751 posts categorized "Sefardim"

September 1, 2014: Yeshiva Of Flatbush Grad To Plead Guilty To Bitcoin Illegal Money Transfers
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, 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, 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, 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: Police Find “Kidnapped” Devorah Pinto Confused, Emotionally Exhausted
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Sefardim
Devorah Pinto, the wife of Sefardi haredi kabbalist-to-the-stars Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto and the daughter of Argentina’s Chieft Rabbi Shlomo Ben Hamo, was found on Saturday by Argentinian police in a state of emotional exhaustion and was admitted to a...

July 30, 2014: New York Magazine Publishes Fawning Profile Of Disgraced Haredi Kabbalist-To-The-Stars Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
"…[Pinto] became aware of his own supernatural abilities when he was just 11 years old. “The rabbi was a kid in school,” related a follower who’d been told the story. “And there was a teacher who was not good. The...

July 30, 2014: UPDATED: Lawsuit Against Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist-To-The-Stars Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Sefardim
Tomer Shohat's updated lawsuit against Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, Pinto's brother Menachem, NYPD cop Eric Patino and Pinto's aide, cousin and ex-pornographer Benzion Suky. Among the money Shohat alleges Suky and Pinto stole is $4,800 they took from the company...

July 24, 2014: Spiritual Head Of Sefardi Haredi Shas Party Refuses To Bless IDF Soldiers, Insists “Israel Does Not Need An Army”
Comments: 20 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim , Terrorism
During a special prayer service at the Kotel (Western Wall) featuring the recitation of psalms on behalf of IDF soldiers, Rabbi Shalom Cohen announced to shocked worshippers that “Israel does not need an army!" Above: Rabbi Shalom Cohen Spiritual Head...

July 16, 2014: Video: Mixed Dancing Causes Cancer And Deaths Of Children, Sefardi Haredi Kiruv Rabbi Says
Comments: 34 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
Sefardi haredi kiruv (intra-Jewish missionary outreach) Rabbi Yosef Mizrahi says mixed dancing at weddings, 'immodest' women's clothing, and related sins cause cancer and deaths of children. Above: Rabbi Yosef Mizrahi Sefardi haredi kiruv (intra-Jewish missionary outreach) Rabbi Yosef Mizrahi says...

July 9, 2014: Sefardi Haredi Kiruv Rabbi Calls Hamas Rocket Fire, Kidnapping And Murders Of Jewish Teens Punishments From God And “A Blessing”
Comments: 21 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , Religion , Sefardim , Terrorism
Yemenite kiruv (intra-Judaism missionary) Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak said the West Bank kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens last month and the current rocket fire at Israel from Palestinian terrorists in Gaza are punishments by God for Tel Aviv’s Gay...

July 1, 2014: Haredi Girls School Principal Uses Racial Slurs, Calls Student A Loose “Bimbo” Who Already Slept With “Half The Boys In Town”
Comments: 29 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
It all allegedly started with an open top button on a schoolgirl’s blouse. It led to an out of control haredi principal calling the girl a loose "bimbo" who had "slept with half the boys in town," the shaken girl...

June 27, 2014: The Problem With College, Haredi Woman Says, Is that It Makes Haredi Women Give Up Haredi Religion
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
"…[W]e became accustomed to the idea that there is the Torah and the opinion of the Torah, which are supreme, and all of a sudden we are told in a [college or technical college] seminar that there is another supreme...

June 26, 2014: Women Can Go To College After All, New Shas Rabbi Says, But Only If It Teaches Every Subject In Conformity To Haredi Law
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
“This is all under the condition that all lecturers will be eligible to teach according to the ways of our forefathers, and that all the studies and content [taught to students] will be based on the words of our [rabbinic]...

June 26, 2014: Sefardi Kabbalist Whose Charity Allegedly Stole From Holocaust Survivors Sues Network That Helped Expose Him
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto and his chief aide and relative, former pornographer Ben Zion Suky, have filed a $30 million lawsuit in a New York State court against Israeli TV production house Keshet and journalist Ilana Dayan. Sefardi Kabbalist Whose...

