1,216 posts categorized "Women & Judaism"

March 26, 2015: Video: Rabbi Yosef Mizrahi Blames Death Of 7 Sasson Children On Facebook, Women's 'Immodest' Wigs
Comments: 82 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
Mizrahi blames the deaths of the seven Sassoon children – who were all killed early last Saturday in a Brooklyn house fire started by a Shabbat hotplate left on and unattended – on Facebook, text messages, immodesty, lack of proper...

March 24, 2015: Williamsburg Rabbis Ban Chol HaMoed Plays Due To 'Immodesty' And Women
Comments: 15 | Categories: Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Rabbis of the Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based Hisachdus rabbinic organization, which is dominated by Satmar, have banned Chol HaMoed plays due the 'immodesty' that would otherwise be caused when women go out in public to see them. Please click to enlarge:

March 23, 2015: Rabbi Mendel Epstein Took $60,000 To Extort Aharon Friedman, Rabbi-Attorney Testifies
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Tamar Epstein’s attorney testified today that Rabbi Mendel Epstein (who is not related to her) told Tamar Epstein’s family to pay Rabbi Mendel Epstein's two synagogues $60,000 to get her an Orthodox Jewish religious divorce known as a get. Above"...

March 21, 2015: IDF Bars Female Officer From Mess Hall Where New ‘Haredi’ Recruits – Most of Whom Were Not Actually Haredi Or Even Orthodox – Were Eating
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
The IDF closed a mess hall to women and blocked a female officer who tried to enter, all because new recruits the IDF has designated as haredi were inside eating. IDF Bars Female Officer From Mess Hall Where New ‘Haredi’...

March 20, 2015: Ladies, Measure Your Skirt Length!
Comments: 61 | Categories: Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Ladies, it's time to measure your skirt length to make sure it is long enough and covers enough of your flesh. Here's a how-to instruction guide slash measurement card from a Lakewood, New Jersey haredi modesty organization to help you...

March 16, 2015: High Court Rules Haredi Papers Do Not Have To Run Ads From Haredi All-Female Political Party
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
In part, Yated Ne’eman claimed that it cannot be compelled to run photos or depictions of women in Yated Ne’eman because doing so violates haredi modesty laws. There is no actual halakha (Orthodox Jewish law) banning modest photographs of women...

March 16, 2015: Video: Candidates From New Haredi Women's Party Campaign In Über Haredi Beit Shemesh
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Ruth Colian and Noa Erez, candidates running for Knesset on the slate of the all-female haredi B'Zechutan Party, tried to campaign in the über haredi area of the town of Beit Shemesh. Here's a brief video showing how that worked...

March 16, 2015: When Being Frum And "Tzniusdig" Isn't Enough For A Haredi Girls School
Comments: 64 | Categories: Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Women & Judaism
A haredi mother writes to Binah Magazine to complain that her oldest daughter's school has labeled her "tzniusdig" (modest) religious daughter a renegade because her daughter wants to have a career the school's leaders do not approve of. That career?...

March 14, 2015: Haredi Woman Chained To A Hospital Bed By Police For Refusing To Follow Illegal Order From Haredi Rabbinical Court Is Now Running For Knesset
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Gila Yashar, a haredi woman who made headlines after being falsely defined as a "get refuser" by a haredi-controlled state beit din (Orthodox religious court), is now running for Knesset on the slate of the all-female haredi B'Zechutan Party. Above...

March 14, 2015: Israeli Court Orders Haredi Papers To Publish Campaign Ads From New All-Female Haredi Political Party – Despite Rabbis’ Objections
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
An Israeli court ordered two haredi newspapers – Yated Ne'eman, the mouthpiece of the Degel HaTorah faction, the non-hasidic half of the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party; and the Sefardi haredi Shas Party’s Yom Le'yom – to run campaign...

March 13, 2015: Agudath Israel Blurs Out Women In Flyer Advertising Event To Honor Woman Who Founded Haredi Girls Schools
Comments: 58 | Categories: Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Agudath Israel of America is sponsoring an event for women commemorating the life of Sarah Schenirer, the woman who founded the Bais Yaakov haredi school system for girls in 1917 – the first of its kind in the world. But...

March 12, 2015: Complaints Against Rabbi Yisroel Belsky's Handling Of Divorce Cases Made By Agudah-Linked Opponents
Comments: 29 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
Rabbi Shlomo Miller of Toronto and Rabbi Aharon Schechter of Yeshivas Chaim Berlin in Brooklyn complain about Rabbi Israel "Yisroel" Belsky's handling of Jewish divorces. Belsky is linked to Rabbi Mendel Epstein, who allegedly ran a get (Jewish religious divorce)...

