1,239 posts categorized "Women & Judaism"

April 26, 2015: Government Trains Mikvah Ladies To Spot Domestic Abuse
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Some state-employed mikvah attendants in Israel – it is unclear how many – are being trained to spot signs of domestic abuse and report it to police. Government Trains Mikvah Ladies To Spot Domestic Abuse Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Some...

April 22, 2015: Statement From Rabbi Mendel Epstein's Attorney On The Conviction Of His Client
Comments: 20 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
"…Obviously, we are disappointed that the jury convicted him on the conspiracy count. We plan to appeal that verdict on a number of legal grounds, believing that the Court of Appeals will eventually agree that the Government overreached in its...

April 21, 2015: "Prodfather" Rabbi Mendel Epstein Guilty Of Kidnapping Conspiracy
Comments: 78 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Haredi Rabbi Mendel Epstein was found guilty of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and not guilty of attempted kidnapping. Two other rabbis, Jay Goldstein and Benyamin Stimler, were both found guilty of conspiracy to commit kidnapping as well as attempted kidnapping....

April 21, 2015: Alleged “Prodfather” Rabbi Mendel Epstein’s Attorneys Ask For Mistrial, Judge Says No
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Defense attorneys for the alleged “Prodfather,” Rabbi Mendel Epstein, and three of his associates asked a federal judge to grant a mistrial today. The judge, US District Court Judge Freda L. Wolfson, denied the motion. Instead, she told the jury...

April 20, 2015: Man Who Gave Torah To Women Of The Wall Assaulted By Kotel Security Then Detained By Police
Comments: 50 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
The American immigrant who handed one of the Kotel's Torah scrolls from the men’s section to Women of the Wall was assaulted by a Kotel usher working for haredi Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz and, when he reported the assault to police,...

April 20, 2015: Women Of The Wall Reads From Torah Scroll At Kotel Sparking Haredi Mini Riot
Comments: 36 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
It was a game-changing moment. Early this morning Jerusalem time, Women of the Wall (WoW) read from a full sized Torah scroll at the Kotel (Western Wall) – the first time since WoW was founded 25 years ago it has...

April 19, 2015: Jerusalem Agrees To Remove Illegal Haredi Modesty Signs
Comments: 18 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
The High Court of Justice has already found similar haredi modesty signs posted in Beit Shemesh to be illegal. But just as that city has either failed to remove those haredi modesty signs or, in some cases, has failed to...

April 19, 2015: High Court Decides To Continue To Allow Haredi Rabbis To Use State Powers To Blacklist Alleged Adulterers
Comments: 14 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
“Blacklisting women due to allegations against them is a serious blow to their dignity and civil rights. The instructions [from Yosef to the state rabbinical courts] do not prevent the grave infringement of human rights.” High Court Decides To Continue...

April 16, 2015: No Verdict Yet In Rabbi Mendel Epstein Get Extortion Trial
Comments: 19 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
"…A couple hours into their deliberations, jurors sent a note asking whether knowledge of someone's confinement against his will constitutes kidnapping.…" Above: Rabbi Mendel Epstein NJ.com reports: …A couple hours into their deliberations, jurors sent a note asking whether knowledge...

April 16, 2015: "Immodest" Lane Bryant Subway Ads Scheduled To Run For 3 Weeks, MTA Says, Rejecting Haredi Call For A Ban
Comments: 22 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Haredi New York City Councilman David Greenfield asked the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to remove Lane Bryant’s seminal #ImNoAngel ads from subway lines (the F train) that in part travel through the haredi neighborhoods of Borough Park and Midwood. The...

April 14, 2015: Haredi News Website Blurs Out Kim Kardashian In Photo With Jerusalem Mayor
Comments: 39 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Women & Judaism
KIm Kardashian, her husband, rapper Kanye West, and their daughter North are in Jerusalem and, while there, had a meal with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who tweeted a photo of them eating together. The haredi news website Kikar HaShabbat reported...

April 14, 2015: Haredim Want NYC Subways To Censor Lane Bryant Ad Meant To Empower Women
Comments: 40 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Haredi New York City Councilman David Greenfield has reportedly asked the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to remove Lane Bryant’s seminal #ImNoAngel ads from subway lines that travel through the haredi neighborhoods of Borough Park and Midwood. Above: David Greenfield Haredim...

April 14, 2015: Rabbi Aharon Ramati Accused Of Running A Cult Exploiting Sefardi Girls
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Parents reportedly spoke with Israel’s Channel 10 news today, as did one girl who was able to leave Be’er Miriam. She reportedly said every word Ramati said was viewed as holy by his students, who Ramati kept isolated from the...

