1,274 posts categorized "Women & Judaism"

May 29, 2015: Soon All Female Haredim Will Be Forced To Wear Veils, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Daughter Says
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , 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 29, 2015: British Government Lashes Out At Hasidic Sect’s Ban On Women Driving, Could Defund Sect Schools
Comments: 16 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
"This is completely unacceptable in modern Britain. If schools do not actively promote the principle of respect for other people they are breaching the independent school standards. Where we are made aware of such breaches we will investigate and take...

May 29, 2015: Haredi School Sued After It Booted Girl Over False Rumor She Sent Nude Selfie To A Boy
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
The New York Daily News reports tonight that the parents of a 17-year-old haredi girl are suing a Bais Yaakov high school in Brooklyn for defamation of character after the school expelled their daughter based on a false allegation that...

May 28, 2015: More News On The Belz Hasidic Women's Driving Ban
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
The ban on women driving and the threat to expel all children of mothers who violate it from Belz hasidic schools in London, England published here last week became big news in England today, with British media comparing the hasidic...

May 28, 2015: Court Bans Accused Haredi Cult Leader From Teaching Females Or Managing Schools
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , 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 27, 2015: Women Sue Beit Shemesh Over Haredi Modesty Signs
Comments: 18 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
“We have a mayor who is wasting taxpayers’ hard earned money, by forcing us to take this on to protect our rights. He knows the law - he knows that he has to take the signs down and that he...

May 27, 2015: Is The Lakewood Letter Fake?
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
Rabbi Aharon Kotler, the executive director of Beth Medrash Govoha (better known worldwide as Lakewood Yeshiva) claims a letter calling for mechitzahs – in this case, curtains – to separate the genders on publicly-subsidized buses is a fake – but...

May 26, 2015: Video: Haredi Mother-Of-11 Is Israeli President's Chief Of Staff
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
A haredi mother-of-11 children is the longtime chief of staff for Israel's President Reuven "Ruby" Rivlin. Here's a brief profile of and interview with Rivka Ravitz. Rivka Ravitz is a relative of the late head of the non-hasidic Degel HaTorah...

May 22, 2015: Lakewood Haredi Rabbis Ask Haredim To Gender Segregate Public Buses And Install Curtains To Separate The Genders
Comments: 37 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
"We find ourselves in turbulent times in which darkness covers the land. It is our duty to strengthen and to enlighten ourselves by guarding the holiness and purity of our city.…Therefore we ask anyone traveling on township buses to guard...

May 21, 2015: Why Mikvah Voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel's Victims Are Justified In Suing The RCA
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
Like many of Freundel’s conversion candidates, she was asked to do hours of unpaid administrative work in his home office until late in the evening. She spent hours taking dictation from him, including of his personal emails, even writing his...

May 21, 2015: Where's Miri? Shas Party Newspaper Removes All Female Cabinet Ministers From Official Government Photo
Comments: 28 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Actually, a newspaper affiliated with the Sefardi haredi Shas Party, photoshopped an offical photo of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's entire new cabinet to entirely remove its three female members – including the new minister in charge of gender equality....

May 21, 2015: The “Chained Women” Whose Husbands Refuse Them A Divorce
Comments: 21 | Categories: Women & Judaism
"You have the absolute responsibility to answer her question now!" one woman screams at the rabbi. An excited "oooh" rolls through the crowd. The question the woman wants answered: Why won't rabbis change the laws around divorce? Daily Life (Australia)...

May 20, 2015: Haredi News Website Blurs Out Faces Of New Female Israeli Cabinet Ministers – Including The New Minister Of Gender Equality
Comments: 108 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Behadrei Haredim’s censorship appeared to have fallen short: while it blurred out all the female faces and female’s visible necklines in the photo, it forgot to blur out Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev’s bare legs, which are in full...

