1,337 posts categorized "Women & Judaism"

July 31, 2015: Mikvah Peeping Rabbi's 6-1/2 Year Sentence Upheld
Comments: 1 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
Rabbi Barry Freundel's 6-1/2-year prison sentence was been upheld today, meaning Freundel lost his appeal. The judge said that all of Freundel's 52 victims (who were inside the Statute of Limitations; in total, there were at least 102 total victims)...

July 29, 2015: Report: Excluded, For God's Sake: Gender Segregation And The Exclusion Of Women In The Public Sphere In Israel
Comments: 3 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
The Israel Religious Action Center (an arm of the Reform Movement) has been a leading force in trying to obtain religious pluralism and gender equality in Israel. It has just released a new report, "Excluded, for God's Sake: Gender Segregation...

July 29, 2015: Haredi Man Refuses To Sit Next To Woman On Plane, Causing Outrage
Comments: 74 | Categories: Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Women & Judaism
"I should not have to move because someone has a problem with my uterus." The CBC reports A former Halifax chef wants an apology from Porter Airlines, alleging she was asked to move from her seat to accommodate a man...

July 28, 2015: Report: Haredi Women Help Fuel Israel’s High Tech Boom But Only Get Paid Paid Minimum Wage For Doing So
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Rather than outsource to India for cheap labor, Israel's high tech companies are increasingly setting up centers in haredi areas and hiring haredim, almost all of whom are women, to fill those roles. But the dirty little secret of the...

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 28, 2015: Legally, "You Can't Rape Your Spouse," Top Jewish Aide To Donald Trump Says
Comments: 15 | Categories: Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
A top Jewish adviser and confidant to leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump insists there is no such thing as spousal rape. Above: Michael Cohen CNN reports: A top adviser to Donald Trump apologized Tuesday for comments he made in...

July 27, 2015: Victims Win Court Battle Against Mikvah Peeping Rabbi
Comments: 29 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
Hundreds of women victimized by Rabbi Barry Freundel convinced a federal judge today to move their class action lawsuits back to DC Superior Court against Freundel’s wishes. Above: Rabbi Barry Freundel Victims Win Court Battle Against Mikvah Peeping Rabbi Shmarya...

July 27, 2015: Case Of Illegal Haredi Construction Could “Spark A Religious War,” Insiders Say
Comments: 19 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
On advice of her rabbi, “C” called police – twice. And police came twice and tried to speak with her upstairs neighbor, who refused to answer his door. But because this is Israel where the rule of law is very...

July 27, 2015: Alleged Serial Rapist Rabbi-Kabbalist Indicted
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
Zionist Orthodox kabbalist Rabbi Ezra Sheinberg was indicted on charges that he sexually abused, raped or sodomized at least 13 women. Above: Rabbi Ezra Sheinberg Alleged Serial Rapist Rabbi-Kabbalist Indicted Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Zionist Orthodox kabbalist Rabbi Ezra Sheinberg...

July 27, 2015: Is Orthodox Judaism On The Verge Of A Historic Schism?
Comments: 22 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
In Israel, as opposed to the United States, worshipers don’t wait for the rabbis to allow them to pray under equal conditions. In light of the attempts to stop them, Prof. Tamar Ross, a professor of Jewish philosophy at Bar-Ilan...

July 27, 2015: London Haredi Modesty Notice Orders Gender Segregagted Sidewalks
Comments: 25 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
A modesty notice from the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations' official modesty squad orders gender segregated sidewalks, bans women from driving. Please click to enlarge:

July 26, 2015: Exposé: Sex Abuse In The Haredi Community
Comments: 25 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Israel's Channel 1 News aired a new documentary report on the sexual abuse of women and girls in the haredi community centered around one organization: Ezer Mizion. [Hat Tip: Joel Katz.]

July 23, 2015: Haredi Rabbi Of The Kotel Writes 530-Page Book On The Holy Site, Devotes Only 7 Lines To 'Bleeding' Women
Comments: 26 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
"…In order to understand you better, I have read your book, Hilkhot Hakotel, cover to cover. In your letter you say that you are a moderator, bridging the gap between extremes, but your book was written by someone whose world...

