1,143 posts categorized "Women & Judaism"

December 19, 2014: Zionist Orthodox Grade School Holds Gender Segregated Hanukkah Celebrations, Bans Fathers From Attending Little Daughters’ Event
Comments: 13 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
“My girl is only in the first grade, where's the girls' singing [kol isha]? I do not understand. It's extreme, and we are a state religious school, not something else.…Even in terms of Jewish law restricting women's singing in front...

December 18, 2014: Sarah Silverman Joins Women of the Wall For Menorah Lighting, Kotel Guards Try To Stop Women From Bringing Menorahs To The Holy Site
Comments: 35 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Women of the Wall (WoW) may have been prevented from lighting a large public menorah at the Kotel (Western Wall) today, but it didn’t stop the feminist group from holding a special menorah-lighting at the holy site attended by Comedian...

December 18, 2014: Rabbinical Council Of America Sued Over Rabbi Barry Freundel’s Alleged Mikvah-Peeping
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
The lawsuit against alleged mikvah voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel, which is seeking class action status, has been expanded to include the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA). Above: Rabbi Barry Freundel Rabbinical Council Of America Sued Over Rabbi Barry Freundel’s Alleged...

December 18, 2014: Haredi Thug Who Allegedly Robbed Newspaper Vendor Arrested In Beit Shemesh, Rest Of Haredi Gang Still At Large
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
A haredi man allegedly affiliated with the violent haredi Sicarii (zealots) group-cum-street-gang was finally arrested in Beit Shemesh today after evading several previous arrest attempts. Haredi Thug Who Allegedly Robbed Newspaper Vendor Arrested In Beit Shemesh, Rest Of Haredi Gang...

December 16, 2014: Top Haredi Rabbi Forbids Women From Studying In Universities And Colleges, Even If Orthodox-Run
Comments: 63 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
The 101-year-old leader of non-hasidic haredim, Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman, has again ruled that it is forbidden for women to study in college or university – even Orthodox-run colleges and universities because the evil inclanation works through "opinionated" women to...

December 14, 2014: Acting Through It’s Haredi Rabbinic Proxy, Government Refuses To Allow Women Of The Wall To Light Hanukkah Candles At Kotel
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
In another stunning and clear violation of a court order, the haredi rabbi of the Kotel (Western Wall) Shmuel Rabinowitz has forbidden Women of the Wall (WoW) from lighting Hanukkah candles at the holy site. Above: Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz (also...

December 12, 2014: Israeli Film About An Agunah And Israel’s Oppressive Rabbinical Courts Nominated For Golden Globe Award
Comments: 0 | Categories: Film , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
"Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem" has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Israeli Film About An Agunah And Israel’s Oppressive Rabbinical Courts Nominated For Golden Globe Award Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com "Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem" was...

December 10, 2014: No More Forced Gender Segregation At Funerals, Israeli Court Says
Comments: 8 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Israel’s official state-funded and almost always haredi-controlled hevra kadishas (burial societies) can no longer force mourners to gender segregate at funerals, the Jerusalem District Court has provisionally ruled. Above: Illegal gender segregation signs in Jerusalem's Givat Ram cemetery in 2013...

December 8, 2014: Hiddush To AG: Prosecute Modesty Squad Head Who Threatened Haredi Women
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Hiddush, an Israeli nonprofit that advocates for the freedom of and from religion and the separation of religion and state, urged Israel’s Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to open an investigation into haredi modesty squad head Rabbi Mordechai Blau after Blau...

December 7, 2014: Haredi Women Who Do Not Vote For Official Haredi Political Party Will Be Excommunicated And Their Children Expelled From Haredi Schools, A Senior Haredi Rabbi Says
Comments: 65 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Rabbi Mordechai Blau, a senior member of the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party (UTJ), said today that every woman must vote for UTJ in the upcoming elections. Those who do not do so should in effect be excommunicated and...

December 6, 2014: Thousands Of Haredi Women Demand Haredi Political Parties Add Female Candidates To Their All-Male Knesset Lists
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Under the slogan "no votes without representation,” approximately 3,000 mostly haredi and Orthodox Israeli women have called for haredi women to boycott haredi political parties until they put women on their election lists – something haredi political and rabbinic leaders...

December 5, 2014: Part Of Rivky Stein's Civil RICO Suit Against Yoel Weiss Dismissed
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
Rivky Stein's RICO suit against her recalcitraint husband who refuses to grant her a Jewish divorce known as a get did not survive a motion to dismiss intact. But some of the individual charges did survive. Above: Yoel Weiss and...