June 24, 2014: Ashkenazi-Run Haredi Girls School Caught Excluding Sefardim, Government Steps In
Comments: 6 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Israel’s Education Ministry has cancelled the registrations of all students in the new Beit Yaakov high school seminary in the haredi city of Elad because the school discriminated against Sefardi girls who wanted to enroll. Ashkenazi-Run Haredi Girls School Caught...

June 23, 2014: Shas Party Spiritual Head Bans All Women From Going To College
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
Rabbi Shalom Cohen – whose hateful rhetoric against Zionist Orthodox Jews drew countrywide condemnation earlier this year – reportedly wrote a position paper/letter in his capacity as the president of Shas’ Council of Torah Sages that rules that teachers who...

June 21, 2014: Kabbalist Collapses At Kotel, Allegedly After Week-Long Fast
Comments: 20 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics , Sefardim
Rabbi Ya'akov Adas – who frequently exhibits symptoms of severe Obsessive Compulsive Syndrome (OCD) – allegedly had been fasting and praying nonstop since learning about the three teenage boys kidnapped in the West Bank June 12. Above: Rabbi Ya'akov Adas...

June 19, 2014: Senior Shas Politician Resigns From Knesset
Comments: 1 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Former Housing and Construction Minister Ariel Attias, 44, announced today that he is resigning from Knesset. Above: MK Ariel Atias Senior Shas Politician Resigns From Knesset Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Former Housing and Construction Minister Ariel Atias, 44, announced today...

June 12, 2014: Orthodox Rabbi Versus Orthodox Rabbi Blackmail In South Africa Leads To Arrest, Resignation
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Sefardim
A case of Orthodox rabbi versus Orthodox rabbi blackmail in South Africa has led to the arrest of one of the rabbis and his resignation from his synagogue. Above: Rabbi Bryan Opert Orthodox Rabbi Versus Orthodox Rabbi Blackmail In South...

June 8, 2014: Report: Ashkenazi Haredi School Still Illegally Excluding Sefardim
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
An Ashkenazi haredi girls school that was once at the epicenter of an anti-Sefardi discrimination suit is again refusing to enroll Sefardi girls. Report: Ashkenazi Haredi School Still Illegally Excluding Sefardim Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com An Ashkenazi haredi girls school...

June 6, 2014: Baruch Dayan HaEmet: Rabbi Meir Michel Abehsera
Comments: 17 | Categories: BTs , Chabad , Outreach , Sefardim
Rabbi Meir Michel Abehsera, internationally known both as a hasid of the late Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson and as an herbalist, naturopath and author, has passed away. Above: Rabbi Meir Abehsera Rabbi Meir Abehsera, internationally known both as a...

June 5, 2014: Another Child Sex Abuse Case In Seattle Haredi-Orthodox Community
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Sefardim
A second member of the Seattle Orthodox community has reportedly been charged with a child sex abuse-related charge. Another Child Sex Abuse Case In Seattle Haredi-Orthodox Community Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com A second member of the Seattle Orthodox community has...

June 3, 2014: Indict Haredi Deputy Mayor, Cops Say
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Israel Police are recommending that the Sefardi haredi Shas Party affiliated deputy mayor of the gritty port city of Ashdod be indicted on breach of trust, bribery and money laundering charges. Indict Haredi Deputy Mayor, Cops Say Shmarya Rosenberg •...

May 30, 2014: Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto Reportedly Indicted, Free To Leave Country After Posting $6.3 Million Bail
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Sefardi haredi 'kabbalist' Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto has apparently been indicted on bribery, money laundering, obstruction of justice and coercion charges. Above: Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto Reportedly Indicted, Bail Set At 22 Million Shekels Shmarya Rosenberg...

