1,089 posts categorized "Women & Judaism"

October 20, 2014: Haredim Riot, Attack Egged Buses, Smash Windows, Puncture Tires, Enraged Over Women Of The Wall Ads
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
The haredi rioters targeted Women of the Wall ads on the buses, enraged because some of the 12-year-old girls in those ads were wearing yarmulkes (skullcaps) and because female faces were being publicly shown. Haredim Riot, Attack Egged Buses, Smash...

October 20, 2014: Israel’s Chief Rabbis May Rule Rabbi Barry Freundel’s Conversions Invalid
Comments: 24 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion , Women & Judaism
“We are appalled by the accusations against Rabbi Barry Freundel and wish to stress that the acts attributed to him are atrocious and strictly against Jewish law. We offer our deepest sympathy to any victims. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel...

October 20, 2014: In Response To Rabbi's Alleged Voyeurism And Sexual Contact With A Non-Jewish Woman He Was Converting, RCA Brings Female Ombudsmen Into Conversion Process
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
…The RCA and the Beth Din of America have agreed that every Beit Din [religious court; in this case, a religious court impaneled to perform a conversion] assembled under their Geirus Protocol and Standards (GPS) [the conversion to Judaism protocol...

October 18, 2014: Report: Rabbi Barry Freundel Videoed Naked Women In Mikvah For Several Years, Took Cross Country Trip With Non-Jewish Woman In Process Of Conversion, Hundreds Of Women May Have Been Secretly Videoed
Comments: 89 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
Until last year the highest-ranking rabbi in the country on the question of who can be considered an Orthodox Jew in America, Freundel maintained a set of practices with converts that sources alternately described as “creepy,” “weird,” “inappropriate,” and, in...

October 14, 2014: WoW’s Bat Mitzvah Bus Ads Are An Unwanted Provocation, Kotel Rabbi Says
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
"I regret that there are still those who wish to fan the flames of controversy, and put on an aggressive media campaign. And to our sorrow, the Women of the Wall group is responsible for putting forth an attempt via...

October 13, 2014: First Jerusalem Public Bus Ads In Years Depicting Women Spark Haredi Outrage And Vandalism
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Ads depicting women from two organizations haredim love to hate – Women of the Wall and Yerushalmim – have begun to run on public buses in Jerusalem, and haredim have already begun to fight back. Above: The Yerushalmim ad First...

October 13, 2014: Anti-Mikva Video Sparks Outrage
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
An Israeli nonprofit that works to achieve civil marriage in Israel sparked a wildfire of criticism after it posted a video against state rabbinic control of mikvas (ritual baths) and forced mikva use on its Facebook page. Anti-Mikva Video Sparks...

October 13, 2014: Let Women Dance With Torah Scrolls On Simchat Torah, Liberal Zionist Orthodox Rabbis Say
Comments: 10 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
The liberal Zionist Orthodox Beit Hillel rabbinical association issued a ruling today that not only permits, but also encourages, synagogues to allow women to dance with Torah scrolls on Simchat Torah, the Jewish holiday that in rabbinic tradition celebrates the...

October 12, 2014: Woman Allegedly Made Homeless By Chabad Charity Allegedly Sexually Assaulted In Chabad’s Main Synagogue – Where She Was Sleeping
Comments: 36 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Hessed , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Poverty & Homelessness , Religion , Women & Judaism
A Chabad-Lubavitch organization meant to house and feed hasidim, primarily from Israel and France, who come to Crown Heights, Brooklyn for the month of Tishrei to spend the High Holidays, Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret “with” Chabad’s long-dead rebbe, Rabbi Menachem...

October 5, 2014: Egged Resumes Running Bus Ads Featuring Women – But Only After Government Agrees To Pay For Any Damage Done To Buses Over The Ads By Haredi Vandals
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Egged public buses in Jerusalem began running ads featuring women’s faces today after a six-year absence triggered by haredi violence. Egged Resumes Running Bus Ads Featuring Women – But Only After Government Agrees To Pay For Any Damage Done To...

October 3, 2014: London's Official Haredi Modesty Squad Issues New Modesty Regulations For The New Year
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
"…Male and female workers should not eat (snack or lunch) in the same room without a partition. They should either have separate rooms or different times. It is also forbidden for a female worker to serve food to male workers...