May 19, 2015: Haredim, Police Violate Law, Block Women Of The Wall From Reading From Torah Scroll At Western Wall
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
A day after Jerusalem Day, which celebrates Jerusalem’s reunification and renewed Jewish access to the Kotel (Western Wall), Women of the Wall (WoW) was blocked from reading from or from having access to a Torah Scroll there. The haredi official...

May 19, 2015: Hasidic Bus Company Sued Over Alleged Gender Discrimination
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
The hasidic-owned Monsey Trails bus company is being sued in a class-action lawsuit because it allegedly refuses to hire female drivers. Above: A Monsey Trails bus Updated at 10:07 am CDT 5-19-2015 Hasidic Bus Company Sued Over Alleged Gender Discrimination...

May 19, 2015: Belz Hasidic Leadership In London Reiterates Ban On Women Driving, Threatens To Expel Children From Belz Schools If Their Mothers Drive
Comments: 39 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
In a letter sent to parents yesterday, Belz rabbinic leadership in London, England reiterated its previous ban on Belz women driving cars and added an ominous warning to hasidim – we'll expel your children from our schools if you don't...

May 19, 2015: Mikvah Voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel To Appeal
Comments: 27 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
Rabbi Barry Freundel's attorney, Jeffrey Harris, claimed the 6-1/2-year sentence is “illegal" and said Freundel would appeal if the sentencing judge does not correct it. Above: Rabbi Barry Freundel Originally published at 11:30 pm CDT 5-18-2015 Mikvah Voyeur Rabbi Barry...

May 18, 2015: Haredi Yeshiva Covers Statues In Event Center With Sheets
Comments: 39 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
The Yeshiva of Waterbury (CT) has an event tonight at Terrace on the Park in Queens, New York – and covered all of the statues in the ballroom hallway, apparently for modesty reasons. One of the statues completely covered: My...

May 15, 2015: The Terrible Impact Of Rabbi Barry Freundel’s Mikvah Voyeurism In The Words Of One Of His Victims
Comments: 119 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
“To me, the practice dunk was a true immersion to cleanse myself of 25 years of not doing mitzvos, of touching a dead body, of my sexual exploits in my early 20s. Now I am 30 and have to reevaluate...

May 15, 2015: Mikvah Voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel Sentenced To 6 1/2 Years In Prison
Comments: 40 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
45 days for each count. 6 1/2 years in prison. 45 days for each count. 6 1/2 years in prison. Is now in custody. I'll update when more information is available. Related Posts: All Rabbi Barry Freundel Mikvah Peeping Posts.

May 14, 2015: Haredi Family Of 50 Ruled Non-Jews Over Decades-Old Conversion
Comments: 34 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
“The incident shows the intransigence of the rabbinical courts. Rather than seeking to certify and verify the original conversion they rely on a clerk who tells them the conversion is no good, and then humiliate an entire extended family by...

May 13, 2015: Report: Statements In Defense Of Mikvah Voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel Taken Without Permission From Social Media, Ripped Out Of Context By Freundel
Comments: 14 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
In Rabbi Barry Freundel's own sentencing memo, several women are named by the defense and are quoted expressing sympathy for Freundel and even calling for leniency in Freundel's. Most of these remarks, it turns out, were reportedly taken without permission...

May 12, 2015: Official Haredi-Controlled State Rabbinical Court Blocks Mother From Seeing Her Children Because She Is Now Secular
Comments: 21 | Categories: BTs , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
The haredi-controlled official state Jerusalem Rabbinical Court ruled earlier this month that a haredi man does not have to pay his ex-wife child support for their two daughters because his ex-wife is no longer Orthodox and blocked her from seeing...

May 11, 2015: Give Peeping Tom Rabbi Community Service Only, Attorney Tells Court
Comments: 25 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
Jeffrey Harris, the attorney for mikvah voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel asked a DC judge to sentence Freundel – who pleaded guilty to secretly video-recording 52 naked women preparing to immerse in the mikvah (ritual bath) adjoining his Georgetown Modern Orthodox...

