1,996 posts categorized "Religion, Religion & State"

July 5, 2015: Jerusalem Hospital Removes Photo Of Four-Year-Old Girl From Ad In Order Not To “Offend” Haredim
Comments: 8 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
The hospital's marketing department prepared a series of ads in order to notify the public about the huge happening and about the opening of the special hospital for children. The ads were adapted to different target audiences in order to...

July 5, 2015: What The Latest Jerusalem Stoning Attack Says About Israeli Law Enforcement
Comments: 16 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Xenophobia
The haredim stoned several Arab cars before striking the passenger-side window of the car the woman was in, resulting in abrasions from the shattered glass. Above: file photo from 2011 The Jerusalem Post has an update on Arutz Sheva's earlier...

July 5, 2015: Sex, Drugs And Prostitution At The Uman, Ukraine Grave Of Rabbi Nachman Of Breslov
Comments: 34 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion, Religion & State
Sometimes what’s done in Uman stays in Uman, but not for the better – S. says he knows of “at least” 10 cases of men who wound up abandoning their families in Israel for local Ukrainian women. “Uman has become...

July 5, 2015: Netanyahu And Haredim Scrap Conversion Reform, Vote To Give Haredim Near-Monopoly Over Conversion To Judaism
Comments: 12 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The now-cancelled reforms were meant to take conversions to Judaism out of the monopolistic centralized control of Israel’s haredi-controlled Chief Rabbinate and put them in the hands of any state-employed head rabbi of a city, town or rural area, some...

July 5, 2015: Haredim Stone Arab Cars, Injuring Woman And Prompting Melee
Comments: 5 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
A group of haredim on Haim Bar-Lev Street stoned cars driven by Arabs, reportedly injuring an Arab woman and damaging two cars. Above: Haredim stoning police in Mea Shearim in July 2011 Haredim Stone Arab Cars, Injuring Woman And Prompting...

July 3, 2015: How The Land Of Israel And The Hebrew Bible Fueled The American Revolution
Comments: 12 | Categories: History , Religion, Religion & State
"…[British King] George III was often cast as evil King Rehoboam or Greek persecutor Antiochus; his conniving advisers were the sinister Haman; George Washington, the brilliant commander and reluctant president was either Moses, or Joshua, or Judah Maccabee, or, most...

July 2, 2015: Top Hasidic Rabbis In Israel Meet, Order Children Whose Parents Have Smartphones Expelled From School
Comments: 23 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Web/Tech
"…The rebbes discussed fears surrounding smartphone technology and other technological devices brought into chareidi homes, which they believe present a spiritual hazard to the entire family. They spoke of the prohibition of using any model phone that is not approved...

July 1, 2015: Jewish-Arab Grade School Hit With Second Racist Hate Crime
Comments: 3 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Xenophobia
In November, the school was also hit with a similar attack that also included arson. Right-wing Jewish extremists with Sefardi haredi affiliations admitted to that attack after they were arrested. All three were members of the right-wing neo-Kahanist Lehava organization....

July 1, 2015: How Orthodox And Haredi Rabbis Sent Young Gay To Fraudulent Fake-Orthodox Therapy Group
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Med-Ethics, Public Health , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
Despite Goldberg’s lack of formal Jewish education — he left yeshiva after grammar school — and his personal non-observance, he was instrumental in the formation of right-wing Orthodoxy’s approach toward gay Jews. It was Goldberg’s name that was on the...

June 30, 2015: The Top Aide To The Late Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe And The Convicted Child Sex Abuser
Comments: 44 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion, Religion & State
The daughter of the Cleveland Alexander Rebbe is now engaged to marry the son of Rabbi Chaim Yakov Lebovits. Chaim Yakov Lebovits is the son of notorious haredi child sex abuser Rabbi Baruch Lebovits, and sure enough, the proud grandfather...

June 30, 2015: The Summer Of The Evil Eye Removers, Continued
Comments: 20 | Categories: Haredim , Religion, Religion & State
In yet another haredei evil eye removal claim this summer, advertising in a local haredi Catskills shopper publication Rabbi Avraham Level from Jerusalem has announced that he will remove the evil eye – for $50 per name, major credit cards...

June 29, 2015: Top Haredi Kabbalist Was Laundering Money For The Underworld, Senior Cop Says under Oath
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
Before his fall, Pinto was extremely close to many top Israeli politicians and businesspeople and built a net worth of tens of millions of dollars through ‘donations’ he received for his kabbalah-inspired advice, making his one of the top ten...

