983 posts categorized "Women & Judaism"

April 14, 2014: Women's Modesty Ruler Now For Sale
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
A new women's modesty ruler is for sale to measure the proper minimum length of skirts. This was posted in synagogues in Borough Park. Please click to enlarge: Related Posts: Haredim To Hold Large Men-Only Modesty Gathering About…Women's Clothes. Tzniut...

April 9, 2014: Haredim To Open Gender-Segregated Holocaust Museum
Comments: 51 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Chabad , Haredim , History , Media & Media Criticism , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
"…Asked how the museum could depict both women’s stories without offending ultra-Orthodox men, Reidel said that on days when ultra-Orthodox school groups visit the museum, they might have to make sure no images of the women are on display.…" The...

April 2, 2014: Haredi Mayor Finally Condemns Violent Haredi Modesty Attack On Woman
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
The haredi mayor of Beit Shemesh, Moshe Abutbul, has belatedly condemned a haredi modesty attack against a woman more than one week after the well-publicized incident took place. Rabbi Moshe Abutbol Haredi Mayor Finally Condemns Violent Haredi Modesty Attack On...

April 1, 2014: Baruch Dayan HaEmet: Founder Of Women Of The Wall Passes Away
Comments: 3 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
Rivkah Haut, who conceived (and convened) the first women’s Torah service at the Kotel (Western Wall) on December 1, 1988, and founded Women of the Wall, has passed away after a short battle against cancer. Rivkah Haut Rivkah Haut, who...

March 31, 2014: Satmar Village Agrees Not To Endorse Gender Segregation At Public Playground
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
The New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union have settled a lawsuit against the Village of Kiryas Joel with the government agreeing it will not endorse segregation of the sexes in a public park. The New...

March 28, 2014: Haredi Modesty Assault: Woman Beaten Up By Haredi Man In Beit Shemesh Over Skirt Length
Comments: 25 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
"I was afraid and screamed. I called the police right away. He saw me doing it and ran toward me, and then he beat me hard and pulled my hair. I have bruises on my thigh and back from the...

March 27, 2014: Haredim, Halakha & Sex: "It Is Better To Be Killed Than To Shake The Hand Of A Woman"
Comments: 32 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Rabbis & Sex , Women & Judaism
"…In the business world a handshake is considered the standard greeting for both men and women. Since one is not allowed to touch a woman as an expression of affection, a question arises if shaking hands with a woman in...

March 26, 2014: Orthodox Jewish Synagogue Hosts Post-Nup Signing Event With Couples
Comments: 1 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
"As we continue to read stories in national media outlets about spouses who refuse to grant religious divorce (get) to one another, the need to act becomes ever greater. As a response, The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale - The Bayit...

March 26, 2014: Women Of The Wall Close To Deal With Government
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
Women of the Wall is close to reaching an agreement with the government that likely will include a clause that will annul the regulations in the Law of the Holy Places that have been used for decades to stop WoW...

March 25, 2014: Brooklyn, N.Y., Man Admits Traveling To New Jersey To Violently Extort Divorce Consent From Reluctant Husband
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Simcha Bulmash, 30, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to an information charging him with traveling in interstate commerce to commit extortion. His bail conditions include a $500,000 bond and GPS monitoring. Brooklyn, N.Y., Man Admits...

March 20, 2014: Video: Interview With Lonna Kin, A Woman Who Has Been An Agunah For 10 Years
Comments: 55 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
Though she has been civilly divorced since 2007, Lonna Kin is an "agunah" or "chained wife," stuck in her Orthodox Jewish marriage because her ex-husband won't give her a valid "get," or Jewish divorce document. She tells her story for...

March 19, 2014: Video: Neturei Karta Spits On Pro Israel Protesters
Comments: 11 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
The vehemently anti-Zionist haredi group Neturei Karta spits on Orthodox pro-Israel protesters in Monsey, New York, on Purim this past Sunday.

March 16, 2014: Haredi Leader Bans Cross-Gender Purim Costumes For Infants
Comments: 37 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
Steinman ruled that even though the Torah allows this type of cross-gender costume to be worn on Purim, it is inappropriate to wear one. A child's gender, Steinman said, should remain the way God created it. Steinman also reportedly added...

