858 posts categorized "Sefardim"

August 20, 2015: Don’t Let Men Who Own TVs Or Smartphones Lead Prayers, Chief Rabbi Says
Comments: 42 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim , Web/Tech
“One must find a prayer leader who fears Heaven. If you know that the prayer leader has a TV at home and watches videos of abomination or [has] a TV in his pocket [i.e., a smartphone] and watches these types...

August 18, 2015: Haredi Seminaries Union Calls For State Closure Of Haredi School That Won’t Accept Most Sefardi Students – Or Maybe It Didn't
Comments: 5 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
The Union of Seminaries (haredi girls high schools) in Israel has called for the preeminent seminary in the haredi town of Elad to be closed over its discrimination against Sefardi girls. Or maybe it hasn't. Please see the update at...

August 14, 2015: Report: Prosecution Withheld Exculpatory Evidence In Case Of Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Exculpatory evidence that confirmed some of the claims made by Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto was allegedly withheld by the prosecution, Israel Channel 1 News reported today. Kikar HaShabbat reports: …According to News 1, there was a reason for the prosecution...

August 12, 2015: In An Old Jerusalem Synagogue An Unexpected Piece Of Modernity Is Found
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , History , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
In the narrow winding streets of the neighborhoods which lie just outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City lies an old synagogue where inside you will find something surprisingly new. Above: Rabbi Shlomo Shlomo Moussaieff Ha’aretz has a short travel...

August 7, 2015: High Court Allows Bribe-Giving Money-Laundering Rabbi-Felon To Go To The US For Medical Advice
Comments: 21 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
Sefardi haredi kabbalist Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto was sentenced several months ago to one year in prison for bribery, money laundering and other crimes – a slap on the wrist considering who he tried to bribe and his history of...

July 30, 2015: Top Sefardi Haredi Rabbi Rules Yeshiva Students Are Forbidden To Serve In The IDF, Calls IDF Recruiters “Enticers” Who Have No Place In The World To Come
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
“God forbid, that an unmarried yeshiva student at any level of learning, or a married student, even if he has problems with his income, should leave the holy guard post [yeshiva], and should not be enticed by any ‘haredi’ or...

July 28, 2015: Haredi Girls Schools Ban All Girls Whose Parents Are Employed
Comments: 50 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
In the haredi town of Elad, Israel, work does not pay. More than 100 girls, Sefardim and Ashkenazim, were denied places in the only two girls high school yeshivas (known as seminaries) in Elad for one reason and one reason...

July 23, 2015: Two Kahane Supporters Who Burned Jewish-Arab School Get “Harsh” Prison Sentences
Comments: 17 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim , Xenophobia
After the court hearing was over, the brothers said burning the school was "worth the price" and then burst into triumphant songs praising God as they were led away by guards. Above: "Kahane was right" painted on the school, November...

July 17, 2015: Shas Official Stops Army Radio Journalist From Praying, Kicks Him Out Of Party’s Open Mincha Prayer Service
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
“Chutzpan! Chutzpan! [Arrogant one! Arrogant one!] Get out! I will file a complaint against you with the [Army Radio’s] station director, Yaron Dekel!…There are no haredim in Army Radio and until there are, you are ousted from the Shas mincha!”...

July 13, 2015: Tax Authority Tells Knesset Committee It Is Cracking Down On Rabbi-Kabbalists, Mystics And Private Haredi Kosher Supervision Companies’ Widespread Tax Evasion
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
Kabbalists and other ‘mystics’ will now have to pay taxes on the money they receive for doling out advice, amulet and other segulot, and blessings, a Knesset committee reportedly heard today. And so will private haredi kosher supervision companies that...

July 12, 2015: IDF Soldier Tries To Kill Fellow IDF Soldier Over Negative Remarks About Revivalist Yemenite Haredi Rabbi
Comments: 16 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
An IDF soldier was reportedly stabbed by another IDF soldier upset his victim had made fun of Yemenite haredi ‘mega-church’ revivalist Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak. Above: Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak IDF Soldier Tries To Kill Fellow IDF Soldier Over Negative Remarks About...