March 12, 2015: Husband Of Victim Of Rabbi Barry Freundel Speaks Out
Comments: 27 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
"Conversions should not be exclusively decided by men for men are not emotionally equipped as women to deal with it…" Above: Top Modern Orthodox Rabbi Barry Freundel pleaded guilty to secretly video-recording 52 naked women as they prepared to immerse...

March 11, 2015: Was This The Work Of The Alleged "Prodfather" Rabbi Mendel Epstein, Rabbi Martin Wolmark And Rabbi Yisroel Belsky?
Comments: 22 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Almost 20 years ago, Rabbi Abraham Rubin accused Rabbi Mendel Epstein of kidnapping him and torturing him to try to extort a Jewish religious divorce known as a get. Then-Brooklyn DA Charles J. Hynes refused to prosecute, and Epstein –...

March 11, 2015: Has ISIS Come To Israel? Zionist Orthodox Jews Smash 'Immodest' Biblical Statue Over Alleged “Idol Worship”
Comments: 19 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
A local artist made a statue of a woman depicting a scene from Tanakh (the Hebrew bible) and put it up on a traffic circle in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Tekoa, sparking a backlash of fundamentalism in the...

March 10, 2015: Jerusalem Supermarket Removes Haredi Modesty Sign But Admits No Wrongdoing
Comments: 4 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
A haredi modesty sign has been removed from a public supermarket in Jerusalem's Talpiot neighborhood after customers, neighbors and, ultimately, a local politician and the store’s landlord complained. Jerusalem Supermarket Removes Haredi Modesty Sign But Admits No Wrongdoing Shmarya Rosenberg...

March 10, 2015: Pro-Prodfather, Anti-Mesirah Appeal Posted On Front Door Of Rabbi Yisroel Belsky's Yeshiva Torah Vodaas
Comments: 35 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
The poster criticizes Rabbi Dovid Wax, himself arrested in a get (Jewish religious divorce) extortion scheme, for his scheduled testimony against the alleged Prodfather Rabbi Mendel Epstein, who allegedly kidnapped recalcitrant husbands and extorted and tortured them, sometimes with an...

March 10, 2015: Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's Daughter Reportedly Blocked From Running For Knesset, Threatened By Shas Party Rabbis And Apparatchiks
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
Adina Bar-Shalom, who is due to get the Israel Prize this year, wanted to run for Knesset, but the rabbis and apparatchiks of the Sefardi haredi Shas Party her late father founded blocked her from doing so by threatening to...

March 6, 2015: After 18 Years Of Refusal, Man Finally Gives Wife A Get
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
18 years of refusing to grant a Jewish religious divorce known as a “get” to his wife culminating in a two-month stint in prison ended Wednesday when a recalcitrant husband finally did the right thing and granted the get. While...

March 3, 2015: Liberal Zionist Orthodox Rabbis Launch New Halakhic Prenup
Comments: 13 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
A new halakhic prenuptial agreement, drafted over a period of years by the liberal Zionist Orthodox Tzohar rabbinical association in conjunction with the Israel Bar Association, penalizes spouses of either gender who refuse to grant or accept a Jewish religious...

March 3, 2015: Modern Orthodox Advocacy Group Seeks To Make Ancient Ceremony Less Uncomfortable For The Women Forced To Participate In It
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
Responding to what it says are numerous complaints it has received from women compelled to go through it, ITIM – a Modern Orthodox-run nonprofit that helps people navigate through Israel’s byzantine state-mandated haredi-controlled Jewish religious court system and related state...

March 1, 2015: Video: Haredi Modesty Signs And Violence Against Women In Beit Shemesh
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Weeks ago, an Israeli court ordered the city of Beit Shemesh to remove haredi modesty signs. But the divided city's haredi mayor has not ordered city workers to remove the signs. Here's video of local Nili Philip and a journalist...

February 28, 2015: Mikvah Voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel Resigns From University – But Will Still Be Paid Thousands, Despite Guilty Pleas
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
Mikvah Peeping Tevya Rabbi Barry Freundel has resigned from his part-time teaching post at Towson University in Maryland but will still be paid through March, despite pleading guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism for secretly video recording naked women as...

February 27, 2015: Israel Medical Association Billboard Banned In Jerusalem Because Of Haredi Objections To Photo – Of Elderly Woman
Comments: 10 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
The Deal Tov billboard company refused to publish the billboards, which included a photo of an elderly women, reportedly telling the IMA that the Jerusalem Municipality bans the publication of women's pictures on billboards and posters in “a haredi area"...

February 26, 2015: Banned Audio: Top YU Rabbi Talks About LGBT Jews, Women's Minyans, Female Orthodox Clergy, And Other Related Topics
Comments: 33 | Categories: Homophobia and its Discontents , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
Yeshiva University's Rabbi Mordechai Willig held a Q & A session at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh in Jerusalem recently, and the audio was allegedly briefly posted on Yeshiva University's Torah website, but was quickly taken down. Willig talks about women's roles...

