1,310 posts categorized "Women & Judaism"

June 29, 2015: Rabbi Avi Weiss Resigns From RCA
Comments: 26 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
“As an act of protest I have not paid my dues to the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), and have now allowed my membership to lapse. I have chosen to leave the RCA foremost because of its attitude towards Yeshivat...

June 29, 2015: Modern Orthodox Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Gets 5-Year Job Extension, But Not Because Haredi Chief Rabbis Wanted To Give It To Him
Comments: 0 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Turf Disputes , Women & Judaism
After Israel’s haredi-controlled Chief Rabbinate tried to strip him of his job, primarily over his moderate views on conversion and over his liberal views on women’s public roles in Orthodox religious life, Modern Orthodox Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s tenure as chief...

June 28, 2015: Will Haredim Be Able To Accept US $10 Bills If A Woman's Face Is On Them? A Haredi Editor Speaks Out
Comments: 67 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Women & Judaism
The editor of Country Vues, a haredi newspaper in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York, was asked by a letter writer what haredim will do if a female face is put on the US $10 bill as planned. After...

June 26, 2015: Israel’s Highest Court Outlaws Forced Haredi Gender Segregation At Funerals
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
The suit to end the forced gender segregation at funerals was filed by a woman, Susanne Ayad, who directly suffered from this discrimination. She was aided in her suit by the Israel Religious Action Center of the Israel Movement for...

June 24, 2015: Sex, Prostitution And Rabbi Nachman Of Beslov
Comments: 51 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
It’s not only hasidim who travel to Uman, Ukraine to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov during the fall Tishrei Jewish holidays. At Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot female escorts get on a train from Kiev and, after two hours,...

June 24, 2015: Woman Apologizes For Letting Chabad Hasid Mistake Her For A Man And Put Tefillin On Her
Comments: 27 | Categories: Chabad , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
"…The encounter itself was brief, shocking, and personally significant…It was a powerful moment, but also painful and wrong - because it was under false pretenses. Though his mistaken assumptions - products of the harmfully rigid gender roles with which he...

June 24, 2015: Which Came First And Why Should You Care?
Comments: 16 | Categories: Books , History , Women & Judaism
“…There is no denying [the Tosefta] is a source of the Mishnah. There is also no denying that it is a commentary on some other text. So much of it cannot stand alone. But the text upon which it comments...

June 23, 2015: British Government Won’t Take Legal Action Against Hasidic Schools Over Women’s Driving Ban – As Long As Students In Those Hasidic Schools Are Not Expelled Or Otherwise Punished For Their Mother’s Disobedience
Comments: 7 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
The British government’s Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has dropped proceedings against two Belz hasidic schools in North London, the Talmud Torah Machzikei Hadass boys school and the Beis Malka girls school, after getting a “satisfactory response” from Belz...

June 22, 2015: Ancient Rabbinic Censorship For Misogynistic Ends?
Comments: 13 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Books , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Did ancient rabbis alter a seminal Jewish text in order to exclude women from public prayer roles and religious and communal leadership? The evidence is that they did. As many of you know, Professor Marc B. Shapiro has a new...

June 22, 2015: Undercover Investigation Shows Almost All State-Employed City Rabbis Ordered Sex Abuse Victims Not To Report Abuse To Police
Comments: 22 | Categories: Child Safety , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Almost all of the 27 state-employed rabbis investigated – the vast majority haredim but some Zionist Orthodox and some very prominent – ordered victims not to report the sex crimes to police. Because of the number of child sex abuse...

June 18, 2015: Haredi “Dear Mother” Modesty Letter Lands Belgian School In Hot Water
Comments: 40 | Categories: Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
A mother of a student at the Jesode Hatora — Beth Jacob School in Antwerp received a letter from the school’s management threatening her with “unpleasant steps” if she did not fully conform to the school’s modesty requirements. Haredi “Dear...

June 18, 2015: Tel Aviv Man Beats Woman, Breaks Glass On Her Head In Dispute Over Allegedly Lax Religious Observance
Comments: 21 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
“The police will act with zero tolerance for violence of any kind and anyone who acts violently against women will find himself behind bars." Tel Aviv Man Beats Woman, Breaks Glass On Her Head In Dispute Over Allegedly Lax Religious...