July 12, 2015: Smartphone Missing Of Top Cop Who Allegedly Shot Himself Dead – Does It Contain Secret Evidence?
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Top cop Ephraim Bracha was shot in the chest – and unusual way to commit suicide – causing some people who have previously been victimized by Pinto and his organized crime associates to question the events surrounding Bracha's death. Above...

July 9, 2015: Religious Services Minister Calls Reform Movement “Sin” And Reform Jews “Sinners”
Comments: 16 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
"[W]e see with great pain the danger of the Reformation in Judaism, which brought the greatest danger to the Jewish nation: assimilation. We pray that sins will be purged from the land – sins, not sinners." Above: David Azoulay Religious...

July 7, 2015: Alleged Victim Describes Sex Assault By Miami Beach Rabbi
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Sefardim
The mother said, since Karro's arrest, she has been outcast by her local community. "I know that I have to stand up for my daughter and for this community, maybe for the voices that are scared to speak out. I'm...

July 7, 2015: Reform Jews Not Jews, Israel’s Haredi Minister Of Religious Services Says
Comments: 28 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
“A Reform Jew, from the moment he stops following Jewish law, I cannot allow myself to say that he is a Jew." Above: David Azoulay Reform Jews Not Jews, Israel’s Haredi Minister Of Religious Services Says Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com...

July 6, 2015: How A Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist Drove A Top Israeli Cop To Suicide
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
"…[A senior police officer] ordered Bracha to give Pinto the impression that all was business as usual…to record him and even to send his wife to pick up the money from the rabbi’s wife. Bracha knew that his life was...

July 6, 2015: Many Ashkenazi Haredim Oppose Anti-Sefardi Discrimination In Haredi Schools – Even Though Their Rabbis Do Not
Comments: 0 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
14.1% of haredim polled demanded "government control [be exerted] because the current quota system [employed against Sefardim by Ashkenazi haredi schools] is racial discrimination” while just under 50% wished top haredi leaders would intervene and deal with the discrimination. Many...

July 5, 2015: Top Cop From Bribery Case Against Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist Commits Suicide, Cops Say
Comments: 30 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Many people will likely question Ephraim Bracha’s suicide and will instead believe he was killed as payback for Pinto’s conviction. Above: Ephraim Bracha Top Cop From Bribery Case Against Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist Commits Suicide, Cops Say Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com...

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 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 24, 2015: Mother Of Alleged Miami Beach Child Sex Abuse Victim Says She Has Been Threatened, Ostracized By Rabbi's Supporters
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Sefardim
The mother of an 11-year-old who has accused a South Florida rabbi of inappropriately touching her is speaking out, saying she has been shunned by the Jewish community and has even received bribes to stay quiet. Above: Rabbi Steve Karro...

June 22, 2015: Rabbi Accused Of Child Molestation Caught Allegedly Bribing Victim's Family
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Sefardim
Surveillance video has surfaced that may show a South Florida rabbi accused of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old, giving a parent an envelop believed to contain money to stay quiet over the entire ordeal. WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News,...

June 11, 2015: Tax Authority Announces Crackdown On Kabbalists, Issuers Of Charms And Amulets, Distributors Of Holy Water, Mohels, Cantors – And Private Haredi Kosher Supervision Companies
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , Sefardim
Israel’s Tax Authority announced it will begin to crack down on haredi kabbalists who charge fees or take money for blessings. The crackdown will also include cantors, mohels, “distributors or sellers of charms, holy water, or other holy objects,” and...

June 9, 2015: Miami Beach Rabbi Gets Bail And House Arrest In Alleged Child Molestation
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Sefardim
On arrest, he reportedly told police he touched the girls shoulders, back and buttocks as form of spiritual cleansing. Above: Rabbi Steve Karro Miami Beach Rabbi Gets Bail And House Arrest In Alleged Child Molestation Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com A...