February 26, 2015: Beit Shemesh Moderates Fight Back Against Extreme Haredi Modesty Rules
Comments: 17 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Turf Disputes , Women & Judaism
The group took out advertisements in the local papers and launched a Facebook campaign in both English and Hebrew, all centering around an image of an ultra-Orthodox woman sitting with her young daughter looking through a magazine. The girl in...

February 25, 2015: Israeli Haredi Girls School Test Teaches Girls To Serve Their Future Husbands
Comments: 44 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Explain what the [proper] role of a woman in this world is based on the verse "it is not good for man to be alone, I [God] will create him a helpmate.” Correct answer: To ensure that her husband doesn't...

February 24, 2015: Alleged Prodfather Rabbi Mendel Epstein Claims To Be Mafia Mediator
Comments: 30 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
In an undercover video played at his federal kidnapping and extortion trial in Trenton, New Jersey Monday, Rabbi Mendel Epstein is seen telling undercover FBI agents that he works as a mediator in disputes with the Mafia. Above: Rabbi Mendel...

February 23, 2015: Alleged “Prodfather” Rabbi Mendel Epstein Shown On Tape In Court Offering To Kidnap And Torture Husband For $60,000
Comments: 42 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
In the secret video recordings made by undercover FBI agents, Epstein is seen speaking with two undercover FBI agents posing as a brother and sister. Epstein is reportedly heard saying that it would cost the pair at least $60,000 to...

February 20, 2015: Divorce In Israel Is Especially Awful – Largely Because Of Haredim
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Last night, Israel's Channel 2 aired a strong exposé on divorce and the haredi-controlled state beit din (religious court) system. Watch it now. Last night, Israel's Channel 2 aired a strong exposé on divorce and the haredi-controlled state beit din...

February 19, 2015: Audio: FBI Undercover Agents And Rabbi Martin "Mordechai" Wolmark Talk About The Alleged "Prodfather" Rabbi Mendel Epstein
Comments: 26 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Audio of a conversation between Rabbi Martin "Mordechai" Wolmark and an undercover agent posing as a Jewish woman in desperate need of help to convince her husband to give her a Jewish religious divorce known as a get. Wolmark refers...

February 19, 2015: Mikvah Peeping Tom Rabbi Barry Freundel Pleads Guilty To 52 Counts Of Voyeurism
Comments: 44 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Religion , Women & Judaism
Rabbi Barry Freundel admitted in court Thursday that he used three hidden cameras to secretly videotape 52 naked women as they prepared to immerse in the mikvah (ritual bath) adjoining Freundel's former Modern Orthodox synagogue in Washington, DC. Above: Rabbi...

February 19, 2015: Get-Refuser Husband Yoel Weiss Allegedly Hid Money From City, State And IRS
Comments: 39 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Yoel Weiss bragged about hiding his money from the government, Rivky Stein told a Brooklyn judge yesterday. Stein, 25, has been trying to divorce Weiss, 34, for years, but Weiss has refused to give her a Jewish bill of divorce...

February 19, 2015: Mikvah Peeping Rabbi To Plead Guilty Today
Comments: 24 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
Alleged mikvah Peeping Tuvia Rabbi Barry Freundel will reportedly plead guilty today to 52 counts of voyeurism stemming from the secret videotaping of naked women preparing to immerse in the mikvah (ritual bath) next to Freundel’s Washington, DC Modern Orthodox...

February 18, 2015: “Prodfather” Rabbi Mendel Epstein Not A Kidnapper, Attorney Tells Court
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
"This is not a band of men going around extorting men for money or beating them. Some laws may have been broken along the way, but it's not federal kidnapping,” Robert Stahl, a Westfield lawyer who represents Epstein, reportedly claimed...

February 18, 2015: A Letter From The "Prodfather's" Daughter
Comments: 40 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Rabbi Mendel Epstein allegedly extorted Jewish divorces known as gets from recalcitrant husbands by kidnapping them and shocking them with electric cattle prod. For that service, Epstein allegedly charged these women about $100,000 each. Epstein's federal kidnapping and extortion trial...

February 16, 2015: Will Tunisian Jews Survive Threat Posed By…Educating Girls?
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Religion , Sefardim , Women & Judaism
In the Tunisian island of Djerba's ancient Jewish community, women rarely work outside the home and only do so if their husbands allow it. And until very recently, girls were only allowed to have two hours of schooling per day....

February 15, 2015: Excluded From Knesset, Haredi Women Fight Back
Comments: 3 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Religion , Women & Judaism
Why is female representation in Knesset so low? The first answer is also a rather obvious one: as a rule, the three religious parties don’t let women run for public office on their slates: ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah...