March 12, 2014: London Haredi Modesty Squad Issues Purim Warning
Comments: 26 | Categories: Haredim , Rabbis & Sex , Women & Judaism
Separate men from women and boys from girls, a London haredi modesty squad warns, to prevent drunken Jews from having illicit sex. Please click to enlarge: [Hat Tip: D.O.]

March 11, 2014: 2 More Haredi Get Extortion Ring Members Plead Guilty
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Two members of a haredi gang that allegedly used electric cattle prods and other means of torture to coerce recalcitrant husbands to grant their estranged wives gets (Jewish divorces) have pleaded guilty. 2 More Haredi Get Extortion Ring Members Plead...

March 10, 2014: Haredi Chief Rabbi: Torah Prohibits Women From Serving In Israeli Military
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
Yosef insists that it actually is an issur d’oraita (prohibition from the Torah itself) for women to serve in the IDF because women in the IDF must wear men’s clothing – in this case, carry a weapon, which Yosef rules...

March 9, 2014: Women Of The Wall Denies Allegations Of Wrongdoing Leveled By Group’s Original Founders
Comments: 0 | Categories: Israel , Women & Judaism
In response to a letter from many of Women of the Wall’s founders attacking WoW’s current leadership which was made public late last week, WoW’s leaders lashed out at what it calls “dissenters” and denied their accusations. Women Of The...

March 8, 2014: RCA Denies Conversion Story – Sort Of
Comments: 9 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
"…At no time have the RCA or the Beth Din proactively sought to reevaluate conversions; that is not our interest or desire. However, Halachah does have its standards, and we have acted and will continue to act as a source...

March 6, 2014: Women Of The Wall’s Founders Accuse Anat Hoffman Of Violating The Law At The Expense Of Women To Achieve Her Personal Goals
Comments: 0 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
Women of the Wall’s board and the group's leader, Anat Hoffman, are illegally giving away women’s rights to pray as they see fit in the women’s section of the Kotel (Western Wall), the group’s founders and other longtime members alleged...

March 6, 2014: Haredi Man Who Harassed IDF Soldier-Beauty Queen On Egged Bus Convicted
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
"Slut, slut, slut! You have no respect! You are standing among yeshiva students and it is shameful!” the haredi man yelled. Above right: Doron Matalon in IDF uniform in 2011. Above center: Doron Matalon today. Haredi Man Who Harassed IDF...

March 6, 2014: Beit Shemesh HMO Clinic Illegally Tells Patients To Dress According To Haredi Modesty Norms
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
"The Leumit HMO thinks its branches are sacred and is demanding, against the law, that its patients arrive in modest clothing. What is modest clothing? Long sleeves in August? A skirt below or above the knee? Tights? A wig? Perhaps...

February 28, 2014: Could This Be The Beginning Of The End For Women Of The Wall?
Comments: 4 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
"…This publication [in Ha'aretz of the news that the management of the new egalitarian prayer area adjacent to the Kotel had been given to a small Orthodox-controlled right wing pro-settler NGO] presents us in a very uncomfortable light in the...

February 21, 2014: Opposition to Female Participation In Religious Matters Fear-Based, Not Halakha-Based, Orthodox Rabbi Says
Comments: 15 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
"…The concern amongst many in Jewish Orthodoxy regarding the role of women has less to do with the adherence to Jewish law, and more to do with the fear that changes [will] impact the nature and culture of the religious...

February 20, 2014: Haredim To Hold Large Men-Only Modesty Gathering About…Women's Clothes
Comments: 58 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
Borough Park haredim will hold a men-only gathering against immodest women's clothing next Thursday night. The gathering has the endorsement of leading hasidic and non-hasidic Brooklyn haredi rabbis. Hamodia reports: “…After a series of tragedies sent tremors through the community...

February 17, 2014: Satmar Aharon Faction Officially Bans Girls Who Wear Makeup
Comments: 19 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
The Satmar Aharon faction has now officially banned girls who wear makeup, even at weddings or engagement parties. Any girl who violates this ban will be thrown out of school. Rabbi Aharon Teitelbaum As I first reported eight days ago,...