April 13, 2015: One Count Dismissed In "Prodfather" Kidnapping, Get Extortion Trial
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
The dismissal of the single charge still leaves jurors to consider four other counts in the indictment against Rabbi Mendel Epstein, his son David "Ari" Epstein, and rabbis Jay Goldstein and Binyamin Stimler. Above: The alleged "Prodfather" Rabbi Mendel Epstein...

April 13, 2015: Should Agunahs Walk Away From Orthodoxy? Here's Why They Should – And Why You Probably Should, Too
Comments: 57 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Rants / Editorials , Religion , Women & Judaism
“Asking [an agunah] to give up her religion is asking her to accept her abuse and have it extend through all aspects of her life and her sense of self. It’s pointing the finger in the direction of the victim...

April 12, 2015: "Secret" Orthodox Sect Allegedly A Cult Exploiting Female Recruits
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
The young women were recruited to study at the sect’s seminary for women by the seminary’s rabbi and his wife but are instead allegedly sent out to work and are required to turn over their pay to the rabbi and...

April 11, 2015: Divorced Haredi Yeshiva Student Says He Can’t Afford To Pay Alimony Or Child Support Because His “Job” As A Yeshiva Student Doesn’t Pay Him Enough Money, Argues That Ex-Wife Should Support The Kids By Herself So He Can Still Study
Comments: 68 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
“With all due respect to the husband's way of life, he cannot live his life in a vacuum without taking into account his responsibilities. Before anything else, he is the father of five children, and he is obligated to support...

April 9, 2015: Aboard Flights, Conflicts Over Seat Assignments And Haredi 'Religion'
Comments: 28 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
Laura Heywood was traveling from San Diego to London via New York. She was in a middle seat — her husband had the aisle — when the haredi man with the window seat in the same row asked if the...

April 6, 2015: Chabad Publication Blurs Out Faces Of Female US Soldiers
Comments: 12 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Chabad's prison and military ministry (for want of better term) is run by the Aleph Institute based in Surfside/Bal Harbour, Florida just blocks north of Miami Beach. Here's what an Israeli Chabad publication did to one of Aleph's PR photos...

April 3, 2015: Attention Ladies! Is Your Sheitl Really Kosher?
Comments: 41 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
Is your sheitl (wig) really kosher? Is your tichel properly covering your hair? Are you brining men to sin with your bewitching immodest ways? Why let these questions go unanswered when this new and helpful set of haredi modesty hair-covering...

April 2, 2015: Agunah Finally Freed – But Only After 28 Years Of Waiting
Comments: 22 | Categories: Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
For 28 years, Raya Dinenberg was an agunah. Twenty-eight years of loneliness after her husband disappeared, seemingly without a trace. Twenty-eight years of being trapped that finally ended this week. Agunah Finally Freed – But Only After 28 Years Of...

April 1, 2015: Mikvah Voyeur Rabbi’s Wife Speaks Out About Sex Abuse, Trauma And PTSD; We May Never Understand Why Bad Things Happen, Sharon Freundel Said, But God Is With Us
Comments: 25 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
Sharon Freundel quoted Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik as saying that marriage can be a place we can go at times of trauma and loneliness “when we believe nobody ‘gets’ us.…the ultimate answer is to turn to the One above [i.e.,...

March 29, 2015: Haredi Modesty Squad Mashgiach Bans Ad Showing 2-Year-Old Girl’s Clothed Ankles And Feet
Comments: 44 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Two local haredi newspapers in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh refused to publish an ad for a stocking shop that showed the shod feet and clothed ankles and shins of a two-year-old girl. Above and below: the banned ad...

March 26, 2015: Video: Rabbi Yosef Mizrahi Blames Death Of 7 Sasson Children On Facebook, Women's 'Immodest' Wigs
Comments: 96 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
Mizrahi blames the deaths of the seven Sassoon children – who were all killed early last Saturday in a Brooklyn house fire started by a Shabbat hotplate left on and unattended – on Facebook, text messages, immodesty, lack of proper...

March 24, 2015: Williamsburg Rabbis Ban Chol HaMoed Plays Due To 'Immodesty' And Women
Comments: 15 | Categories: Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Rabbis of the Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based Hisachdus rabbinic organization, which is dominated by Satmar, have banned Chol HaMoed plays due the 'immodesty' that would otherwise be caused when women go out in public to see them. Please click to enlarge:

March 23, 2015: Rabbi Mendel Epstein Took $60,000 To Extort Aharon Friedman, Rabbi-Attorney Testifies
Comments: 13 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Tamar Epstein’s attorney testified today that Rabbi Mendel Epstein (who is not related to her) told Tamar Epstein’s family to pay Rabbi Mendel Epstein's two synagogues $60,000 to get her an Orthodox Jewish religious divorce known as a get. Above"...