December 3, 2014: Jewish Law Student Sues Alleged Voyeur Rabbi, Mikvah, Synagogue, University Over Alleged Mikvah-Peeping
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
“This case involves an unfathomable breach of trust by a Georgetown professor and religious leader and defendants’ utter failure to prevent and/or stop it.…Defendants turned a blind eye to obvious signs of Freundel’s increasingly bizarre behavior, ignoring the bright red...

December 2, 2014: Israel: Will Female Converts No Longer Have To Immerse Nude In Front Of Three Male Orthodox Rabbis?
Comments: 18 | Categories: Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Member of Knesset Rabbi Dov Lipman of the largely secular centrist Yesh Atid Party has asked the Ministry of Religious Services to allow women converting to Judaism immerse in the mikvah (ritual bath) without having any rabbis in the room....

December 1, 2014: Alleged Mikvah Voyeur Rabbi Finally Fired
Comments: 29 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
Alleged mikvah-peeping voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel, once one of the top few Centrist or Modern Orthodox rabbis in the country, has been fired by the board of the Kesher Israel Synagogue in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. Above: Rabbi...

November 30, 2014: Hasidim Flock To Amsterdam To Spend Shabbat With Alleged Rapist Rabbi
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
Hundreds of Breslov hasidim from New York, Miami and Belgium reportedly spent Shabbat with Rabbi Eliezer Berland in Amsterdam – the last Shababt Berland may have as a free man for quite some time. Above: Rabbi Eliezer Berland in handcuffs...

November 28, 2014: Bill To Stop Imprisoned Get-Refusers From Serving Time In Yeshiva Prison Passes First Knesset Reading
Comments: 9 | Categories: Israel , Women & Judaism
The bill would deprive recalcitrant husbands sentenced by the religious courts to prison over get refusal of all special religious accommodations in prison. These men would no longer be allowed to serve their time in a prison’s yeshiva wing or...

November 24, 2014: Senior RCA Rabbi Calls To Expel Arabs From Israel
Comments: 33 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism , Xenophobia
Rabbi Steven Pruzansky – the senior rabbi of Teaneck, New Jersey’s largest Modern Orthodox synagogue, Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, and senior member of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) – has called for Israel to use collective punishment against Israeli Arabs...

November 21, 2014: London Haredim Issue New Modesty Guidelines
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
The Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations issues new even more extreme modesty guidelines to keep men from seeing or having even incidental contact with women. Please click to enlarge: [Hat Tip: D.O.]

November 19, 2014: New “International Beit Din” Hopes To End Agunah Crisis One Case And One Loophole At A Time
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
“There is no more relationship — they have gone their separate ways. The husband doesn’t want to give the get unless he gets money. It’s not true that he doesn’t want to give a divorce, but he wants money. Deep...

November 16, 2014: The Hidden Lives Of Women In Sefardic Jewish History
Comments: 1 | Categories: Books , History , Women & Judaism
Renee Levine Melammed, professor of Jewish history at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, talks about recovering the history of Jewish women – a history that has largely been obliterated by rabbinic patrimony. Above: Renee Levine Melammed Renee...

November 11, 2014: Updated With Audio: Well-Known Haredi Kabbalist Allegedly Seduced Married Woman, Told Her Sex With Him Was “Tikkun”
Comments: 57 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion , Women & Judaism
A woman claims to have been tricked by a top haredi kabbalist who told her that she needed to sleep with him as a tikkun (mystical repair) for their souls. A beit din asked her to secretly tape the kabbalist...

November 10, 2014: Held In Limbo And Extorted For 13 Years By Her Late Husband’s Family And An Obscure Jewish Law, Woman Finally Permitted To Remarry
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
A woman was extorted by her late husband’s family for 13 years using an obscure Jewish law to do so as a haredi-controlled state rabbinical court allowed the extortion to continue and then eventually penalized her for finding a way...

November 10, 2014: Video: Haredi Man Shields His Eyes To Prevent Seeing Clothed Women
Comments: 28 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
A haredi man hurries down an Israeli street, trying desperately to avoid seeing any women. Post by ‎סטטוסים מצייצים‎. If the video does not appear above, please view it here.

November 10, 2014: Senior Sefardi Haredi Rabbi Offers To Pay Rape Victim To Drop Charges Against Rapist
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Israel’s Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni announced that she will file a disciplinary complaint against Rabbi Nissim ben Shimon., the head of Tel Aviv's official state rabbinical court, after he allegedly offered cash to a rape victim if she would...

