1,799 posts categorized "Religion"

April 27, 2015: “We Won’t Let Beit Shemesh Turn Into A Taliban City!”
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Four women who won court fight against haredi-controlled city promise to use their financial judgements to fight illegal haredi discrimination against women. Above: File photo of an illegal haredi modesty sign in Beit Shemesh “We Won’t Let Beit Shemesh Turn...

April 26, 2015: Jew Versus Jew Rape And Murder In Medieval Spain
Comments: 25 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , History , Religion , Sefardim
Before the Inquisition, border communities in Spain had their share of violence – and some of it was committed by Jews against others Jews, even by Jewish communal leaders against Jewish community members. And many Jews' greatest fear was that...

April 26, 2015: Top Haredi Newspaper Strongly Condemns Haredim Who Participated In Remembrance Day And Independence Day Events
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Yated Ne’eman, the largest selling haredi daily newspaper in the world and the mouthpiece of the non-hasidic half of the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism political party, ignored the attack [against the Orthodox IDF soldier in Mea Shearim allegedly committed...

April 26, 2015: Hamodia Condemns Haredi Mob Attack On Orthodox IDF Officer – Sort Of
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
The Israeli edition of the haredi newspaper Hamodia – which is essentially the house organ of the Gerrer hasidic sect, the largest hasidic sect in Israel, and of the hasidic half of the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism political party...

April 24, 2015: IDF Officer Attacked By Haredi Mob In Mea Shearim
Comments: 20 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
Dozens of people - both adults and children - allegedly threw stones and eggs at the officer, vandalized his car, and screamed at him, "Hardak! [Haredi cockroach, the current derogatory haredi slang for haredi IDF soldiers] We will kill you!”...

April 23, 2015: New Square Honors Man Who Tried To Murder Dissident
Comments: 56 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion
The Skvere hasidic sect's weekly magazine, BaChatzar HaKodesh (In The Holy Courtyard), has coverage of an event held in Skvere's main hall in New Square honoring Shaul Spitzer, the hoos bukher (butler) of the Skvere Rebbe who tried to murder...

April 23, 2015: A Deafening Silence: After African Asylum Seekers Pushed Out Of Israel Beheaded By ISIS, American Jewish Leadership Silent
Comments: 54 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Jewish Leadership , Refugees , Religion
"…No one is demanding that 55,000 African migrants be given full citizenship anytime soon, only that they receive legal status and be allowed to work, to pay taxes, to live in decent homes outside their cramped hovels near the Tel...

April 23, 2015: Haredim Fly ISIS Flag – In Israel
Comments: 34 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
Vehemently anti-Zionist haredim in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh flew an ISIS flag yesterday, Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen IDF soldiers and the eve of the country's Independence Day, to protest the State of Israel and the IDF. Haredim...

April 22, 2015: After Losing 2 Sons To Suicide, Orthodox Couple Tries To Raise Suicide Awareness And Prevention In The Orthodox Community, IDF
Comments: 22 | Categories: Med-Ethics, Public Health , MO & Chardal , Religion
Gil and Esther Alexander lost two sons, both IDF soldiers, to suicide and have dedicated their lives to raising the issues of suicide awareness and prevention in the Orthodox community – and in the IDF itself. After Losing 2 Sons...

April 22, 2015: African Asylum Seekers Forced Out Of Israel By Netanyahu Government Slaughtered By ISIS
Comments: 84 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Refugees , Religion , Xenophobia
Population and Immigration Authority has already confirmed that asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan will now be deported without their consent. Those who refuse to agree to this “voluntary” deportation will be imprisoned at the Saharonim Prison indefinitely. It was...

April 21, 2015: Orthodox Judaism's Current Burial Practices Are Modern Innovations With Little Connection To Historical Practice
Comments: 23 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion
Orthodox and especially haredi rabbis often know little, if any, history and make halakhic rulings based on backwards projection and mistaken perceptions. One of the clearest ways to see that is to look at how Jews used to bury their...

April 21, 2015: In Israel As Elsewhere, Leaving The Haredi Community Exposes Large Gaps In Education And Training – And Prompts Lawsuit Against The Government
Comments: 83 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Skepticism & Former Haredim
"I once heard them talk about the theory of evolution, very furtively, in the yeshiva when someone said certain people think they are descended from the apes. It triggered a gale of laughter and the rabbi said that anyone who...

