770 posts categorized "Sefardim"

December 19, 2014: Sefardi Haredi Pol Gets Death Threats After Leaving Shas To Form New Political Party
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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: 13 | 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, 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, 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, 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: 5 | 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: 6 | 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: 20 | 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...

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