February 17, 2014: Modesty Squad Illegally Gender-Segregates Kiryas Joel Supermarket
Comments: 21 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
The Kiryas Joel Vaad Hatznius (modesty squad) put up “men only” signs to illegally create gender-segregated checkout aisles in the main supermarket in the Satmar Village of Kiryas Joel, New York.

February 16, 2014: Women Can Work As Kosher Food Inspectors, Chief Rabbi Belatedly Says
Comments: 2 | Categories: Food , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
For years the chief rabbinate has prevented women from filling this role, prompting Member of Knesset Aliza Lavie of the Yesh Atid Party to file a petition with the High Court of Justice several months ago, demanding that the chief...

February 14, 2014: Rabbi Moshe Feinstein And NY State's Original Get Law – The Truth From An Insider
Comments: 27 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
"…Despite the fact my ex was jailed, Ultra-Orthodox religious organizations (especially the Agudah--where Reb Moishe was the HEAD OF THE MOETZES GEDOLEI HADOR) jumped all over Reb Moishe to rescind the court order, which in turn forced him to sit...

February 11, 2014: Haredim Protest Against Natalie Portman
Comments: 23 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Portman began filming the film adaptation of noted Israeli author Amos Oz's "A Tale of Love and Darkness" in Jerusalem today – and haredim have already begun to whine about it. Natalie Portman Last correction 11:59 am CST Haredim Protest...

February 11, 2014: First Satmar Rebbetzin Wore Tallit Katan And Gartel, Satmar Newspaper Says
Comments: 28 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
On a page devoted to stories about proper Jewish clothing, the Satmar Yiddish newspaper Der Blatt writes that the Veiner Rabbi heard from a women on the chevera kadisha [burial society] [in Europe] that when they handled the body of...

February 10, 2014: YU's Rabbi Hershal Schachter Comes Out Against Women Wearing Tefillin
Comments: 25 | Categories: Halakha , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
The rosh yeshiva (dean) of Yeshiva University's rabbinical school opposes women wearing tefillin (phylacteries), not because the Torah forbids it (it does not) but because, essentially, women didn't ask permission first and non-Orthodox women do it. "…We are headed for...

February 10, 2014: Women Of The Wall Splinter Group Tells Israeli Government It Will Not Compromise
Comments: 0 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
"…O-WOW calls upon the Israeli government to uphold the rule of law and enforce the court rulings that have validated women's religious rights in the Ezrat Nashim of the Kotel. Further, O-WOW calls upon Israel, as guardian of the Holy...

February 9, 2014: Satmar Rebbe Blames Cancer On Immodest Women's Cosmetics
Comments: 45 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
"…In a pained crying voice the [Kiryas Joel Satmar R]ebbe addressed recent events, the tragedies that have befallen the tzibur, telling how doctors consulted with him a year ago to tell him of a new illness that is appearing in...

February 5, 2014: Rabbi Reuven Feinstein's Grandson Finally Gives Wife Get
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
Gital Dodelson, who was trapped in an allegedly abusive marriage with Avrohom Meir Weiss for years, a great-grandson of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein and the grandson of Rabbi Reuven Feinstein, has reportedly finally been given a get (an Orthodox Jewish bill...

February 4, 2014: Leading Israeli Orthodox Feminist Group Tells Government It Will Not Abide By Kotel Compromise
Comments: 0 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
“The compromise being formulated in your discussions with Women of the Wall, according to which women’s prayer groups would be forced to leave the women’s section and move to Ezrat Yisrael [the new egalitarian section] could deal a heavy blow...

January 31, 2014: Haredim Join Right Wing Group To Demand Supermarkets Fire Arab Workers
Comments: 17 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
Rami Levi employs many Arabs, and that angers right wing Jews – including haredim – who say the Arabs, primarily men, cause Jewish women to stray. The Arabs allegedly seduce the Jewish women and girls and cause them to intermarry....

January 29, 2014: More Orthodox Girls Choosing To Enlist In The IDF; IDF Will Not Follow Chief Rabbis’ Ruling Against It
Comments: 2 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
IDF officials say they aren't interested in openly fighting with Orthodox rabbis, but insist they will do everything short of that to keep the number of Orthodox girls enlisting in the army growing. More Orthodox Girls Choosing To Enlist In...