November 7, 2014: Beit Din Of America Appoints Women To Its Board
Comments: 17 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
Dr. Michelle Friedman – the founder and chair of the Department of Pastoral Counseling at Yeshiva University’s rabbinical school’s liberal Modern Orthodox rival, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) – and several other women have been invited to join the board of...

November 5, 2014: Right-Wing RCA Rabbi Equates NY Jewish Week With Notorious Nazi Propaganda Newspaper
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Media & Media Criticism , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
"…The Jewish Week’s publisher and Julius Streicher (Der Sturmer) published newspapers that dealt a lot with Jews. Same business, I suppose. That’s bad company to be in.” Above: Rabbi Steven Pruzansky Right-Wing RCA Rabbi Equates NY Jewish Week With Notorious...

November 4, 2014: LA Mikvah Society Announces Mikvah Safe, But Only Did Professional Security Sweep After Annoncement, Weeks After DC Rabbi Arrested
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
In the wake of the alleged mikvah voyeurism of Washington, DC’s top Modern Orthodox rabbi, Barry Freundel, the Mikvah Society of Los Angeles distributed a letter on October 28 through local Modern Orthodox synagogues reassuring women that its mikvah (ritual...

November 3, 2014: Hasidic Modesty Squad Warns Hasidim To Stay Inside During The "Dirty" Marathon
Comments: 40 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
A hasidic modesty squad in Williamsburg, Brooklyn warned hasidim to stay inside during the "dirty" New York Marathon this past weekend so they would not see 'impure' 'immodestly dressed' 'dirty' runners. Please click to enlarge:

November 2, 2014: Fight Over Stricter Modesty Dress Code At Modern Orthodox Co-Ed Yeshiva Day School Continues Unabated, School Hires Modesty Squad To Police Students
Comments: 36 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
“We’re walking in and we’re being scrutinized every morning. We can’t just walk in the halls because everyone’s looking at us and judging us every second for our clothing. Obviously, it’s degrading.” Above: Melissa Duchan Fight Over Stricter Modesty Dress...

November 1, 2014: Video: Spiritual Flight Safety Video For Haredim Who Fly El Al
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Humor , Israel , PARODY & SATIRE , Religion , Women & Judaism
A special spiritual flight safety video from the Levinson Brothers and Tablet Magazine for haredim who fly El Al. [Creators: The Levinson Brothers; Via: Tablet Magazine.]

November 1, 2014: Defense Minister Says He Will Set Up “Women-Free And Secular-Free" IDF Induction Centers For Haredim
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon told haredi members of Knesset Wednesday in a letter that the IDF will ensure "women-free and secular-free" induction centers for haredi yeshiva students to accommodate haredi rabbis' demands to ban all women and secular Jews...

October 31, 2014: Inside A Satmar Women's Mikvah
Comments: 25 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
"…Every month for four years, between two births and getting to know my husband, whom I’d met only once before agreeing to the match…I sat in the bathtub and lifted my legs so that the mikveh lady could inspect my...

October 31, 2014: Orthodox Shul In Israel To Give Women Aliyot Tomorrow
Comments: 11 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
Nachat Ruach, an Orthodox congregation in the town of Shoham near Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, has decided beginning tomorrow to allow women to be given aliyot (to be called up to the Torah) and to read from the Torah...

October 31, 2014: Knesset May Pass Law That Would Allow Israeli Beit Dins To Punish Diaspora Get-Refusers
Comments: 4 | Categories: Israel , Women & Judaism
Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, may pass a new bill that would allow Israel beit dins (religious courts) to apply sanctions to recalcitrant husbands who live abroad and who refuse to give their wives a Jewish divorce known as a get....

October 30, 2014: In Wake Of Alleged Mikvah Voyeur Rabbi Arrest, Controversial RCA Rabbi Resigns From Conversion Court After RCA Puts Women On Committee To Revise Conversion Standards
Comments: 23 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
"…[T]he RCA has just appointed a committee “that will review its current Geirus Protocol and Standards (GPS) conversion process and suggest safeguards against possible abuses.” The committee consists of six men and five women, bolstering the trend on the Orthodox...

October 30, 2014: IDF Orders Outside Vendors, Employers At Job Fair To Follow Orthodox-Friendly Dress Code, Bans “Immodest” Pictures In Brochures, Tank Tops, Short Skirts After Orthodox Soldiers Complain
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
Israel’s Ministry of Defense is now mandating that all companies that send representatives to IDF job fairs held for soldiers preparing to go off active duty must ensure their female representatives do not wear tank tops, short skirts or any...