May 29, 2014: Journalist Who Exposed Alleged Crimes Of Haredi ‘Kabbalist’ Threatened
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Journalist Ilana Dayan is facing threats of physical violence after her exposé on Sefardi haredi ‘kabbalist’ Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto aired on Israel’s Channel 10 last week. Above: Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto Journalist Who Exposed Alleged Crimes Of Haredi ‘Kabbalist’...

May 27, 2014: Report: Wife Of Haredi Kabbalist Tries To Kill Herself Over Bribery Charges
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Devorah Pinto, the wife of embattled Sefardi haredi ‘kabbalist’ Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, tried to kill herself Tuesday night over the bribery, money laundering, embezzlement and corruption charges she and her husband face. Above: Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto Report: Wife...

May 27, 2014: Pope Is “Vermin” And An Impure “Idol,” Haredi Outreach Rabbi Says
Comments: 19 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Yemenite kiruv (outreach, intra-Jewish missionary) Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak, known for his ‘megachurch’-style gatherings and his fire and brimstone sermons meant to convince secular Israelis to become haredi, lashed out at Israel’s haredi chief rabbis over their meeting with Pope Francis...

May 27, 2014: Plea Deal With Orthodox Alleged Mob Boss In Rabbi Extortion Trial Draws Widespread Condemnation
Comments: 0 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Ethiopian Jews , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Sefardim
Shalom Domrani agreed today plead guilty to lesser charges. He will reportedly receive only nine more months in prison on top of the five months he has already served while at trial – meaning Domrani will only serve a total...

May 26, 2014: Report: ‘Kabbalist’ Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto To Return To Israel To Testify Against Former Top Cop
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
The State Attorney's Office reportedly made a deal with Pinto that will allow him to return to Israel, testify against Arbiv, and then return to New York without being prosecuted for a string of bribery, embezzlement and corruption charges stemming...

May 26, 2014: Another Haredi Rabbi Rules Looking At Pope Makes Jews Impure
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Rabbi Moshe Tzedaka, the rosh yeshiva of the Sefardi haredi flagship Yeshivat Porat Yosef located in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, ruled today that Jews who intentionally went to see Pope Francis, who was visiting Israel,...

May 23, 2014: Video: Exposé Alleges Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist Has Mafia Ties, Steals, And Illegally Harasses Opponents
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Israel's Channel 2 News' news-magazine Uvda did an hour-long exposé on Sefardi haredi kabbalist Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto last night. Here he is in all his alleged glory – the alleged bribery, extortion, Mafia ties, thefts and harassment that have...

May 18, 2014: Stay Away From Bar Yochai’s Grave On Lag Ba’Omer, Senior Sefardi Haredi Rabbi Says In Disgust
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
“They reported that a half million people arrived in Meron on Lag B’Omer [Saturday night]. Believe me this is not a mitzvat assei [positive religious commandment] and I have gone through Chumash [the Five Books of Moses] hundreds of times....

May 18, 2014: Non-Orthodox Sefardim, Secular And Traditional Jews Flock To ‘Miracle Working’ Kabbalists For Advice, Blessings, New Study Finds
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
"In nominal numbers, we are talking about 386,750 secular and traditional Jews who regularly visit rabbis' homes and ask for their advice." But that advice comes at a large financial cost to the seekers and enriches the rabbis – many...

May 15, 2014: Beit Din Orders Manager Of Girls Seminary To Stay Away From The School, Move Out Of Jerusalem
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Aaron Ramati, the manager of Midrashah Be’er Miriam, which is located on Shaul HaMelech Street in the Sanhedria neighborhood of Jerusalem, was given 30 days clear out of the city. Beit Din Orders Manager Of Girls Seminary To Stay Away...

April 27, 2014: Police: Indict Brother Of Israel’s Sefardi Chief Rabbi
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Sefardim
Israel Police have just recommended that the state prosecutor indict Chief Rabbi of Holon Avraham Yosef, a son of the late Sefardi haredi rabbinic leader and Shas Party founder Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, on charges fraud, extortion and breach of public...