July 22, 2015: Kotel Security Staff Allegedly Stops Journalists From Bringing Cameras To Document Abuse Of Women Of The Wall
Comments: 41 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Editorials, News Analysis , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
"…One woman carrying in a table, which we bring because no tables are provided for women, was stopped and she was told, “Tables are not allowed.” Another woman was told that siddurim [prayer books] were not allowed to be brought...

July 20, 2015: Report: Head Of Zionist Orthodox Women's Seminary Tricks About 100 Women Into Having Sex With Him
Comments: 29 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Rabbis & Sex , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Around 100 women claim they were enticed into relationships with a married, Zionist Orthodox man who tricked them into believing he was an IDF officer. "He sent us all pictures from Gaza, asking us to pray for him, and he...

July 20, 2015: Did Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Cover Up For Alleged Rapist Rabbi?
Comments: 23 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
“…it’s your fault…Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu! Twelve years ago you planted the seeds of evil. You waged terror against any woman who dared to complain. I blame you! Twelve years ago, 120 religious Zionist rabbis heard complaints from women who were...

July 20, 2015: Israel Chief Rabbis Sued Over Women’s Mikvah Incidents
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
“The mikvah is an incredibly vulnerable place. Women have rights there as well. There is no other public service that demands that individuals – women or men – submit themselves to this kind of inspection. Mikvahs around the world –...

July 19, 2015: Leading Breslov Rabbi Says No More Meetings With Women Because A Rabbi’s Temptation To Sin With Them Is Too Strong
Comments: 46 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Rabbis & Sex , Women & Judaism
"The evil inclination of rabbis is even greater than that of other people," Rabbi Shalom Arush said, adding that he will not see women in person anymore, even if they are accompanied by their husbands. Above: Rabbi Shalom Arush Leading...

July 19, 2015: Prominent Conservative Jewish Woman Faces Jail For Refusing To Divorce In Haredi-Controlled Rabbincal Court
Comments: 71 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
In Israel, there is no true freedom of religion. Instead, religion and state are inextricably intertwined, and citizens who object to the coercion that causes are often singled out and punished – as appears to be the case here. Above:...

July 17, 2015: Women Of The Wall Prevented From Reading Torah At The Kotel, Board Member Arrested
Comments: 36 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
A board member of Women of the Wall (WoW) was arrested at the Kotel (Western Wall) this morning when she tried to sneak a Torah scroll into the women’s section. Women Of The Wall Prevented From Reading Torah At The...

July 17, 2015: Sefat Rabbi Accused Of Raping And Abusing At Least 10 Women Finally Named
Comments: 39 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
Israel’s Supreme Court has finally cleared for publication the name of a prominent Sefat Zionist Orthodox rabbi accused of raping and abusing at least 10 women. Above: Rabbi Ezra Sheinberg Sefat Rabbi Accused Of Raping And Abusing At Least 10...

July 16, 2015: Haredi-Controlled Jerusalem Rabbinical Court Caught In Bribery Scandal, Arrests Made
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Ya'akov Sabag, the secretary-administrator of the official government haredi-controlled Jerusalem Rabbinical Court, has been arrested on suspicion of bribery. Ya'akov Sabag, the secretary-administrator of the official government haredi-controlled Jerusalem Rabbinical Court, has been arrested on suspicion of bribery, Ynet reported...

July 10, 2015: Mikvah Voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel Appeals Prison Sentence
Comments: 43 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
He pleaded guilty to violating 52 women and likely violated at least 100 more, but mikvah voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel says his prison sentence is too long. So Freundel – who even before his fall was known as a cold,...

July 8, 2015: Alleged Rabbi-Rapist Has Remand Extended, Claims Accusations By 8 Women Against Him Are “Nonsense”
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
The well-known rabbi from Sefat in northern Israel arrested last week trying to flee the country now says all of the accusations made against him by women are “nonsense." Despite that claim, an Israeli court extended the rabbi's remand for...

July 6, 2015: Woman Wearing Kippa Allegedly Illegally Barred From Entering Kotel Area
Comments: 26 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
"…Linda, who is studying in the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, came to Western Wall. At the entrance, the security guard and the workers of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation bullied her, asked her who she was, why she came, and...