April 21, 2015: Gruesomely Murdered Arab Boy Added To Official Israeli State Memorial Plaque For Victims Of Terror
Comments: 33 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Sefardim , Terrorism , Xenophobia
Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the 16-year-old East Jerusalem Arab boy gruesomely murdered last summer by right-wing terrorists from an extended Sefardi haredi family, has had his name added to the list of names on the official Israeli government memorial plaque memorializing...

April 20, 2015: NY State Assemblywoman Margret Markey Asks Pope For Help In Passing Child Sex Abuse Prevention Law
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion
The Assemblywoman said this is a unique opportunity for the Catholic Church to take leadership in addressing the crisis in how poorly New York treats victims of childhood sexual abuse. The state currently ranks among the very worst of all...

April 20, 2015: High Court Orders State To Fess Up Regarding Haredi Draft Numbers
Comments: 14 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion
The nine justice High Court panel that heard its petition reportedly agreed that the law as it is currently structured is unequal and discriminates against non-haredim – which may mean the High Court will strike it down. High Court Orders...

April 20, 2015: Man Who Gave Torah To Women Of The Wall Assaulted By Kotel Security Then Detained By Police
Comments: 50 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
The American immigrant who handed one of the Kotel's Torah scrolls from the men’s section to Women of the Wall was assaulted by a Kotel usher working for haredi Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz and, when he reported the assault to police,...

April 20, 2015: Women Of The Wall Reads From Torah Scroll At Kotel Sparking Haredi Mini Riot
Comments: 36 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
It was a game-changing moment. Early this morning Jerusalem time, Women of the Wall (WoW) read from a full sized Torah scroll at the Kotel (Western Wall) – the first time since WoW was founded 25 years ago it has...

April 18, 2015: Does Israel Really Have Religious Freedom? Increasingly, Observers Doubt It Does
Comments: 51 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
The largely secular and affluent Israeli city of Ra’anana abruptly canceled a Jehovah’s Witnesses event scheduled for Saturday, claiming it was concerned that the Christian group’s event would “hurt the feelings of the public.” Does Israel Really Have Religious Freedom?...

April 17, 2015: Israeli Christian Cemetery Vandalized In Apparent Price Tag Hate Crime Attack
Comments: 17 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , Religion
Vandals reportedly smashed at least 20 gravestones along with a number of crosses at a Maronite Christian cemetery in the derelict village of Kufr Birim located in northern Israel near the Lebanese border. Above: File photo of price tag graffiti...

April 17, 2015: “Effeminate” Liberals Sexually Attracted To “Masculine Strength And Brutality” Of Radical Islamic Fundamentalism, Orthodox Rabbi Claims
Comments: 32 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Bizarre , MO & Chardal , Religion
Politically right-wing Orthodox Rabbi Daniel Lapin, the mentor of people like right-wing talk radio host Michael Medved, says liberals’ supposed attraction to radical Islam has a “sexual dimension” caused by the left's supposed femininity. Above: Rabbi Daniel Lapin “Effeminate” Liberals...

April 15, 2015: Haredi Yeshiva Hangs Blackface Doll In Effigy, Sparking Outrage
Comments: 37 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Religion
The rosh yeshiva (dean) of a haredi yeshiva in Spring Valley, New York has issued an apology to the Mid-Hudson/Westchester chapter of the NAACP after his students hung a blackface dummy in effigy. Above: File photo of effigies hung on...

April 15, 2015: Overwhelming Majority Of Israelis Want Public Transportation On Shabbat, New Poll Finds
Comments: 38 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion
A new poll conducted by the prestigious Rafi Smith Institute for the Hiddush religious freedom advocacy organization has found that a large majority of Israelis of all political stripes want at least some public transportation on Shabbat – despite Likud...

April 15, 2015: Was Shabbat Originally A Once Per Month Celebration?
Comments: 21 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion
"…[Dr.] Jacob Wright of Emory University discusses a range of evidence suggesting that Shabbat was originally celebrated once a month. Before it came to designate the seventh day in a weekly cycle, Shabbat referred to the time of Full Moon,...

April 15, 2015: I’m Suffering For Your Sins, Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto Says
Comments: 27 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Convicted felon Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto wants you to know he is suffering for your sins. Above: Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto I’m Suffering For Your Sins, Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto Says Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Convicted felon Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef...

April 14, 2015: Pinto Officially Pleads Guilty To Bribery
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Despite bribing police to try to escape punishment for the alleged looting of millions of dollars in food donations meant for poor elderly Holocaust survivors, Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto's attorney says Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, will testify to...