June 29, 2015: Modern Orthodox Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Gets 5-Year Job Extension, But Not Because Haredi Chief Rabbis Wanted To Give It To Him
Comments: 0 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Turf Disputes , Women & Judaism
After Israel’s haredi-controlled Chief Rabbinate tried to strip him of his job, primarily over his moderate views on conversion and over his liberal views on women’s public roles in Orthodox religious life, Modern Orthodox Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s tenure as chief...

June 28, 2015: Satmar Rebbe Teaches Grade School Students The Difference Between Jews And Non-Jews
Comments: 76 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State
Satmar Rebbe: "What if someone walks on the street in Kiryas Joel and he finds an item that someone else has lost, and what if someone walks on the street of Monroe – do you know that there’s a place...

June 27, 2015: Hybrid Haredi Yeshiva That Combines Secular And Religious Studies Grows
Comments: 18 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
“In the mainstream haredi education system, boys get spoon-fed and spoiled. They don’t need to think for themselves, everything will come from state or from donors and they never need to think about their financial future. What we’re saying is...

June 26, 2015: NY State Schools Chancellor Merryl Tisch Calls On Haredi-Controlled School Board In Scandal-Plagued East Ramapo To Fire District’s School’s Superintendent
Comments: 12 | Categories: Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Turf Disputes
“It’s time for the board of East Ramapo to stop living in this fantasy where the world doesn’t see them as being misguided in their treatment of these public school children, and do something to show…they are going to try...

June 26, 2015: Israel’s Highest Court Outlaws Forced Haredi Gender Segregation At Funerals
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
The suit to end the forced gender segregation at funerals was filed by a woman, Susanne Ayad, who directly suffered from this discrimination. She was aided in her suit by the Israel Religious Action Center of the Israel Movement for...

June 26, 2015: Report: Sefardi Haredi Minister Of Religious Services To Fill Local Chief Rabbi Positions With Shas Party Haredi Loyalists, Others To Be Shut Out
Comments: 4 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
Why no Zionist Orthodox appointments or Ashkenazi haredi appointments? Because Minister of Religious Affairs David Azoulay’s primary (and only) concern in choosing these new rabbis will reportedly be their loyalty to his Sefardi haredi Shas Party – which is arguably...

June 25, 2015: Jerusalem To Vet Future Public Christian Events With City’s Orthodox Rabbinate Before Issuing Permits
Comments: 26 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The government of the City of Jerusalem has decided to consult the city's Orthodox chief rabbis before approving any public Christian event haredim fear might possibly include missionary activity. Jerusalem To Vet Future Public Christian Events With City’s Orthodox Rabbinate...

June 25, 2015: Jewish Gay-To-Straight "Conversion Therapy" Organization Backed By Many MO And Haredi Rabbis Defrauded Clients, Jury Finds
Comments: 21 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Homophobia and its Discontents , Religion, Religion & State
A New Jersey jury on Thursday found JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing), a nonprofit that provides supposed gay-to-straight conversion therapy, guilty of consumer fraud for falsely promising clients they could overcome their same-sex urges by doing things including...

June 25, 2015: Eat, Pray, Study, But Don't Work: How Haredim Are Leading Israel To Disaster
Comments: 32 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
"……For Israeli economists…the reluctance of ultra-Orthodox (or Haredi) men to work, coupled with their community’s high birth rate (double the national average), is a problem. A study recently completed by the finance ministry predicts that on current trends Israel’s public...

June 25, 2015: A Transgender Surprise: Groom Born As A Female Married By Jerusalem Rabbinate
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
The Rabbinate gave the couple permission to marry – a necessity in Israel, where all Jews are forced to marry through the auspices of the haredi-controlled Chief Rabbinate of Israel and its local affiliates. The couple wanted a small wedding...

June 25, 2015: Who Really Wrote The Bible, Or At Least A Large Part Of It?
Comments: 60 | Categories: History , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
"…Josiah's kingdom was actually rather puny, and his purpose in having the Deuteronomistic History written was to unite the various warring Israelite tribes into a single powerful empire under his rule. That would be why the king's scribes write that...

June 25, 2015: She's Back Again
Comments: 20 | Categories: Haredim , Hucksterism , Religion, Religion & State
Rebetzin Aidel Miller will cast lead, remove the evil eye, and otherwise use hocus pocus to heal you or make your life better – all if you pay her money. And don't worry, the same haredi rabbi who allegedly covered...

June 25, 2015: “Sauna Rabbi” Won’t Resign, Despite Decades Of Inappropriate Behavior With Boys And Young Men
Comments: 34 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion, Religion & State
Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt reportedly told synagogue members at a members only event last night that the calls for him to no longer be the Modern Orthodox synagogue’s rabbi are disproportionate to what he did wrong. And Rosenblatt said that despite...