June 7, 2015: Another Haredi Synagogue Bans Owners Of "Non-Kosher" Cellphones From Prayer Roles
Comments: 56 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
While a small number of haredi rabbis object to these types of bans, the majority of haredi rabbinic leadership has backed ever-increasing restrictions and bans on use of technology like smartphones, because those technologies allow haredim to access forbidden information,...

May 29, 2015: Video: My Husband Doesn't Know How To Be A Child Molestor, Accused Rabbi's Wife Says
Comments: 27 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Sefardim
"He does not know how to use molestation techniques. I say this as a wife, as his sex partner. I believe that these charges were placed in order to defile his reputation.…He never kissed her on the neck as the...

May 29, 2015: Soon All Female Haredim Will Be Forced To Wear Veils, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Daughter Says
Comments: 18 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
“If a man cannot look at a woman and say ‘What a healthy and handsome woman the Almighty has created,’ then I do not know what is happening to us. And I fear that if this continues, we will have...

May 28, 2015: Rabbi Busted For Molestation Says He Fondled 11-Year-Old’s Buttocks For “Cleansing” Purposes
Comments: 26 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Sefardim
Rabbi Steve Karro denied some of the allegations, but reportedly told police he touched the girl’s buttocks for "cleansing [purposes,] as she was exhibiting negative energy." Above: Rabbi Steve Karro Rabbi Busted For Molestation Says He Fondled 11-Year-Old’s Buttocks For...

May 28, 2015: Court Bans Accused Haredi Cult Leader From Teaching Females Or Managing Schools
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
Accused haredi cult leader Rabbi Aharon Ramati has been forbidden by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court from managing any school or educational institution or teaching females. The ban is in place for a period of 70 days or until he is...

May 22, 2015: Joseph Hayon, Founder Of Brooklyn's Tea Party, Arrested On Child Porn Charges
Comments: 28 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Sefardim
Joseph Hayon, the founder of Brooklyn's Tea Party and a Sefardi haredi community activist, has been arrested for child porn yesterday and was arraigned today. An important person from Brooklyn's Sefardi haredi community has been arrested for child porn and...

May 22, 2015: Haredi-Controlled Petach Tikva Rabbinate Caught Discriminating Against Ethiopian Jews, But Israel’s Haredi-Controlled Religious Services Ministry Says The Discrimination Does Not Exist
Comments: 11 | Categories: Ethiopian Jews , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
Israel’s Army Radio reported yesterday that Ethiopian Jewish couples in Petach Tikva have been forced to wait to marry for more than nine months while the Petach Tikva official state rabbinate, which is haredi-controlled, delayed approving their marriage documents –...

May 19, 2015: Many Sickened At Elegant ‘Halakhic’ Dinner Led By Rabbi Meir Soloveichik That Served Locusts, Duck Foie Gras, Veal Hearts And Other ‘Delicacies’
Comments: 74 | Categories: Kosher Scandal , Med-Ethics, Public Health , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
The menu reportedly consisted of a salad of mixed greens topped with etrog dressing; crispy shallot-topped veal intestines stuffed with veal heart, chicken gizzards, duck liver and kidneys; truffle oil-drizzled poached brains with garbanzo beans, white pickled garlic and lemon;...

May 17, 2015: Israel Will Have Massive Earthquake If Pinto Put In Prison, Sefardi Haredi Kabbalists Claim, Say Nepal Quake Was Supposed To Strike Israel But Was Diverted Due To Kabbalist’s Prayers
Comments: 35 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
Pinto bribed top police officers to try to get inside information on the police investigation into Hazon Yeshaya, a charity Pinto controlled through close followers. Those close followers allegedly looted the charity, taking tens of millions of dollars in food...

May 12, 2015: Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist Sentenced To One Year In Jail For Bribery, Corruption, Obstruction Of Justice And Money Laundering
Comments: 26 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, the kabbalist and rabbi-to-the-stars who pleaded guilty to attempting to bribe a senior police officer last month, was sentenced today to one year in jail – the maximum amount allowed under his generous plea bargain –...