June 18, 2015: Women Of The Wall Commit Hate Crimes Against Haredim Through Their Torah Readings, Haredi Political Leader Says
Comments: 17 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
“Vandals in both places are to be condemned,” Eichler continued, “since they can bring hate crimes in Israel and the entire world. Whoever condemns, and justifiably so, hate crimes against Christians and understands it can bring bloodshed, must condemn the...

June 17, 2015: Satmar Village In NY State Allegedly Offers Free Modesty Signs For Hasidim To Hang In Borough Park
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
"Attention boro park residents, great news from the village of kiryas joel, Monroe ny. You can now be זיכו הרבים.by hanging tzenios posters, all over the boro park area, We are proud to announce that ,ladies side, mens side signs....

June 17, 2015: 2 New Get Refusal Rallies Scheduled
Comments: 18 | Categories: Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA) is planing two new rallies against two men who are long-time get refusers (men who refuse to grant their wives an Orthodox Jewish writ of divorce known in Hebrew and Yiddish as...

June 17, 2015: Hypocrisy And Censorship: Haredi Pol Caught Swimming With Young Bikini-Clad Women, Media Censorship Blocks Reporting
Comments: 28 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
“How dare he act as part of the political establishment in Beit Shemesh which has worked to prevent the construction of an outdoor pool in the city, a culture hall in the city, a movie theater in the city, and...

June 16, 2015: Letter To Top Haredi Rabbi Asks Him To Reinstate Alleged Sex Abuser
Comments: 22 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
A letter to Britain's top haredi rabbi, Ephraim Padwa, written by four top haredi rabbis asks him to reinstate accused sex abuser Rabbi Chaim Halpern. The following is a letter to the top British haredi rabbi, Ephraim Padwa, from Rabbis...

June 12, 2015: 2 Israeli Women Ordained As Orthodox Rabbis; 6 More Women To Be Ordained In NY Next Week
Comments: 53 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
“We must not be afraid of the title ‘rabbi.’ I’m impatient. I’m too old. If the Torah doesn’t move forward with the people, it will remain in the desert, and that will be a disaster." Above: Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy, left,...

June 11, 2015: Women, Beware Of Streetlights, Haredi Modesty Poster Says
Comments: 33 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
Women are warned not to stand under a streetlight "schmoozing" because that added visibility makes the "test" men go through when they see the women "far greater!!" [punctuation in the original] The source who sent this to me says he...

June 9, 2015: Hasidic Women’s Master’s Degree Program Draws Haredi Ire
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
A Bais Yaakov school in Israel has begun offering a master's degree – angering many haredi rabbis. Hasidic Women’s Master’s Degree Program Draws Haredi Ire Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Friday’s weekend edition of Yated Ne’eman, the mouthpiece of the non-hasidic...

June 8, 2015: Sefardi Haredi Chief Rabbi Lashes Out At Modern Orthodox Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
Comments: 36 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
“Every morning we say the blessing [thaking God that He] ‘didn’t make me a woman,’ not like that one from Efrat, who makes all kind of innovations, who says we shouldn’t say that blessing, that women and men have equal...

June 8, 2015: Women Of The Wall Splinter Group Reads From Torah Scroll At Western Wall
Comments: 9 | Categories: Israel , Women & Judaism
This morning, about 20 women belonging to Original Women of the Wall (O-WoW) sneaked a Torah scroll into the women's section of the Kotel proper and read from it without incident – likely because the event came as a complete...

June 5, 2015: Equality and Human Rights Commission Says Belz Women Driving Ban Is Illegal
Comments: 15 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission has now told the Belz hasidic sect that its ban on women driving and its threat to expel from the sect's schools all the children of mothers who violate it is illegal. The Guardian...

June 4, 2015: Belz Hasidim Allegedly Retract Women's Driving Ban, But Likely Really Didn't
Comments: 14 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
“The school believes that women have a choice about whether they want to drive or not, and our policy is to accept all children who are members of our community, which we have been doing for the last 40 years.”...

June 4, 2015: So-Called Secular-Religious “Unity” Commemoration Event Bars Female Singers, Allegedly At Rabbis’ Request
Comments: 14 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
The Zionist Orthodox Makor Chaim Yeshiva high school allegedly requested that no females be allowed to sing at the “Unity Day” event slated to be held last night at the Dror high school, and that “dialogue circles” held during the...