March 21, 2015: IDF Bars Female Officer From Mess Hall Where New ‘Haredi’ Recruits – Most of Whom Were Not Actually Haredi Or Even Orthodox – Were Eating
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
The IDF closed a mess hall to women and blocked a female officer who tried to enter, all because new recruits the IDF has designated as haredi were inside eating. IDF Bars Female Officer From Mess Hall Where New ‘Haredi’...

March 20, 2015: Ladies, Measure Your Skirt Length!
Comments: 61 | Categories: Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Ladies, it's time to measure your skirt length to make sure it is long enough and covers enough of your flesh. Here's a how-to instruction guide slash measurement card from a Lakewood, New Jersey haredi modesty organization to help you...

March 16, 2015: High Court Rules Haredi Papers Do Not Have To Run Ads From Haredi All-Female Political Party
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
In part, Yated Ne’eman claimed that it cannot be compelled to run photos or depictions of women in Yated Ne’eman because doing so violates haredi modesty laws. There is no actual halakha (Orthodox Jewish law) banning modest photographs of women...

March 16, 2015: Video: Candidates From New Haredi Women's Party Campaign In Über Haredi Beit Shemesh
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Ruth Colian and Noa Erez, candidates running for Knesset on the slate of the all-female haredi B'Zechutan Party, tried to campaign in the über haredi area of the town of Beit Shemesh. Here's a brief video showing how that worked...

March 16, 2015: When Being Frum And "Tzniusdig" Isn't Enough For A Haredi Girls School
Comments: 64 | Categories: Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Women & Judaism
A haredi mother writes to Binah Magazine to complain that her oldest daughter's school has labeled her "tzniusdig" (modest) religious daughter a renegade because her daughter wants to have a career the school's leaders do not approve of. That career?...

March 14, 2015: Haredi Woman Chained To A Hospital Bed By Police For Refusing To Follow Illegal Order From Haredi Rabbinical Court Is Now Running For Knesset
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Gila Yashar, a haredi woman who made headlines after being falsely defined as a "get refuser" by a haredi-controlled state beit din (Orthodox religious court), is now running for Knesset on the slate of the all-female haredi B'Zechutan Party. Above...

March 14, 2015: Israeli Court Orders Haredi Papers To Publish Campaign Ads From New All-Female Haredi Political Party – Despite Rabbis’ Objections
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
An Israeli court ordered two haredi newspapers – Yated Ne'eman, the mouthpiece of the Degel HaTorah faction, the non-hasidic half of the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party; and the Sefardi haredi Shas Party’s Yom Le'yom – to run campaign...

March 13, 2015: Agudath Israel Blurs Out Women In Flyer Advertising Event To Honor Woman Who Founded Haredi Girls Schools
Comments: 58 | Categories: Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Agudath Israel of America is sponsoring an event for women commemorating the life of Sarah Schenirer, the woman who founded the Bais Yaakov haredi school system for girls in 1917 – the first of its kind in the world. But...

March 12, 2015: Complaints Against Rabbi Yisroel Belsky's Handling Of Divorce Cases Made By Agudah-Linked Opponents
Comments: 29 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
Rabbi Shlomo Miller of Toronto and Rabbi Aharon Schechter of Yeshivas Chaim Berlin in Brooklyn complain about Rabbi Israel "Yisroel" Belsky's handling of Jewish divorces. Belsky is linked to Rabbi Mendel Epstein, who allegedly ran a get (Jewish religious divorce)...

March 12, 2015: Husband Of Victim Of Rabbi Barry Freundel Speaks Out
Comments: 27 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
"Conversions should not be exclusively decided by men for men are not emotionally equipped as women to deal with it…" Above: Top Modern Orthodox Rabbi Barry Freundel pleaded guilty to secretly video-recording 52 naked women as they prepared to immerse...

March 11, 2015: Was This The Work Of The Alleged "Prodfather" Rabbi Mendel Epstein, Rabbi Martin Wolmark And Rabbi Yisroel Belsky?
Comments: 22 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Almost 20 years ago, Rabbi Abraham Rubin accused Rabbi Mendel Epstein of kidnapping him and torturing him to try to extort a Jewish religious divorce known as a get. Then-Brooklyn DA Charles J. Hynes refused to prosecute, and Epstein –...

March 11, 2015: Has ISIS Come To Israel? Zionist Orthodox Jews Smash 'Immodest' Biblical Statue Over Alleged “Idol Worship”
Comments: 19 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
A local artist made a statue of a woman depicting a scene from Tanakh (the Hebrew bible) and put it up on a traffic circle in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Tekoa, sparking a backlash of fundamentalism in the...

