocket fire in Israel is because Gaza is “impure” gentile land that is not part of the Land...

August 6, 2014: Israel In Gaza: Understanding The Doctrine Of Proportionality And Why Some Rabbis' Calls For Carpet Bombing Were Wrong
Comments: 35 | Categories: Israel , Religion , Terrorism
Now that the fighting in Gaza appears to be over, the war against Israel will shift to the diplomatic front and to attempts to prosecute Israel for alleged war crimes. Those attempts will be based on a principle of international...

August 5, 2014: Video: On CNN, Hamas Spokesman Cites Orthodox Five Towns Jewish Times Journalist's Call For Genocide Against Palestinians
Comments: 20 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Ethics , Israel , Media & Media Criticism , MO & Chardal , Religion , Terrorism
Speaking to Wolf Blitzer on CNN, Hamas spokesperson Osama Hamdan cited Five Towns Jewish Times journalist Yochanan Gordon's call for genocide against all Gaza Palestinians as support for his own blood libel of the Jewish people. Hamdan's logic is insane...

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