April 25, 2014: Report: US Rep Michael Grimm Expected To Be Indicted
Comments: 1 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Sefardim
Federal prosecutors are preparing criminal charges against Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), capping a two-year FBI investigation that ranges from his business dealings to his first campaign for Congress in 2010. Some of the campaign crimes are possibly linked to Sefardi...

April 10, 2014: Criminal Case Against Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist Accused Of Extortion Closed
Comments: 0 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Israel’s Southern District Prosecutor’s Office announced that the extortion case against Rabbi Yoram Abergel has been closed. Rabbi Yoram Abergel Criminal Case Against Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist Accused Of Extortion Closed Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Israel’s Southern District Prosecutor’s Office announced...

April 9, 2014: 7 Guilty In Rabbi Ordination Fraud
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Sefardim
Seven people were convicted today in a scheme that awarded unearned smicha (rabbinic ordination) to police officers and others who lacked the necessary qualifications to hold the title. 7 Guilty In Rabbi Ordination Fraud Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Seven people...

April 9, 2014: Rabbi Who Called Zionist Orthodox Jews “Amalek” Appointed Head Of Shas Rabbis’ Council
Comments: 8 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Six months after the death of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Rabbi Shalom Cohen, the outspoken controversial head of the Sefardi haredi Porat Yosef Yeshiva in Jerusalem, has been named the head of the Sefardi haredi Shas Party’s Council of Torah Sages....

March 31, 2014: Pinto’s Second Manhattan Synagogue Listed For Sale
Comments: 1 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Sefardim
A tony Upper West Side commercial property that was supposed to house a synagogue led by Sefardi haredi kabbalist to the stars Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto has been listed for sale. Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto Pinto’s Second Manhattan Synagogue Listed...

March 31, 2014: Kabbalist’s US Charity Sued By Lenders For Forclosure
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Sefardim
Corigin Real Estate Group, a private equity firm based in Manhattan, filed suit to foreclose on $20 million in loans for 122 East 58th Street – a tony Manhattan property owned by Mosdot Shuva Israel, a nonprofit organization headed and...

March 31, 2014: Kabbalist's Charity To Be Forcibly Liquidated
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
The High Court found that there was "plenty of evidence" that Hazon Yeshaya "acted illegally to deceive donors." Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto The Israeli Hebrew language business daily Calcalist reports that Israel's High Court of Justice has upheld a lower...

March 27, 2014: Leading Sefardi Haredi Rabbi Tells University Students It Is Kosher To Cheat And Plagiarize
Comments: 26 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Chief Rabbi of Holon Rabbi Avraham Yosef – who sits on the Israel Chief Rabbinate’s council and who is a son of the late Sefardi haredi leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef – gave permission for university students to cheat and plagiarize....

March 23, 2014: Video: Just Before He Died, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Cursed Proponents Of The Haredi-Draft With Destruction
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim
Just before his final hospitalization late last year, senior Sefardi haredi leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef called on God to foil the planned haredi draf and cursed its proponents. “The verse ‘pour out your wrath upon them,’ should be fulfilled for...

March 18, 2014: Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Daughter To Be Awarded The Israel Prize
Comments: 4 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Rabbanit Adina Bar-Shalom – founder of a haredi college and the daughter of the late Sefardi haredi leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef – will be awarded the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement to Society and to the State. Rabbanit Adina Bar-Shalom...

March 10, 2014: Haredi Chief Rabbi: Torah Prohibits Women From Serving In Israeli Military
Comments: 19 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
Yosef insists that it actually is an issur d’oraita (prohibition from the Torah itself) for women to serve in the IDF because women in the IDF must wear men’s clothing – in this case, carry a weapon, which Yosef rules...

March 10, 2014: Will Corrupt Kabbalist Get A Sweetheart Plea Deal?
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
"…[I]f Pinto is convicted, the prosecution has [allegedly] agreed not to ask for more than a nine-month prison sentence for Pinto, while his lawyers will ask for only probation.…" Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto Ha'aretz somewhat fleshes out the alleged plea...

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