May 4, 2015: Sefardi Haredi Shas Party Joins New Netanyahu Government, Gets Religious Affairs And Economy Ministries
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
The Sefardi haredi Shas Party signed a coalition agreement today with the Likud Party, making it the third party to join the new government headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Sefardi Haredi Shas Party Joins New Netanyahu Government, Gets Religious...

May 2, 2015: Jewish Violence At Christian Event In Israel Averted – But Only After Police Give In To Jewish Mob
Comments: 18 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
The crowd of Rabbi Peretz’s protesters grew much larger and angrier. They demanded the two protesters be immediately released from police custody. At this point, police used a police vehicle to block the entrance to the building to prevent the...

April 29, 2015: Haredi Mayor Abruptly Cancels Public Bar And Bat Mitzvah Ceremony For Disabled Children In Slap At Conservative Movement
Comments: 40 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
Rahamim Malul, the haredi mayor of the Israeli city of Rehovot canceled a public bar and bat mitzvah ceremony for children with disabilities because it was scheduled to held at a Conservative synagogue. Wha t Malul did is almost certainly...

April 28, 2015: If I Serve Even 1 Day In Prison, My Children Will Be Given To Goyyim, Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist Says
Comments: 20 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
One of the documents Pinto submitted to the court contends that if Pinto serves even one day in prison, his children – who spend half of each year in New York City with Pinto and his wife – will be...

April 27, 2015: Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi Reacts To Nepal Earthquake: "All The Idols Worshiping Places…Are Now Destroyed"
Comments: 153 | Categories: Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Sefardim
No stranger to making controversial statements, Sefardi haredi Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi (Mizrahi) posted a photo of a destroyed Buddhist temple in Nepal with the text, "All [t]he idols [sic] worshiping places [i]n Nepal are now destroyed." Mizrachi's post as a...

April 26, 2015: Jew Versus Jew Rape And Murder In Medieval Spain
Comments: 34 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , History , Religion, Religion & State , 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 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, Religion & State , 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 18, 2015: Pinto Equates Himself To Rabbi Akiva, Says He Suffers For His Followers Sins
Comments: 24 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Before Shabbat, Pinto did what he had done at least twice before, once earlier this year and once late last year – he told followers in the port city of Ashdod that he wasn’t really guilty. Instead, Pinto claimed he...

April 15, 2015: I’m Suffering For Your Sins, Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto Says
Comments: 27 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , 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, Religion & State , 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: Recordings Aired On Army Radio Show Alleged Sefardi Haredi Voter Fraud
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , 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 13, 2015: Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto Returns To Israel, Complains Of Sudden Cardiac Trouble, Is Hospitalized – But Is He Really Ill?
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto returned to Israel from New York today and on his arrival in Ben Gurion International Airport, Pinto complained of feeling ill and was rushed to Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv for what his associates said was...

April 12, 2015: Memory Of Elderly Greek Rabbi Who Saved Hundreds Of Jews During Holocaust, Led Partisans, To Be Honored This Week
Comments: 6 | Categories: History , Sefardim
On Sept. 30, 1943—Rosh Hashanah—the eldery Rabbi Moshe Shimon Pessach was summoned to the headquarters of the German military governor who demanded that within 24 hours he submit a list of all the Jews in the city and their assets,...

April 12, 2015: Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist Must Return To Israel By Tuesday For Criminal Court Date, Despite Claims Of Illness, Court Rules
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
Tel Aviv District Court Deputy President Oded Modrik ordered Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto to return from New York and present himself for his arraignment Tuesday despite Pinto’s claims of being too ill to travel due to a fight against cancer....

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: 94 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , 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....

March 31, 2015: Report Haredi Voter Fraud And Intimidation, Top Rabbi Says
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Sefardim
“Since we heard that there were many cases of fraud and intimidation at the polls, and the Yachad Party as a result did not pass the threshold [of votes necessary to hold any Knesset seats], I hereby give notice that...

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