June 24, 2015: Hasidic IDF Soldier’s Home Smeared With Feces – By Fellow Hasidim Upset That He Joined The IDF
Comments: 22 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
Haredim apparently linked to the vehemently anti-Zionist Edah Haredit haredi umbrella organization attacked the home of a haredi IDF soldier in Beit Shemesh Tuesday, smearing feces on the front door and hanging a sign that read, "Hardakim out!" Above: a...

June 24, 2015: Woman Apologizes For Letting Chabad Hasid Mistake Her For A Man And Put Tefillin On Her
Comments: 27 | Categories: Chabad , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
"…The encounter itself was brief, shocking, and personally significant…It was a powerful moment, but also painful and wrong - because it was under false pretenses. Though his mistaken assumptions - products of the harmfully rigid gender roles with which he...

June 23, 2015: Israel's Message To Non-Orthodox American Jews Is, We Want Your Money And Your Political Power, But Not Your Rabbis Or Your Religion, Leading Non-Orthodox Rabbi Claims
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Jewish Leadership , Religion, Religion & State
“It’s not that we feel unwelcome in Israel,” said Rabbi Schnofeld. “We are unwelcome. Our advocacy for Israel is welcome in the political sphere, but we as Jews and as human beings are unwelcome in the state of Israel.” Above:...

June 23, 2015: Haredim Stage Fake Bar Mitzvah Ceremony For Disabled Kids In Order To Usurp Conservative Movement
Comments: 15 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The kids were giving six months pf bar mitzvah training in a special program run by the Conservative Movement, but haredim blocked the kids' bar mitzvah ceremony – in part with the help of Israel's president, Reuven "Ruby" Rivlin –...

June 23, 2015: British Government Won’t Take Legal Action Against Hasidic Schools Over Women’s Driving Ban – As Long As Students In Those Hasidic Schools Are Not Expelled Or Otherwise Punished For Their Mother’s Disobedience
Comments: 7 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
The British government’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has dropped proceedings against two Belz hasidic schools in North London, the Talmud Torah Machzikei Hadass boys school and the Beis Malka girls school, after getting a “satisfactory response” from Belz...

June 22, 2015: Ancient Rabbinic Censorship For Misogynistic Ends?
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Books , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Did ancient rabbis alter a seminal Jewish text in order to exclude women from public prayer roles and religious and communal leadership? The evidence is that they did. As many of you know, Professor Marc B. Shapiro has a new...

June 22, 2015: Undercover Investigation Shows Almost All State-Employed City Rabbis Ordered Sex Abuse Victims Not To Report Abuse To Police
Comments: 22 | Categories: Child Safety , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Almost all of the 27 state-employed rabbis investigated – the vast majority haredim but some Zionist Orthodox and some very prominent – ordered victims not to report the sex crimes to police. Because of the number of child sex abuse...

June 21, 2015: Strong Majority Of Israeli Jews Want Conservative And Reform Rabbis To Have Equal Legal Status With Rabbis Who Are Orthodox And Haredi, New Poll Finds
Comments: 25 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
“A president cannot be president exclusively for the Orthodox and cannot turn the presidential residence into an Orthodox synagogue. It is regretful that a president otherwise so sensitive to the rights of different sectors and of the disenfranchised in society...

June 21, 2015: Why Can't Israel Solve Its Church-Burnings?
Comments: 33 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Rants / Editorials , Religion, Religion & State
The profile of Christian-haters is found at the seam between ultranationalist racists and religious-theological groups. To date, no arsonists involved in setting fire to religious sites have been caught, but the Jerusalem police has some experience with those who spit...

June 21, 2015: Gur Hasid Ordered To Pay Compensation To Victim Of Vicious Hasidic Gang Assault
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Turf Disputes
The beating was part of a chain of attacks and counter attacks over control of the Batei Warsaw houses in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem between Gur (which is widely viewed in the haredi world as being too close...

June 20, 2015: Haredim Working For British Government Allegedly Skew Schools Inspection Reports To Cover For Deficient Haredi Yeshivas
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State
A study of reports on independent haredi schools, mostly yeshivas, issued by Ofsted, the British government schools inspection agency, during 2007 through 2014 found those schools were rated as “good” or “outstanding” 71% of the time – but only when...

June 19, 2015: Vizhnitzer Rebbe Changes His Mind, Tells Yeshiva Students To Answer IDF Draft Notices
Comments: 13 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The rebbe told his male followers they must only report to induction centers in one large group, supposedly to prevent issues of immodesty and temptation that could otherwise exist if a teenage yeshiva student went to the IDF center by...

