794 posts categorized "Sefardim"

March 2, 2015: Secular Jews Endanger Israel, Senior Sefardi Haredi Rabbi Says
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Saturday night, Rabbi David Yosef publicly said during a lecture that Zionist Orthodox Jews who serve in the IDF carry two burdens – serving in the Israeli military and serving in the “army of God” – while secular Israeli Jews...

February 22, 2015: HaTikva Is “Stupid,” Top Sefardi Rabbi Says
Comments: 34 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Speaking at a Shas campaign rally in Netivot on Sunday, the head of the Sefardi haredi Shas Party’s Council of Torah Sages Rabbi Cohen called Israel’s national anthem Hatikva "a stupid song.” Cohen also reportedly disparaged people who sing it....

February 17, 2015: How Far Has The Haredi Community Fallen?
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
The late supreme rabbinic leader of Sefardi haredim Rabbi Ovadia Yosef passed away about 16 months ago. Some of the halakhic (Orthodox Jewish law) rulings he issued after his last book was published have now been released in a new...

February 16, 2015: Will Tunisian Jews Survive Threat Posed By…Educating Girls?
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
In the Tunisian island of Djerba's ancient Jewish community, women rarely work outside the home and only do so if their husbands allow it. And until very recently, girls were only allowed to have two hours of schooling per day....

February 15, 2015: Report: NYC's Worst Allegedly Illegal Hotel Is Run By Top Aide Of Sefardi Haredi Rabbi-Kabbalist
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Sefardim
The worst "illegal" hotel in New York City is operated by a Limited Liability Corporation owned by an ex-pornography distributor who is now the top aide to a Sefardi haredi rabbi and kabbalist – who himself is a known criminal...

February 6, 2015: Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist's Top Aide Caught Running More Dangerous Illegal Hotels
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Sefardim
Ben Zion Suky, one of his relatives (who spells his name "Suki" with an "i" rather than a "y") and others are named in a new lawsuit by New York City aimed at shutting down more illegal (and dangerous) hotels...

February 5, 2015: Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist’s Plea Deal Allowed To Stand
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Poverty & Homelessness , Sefardim
Israel’s High Court Of Justice rejected a petition challenging the plea bargain agreement given to Sefardi haredi ‘kabbalist’ Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto – meaning Pinto will turn state's witness and admit to bribing senior police officers in a bid to...

February 2, 2015: Sefardi Haredi Shas Party Allegedly Breaks Israel Election Law – Again
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
"I promise that everyone who acts [in support of the Shas Party for the elections] - Father [Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the late founder and spiritual leader of the party and the supreme leader of Sefardi haredim for decades] will stand...

February 1, 2015: Israeli Chief Rabbi Proudly Destroys Smartphone Of Unwilling Yeshiva Student
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim , Web/Tech
Israel’s Sefardi haredi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef lashed out at smartphones Saturday night and told a story about personally destroying an unwilling yeshiva student’s smartphone. Above: Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef Israeli Chief Rabbi Proudly Destroys Smartphone Of Unwilling Yeshiva Student Shmarya...

January 29, 2015: Sefardi Haredi Renegade Party Joins Up With Hard Right-Wing Ashkenazi Racist Party
Comments: 2 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Sefardim
Eli Yishai's new political party, Yachad - Ha'am Itanu, has joined with the hard right-wing neo-Kahanist Otzma Yehudit Party to form a joint list for the upcoming Knesset elections. Above: Eli Yishai Sefardi Haredi Renegade Party Joins Up With Hard...

January 25, 2015: The Lawsuit: NYC v Ben Zion Suky
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Sefardim
The complete civil complaint in New York City's lawsuit against Ben Zion Suky, Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto's top aide (and a former pornographer who is also Pinto's relative), for running a dangerous and illegal hotel. Above: Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto...

January 23, 2015: Top Aide Of Sefardi Kabbalist Runs Dangerous, Illegal Hotel, City Says
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Sefardim
Ben Tzion Suky, the former pornographer who is Sefardi haredi 'kabbalist' Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto's top aide (and cousin), is running an illegal New York City hotel, the city says in a new lawsuit. In a separate lawsuit filed last...