October 2, 2014: New Square Illegally Gender Segregates Voting
Comments: 26 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
The Skvere hasidic Village of New Square, New York illegally gender-segregated its polling place for the election that took place earlier this week. Men to the left, women to the right: [Via: Yeshiva World. Hat Tip: Burich]

October 1, 2014: Street Named After Famous Hasidic Virgin Draws Haredi Ire
Comments: 19 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
She was, shockingly, a female hasidic rebbe in what is today Ukraine who actually had followers. She put on tefillin (two pairs daily) and a tallit, studied and taught kabbalah, received female audiences, accepted kvitlach (notes requesting blessings and prayers),...

October 1, 2014: Have US Government Sanction El Al Over Gender Discrimination, Rabbi Says
Comments: 71 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Based on US law, Rabbi Iris Richman – a Conservative rabbi, lawyer and feminist activist – is proposing that women who have been harassed by haredim on El Al flights into and out of the US file complaints with the...

September 30, 2014: El Al Has No Policy In Place To Deal With Disruptive Haredim Who Refuse To Sit Next To Women And Does Not Plan On Having One
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Despite public outcry over the disruption of an El Al flight from New York to Israel last week after male ultra-Orthodox Jewish passengers refused to be seated next to women, El Al says it has no official policy for dealing...

September 29, 2014: Women Of The Wall To Read From Torah Scroll At Kotel Unless Government Makes A Deal
Comments: 21 | Categories: Israel , Women & Judaism
Women of the Wall (WoW) plans on reading from a Torah scroll at the Kotel (Western Wall) on October 24, which is Rosh Hodesh Heshvan. If the government wants to prevent this happening, WoW’s head Anat Hoffmansaid today, it should...

September 28, 2014: Government Tries To Use Coalition Changes To Force Liberal Jewish Movements To Cede More To Haredim
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
The Government of Israel is using Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s effort to bring haredi political parties into the ruling coalition while forcing out the centrist and largely secular Yesh Atid Party to pressure liberal Jewish religious leaders to accept slightly...

September 28, 2014: Haredi Anti-Cult And Missionary Org Allegedly Refuses To Help Secular Israelis Lured Into Haredi Cults
Comments: 3 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
If it's haredi, does this mean it cannot be a cult? Yad L'Achim was started by a Chabad-Lubavitch hasid, Rabbi Sholom Ber Lifshitz, who studied in non-haredi yeshivas and who was close to Chabad's rebbe and to non-haredi leaders. Now...

September 27, 2014: Breslov Rabbis: Stay Away From Uman Immodest Women!
Comments: 51 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
An association of Breslov hasidic rabbis and the “Uman Holiness Guard,” Beslov’s modesty patrol in Uman, Ukraine, issued an announcement before Rosh Hashana asking all women to stay away from the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. Breslov Rabbis: Stay...

September 19, 2014: London Council Removes Illegal Haredi Modesty Posters
Comments: 16 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
Haredi modesty posters warning women to walk on the opposite side of the street from men have been removed by London's Hackney Council. The [London] Evening Standard reports: Posters warning women they should only walk on one side of the...

September 19, 2014: New Affidavit In Stein / Weiss Divorce Battle Alleges Fraud, Perjury, Stalking, Threats Of Violence – Against Rabbis
Comments: 37 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Yoel Weiss refuses to give his wife, Rivky Stein, a Jewish divorce known as a "get." Without a get, Stein cannot remarry, and any children she may have with someone other than Weiss would be ruled mamzerim (bastards), and they...

September 18, 2014: Another Haredi Alleged Get-Extortionist Indicted With Rabbi Mendel Epstein
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Another name has been added to the indictment against Rabbi Mendel Epstein, Rabbi Martin "Mordechai" Wolmark and the other cattle-prod-to-the-genitals get (Jewish divorce) extortionists. Above: Rabbi Mendel Epstein Another name has been added to the indictment against Rabbi Mendel Epstein,...

September 17, 2014: Torah To Be Dedicated In Memory Of Questionable Haredi Community Leader
Comments: 23 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
He was dishonest in business and was a notorious alleged philanderer and an alleged sex abuser. None of this, however, stopped haredim from glorifying Steve Zakheim and honoring him while he lived, and it isn’t stopping them from honoring him...

September 17, 2014: A "New Form" Of "Terrorism" Uses "Roses," Not Guns, Haredi Org Says
Comments: 47 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism , Xenophobia
Israel is facing a new front with the Arabs. A terrorism that is fought with roses. They target young, vulnerable Jewish girls and they often pretend they are Jewish. “He wore a kippa and said Amen to brachas,” explained Sara,...