July 6, 2015: RCA Completes "Historic" "Transparent" Review Of Its Conversion "Processes"
Comments: 24 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Will the Rabbinical Council of America's (RCA) reform of its processes of conversion to Judaism make any difference for potential converts who are, frequently it seems, exploited in one way or another by the rabbis who are supposed to be...

July 5, 2015: Jerusalem Hospital Removes Photo Of Four-Year-Old Girl From Ad In Order Not To “Offend” Haredim
Comments: 20 | 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...

June 29, 2015: Rabbi Avi Weiss Resigns From RCA
Comments: 26 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
“As an act of protest I have not paid my dues to the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), and have now allowed my membership to lapse. I have chosen to leave the RCA foremost because of its attitude towards Yeshivat...

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: Will Haredim Be Able To Accept US $10 Bills If A Woman's Face Is On Them? A Haredi Editor Speaks Out
Comments: 67 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Women & Judaism
The editor of Country Vues, a haredi newspaper in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York, was asked by a letter writer what haredim will do if a female face is put on the US $10 bill as planned. After...

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 24, 2015: Sex, Prostitution And Rabbi Nachman Of Beslov
Comments: 52 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
It’s not only hasidim who travel to Uman, Ukraine to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov during the fall Tishrei Jewish holidays. At Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot female escorts get on a train from Kiev and, after two hours,...

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 24, 2015: Which Came First And Why Should You Care?
Comments: 16 | Categories: Books , History , Women & Judaism
“…There is no denying [the Tosefta] is a source of the Mishnah. There is also no denying that it is a commentary on some other text. So much of it cannot stand alone. But the text upon which it comments...

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 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 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: Hypocrisy And Censorship: Haredi Pol Caught Swimming With Young Bikini-Clad Women, Media Censorship Blocks Reporting
Comments: 28 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
“How dare he act as part of the political establishment in Beit Shemesh which has worked to prevent the construction of an outdoor pool in the city, a culture hall in the city, a movie theater in the city, and...

June 16, 2015: Letter To Top Haredi Rabbi Asks Him To Reinstate Alleged Sex Abuser
Comments: 22 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
A letter to Britain's top haredi rabbi, Ephraim Padwa, written by four top haredi rabbis asks him to reinstate accused sex abuser Rabbi Chaim Halpern. The following is a letter to the top British haredi rabbi, Ephraim Padwa, from Rabbis...

June 12, 2015: 2 Israeli Women Ordained As Orthodox Rabbis; 6 More Women To Be Ordained In NY Next Week
Comments: 53 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
“We must not be afraid of the title ‘rabbi.’ I’m impatient. I’m too old. If the Torah doesn’t move forward with the people, it will remain in the desert, and that will be a disaster." Above: Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy, left,...

June 11, 2015: Women, Beware Of Streetlights, Haredi Modesty Poster Says
Comments: 33 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
Women are warned not to stand under a streetlight "schmoozing" because that added visibility makes the "test" men go through when they see the women "far greater!!" [punctuation in the original] The source who sent this to me says he...

June 9, 2015: Hasidic Women’s Master’s Degree Program Draws Haredi Ire
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
A Bais Yaakov school in Israel has begun offering a master's degree – angering many haredi rabbis. Hasidic Women’s Master’s Degree Program Draws Haredi Ire Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Friday’s weekend edition of Yated Ne’eman, the mouthpiece of the non-hasidic...

June 8, 2015: Sefardi Haredi Chief Rabbi Lashes Out At Modern Orthodox Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
Comments: 36 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
“Every morning we say the blessing [thaking God that He] ‘didn’t make me a woman,’ not like that one from Efrat, who makes all kind of innovations, who says we shouldn’t say that blessing, that women and men have equal...

June 8, 2015: Women Of The Wall Splinter Group Reads From Torah Scroll At Western Wall
Comments: 9 | Categories: Israel , Women & Judaism
This morning, about 20 women belonging to Original Women of the Wall (O-WoW) sneaked a Torah scroll into the women's section of the Kotel proper and read from it without incident – likely because the event came as a complete...

June 5, 2015: Equality and Human Rights Commission Says Belz Women Driving Ban Is Illegal
Comments: 15 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission has now told the Belz hasidic sect that its ban on women driving and its threat to expel from the sect's schools all the children of mothers who violate it is illegal. The Guardian...

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