May 10, 2015: Leading Haredi Rabbi: No Female Can Ever Know As Much Or Understand As Much As A Male
Comments: 43 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
Even though she knows more halakha (Orthodox Jewish law) or hashgafa (theology) than the haredi yeshiva student she recently married, a leading haredi rabbi wants females to know that even though it might appear that way, women will never know...

May 9, 2015: Prosecutors Have Videotapes Of Married Former Top Modern Orthodox Rabbi Having Sex With Several Women
Comments: 39 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
…In a 25-page memo, prosecutors attacked Freundel’s credibility as a religious leader and said he lived a “double life.” Prosecutors said they found videos of the rabbi, who is married, having sex with several women.…" Above: Rabbi Barry Freundel In...

May 8, 2015: Prosecutors Want A 17-Year Prison Sentence For Mikvah Voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel
Comments: 29 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
“If Mr. Freundel is given a lenient sentence despite the overwhelming amount of evidence presented here it sends the message to Jewish victims of other sex crimes that it’s not worth coming forward in the future. It sends the message...

May 5, 2015: Netanyahu Takes Israel Another Step Closer To Theocracy
Comments: 20 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
"Transferring the rabbinical courts from the Ministry of Justice to the control of the Ministry of Religious Services takes Israel backwards. It will have a harsh impact on efforts to deal with divorce refusal and without doubt will also harm...

May 3, 2015: Alleged Haredi Cult Leader Rabbi Aharon Ramati Arrested
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Rabbi Aharon Ramati, the head of the sefardi haredi Be'er Miriam women’s seminary in the Sanhedria neighborhood of Jerusalem, was arrested today and his seminary was raided by police and whole host of government agencies. Alleged Haredi Cult Leader Rabbi...

May 1, 2015: Top Haredi Rabbi Opines On Nepal Earthquake, Secular Education
Comments: 20 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman replied the yeshiva student should find a different marriage partner and exclaimed in Yiddish, “Nebach! A rachmanus on a Yiddisher daughter…rachmanus on the daughter of Israel,” essentially meaning that the girl is “a mercy case” because...

April 30, 2015: Netanyahu Promises Haredim Their Schools Won’t Have To Teach Secular Subjects, Will Still Get State Funding
Comments: 33 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
What did Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promise the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party (UTJ) in return for UTJ agreeing to join Netanyahu’s likely new coalition government? A lot. And much of it is very damaging to Israel's future –...

April 27, 2015: Haredi Conference On Gynecological Health Excludes…All Women
Comments: 113 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics, Public Health , Religion , Women & Judaism
The Meuhedet HMO and the haredi Yad Ramah Institute are holding a conference tomorrow in Jerusalem for rabbis and top doctors on gynecology and related medical ethics issues. Missing from the list of invitees and speakers is one entire class...

April 27, 2015: Man Assaulted By Kotel Security Guard After Giving Torah Scroll To Women Of The Wall Will Sue Assailant If Police Continue To Refuse To Enforce The Law
Comments: 25 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Charlie Kalech handed a Torah scroll from the men’s section of the Kotel to members of Women of the Wall (WoW) in the women’s section, sparking a violent response from an as yet unidentified Kotel security guard. But police arrested...

April 27, 2015: “We Won’t Let Beit Shemesh Turn Into A Taliban City!”
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Four women who won court fight against haredi-controlled city promise to use their financial judgements to fight illegal haredi discrimination against women. Above: File photo of an illegal haredi modesty sign in Beit Shemesh “We Won’t Let Beit Shemesh Turn...

April 27, 2015: Amsterdam Rabbi And Triangle-K Kosher Supervision Head Tied To Violent New York Divorce Squad
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal , Women & Judaism
One of the victims, Menachem Teitelbaum, accused the head of Triangle-K kosher supervision Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag, who is also the Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam, of threatening and beating him. He stated in his testimony that Ralbag received between $25,000 and...

April 26, 2015: Government Trains Mikvah Ladies To Spot Domestic Abuse
Comments: 5 | 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: 21 | 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...

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