February 10, 2015: Moderate Beit Shemesh Haredim Claim Modesty Squad Extorting Them, Report Says
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
"Clear threats are made against newspaper owners. They say that whoever won't obey them will be personally persecuted, and so will his business," one of the residents says. "This is a continuation of the Iranization of Beit Shemesh, not to...

February 9, 2015: Judge To Allow Haredi Rabbi Who Pleaded Guilty To Violently Extorting Jewish Divorces From Recalcitrant Husbands To Travel To Israel
Comments: 36 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
An [ultra-] Orthodox Jewish rabbi who's admitted taking part in a plot to force a husband into giving his wife a divorce can travel to Israel to attend his mother's funeral, a federal judge ruled today. Above: Rabbi Martin "Mordechai"...

February 9, 2015: Haredi Modesty Squad Bans Name "Bed And Breakfast"
Comments: 27 | Categories: Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
The new directives bans images of beds, women's clothing and mention of the words "pregnancy," "birth," "cantorial and Hasidic music" (even for men-only events) and "bed-and-breakfasts." Other topics on the ban list of the Committee for the Purity of the...

February 4, 2015: Video: Long-Time Get-Refuser Tossed Out Of YU Prayer Service
Comments: 43 | Categories: MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
On Tuesday,an ORA staff member spotted Yechiel Friedman praying at a minyan in Yeshiva University. Yechiel Friedman has refused to issue his wife a Jewish divorce (Get) for nearly 18 years, and the Beth Din of America has issued a...

February 3, 2015: Haredim Censor 'Immodest' Cereal Boxes In Lakewood, NJ Grocery Store
Comments: 47 | Categories: Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Lakewood haredim use duct tape to censor 'immodest' cereal boxes in local grocery store. It isn't the first time (as you can see here) and it likely won't be the last. But this doesn't make it any less disgusting. Please...

February 3, 2015: Jury Selection Begins In Trial Of Alleged Haredi “Prodfather” Rabbi Mendel Epstein
Comments: 27 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
Jury selection in the kidnapping and extortion trial of haredi Rabbi Mendel Epstein and several of his alleged co-conspirators began in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey yesterday. Above: The alleged "Prodfather" Rabbi Mendel Epstein Jury Selection Begins In Trial...

January 29, 2015: Women Shouldn't Talk Loudly Or Laugh In Public, Satmar Rebbe Says
Comments: 46 | Categories: Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Religion , Women & Judaism
“If a woman must go on the street, she should walk quickly and not stroll…not talk loudly, not laugh,” Teitelbaum said, and if she walks with her husband and there's contact [talking] with each other, its a "disgusting" act. Similarly,...

January 29, 2015: UPDATED: Alleged Mikvah Voyeur Rabbi Refuses To Leave Synagogue-Owned House, Despite Being Fired And Told To Leave
Comments: 22 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Women & Judaism
Freundel is currently facing six separate voyeurism charges related to six separate victims, all secretly videoed naked as they prepared to immerse in the mikvah (ritual bath) next to Kesher Israel that Freundel controlled. Freundel could serve as much as...

January 28, 2015: Haredi Lawyer, Convicted Of A Sex-Realted Simple Assault, Still Denies Guilt
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
"This whole thing is very unfortunate," Neuberger said in court Tuesday, wearing a plaid scarf atop his suit collar. "It's a misunderstanding and I'm sorry I agreed to those facts." Above: The lighted, paved path between Isaac Neuberger's home on...

January 27, 2015: "Urgent Appeal For Pidyon Shvuyim"
Comments: 23 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Women & Judaism
The haredi gang allegedly used an electric cattle prod and kidnapping to force husbands to give their wives a Jewish divorce known as a get. But this wasn't altruistic. These haredi thugs charged about $100,000 per divorce. They were arrested...

January 25, 2015: Court Finds Against Haredi-Controlled City Government, Orders It To Pay Women Compensation After It Refused To Remove Haredi Modesty Signs
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Women & Judaism
Four Modern Orthodox residents sued the City of Beit Shemesh for refusing to remove from public property haredi modesty signs ordering gender segregation and demanding certain types of "modest" dress. Above: An illegal haredi modesty sign in Beit Shemesh ordering...

January 23, 2015: As Trapped Wife Sobs On Witness Stand, Recalcitrant Husband Yoel Weiss Laughs, Drawing Reproach From Judge
Comments: 49 | Categories: Haredim , Women & Judaism
[Yoel] Weiss chuckled throughout [his trapped wife Rivky] Stein’s testimony, causing Judge Esther Morgenstern to reprimand him. “There’s nothing funny here. I don’t see any humor,” said the judge, who had difficulty obtaining her own get when her marriage dissolved...

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