January 18, 2015: Haredi Party Appoints Convicted Felon To Its Council Of Torah Sages
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
The Sefardi haredi Shas Party’s chairman is a convicted felon – and now a member of its Council of Torah Sages is, too. Above: Rabbi Reuven Elbaz Haredi Party Appoints Convicted Felon To Its Council Of Torah Sages Shmarya Rosenberg...

January 14, 2015: Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto’s NYC Headquarters Subject Of Foreclosure Lawsuit
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto’s nonprofit Mosdot Shuva Israel defaulted on $17.3 million in loans. Above: Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto and his Manhattan headquarters building Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto’s NYC Headquarters Subject Of Foreclosure Lawsuit Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Rabbi Yoshiyahu...

January 12, 2015: Deri ‘Returns’ As Sefardi Haredi Shas Party Head To The Surprise Of No One – Except Perhaps Haredim
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
After purportedly resigning two weeks ago, Shas Party head Aryeh Deri formally announced today that he will in fact ‘resume’ his duties as the chairman of the Sefardi haredi political party – a party he continued to quietly lead even...

January 1, 2015: Incited By Leading Sefardi Haredi Rabbis, Deri Supporters Physically Attack Suspected Supporters Of Hated Rival As Internecine Conflict In Sefardi Community Escalates
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
"I blame Yishai for the destruction of Sephardi Jewry, he destroys the world of Torah!” Rabbi David Yosef, one of those sons and a member of the party’s Council of Torah Sages reportedly said at yesterday’s rally, held in a...

December 31, 2014: Haredi And Sefardi Mohels Gather, Mislead Public About Dangers Of Dangerous Haredi Circumcision Practice
Comments: 33 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Sefardim
In what appeared to be yet another paid (but undeclared) infomercial, Zev Brenner went to the American Board of Ritual Circumcision's annual gathering for mohels and doctors held at the house of the board's founder, Rabbi Romi Cohn. Cohn and...

December 31, 2014: Senior Sefardi Haredi Rabbi Says Sefardim Were Spared The Holocaust Because Of Their Torah Study – Implying Ashkenazi Jews Were Slaughtered Because They Didn't
Comments: 50 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
The spiritual leader of Yishai’s new Sefardi Ha’am Itanu Party, Rabbi Meir Mazuz, reportedly told a follower that Sefardi Jews did not die in the Holocaust because they studied Torah – implying Ashkenazi Jews were murdered by the Nazis because...

December 30, 2014: Deri Resigns From Knesset, All Other Shas MKs Follow
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Aryeh Deri, the chairman of the Sefardi haredi Shas Party, resigned from the Knesset Tuesday evening and all other Shas MKs resigned, as well. But does this really matter? Or is this just an Israeli haredi kabuki dance? Above: Aryeh...

December 30, 2014: Deri Says He Still Wants To Resign, Many Analysts Reportedly Believe He’s Faking
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
The chairman of the Sefardi haredi Shas Party, MK Aryeh Deri, said Monday night that he still wants to resign – despite the fact that the Shas Party’s Council of Torah Sages rejected his request to do so Monday night....

December 29, 2014: Shas Rabbis Reject Deri's Resignation
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
The Council of Torah Sages of the Sefardi haredi Shas Party has rejected the resignation of party chairman Aryeh Deri, meaning Deri will remain the party's top political leader. Above: Aryeh Deri The Council of Torah Sages of the Sefardi...

December 29, 2014: Deri Resigns, Rabbis Meet To Determine Whether Or Not To Accept Resignation
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Aryeh Deri, the controversial chairman of the Sefardi haredi Shas Party, submitted a letter of resignation today to the party's top rabbis, who are meeting right now to decide whether or not to accept it. Above: Aryeh Deri Deri Resigns,...

December 29, 2014: 2 Top Sefardi Haredi Rabbis Sign Public Letter Against Drafting Haredi Yeshiva Dropouts
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Two leading Sefardi haredi rabbis signed a public letter with 48 other haredi rabbis against drafting haredi yeshiva dropouts into the IDF – even if they are drafted exclusively into haredi-only army units. Above: Rabbi Shalom Cohen, left; Rabbi Meir...

December 28, 2014: Videotape Showing Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Calling Aryeh Deri A Thief, Seeking To Ban Him From Shas Party leadership, Leaked
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
“If we put him for example at the head of our [electoral] list, 30 to 40 percent will leave us. Why? Because he was judged in court. Why take someone who [is a] thief? Why take someone who accepts bribes?...