April 13, 2015: One Count Dismissed In "Prodfather" Kidnapping, Get Extortion Trial
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
The dismissal of the single charge still leaves jurors to consider four other counts in the indictment against Rabbi Mendel Epstein, his son David "Ari" Epstein, and rabbis Jay Goldstein and Binyamin Stimler. Above: The alleged "Prodfather" Rabbi Mendel Epstein...

April 13, 2015: Should Agunahs Walk Away From Orthodoxy? Here's Why They Should – And Why You Probably Should, Too
Comments: 57 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Rants / Editorials , Religion , Women & Judaism
“Asking [an agunah] to give up her religion is asking her to accept her abuse and have it extend through all aspects of her life and her sense of self. It’s pointing the finger in the direction of the victim...

April 13, 2015: Recordings Aired On Army Radio Show Alleged Sefardi Haredi Voter Fraud
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
"Everyone who goes to vote - let them remove the [ballot] slips of 'ketz [i.e., the joint Yachad Party and Otzma Yehudit Knesset list started as a breakaway from Shas by Eli Yishai],’ let them put them in their pocket...

April 12, 2015: Australia To Strip Childcare Payments And Tax Credits From Parents Who Refuse To Vaccinate Their Children
Comments: 18 | Categories: Med-Ethics, Public Health , Religion
People who claim religious reasons for not vaccinating their children will only continue to receive childcare and family tax payments if they are affiliated with a religious group whose governing body has a formally registered objection approved by the federal...

April 12, 2015: "Secret" Orthodox Sect Allegedly A Cult Exploiting Female Recruits
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
The young women were recruited to study at the sect’s seminary for women by the seminary’s rabbi and his wife but are instead allegedly sent out to work and are required to turn over their pay to the rabbi and...

April 11, 2015: Divorced Haredi Yeshiva Student Says He Can’t Afford To Pay Alimony Or Child Support Because His “Job” As A Yeshiva Student Doesn’t Pay Him Enough Money, Argues That Ex-Wife Should Support The Kids By Herself So He Can Still Study
Comments: 68 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
“With all due respect to the husband's way of life, he cannot live his life in a vacuum without taking into account his responsibilities. Before anything else, he is the father of five children, and he is obligated to support...

April 11, 2015: Alleged Mastermind Of India Terror Attacks That Killed More Than 160 People – Including Chabad Rabbi And His Wife – Freed
Comments: 24 | Categories: Chabad , Religion , Terrorism
The US State Department said it is "gravely concerned" by the development. "We are gravely concerned about the release on bail of alleged Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. We have communicated that concern to senior Pakistani officials over the course...

April 9, 2015: Buddhists Often More Tolerant Than Others, Study Finds
Comments: 27 | Categories: Med-Ethics, Public Health , Religion , Science
Buddhism appears to promote tolerance, a new study has found. At the same time, other new studies show that a combination of meditation and yoga change the mind in a way that likely can slow cognitive decline, even in Alzheimer's...

April 9, 2015: Aboard Flights, Conflicts Over Seat Assignments And Haredi 'Religion'
Comments: 28 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
Laura Heywood was traveling from San Diego to London via New York. She was in a middle seat — her husband had the aisle — when the haredi man with the window seat in the same row asked if the...

April 8, 2015: Enough Of The Massive Haredi-Orthodox Chillul Hashem On Hol HaMoed Outings!
Comments: 29 | Categories: Haredim , Media & Media Criticism , Religion
"The following might be painful for some to read. Silence, however, is not an option.. Some may label this op-ed “anti-Charedi” or “typical self-hating Jew drivel” – but it is not. This is not directed at any sect of Orthodox...

April 7, 2015: Meretz Introduces Bill To Allow Public Transportation On Shabbat
Comments: 21 | Categories: Israel , Religion
"Israeli governments take the right of free movement away from anyone who doesn't own a car for two months each year. Not having public transportation on Shabbat is the central obstacle to having high-quality public transportation. [Transportation Minister Yisrael] Katz...

April 7, 2015: Creeping Closer Toward Fascism, Israeli Political Party Wants To Override And Neuter High Court, Appoint Judges Based On Religious Affiliation And Political Views
Comments: 27 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
HaBayit HaYehudi representatives are reportedly demanding the new government agree to pass for legislation to curb the power of Israel’s High Court of Justice, which serves as the only check against the otherwise unrestrained power of the Knesset’s majority. Above:...

April 6, 2015: Israeli City Bars Jews With Hametz From Entering Public Park
Comments: 69 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , Religion
A Tel Aviv family tried to enter a public park in the nearby city of Afula on Saturday, the first day of Passover. A city-funded security guard checked their bags for weapons and explosives, as is common in Israel –...

