1,430 posts categorized "Religion"

September 17, 2014: Torah To Be Dedicated In Memory Of Questionable Haredi Community Leader
Comments: 16 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
He was dishonest in business and was a notorious alleged philanderer and an alleged sex abuser. None of this, however, stopped haredim from glorifying Steve Zakheim and honoring him while he lived, and it isn’t stopping them from honoring him...

September 17, 2014: High Court Rules Haredi Schools Don’t Have To Teach Math, Science, Other Secular Subjects
Comments: 31 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled today that haredi schools can continue to be exempt from teaching Israel core curriculum, meaning basic secular subjects like math, Hebrew and science will not be taught by haredi schools or will be given...

September 17, 2014: Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist Agrees To Plead Guilty To Bribery, Obstruction Of Justice
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Sefardi haredi ‘kabbalist’-to-the-stars Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto has agreed to plead guilty and to testify against former police Major Geneneral Menashe Arbiv in exchange for a receiving a reduced jail sentence. Above: Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist Agrees...

September 16, 2014: Avi Schick Misleads About Dangers Of Controversial Haredi Circumcision Practice
Comments: 28 | Categories: Child Safety , Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics , Religion
Avi Schick, a former deputy attorney general of New York State, has published a deceptive op-ed about metzitzah b' peh (MBP), the direct mouth-to-bleeding-penis-sucking done by haredi mohels after cutting off a baby's foreskin. How many babies must be killed...

September 16, 2014: Haredi Rabbis Opposition To Conversion Decentralization Is Purely Political, Moderate Zionist Orthodox Rabbi Says
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
“We are in a generation in which considerations that lead us are not necessarily always halakhic but are instead sometimes political.…Most of the rabbis who signed the declaration against the [decentralization of conversions] bill are not aware of its details,...

September 15, 2014: Did Rosh Hashana Really Exist? Maybe Not
Comments: 18 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion
During the First Temple era, Rosh Hashana likely was not much of a holiday – if it even was a holiday at all. How did it likely become what we now know as the Jewish new year celebration? What purpose...

September 14, 2014: Human Rights Watch Finds Israel Violating International Refugee Laws By Forcing African Asylum Seekers To Be Repatriated To Dangerous Countries
Comments: 8 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Refugees , Religion , Xenophobia
A new report by Human Rights Watch has found that African asylum seekers have been denied fair and timely asylum procedures and have been unlawfully detained as part the effort to illegally force them to leave Israel. The Human Right...

September 14, 2014: London Haredi Rabbis Threaten To Refuse To Recognize Israeli Conversions To Judaism If Haredi Demands Are Not Met
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Senior haredi rabbis in London have warned that if Israel decentralizes conversions to Judaism, they will no longer recognize Israeli conversions as valid. Above: Rabbi David Lau London Haredi Rabbis Threaten To Refuse To Recognize Israeli Conversions To Judaism If...

September 12, 2014: 4 Jewish Teen Yeshiva Students Arrested For Spitting Hate Crime Against Arab
Comments: 4 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Xenophobia
Israel Police reportedly arrested four 14-year-old Jewish teens Tuesday after they allegedly spat at an Arab vendor near King David’s purported tomb on Mount Zion adjacent to Jerusalem’s Old City and shouted at him, “Go to Gaza!” 4 Jewish Teen...

September 11, 2014: A Sad 9-11 Truth
Comments: 18 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Terrorism
Amid all the pain, sorrow and fear surrounding 9-11 came so-called miracle stories of people who were saved from death because they were late to work or bumped from a flight. Here is one such story. I was reading Yeshiva...

September 9, 2014: Video: Haredi Mayor To Young Yeshiva Students: Lie To Secular Court, Judge Might Not Catch You
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Turf Disputes
"We tried hard to succeed, and God helped us from Above, and thank God we were able to win. This is how we need to prepare for the Day of Judgment - with [preparation:] prayer, repentance and charity.…But with a...

September 8, 2014: Court Blocks Transfer Of Southern Western Wall Compound To Right-Wing Group, Ruling A Victory For Reform And Conservative Movements
Comments: 2 | Categories: Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court has blocked Israel’s right-wing Housing Minister’s attempt to give administrative control of the southern area of the extended Western Wall complex in Jerusalem’s Old City, including Robinson’s Arch, to a right-wing nonprofit organization after the Reform...

September 8, 2014: 26-Year-Old Haredi Woman Collapses And Dies, Police Back Away From Autopsy After Haredim Object
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
“We received a call for an unconscious person with labored respirations. We found the woman unconscious when we arrived and immediately began CPR. She was pronounced dead by a physician after an hour of life-saving efforts” 26-Year-Old Haredi Woman Collapses...

September 8, 2014: Government Tries To Claim Haredi IDF Enlistment Up, But Facts Don’t Support It
Comments: 2 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
It’s likely that almost no actual haredim were inducted into the IDF this past recruitment year. But the facts supporting that claim didn’t stop a Knesset committee in charge of implementation of the new universal draft law and packed with...

September 7, 2014: Israel Police Bust "Hasidic" "Messianic" Prostitution Cult
Comments: 31 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Israel , Religion
Israeli police on the West Bank arrested four top members of a messianic cult because the group allegedly exploited women by coercing them to become prostitutes to "save the Nation of Israel and bring about its salvation.” Israel Police Bust...

September 3, 2014: The Haredi War For Beit Shemesh
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Turf Disputes
The battle at the secular School for Languages and Cultures in Beit Shemesh is not over classroom space. It is a battle being fought by haredim for control of the resources of this culturally divided city, and a desperate existential...

September 3, 2014: The Prodfather: Rabbi Mendel Epstein And The Haredi Hit Squad
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
In May, David Wax pleaded guilty to his role in the kidnapping of Meir Bryskman. But he told the court that he had done the hit on behalf of someone else, a man purported to be the mastermind of the...

September 2, 2014: Another American Journalist Beheaded By ISIS
Comments: 26 | Categories: Religion , Terrorism
Another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, has just been beheaded by the Islamic fundamentalist terror group ISIS. Above: Steven Sotloff Another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, has just been beheaded by the Islamic fundamentalist terror group ISIS. Perhaps President Obama should mention...

August 31, 2014: Orthodox Rabbi Refuses To Reverse Excommunication Of World Famous Philosopher Because Judaism Does Not Recognize Freedom Of Speech
Comments: 30 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion , Sefardim , Skepticism , Skepticism & Former Haredim
“The moment we rescind the herem, even if we could, it would imply that we share his heretic views…How on earth can we even consider to remove the herem from a person with such preposterous ideas, where he was tearing...

August 31, 2014: Haredi 'Elders' Protest IDF
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Haredim billed the protest as the “demonstration of the 70 elders.” Posters and flyers advertising it reportedly called the Government of Israel the “regime of destruction” and said it wanted to test the haredi community by judging its response to...

August 30, 2014: Gone But Not Forgotten: Haredi Cult Expelled From Small Guatemalan Town
Comments: 5 | 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: 15 | 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...


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