September 13, 2014: City Of Jerusalem Blots Out Lady Gaga Concert Posters
Comments: 21 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Music , Women & Judaism
Billboards promoting tonight’s Lady Gaga concert in Tel Aviv were plastered over last week with large white stickers in Jerusalem after a city councilman from the Sefardi haredi Shas Party, Nati Lasri, complained the billboards were " abominations" and “immodest.”...

September 12, 2014: Female Students, Parents At Yeshiva Of Flatbush Criticize School's Enforcement Of Dress Code
Comments: 39 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
"…We are calling on the school to stop the madness and put an end to this constant chase. It is imperative that action be taken soon. The current situation has already created a nearly irreparable fissure in the already fragile...

September 8, 2014: Court Blocks Transfer Of Southern Western Wall Compound To Right-Wing Group, Ruling A Victory For Reform And Conservative Movements
Comments: 2 | Categories: Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court has blocked Israel’s right-wing Housing Minister’s attempt to give administrative control of the southern area of the extended Western Wall complex in Jerusalem’s Old City, including Robinson’s Arch, to a right-wing nonprofit organization after the Reform...

September 8, 2014: Women Gets Divorce After Waiting 14-Years While Haredi-Controlled Rabbinical Courts Delayed, Dawdled and Acted Illegally
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Fourteen years ago, the the woman found out that her husband was having an affair with a male foreign worker from the Philippines and she immediately filed for a divorce in the haredi-controlled state-Jerusalem Rabbinical Court. But her husband refused...

September 3, 2014: The Prodfather: Rabbi Mendel Epstein And The Haredi Hit Squad
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
In May, David Wax pleaded guilty to his role in the kidnapping of Meir Bryskman. But he told the court that he had done the hit on behalf of someone else, a man purported to be the mastermind of the...

September 1, 2014: Why Did Leading US Haredi Rabbis Really Endorse Israeli Seminaries Formerly Run By Alleged Sex Abuser?
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Television , Women & Judaism
When the Novominsker Rebbe, Rabbi Aharon Schechter, Rabbi Aharon Feldman and other members of Agudath Israel of America’s moeztzet, Council of Torah Sages, issued a letter last week endorsing as safe Pnimim and other seminaries once owned and run by...

August 28, 2014: Rabbinical Court Judges Chastised For Making Deal With Haredi Fixer In Divorce Case
Comments: 1 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
The official state Jerusalem Regional Rabbinical Court reportedly forced a woman to meet privately with her violent and abusive husband against her will. The rabbi-judges apparently made the move after haredi fixers taking the side of the husband visited them...

August 26, 2014: Public HMOs In Bnei Brak Caught With Illegal Haredi Modesty Signs
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Three HMOs in the predominantly haredi city of Bnei Brak have modesty signs posted urging patients to wear haredi-acceptable dress. The signs are illegal and are also a violation of a specific directive issued by the Ministry of Health. Above:...

August 23, 2014: Except For 6 Families, Haredi Lev Tahor Cult Relocated To Rural Guatemala
Comments: 10 | Categories: Child Safety , Crime, etc. , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
Of the nearly 200 members of the sect, a half-dozen families remain in Chatham, Ont., where the group has been based since November 2013. The members left in Canada include some of those who have been involved in a custody...

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 19, 2014: State Rabbinic Court Refuses To Hear Testimony From Females, Including Wife, In Divorce Case
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
The judges asked the woman’s husband to leave the courtroom. After he left, they asked the woman’s attorney how many witnesses he planned to call. After he answered, the rabbi-judges asked on their own initiative without prompting, “Are your witnesses...

August 19, 2014: Controversial Orthodox IDF Commander Begrudgingly Orders Troops To Watch Performance Of Band That Included Female Musicians
Comments: 19 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
"This is just for one song that I have no control over. I'm asking you to have patience. I've suffered from this enough over the last week. My wife can't listen to all of this poppycock either. I've seen great...

August 17, 2014: Mothers With Short Skirts Shorten Their Children's Lives
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
A dire modesty warning sign posted on the women's side of a mechitza (a synagogue fence or divider between men and women) warns women of what might happen if they fail to be modest enough. [Hat Tip: Heshy Fried.]