October 30, 2014: Alleged Voyeur Rabbi Encouraged Single Jewish Women To Use His Mikvah, Source Says
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
Accused voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel allegedly encouraged sexually active single Orthodox Jewish women from the Washington, DC-Baltimore area to use the mikva (ritual bath) he controlled – the mikvah in which Freundel allegedly had a hidden video camera positioned in...

October 29, 2014: As Women Panic And Refuse To Use Mikvahs After Voyeurism Scandal, Rabbis Paternalistically Tell Them There's Nothing To Worry About
Comments: 29 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
Untrained Modern Orthodox and Centrist rabbis claim to have "swept" mikvahs to check for hidden video recording devices, many of which they wouldn't know how to find, and tell women that everything is all better now. Meanwhile, haredi rabbis won't...

October 28, 2014: US Attorney Opens Special Hotline, Website And Email Account For Potential Victims Of Alleged Voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel
Comments: 32 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
Also, in the first public comments she has made in the media about the case, Washington, DC Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier told a DC television station today that the investigation into alleged voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel is expected...

October 28, 2014: An Alleged Victim Of Rabbi Barry Freundel Speaks Out In Her Own Words
Comments: 29 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion , Women & Judaism
A college student who was in the process of converting to Judaism under the auspices of alleged voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel and who took two "practice dunks" in the mikvah because Freundel told her to do it, writes about the...

October 26, 2014: What Jewish Law About Abortion Says About Orthodox And Haredi Rabbis
Comments: 28 | Categories: Haredim , Med-Ethics , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
"…Therefore, in an extremely pressing situation, such as when the fetus suffers from Tay-Sachs or other severe defects, or the fetus is known to be a mamzer, or continuing the pregnancy could cause blindness or deafness to the mother [or...

October 24, 2014: Police Find Hidden Cameras At Alleged Voyeur Rabbi’s University Office
Comments: 36 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
A search by Washington, DC police of the Towson University office used by Rabbi Barry Freundel repoprtedly found “a backpack with an assortment of tiny cameras hidden in everyday household objects, including ones embedded in a computer charger, a clock...

October 24, 2014: IDF To Allow Female Kosher Food Inspectors
Comments: 4 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
The Chief Rabbinate of the Israel Defense Forces has finally agreed to allow female soldiers to serve as kosher food inspectors in IDF kitchens. IDF To Allow Female Kosher Food Inspectors Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com The Chief Rabbinate of the...

October 24, 2014: Women Of The Wall Smuggles Mini Torah Scroll Into The Kotel, Holds Torah Reading Bat Mitzvah, Kotel’s Haredi Rabbi Angered
Comments: 12 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Women of the Wall (WoW) smuggled a miniature Torah scroll into the women’s section of the Kotel (Western Wall) today after police again refused to allow them to bring a full-sized Torah to the site. Above: Today's Women of the...

October 23, 2014: Would Alleged Voyeur Rabbi's Illegal Behavior Have Been Stopped By Making His Wife Into His Own Personal Web Cam Girl?
Comments: 16 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Rabbis & Sex , Women & Judaism
"…Boteach misses a crucial point: the alleged objects of Freundel’s gratification were women who did not consent. In fact, voyeurism is not so much about finding “new flesh,” but about autonomy and control. The “object” of a voyeur’s gratification has...

October 23, 2014: DC Police Seize Alleged Voyeur Rabbi’s University Office Computer
Comments: 39 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
The Towson University office computer used by accused voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel has now been seized by Washington, DC police and his campus office searched. Above: Rabbi Barry Freundel DC Police Seize Alleged Voyeur Rabbi’s University Office Computer Shmarya Rosenberg...

October 22, 2014: University Opens Investigation Into Alleged Voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness , Women & Judaism
A university spokesman reportedly said the university is investigating whether it violated provisions of Title IX, the federal law which prohibits various types of gender and sex discrimination on college and university campuses. Above: Rabbi Barry Freundel University Opens Investigation...

October 22, 2014: Senior RCA Rabbi Lashes Out At Jewish Feminists, Media, 'Weak' Orthodox Jews In Wake Of Alleged Voyeur Rabbi Arrest
Comments: 27 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
"…Granted, there are some sins that are more grievous than others and some failures are inexcusable – especially those in which the practice of the rabbinate is corrupted. I would love it if all rabbis (myself included) were above reproach...

October 22, 2014: Men Who Investigated – And Cleared – Abusive Voyeur Rabbi Now Head The OU, NYC Jewish Federation
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Jewish Leadership , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
Among those tasked by the RCA and its affiliated Beth Din of America with investigating [previous complaints against] Freundel [and who found Freundel fit to continue doing conversions and serving as a rabbi] were two attorneys who now lead major...

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