March 10, 2015: Jerusalem Supermarket Removes Haredi Modesty Sign But Admits No Wrongdoing
Comments: 4 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
A haredi modesty sign has been removed from a public supermarket in Jerusalem's Talpiot neighborhood after customers, neighbors and, ultimately, a local politician and the store’s landlord complained. Jerusalem Supermarket Removes Haredi Modesty Sign But Admits No Wrongdoing Shmarya Rosenberg...

March 10, 2015: Pro-Prodfather, Anti-Mesirah Appeal Posted On Front Door Of Rabbi Yisroel Belsky's Yeshiva Torah Vodaas
Comments: 35 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
The poster criticizes Rabbi Dovid Wax, himself arrested in a get (Jewish religious divorce) extortion scheme, for his scheduled testimony against the alleged Prodfather Rabbi Mendel Epstein, who allegedly kidnapped recalcitrant husbands and extorted and tortured them, sometimes with an...

March 10, 2015: Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's Daughter Reportedly Blocked From Running For Knesset, Threatened By Shas Party Rabbis And Apparatchiks
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
Adina Bar-Shalom, who is due to get the Israel Prize this year, wanted to run for Knesset, but the rabbis and apparatchiks of the Sefardi haredi Shas Party her late father founded blocked her from doing so by threatening to...

March 6, 2015: After 18 Years Of Refusal, Man Finally Gives Wife A Get
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
18 years of refusing to grant a Jewish religious divorce known as a “get” to his wife culminating in a two-month stint in prison ended Wednesday when a recalcitrant husband finally did the right thing and granted the get. While...

March 3, 2015: Liberal Zionist Orthodox Rabbis Launch New Halakhic Prenup
Comments: 13 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
A new halakhic prenuptial agreement, drafted over a period of years by the liberal Zionist Orthodox Tzohar rabbinical association in conjunction with the Israel Bar Association, penalizes spouses of either gender who refuse to grant or accept a Jewish religious...

March 3, 2015: Modern Orthodox Advocacy Group Seeks To Make Ancient Ceremony Less Uncomfortable For The Women Forced To Participate In It
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
Responding to what it says are numerous complaints it has received from women compelled to go through it, ITIM – a Modern Orthodox-run nonprofit that helps people navigate through Israel’s byzantine state-mandated haredi-controlled Jewish religious court system and related state...

March 1, 2015: Video: Haredi Modesty Signs And Violence Against Women In Beit Shemesh
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Weeks ago, an Israeli court ordered the city of Beit Shemesh to remove haredi modesty signs. But the divided city's haredi mayor has not ordered city workers to remove the signs. Here's video of local Nili Philip and a journalist...

February 28, 2015: Mikvah Voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel Resigns From University – But Will Still Be Paid Thousands, Despite Guilty Pleas
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
Mikvah Peeping Tevya Rabbi Barry Freundel has resigned from his part-time teaching post at Towson University in Maryland but will still be paid through March, despite pleading guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism for secretly video recording naked women as...

February 27, 2015: Israel Medical Association Billboard Banned In Jerusalem Because Of Haredi Objections To Photo – Of Elderly Woman
Comments: 10 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
The Deal Tov billboard company refused to publish the billboards, which included a photo of an elderly women, reportedly telling the IMA that the Jerusalem Municipality bans the publication of women's pictures on billboards and posters in “a haredi area"...

February 26, 2015: Banned Audio: Top YU Rabbi Talks About LGBT Jews, Women's Minyans, Female Orthodox Clergy, And Other Related Topics
Comments: 33 | Categories: Homophobia and its Discontents , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
Yeshiva University's Rabbi Mordechai Willig held a Q & A session at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh in Jerusalem recently, and the audio was allegedly briefly posted on Yeshiva University's Torah website, but was quickly taken down. Willig talks about women's roles...

February 26, 2015: Beit Shemesh Moderates Fight Back Against Extreme Haredi Modesty Rules
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Turf Disputes , Women & Judaism
The group took out advertisements in the local papers and launched a Facebook campaign in both English and Hebrew, all centering around an image of an ultra-Orthodox woman sitting with her young daughter looking through a magazine. The girl in...

February 25, 2015: Israeli Haredi Girls School Test Teaches Girls To Serve Their Future Husbands
Comments: 44 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Explain what the [proper] role of a woman in this world is based on the verse "it is not good for man to be alone, I [God] will create him a helpmate.” Correct answer: To ensure that her husband doesn't...

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