June 19, 2015: Lipa Schmeltzer Finds Reason In Brain Science For Rabbis' Ban On His Music
Comments: 66 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Music , Religion, Religion & State
"[Brain science has] helped me understand that opposition to my music is not necessarily a religious opinion but a brain condition." Above: Lipa Schmeltzer Lipa Schmeltzer writes in the Jewish Press about the 2008 ban against his music signed by...

June 19, 2015: Chabad To Honor Memory Of Leader Of Child Sex Abuse Coverups
Comments: 40 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion, Religion & State
He covered up child sex abuse and allegedly helped molesters flee justice. He destroyed the lives of children in order to protect the name of Chabad and the well-connected Chabad men who raped and abused children. But this doesn't stop...

June 19, 2015: Kiryas Joel Dissidents Lash Out At Village Leadership Over Allegedly False Claims Of Anti-Semitism
Comments: 18 | Categories: Antisemitism , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Turf Disputes
In an ad published in the Times Herald-Record, dissidents in the Satmar hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel, New York lash out at village leaders claims that annexation opponents are driven by anti-Semitism. Please click to enlarge:

June 18, 2015: Haredi “Dear Mother” Modesty Letter Lands Belgian School In Hot Water
Comments: 40 | Categories: Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
A mother of a student at the Jesode Hatora — Beth Jacob School in Antwerp received a letter from the school’s management threatening her with “unpleasant steps” if she did not fully conform to the school’s modesty requirements. Haredi “Dear...

June 18, 2015: Tel Aviv Man Beats Woman, Breaks Glass On Her Head In Dispute Over Allegedly Lax Religious Observance
Comments: 21 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
“The police will act with zero tolerance for violence of any kind and anyone who acts violently against women will find himself behind bars." Tel Aviv Man Beats Woman, Breaks Glass On Her Head In Dispute Over Allegedly Lax Religious...

June 18, 2015: Women Of The Wall Commit Hate Crimes Against Haredim Through Their Torah Readings, Haredi Political Leader Says
Comments: 17 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
“Vandals in both places are to be condemned,” Eichler continued, “since they can bring hate crimes in Israel and the entire world. Whoever condemns, and justifiably so, hate crimes against Christians and understands it can bring bloodshed, must condemn the...

June 18, 2015: Iconic Israeli Catholic Church Burned In Likely Hate Crime Arson
Comments: 40 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State
The Church of the Multiplication Loaves and Fishes located at Tabgha on the Sea of Galilee was heavily damaged early Thursday morning in what clearly appears to be another "price tag" hate crime arson. Iconic Israeli Catholic Church Burned In...

June 18, 2015: More Than 800 Haredi Boys Missing From Legal Education System, British Government Finds
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State
Hundreds of haredi boys in London are getting little to no secular education in defiance of Britain’s education laws, new data released by the Department for Education (DfE) show. More Than 800 Haredi Boys Missing From Legal Education System, British...

June 17, 2015: Satmar Village In NY State Allegedly Offers Free Modesty Signs For Hasidim To Hang In Borough Park
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
"Attention boro park residents, great news from the village of kiryas joel, Monroe ny. You can now be זיכו הרבים.by hanging tzenios posters, all over the boro park area, We are proud to announce that ,ladies side, mens side signs....

June 17, 2015: 2 New Get Refusal Rallies Scheduled
Comments: 18 | Categories: Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA) is planing two new rallies against two men who are long-time get refusers (men who refuse to grant their wives an Orthodox Jewish writ of divorce known in Hebrew and Yiddish as...

June 17, 2015: Women's Grave Destroyed By Haredi Burial Society In Land Dispute
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The grave of Mrs. Leah Fisch, who passed away 20 years ago, was allegedly too large because Frisch was a tall woman. So a haredi burial society in Jerusalem allegedly destroyed her grave. All the material inside square brackets [...

June 17, 2015: Israel’s Haredi Minister Of Religious Affairs Calls Reform Movement “A Disaster For The Nation Of Israel”
Comments: 22 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
“Millions of Reform Jews in Israel and in the Diaspora have had it with the ugly lashings out of haredi politicians. If Minister Azoulay cannot function as minister for all the citizens of Israel, then he should resign,” Rabbi Gilad...

June 16, 2015: New Survey Finds Most Haredi Households Earn Less Than $2,100 Per Month
Comments: 86 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
The survey also found that: Only 46% of haredi men have jobs of any type – even part time jobs. 76% of haredi women work, although many do so in part time jobs and low-paying jobs. New Survey Finds Most...

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