August 14, 2014: Haredi Get Refuser Found Guilty Of Stalking, Harassment
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
A haredi get refuser in London, England has been found guilty of stalking and harassing his estranged wife. But he still won't give her a Jewish religious divorce known as a get. Haredi Get Refuser Found Guilty Of Stalking, Harassment...

August 13, 2014: Haredi "Carnivals Alert!"
Comments: 18 | Categories: Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Carnivals staged by local Monsey haredi charities to raise money are immodest, a haredi letter-writer says, because they allow children above the age of three of different genders to stand next to each other while playing carnival games. Monsey needs...

August 13, 2014: Pupa Hasidic Group Warns Parents: Send Your Kids To Our Summer Camps, Or Else
Comments: 29 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
The Pupa hasidic movement warned parents of children who attend Pupa schools that they must send their children to Pupa summer camps. If they do not, Pupa will not guarantee the children will be readmitted to Pupa schools in the...

August 11, 2014: Controversial Orthodox IDF Brigade Commander Bans Popular Female Pop Star From Performing For Troops
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
The controversial Orthodox commander of an Israeli army infantry brigade refused to allow a top female Israeli pop star to sing for his troops because he was afraid it would insult a minority of those soldiers who are Orthodox. Above:...

August 10, 2014: Husband Of Member Of All-Girl Hasidic Rock Band Longs To See Wife Perform, But Can't
Comments: 11 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , Music , Women & Judaism
Chanan Maister has gone two years without ever seeing his wife Elisheva, the cellist for the band Bulletproof Stockings, perform live. "It would be really cool to see her perform in front of packed crowds and whatnot…[but] I guess it...

August 8, 2014: Ba'al Teshuva Hasidic Lesbian Dreams
Comments: 15 | Categories: BTs , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
One day I boarded an airplane and found myself sitting next to a nun. …Did her skin also ache for touch in a way nothing in her world could satisfy? Did she also set aside dreams, like the erotic lesbian...

August 6, 2014: Haredi Get-Refuser Yoel Weiss Blows Off Beit Din He Promised To Attend
Comments: 51 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
Haredi get-refuser Yoel Weiss publicly promised to show up at a beit din today and grant his wife a Jewish divorce. But Weiss didn’t show up, keeping three rabbis waiting for more than an hour before they finally gave up...

August 6, 2014: Picture: Haredi Store Censors Huggies Toddler Swim Pants Diaper Packages
Comments: 42 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
A haredi store in Monsey has stickered over the pictures on Huggies Little Swimmers packages. This is far from the first time haredim have censored pictures of toddlers and babies, but unlike what many people on social media mistakenly think,...

August 6, 2014: Beit Shemesh City Manager Admits He Has Not Followed The Law Banning Harassment Of Women, And Says He Has No Intention Of Following It Now
Comments: 11 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
“[R]emoving the [haredi modesty] signs is the the city’s inspectors most marginal task…the other tasks include handing out parking fines…It’s been two years since I’ve given an order to remove those signs…I’m uncomfortable that we don’t remove the signs but...

August 4, 2014: Haredim Object To Zionist Orthodox Girls High School School Due To “Immorality,” Hot Girls
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Haredim claim the neighborhood the school is to be built in is full of haredi yeshivas and hasidim and is “completely holy” and pure, and they insist the school will damage haredi residents spiritually through its “immorality” and financially by...

July 31, 2014: Cop Shoots Haredi Burka Cult Woman At Kotel
Comments: 22 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
There was a security alert in place last night at the Kotel (Western Wall), and police were on edge. Yeshiva students had been warned to stay indoors rather than mill about the plaza in front of the Kotel or pray...

July 27, 2014: OTD Woman Who Posted Near-Nude Selfies Wrapped In Tefillin Has Car Accident, Haredim Claim God Punished Her For Her Sins
Comments: 101 | Categories: Haredim , Media & Media Criticism , Rants / Editorials , Skepticism & Former Haredim , Women & Judaism
Brenda Turtle's car accident would not be news if it the haredi reaction to it had not been so typically haredi, and if the New York Post's reaction had not been so typical of New York City's sleaziest tabloid. Above:...

July 25, 2014: Crown Heights Modesty Sign Illegally Warns Women
Comments: 22 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
New Crown Heights modesty signs illegally posted on public property warn women to dress "modestly" because Crown Heights is "a Jewish neighborhood." Alexa Antopol writes via email: Yesterday on the way to the 3 train for my morning commute, I...

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