April 6, 2015: Was Passover Originally An Ancient Canaanite Ritual Festival Meant To Stop The Winter Rain From Ruining Spring Crops?
Comments: 41 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion
Spring was a time of great anxiety, since the rains that made their grains grow during the winter were no longer welcome. One particularly nasty storm could decimate wheat and barley fields, knocking down the ripe plants and rotting the...

April 6, 2015: Report: Netanyahu And Likud Have Promised Haredim They Will Kill Conversion Reform If Haredi Parties Join His Government Or Support It
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
Sources in the haredi Shas and United Torah Judaism political parties say they have reached an agreement with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party to rescind the recent reforms made in the official state conversion-to-Judaism process. Likud has apparently promised...

April 5, 2015: Haredi Father Of 7 Kids Killed In Horrific Brooklyn House Fire Says The Lesson To Be Learned From The Fire – Which Was Caused By A Shabbat Hotplate – Is…Jews Should Not Use The Internet Or Cellphones
Comments: 93 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Religion , Sefardim , Web/Tech
"…Our generation is tested with many types of trials, but the greatest of which, as declared by our great leaders to be the greatest trial that ever existed since the beginning of time, the trial of technology and the internet....

April 3, 2015: $11,000 Per Person Luxe Orthodox Passover Retreat Calls Everything The Holiday Is Supposed To Mean Into Question
Comments: 31 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion
For $11,000 per head, the St. Regis’ “Prime Passover Experience” promises Viennese dessert tables, open bar until 1 a.m., and hobnobbing with reality stars. (Last year they offered a kosher lunch with the Kardashians, and former Chief Rabbi of England...

April 3, 2015: On Erev Passover, Israel Begins Deportation Of African Asylum Seekers
Comments: 93 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Refugees , Religion
The Population, Immigration and Border Authority told the approximately 2,000 African asylum seekers who are being illegally detained at the Holot “detention facility” in the desert near Gaza – almost all of who qualify for refugee status under international law...

April 2, 2015: Agunah Finally Freed – But Only After 28 Years Of Waiting
Comments: 22 | Categories: Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
For 28 years, Raya Dinenberg was an agunah. Twenty-eight years of loneliness after her husband disappeared, seemingly without a trace. Twenty-eight years of being trapped that finally ended this week. Agunah Finally Freed – But Only After 28 Years Of...

April 2, 2015: Special Haredi Passover Warning Stickers
Comments: 24 | Categories: Haredim , Religion
Don't wait! Don't make a mistake and break Passover by not having enough of these very important stickers deployed throughout your house! From the Evergreen market in Monsey, New York. The stickers read: "Sold to a goy. Do not open."...

April 2, 2015: You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up: Haredim Sell Special Bedikat Hametz Bread
Comments: 34 | Categories: Haredim , Kosher Scandal , Religion
You really just can't make this up. Bedikat hametz (the search for) was instituted to make sure there were no large crumbs or forgotten pieces of hametz left in your home before Passover. Haredim ritualized this process and added layers...

April 1, 2015: Haredi City Councilman Makes Sure Jerusalem Water Is…Kosher For Passover
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , Religion , Torah & Science
Haredim believe Jerusalem’s regular water supply, which comes from Israel’s national water carrier, has hametz (leavened bread or other leavened ingredients) in it. Haredi City Councilman Makes Sure Jerusalem Water Is…Kosher For Passover Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Ashkenazi haredi Jerusalem...

April 1, 2015: Kosher For Passover Plungers
Comments: 43 | Categories: Israel , Kosher Scandal , Religion
What else needs to be said? [Hat Tip: Aaron Duchan.]

April 1, 2015: Obama Is "Existentially" Endangering Israel, Leading Modern Orthodox Rabbi Says, But He Isn't Haman
Comments: 18 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion
According to Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, his previous remarks linking US President Barack Obama with Haman, the biblical archenemy of the Jews from the Purim story, were misunderstood. Obama isn't Haman, Riskin now says. Above: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin The JTA reports...

March 31, 2015: Succession War Flares At Leading Haredi Kiruv Yeshiva And Outreach Org
Comments: 15 | Categories: BTs , Haredim , Israel , Outreach , Religion
"… From the beginning, when I entered into the arbitration regarding the dispute between Aish HaTorah and Rabbi Hillel Weinberg, my intention was just one thing – to strengthen, restore and stabilize the organization and to make a compromise between...



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