January 22, 2014: Uruguay Rabbis Mandate Pre-Nup Agreement For All Marriages
Comments: 8 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
The Rabbinate of Uruguay has instituted the requirement for all Jewish couples that marry under its auspices to sign a Rabbinic Pre-nuptial Agreement. The agreement states that in the case of the couple divorcing civilly, the husband is obligated to...

January 22, 2014: Haredi Rabbi Says Haredim Don’t Serve In The IDF Due To The “Immorality” And “Abominations” Found There
Comments: 35 | Categories: Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Israel , Religion , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
“If they [i.e., the IDF] provide me with kosher food on my level, make certain I will not be exposed to pritzut [immorality and immodestly dressed women, etc.] and to’eva [abominations, specifically homosexuality], and I will not be required to...

January 22, 2014: Second Modern Orthodox School Will Allow Female Students To Wear Tefillin
Comments: 5 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
Now that the Modern Orthodox SAR High School in Riverdale, New York is now allowing female students to wear tefillin (phylacteries) in its female-only prayer group, Rabbi Haskell Lookstein, the head of the Modern Orthodox Ramaz school in Manhattan, reportedly...

January 21, 2014: NYC Settles Discrimination Lawsuit Against Hasidic Stores
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
New York City City claims victory as the Satmar stores' attorney and Satmar representatives say the settlement proves they were always in compliance with the law. NYC Settles Discrimination Lawsuit Against Hasidic Stores Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com New York City’s...

January 20, 2014: In US First, Modern Orthodox High School Allows Girls To Wear Tefillin
Comments: 47 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
A Modern Orthodox high school in Riverdale, New York is now reportedly allowing two female students to put on tefillin (phylacteries) during an all-female morning prayer group. This is apparently the first such decision made in the US. In US...

January 17, 2014: Let Women Take Smicha Tests, Israeli Law School Tells Chief Rabbinate
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
Sha’arei Mishpat College, a private law school ilocated n Hod Hasharon, has reportedly asked Israel’s haredi-controlled Chief Rabbinate to allow its female students of halakhic (Orthodox Jewish) law to sit for the Chief Rabbinate’s smicha (rabbinic ordination) tests – tests...

January 13, 2014: Leading Zionist Orthodox Rabbi Attacks Finance Minister Yair Lapid Over Attempt To Fire Haredi Chief Rabbis
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
"The Finance Minister has forgotten that we do not live in communist Russia, and it is not just the right but the obligation of the chief rabbis to make their opinions known on all matters of Torah and halakha. I...

January 11, 2014: Haredi Lev Tahor Cult Back In Court – This Time In Rural Ontario, Canada
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Because of a restriction that females in the community cannot remove their socks, one child's feet were "blue" from the amount of toe fungus, the social worker said. Community members said the infection could be cleared up with coconut oil...

January 10, 2014: Fire The Chief Rabbis, Lapid Says
Comments: 21 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
"This is insolence and a national scandal, and we will work for their dismissal in the Knesset and in the government – and if necessary in the legal department as well.” Chief Rabbis David Lau, left, and Yitzhak Yosef, right...

January 10, 2014: Video: Haredi New York City Councilman David Greenfield Hugs And Kisses Newly-Elected Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito
Comments: 32 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
Haredi New York City Councilman David Greenfield hugged and kissed newly-elected City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito after her election earlier this week. The hug starts at 31:20:

January 9, 2014: Israel’s Chief Rabbis Rule That Women May Not Serve In The IDF
Comments: 12 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau – who reportedly served in the IDF – and Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef – who did not – ruled that the Chief Rabbinate "forbids any type of enlistment in the IDF [by women], and...

January 9, 2014: IDF To Have Women Soldiers Serve As Kosher Supervisors
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Kosher Scandal , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
The IDF made the move after the Ministry of Religious Affairs agreed to allow women to serve as kosher supervisors in civilian restaurants and other civilian food establishments after a lawsuit against the ministry and the chief rabbinate for blocking...

January 5, 2014: Haredi Modesty Poster Aims To Help Women And Girls Buy Kosher Clothes
Comments: 18 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
"Is the color too loud? Or the style too trendy?" If so, you don't want that piece of clothing, a Monsey, New York haredi modesty poster tells women and girls. [Hat Tip: Heathen Hassid.]


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