June 4, 2015: Female Volunteers Booted Off Magen David Adom Crews To Accommodate Orthodox Male Drivers
Comments: 25 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
10th grade high school girls who were attempting to fulfill their high school volunteer requirement by volunteering at the Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance station in the Israeli city of Ramat Gan were forced to either go home or sit...

June 4, 2015: Orthodox Academics Minimize Haredi Censorship And Marginalization Of Women
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Media & Media Criticism , MO & Chardal , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
[Kimmy Caplan] conceded that among some groups there was a new “zealousness” and “stricter demands” relating to gender separation and modesty but insisted that those trends did not manifest themselves in Haredi news coverage…“The question is what you’re looking at....

June 3, 2015: Dr. Ruth Uses Talmud To Blame Female Victims For Some Date Rapes
Comments: 42 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Women & Judaism
“In the Talmud, in the Jewish tradition, it says when that part of the male anatomy is aroused and there’s an erection, the brain flies out of that and we have to take that very seriously…" Above: Dr. Ruth Westheimer...

June 3, 2015: Haredi Girls School Asks Students If They Have Ever Texted A Boy – Even A Cousin – Or Touched A Boy "In Physical Affection"
Comments: 80 | Categories: Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
"Have you ever texted a boy (male cousins, male family friends are also boys)?… Have you ever touched a boy or have been touched by a boy in physical affection?" The following questionnaire was allegedly given to students by the...

June 2, 2015: Belz School That Bans Women From Driving Applies For Government Funding
Comments: 25 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
One of the Belz hasidic schools in London which banned women from driving and threatened to expel the children of women who violated the ban from all Bez schools recently applied for “voluntary aided” status from the government – meaning...

June 1, 2015: Video: In Sweltering Heat, Haredi Woman In Beit Shemesh Wore Layers Of Woolen Black Robes, Veil
Comments: 46 | Categories: Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
In temperatures approaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit, a haredi woman in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh last weel wore layers of black wool robes and a veil – and makes her small children do so, as well. משפחת טליבאן מבית...

June 1, 2015: Hasidic Group Apologizes For Women Driving Ban’s Language But Says Ban Justified
Comments: 30 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
Belz is “proud of what we stand for and we do not feel the need to excuse ourselves for our deeply held beliefs [i.e., the ban] and staunchly maintained way of life. It has withstood the test of time and...

June 1, 2015: UK Equality and Human Rights Commission Says Rabbinic Punishment For Violating Belz Women’s Driving Ban “Unlawful”
Comments: 18 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Women & Judaism
The UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission says it is “unlawful” for haredi schools to expel students if their mothers defy rabbinic bans and drive them to school. UK Equality and Human Rights Commission Says Belz Women’s Driving Ban “Unlawful”...

June 1, 2015: New "Haredi" All Male Nursing Program Has Few Actual Haredi Students
Comments: 10 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
The program is set up to handle the unique needs of haredim – like overcoming their almost complete lack of secular education and their strong religious taboos against dealing with females. "Haredim" at the new all-male JCT nursing program Ha'aretz...

May 31, 2015: Haredim Throw Garbage At Modern Orthodox Woman, Scream “Shiksa! Shiksa!”
Comments: 45 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
The victim was driving past a haredi synagogue when the attack happened, so she stopped her car and went inside to find an adult who could deal with the children, but the hasidim in the synagogue reportedly ignored her. She...

May 31, 2015: London Haredi Girls School Forces Parents To Prove They Follow Strictist Haredi Code Of Ethos
Comments: 29 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
"…A copy of the Chareidi Ethos is attached to this form . Confirmation of Chareidi Status will only be endorsed when the Ethos is signed by Parent / Guardian and countersigned by the Rabbinate of The Union of Orthodox Hebrew...

May 29, 2015: Soon All Female Haredim Will Be Forced To Wear Veils, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Daughter Says
Comments: 18 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , 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: 31 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Religion, Religion & State , 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: 18 | 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, Religion & State , 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: 19 | 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, Religion & State , 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, Religion & State , 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, Religion & State , 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, Religion & State , 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...

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