December 19, 2014: Sefardi Haredi Pol Gets Death Threats After Leaving Shas To Form New Political Party
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim , Turf Disputes
Former Shas Party leader and Member of Knesset Eli Yishai has been receiving death threats, and so far one Shas supporter has been arrested. Above: Eli Yishai Sefardi Haredi Pol Gets Death Threats After Leaving Shas To Form New Political...

December 15, 2014: Video: Haredi Supporters Of Shas Leader Break Into, Disrupt, Press Conference Of Shas Party's New Rival
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
In front reporters and with dozens of television cameras rolling, several supporters of the chairman of the Sefardi haredi Shas Party, Aryeh Deri, broke into a press conference in the Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem where Deri’s archrival, Eli Yishai, was...

December 15, 2014: Three Sefardi Haredi Members Of The Right-Wing Neo-Kahanist Lehava Organization Indicted For Torching Jewish-Arab School
Comments: 10 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Three smirking and laughing members of the right-wing neo-Kahanist Lehava organization were indicted today for the hate crime arson of a Jewish-Arab Jerusalem school, the Max Rayne Hand-in-Hand School. Three Sefardi Haredi Members Of The Right-Wing Neo-Kahanist Lehava Organization Indicted...

December 13, 2014: Roy Naim Found Guilty Of Child Porn
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Sefardim
Roy Naim, a Brooklyn-based 30-year-old Orthodox Sefardi immigration reform activist associated with Orthodox organizations for sick children, was convicted Wednesday on federal child porn charges. Above: Roy Naim Roy Naim Found Guilty Of Child Porn Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Roy...

December 11, 2014: Ashkenazi Haredi Community Allegedly Harasses, Bullies Sefardi Family, Forces Them To Flee City
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
The Ashkenazi haredi grammar school Talmud Torah Zichron Gavriel in Zichron Yaakov reopened Wednesday – but without the two Sefardi boys who had earlier been denied admission and then, once finally admitted, were harassed and bullied. The absence of the...

December 8, 2014: Lawsuit Possible Over Ancient Hebrew Bibles Known As The “Crowns Of Damascus”
Comments: 1 | Categories: Books , History , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Two decades after the Mossad smuggled a group of ancient Hebrew Bibles from Syria to Israel, a member of the Syrian Jewish community wants them back and has threatened to sue to get them. Lawsuit Possible Over Ancient Hebrew Bibles...

December 4, 2014: Ashkenazi Haredi School Closed For Discriminating Against Sefardi Kids Whose Father Uses A 'Non-Kosher' Cellphone
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Ashkenazi haredim – especially many hasidic groups – have long objected to having Sefardim study alongside their children, and they have repeatedly violated the law to ensure their ‘pure’ children are not ‘contaminated’ by Sefardim. In this new case, the...

December 3, 2014: Shas MK Threatened With Death If He Leaves Party To Start His Own
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Shas Member of Knesset Eli Yishai has allegedly received death threats after media reports were published saying that Yishai was thinking of breaking away from the Sefardi haredi party he once headed to form his own list for the upcoming...

December 1, 2014: Government Closes Ashkenazi Haredi School That Discriminated Against Sefardi Girls Because Top Haredi Rabbis Ordered Them To
Comments: 6 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
"[T]he mayor received instructions both verbally and in writing from the great Torah scholars Rabbis Aharon Leib Steinman, Chaim Kanievsky, Gershon Edlestein, and Rabbi Moshe Hillel Hirsh, who said he should work for the good of both schools. Unfortunately, due...

November 20, 2014: Bring Guns To Synagogue On Shabbat, Leading Sefardi Haredi Rabbi Rules
Comments: 26 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim , Terrorism
Rabbi David Yosef – one of the four members of Sefardi haredi Shas Party’s Council of Torah Sages and a son of its late head, Shas Party founder Rabbi Ovadia Yosef – ruled today that everyone with a valid gun...

November 6, 2014: High Court: Couple Who Listened To A Rabbi Over A Doctor And Refused To Abort Seriously Damaged Fetus Must Pay For The Baby’s Care Out Of Their Own Pockets
Comments: 51 | Categories: Israel , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal , Religion , Sefardim
The Meuhedet Health Fund (an HMO) refused to provide medical care for the baby the couple had refused to abort, claiming that HMO doctors warned the couple the child would be born paralyzed and had urged them to abort. nstead,...

October 19, 2014: Hiddush Calls For Criminal Investigation Of Former Chief Rabbi Of Israel
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Sefardim
The election for the two chief rabbis of Jerusalem is less than 48 hours away, and the religious freedom and freedom from religion organization Hiddush has now reportedly made an urgent appeal to Israel’s Attorney General and to the State...

October 19, 2014: Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist Apparently Violates Plea Deal – Again
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
In what appears to be yet another violation of his plea deal, Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto used the Ometz rights organization as a proxy to file a petition with Israel’s High Court of Justice against the senior police officer he...

October 7, 2014: Sefrardi Haredi Kabbalist Allegedly Violates Plea Deal, Causing His Defense Attorneys To Flee The Case
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Three of Sefardi haredi kabbalist Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto’s attorneys – Moshe Mazor, Ro'i Bichler and Eli Zahar – have abruptly filed to withdraw from his case after Pinto allegedly violated the terms of his plea deal in his bribery...

October 6, 2014: Haredi Former Sefardi Chief Rabbi Of Israel To Run For Chief Rabbi Of Jerusalem
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
The rabbi “sees as a holy obligation the task of raising the prestige of the rabbinate in the Holy City after many years in which there have been no chief rabbis.…Out of a sense of heavy responsibility, he decided to...

October 2, 2014: Large Traditional Sefardi Families, Illiteracy, Shocked Former Israeli PM
Comments: 10 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
“There’s another truth that’s not pleasant to mention…And though I didn’t ask them, I’d bet my head they can’t read or write. They’re at an age where they could have another 10 children…The man said to me, ‘You see, we...

October 1, 2014: Haredi Rabbi Becomes So Agitated Over Kosher Food Turf Dispute, He Needed Medical Attention
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Religion , Sefardim
A Sefardi haredi chief rabbi in an Israeli city reportedly became so agitated and upset today at his Ashkenazi haredi counterpart and at staffers that staff had to call for medical help to calm him down and prevent violence. Yeshiva...

September 28, 2014: Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto Alleges Israeli Cabinet Minister Threatened Him Over US Rep Michael Grimm Contributions
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
A top official in Israel tried to intimidate Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto – who claims Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm shook him down for donations, sources familiar with the investigation – likely Pinto's attorneys Alan Dershowitz and Arthur Aidala –...

September 17, 2014: Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist Agrees To Plead Guilty To Bribery, Obstruction Of Justice
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, 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 1, 2014: Yeshiva Of Flatbush Grad To Plead Guilty To Bitcoin Illegal Money Transfers
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Sefardim
Twenty-four year old Charlie Shrem, a Yeshiva of Flatbush graduate, is the CEO of the digital currency exchange BitInstant and vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, a nonprofit group aimed at promoting the virtual digital currency, was arrested in January...

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 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 22, 2014: Ubiquitous Ads Promising Prayers By Sefardi Kabbalist In Exchange For Donations To Chabad-Linked Anti-Missionary Charity Ruled Illegal
Comments: 21 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad & Christianity , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
The ubiquitous ads for the haredi Yad L’achim anti-missionary anti-intermarriage organization featuring Rabbi Yehiel Abuhatzeira have been ruled illegal. Above: Rabbi Yehiel Abuhatzeira Ubiquitous Ads Promising Prayers By Sefardi Kabbalist In Exchange For Donations To Chabad-Linked Anti-Missionary Charity Ruled Illegal...

August 21, 2014: Rare Divorce Ruling Frees Woman Trapped In Jewish Marriage
Comments: 12 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
Wednesday, a state rabbinic court dissolved a woman’s marriage on the grounds of mekah ta’ut - fraud. If she had known about her husband's history of mental illness, she likely would not have married him in the first place. Rare...

August 11, 2014: Another Haredi Synagogue Bans Beggars
Comments: 36 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness , Sefardim
Another haredi synagogue – this one Sefardi – bans beggars, a haredi Jewish family with children from outside New York City is homeless, and a homeless Jewish woman in her 50s wanders the streets of Brooklyn. A quick Jewish poverty...

August 10, 2014: Prosecutors Warn Rabbi Avraham Yosef Criminal Charges Are Likely To Be Filed Against Him
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, 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...

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