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  • Passover: When should we intervene in abuse?

    2 weeks ago

    One of the curious and often overlooked aspects of the Pesach story is the precipitating narrative that takes Moses out of the Egyptian culture in which he was raised, so that he later can return to take the Israelite people out of Egypt.

    “Some time after, when Moses had grown...

  • Petition against ex-rabbi Gafni gains Jewish community support

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    January 6, 2016 | 2:59 pm

    In 2015, a film about journalists on the investigative team at the Boston Globe shone a light on abuse in the Catholic Church. Meanwhile, the Jewish community in 2015 read news of rabbinic abuse and scandal. And now, several articles are shining a fresh light on former rabbi Marc...

  • Domestic Abuse Victim Needs Emergency Funds

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    October 30, 2015 | 1:07 am

    Due to the serious nature of this situation, limited identifying information will be given- to protect the safety of this mother and her children.

    There is a young Jewish woman in the Los Angeles community with small children, who is in a horribly abusive marriage, who is trying...

  • These ‘Gentle’ giants help heal wounds young and old

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 13, 2015 | 11:37 am

    On a recent morning, Ellie Laks was hugging a yellow Jersey cow named Buttercup in the lower barn of her 6-acre animal rescue, The Gentle Barn, in Santa Clarita. She explained she had rescued the cow some seven years ago from a man who was illegally slaughtering animals in his...

  • How Marlborough let us down

    February 12, 2015 | 12:57 pm

    I was accepted into the all-girls Marlborough School on my 12th birthday. I wanted to be a Marlborough girl more than anything. I wanted to put on a khaki skirt and polo shirt and be welcomed into a space where women were encouraged to be loud, smart and powerful.

    Although my...

  • The Abuse We’re Still Not Talking About

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    September 16, 2014 | 11:20 am

    The news about the NFL’s Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson has put a spotlight, for the time being anyway, on domestic abuse. Whether it’s hitting a significant other or hitting a child, important issues are being raised about abuse, what proof of wrongdoing is required, what punishment...

  • The Torah and child sexual abuse

    August 14, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Everything we build and teach our children, all our investments and dedication to good, all our moral standards, our entire education system, can be wiped out in one fell swoop when we or our children are violated.

    The first of all ethical and Torah axioms must be stated at the...

  • Using gift of gab for good

    June 5, 2013 | 11:29 am

    Sepora Makabeh is a social butterfly — outgoing, talkative, friendly and approachable. But rather than using this quality to just collect friends and speak her mind, the 18-year-old senior at Milken Community High School has employed it to assist people with special needs and...

  • Letters to the Editor: JFS, Jackie Robinson, Doheny Meats

    April 24, 2013 | 5:20 pm

    Twice Wounded

    How terribly unfortunate that a Jewish communal professional who has done more than anyone else to raise awareness about domestic violence and abuse of all kinds, and whose efforts have revolutionized the way these topics are dealt with within a segment of the...

  • Reclaiming the Morality of Our Torah: A Response to Rabbi Hershel Schachter

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 20, 2013 | 1:46 pm

    Recently, a scandal emerged within the Orthodox community when Rabbi Hershel Schachter, a halakhic leader and member of the faculty of Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), made an overtly racist comment that was recorded at a London conference....

  • Chasidic counseler Nechemya Weberman sentenced to 103 years for abuse

    January 22, 2013 | 11:37 am

    Chasidic counselor Nechemya Weberman was sentenced to 103 years in prison for sexual abuse of a teenage female patient over several years.

    Weberman, 54, a member of the Satmar Chasidic community in Brooklyn, did not speak during the Jan. 22 sentencing in New York State Supreme...

  • Video shows N.Y. police officers beating man at Chabad center

    October 15, 2012 | 3:15 pm

    Two New York police officers were shown on a video beating a man at a Chabad youth center in Brooklyn.

    Video of the Oct. 8 incident, as captured by surveillance cameras at the center in the Crown Heights section, was posted Sunday to the Lubavitch news site CrownHeights.info and...

  • Australian Jews balk at ‘Breaking the Silence’ abuse reports

    August 29, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Australian Jewish officials lashed out at a group of former Israeli soldiers who reported abuses they witnessed while serving in the Palestinian territories.

    The front pages of the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne’s The Age newspapers on Monday carried a report on the Aug. 24...

  • May 20, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 20, 2012 | 2:16 am

    The Fight Over Who Fights in ‎Israel

    Jodi Rudoren of the New York Times takes a look at Israel’s divisive issue of national ‎service for Haredi men. ‎

    The resentment, even demonization, of Haredim is deep and growing, most ‎profoundly among the strictly observant Jews known...

  • Worker accuses Sara Netanyahu of abuse

    August 31, 2011 | 11:18 am

    A foreign worker has accused the Israeli prime minister’s wife, Sara Netanyahu, of mistreating and assaulting her.

    The woman from Nepal, identified Tuesday night by Israel’s Channel 2 only as “T,” accused Netanyahu of not feeding her, rejecting vacation requests, and verbally and...

  • Black students group slams ‘apartheid’ abuse

    April 8, 2011 | 10:22 am

    An African American students group took out ads in college newspapers blasting “Israel Apartheid week” organizers for abusing the term.

    In a full page entitled “words matter” and appearing in the newspapers on April 7, Vanguard Leadership Group accuses Students for Justice in...

  • Silverado facility confronts elder abuse

    March 22, 2011 | 6:09 pm

    Elmore Kittower was 80 when he died in November 2007 at Silverado Senior Living, an assisted-living facility in Calabasas. His death was initially attributed to natural causes; at the time, a sheriff’s deputy told Kittower’s wife of 49 years, Rita, that her husband had “just...

  • The Real Housewives of O.C. Are Back!

    By Julia Bendis

    March 7, 2011 | 10:20 am

    I am ecstatic to say that the Real Housewives of Orange County are back on television!  Of course when I say ecstatic, I mean that in every sarcastic way possible…  Can’t you just feel me rolling my eyes when I write this?  Not only are they back for a brand new season, but this time...

  • Abusive ‘rabbi’ sentenced to 24 years in prison

    February 28, 2011 | 11:35 am

    A self-proclaimed rabbi who counseled his followers to commit acts of child abuse and abused several children who lived with him was sentenced to 24 years in prison.

    Elior Chen was sentenced Monday in Jerusalem District Court to 24 years in prison and damages of $192,000 to his...

  • Abortion notification Prop. 4 draws opposition

    By Lilly Fowler

    October 23, 2008 | 12:29 am

    In February 1994, a 15-year-old girl from Texas named Sarah walked into an abortion clinic. The procedure the young woman had hoped would help solve her problems went drastically wrong, and Sarah walked out of the doctor's office with a torn cervix and a serious infection. She would...
  • Tortured Logic

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In 1470, five corpses were found in the charnel of a church in Endingen on the Rhine. Eight years earlier, a Jewish man named Elias had sheltered a family of five beggars in his home during the Passover/Easter season. Assuming that Endingen's Jews had murdered the family in order to...

  • Orthodox Alcohol, Drug Abuse Rising

    By Chanan Tigay

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Peter Gould had his last drink on Purim night seven years ago -- or, more accurately, his last drinks.

    "I drank more alcohol in a day than a human body can handle," he said, relaxing on a puffy couch in Baltimore in jeans, sneakers and a black knit kipah.

    At the time, Gould --...

  • T-Shirts Tell Tales of Domestic Violence

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Lisa Kapler remembers the day her high school boyfriend deliberately bit her cheek until it bled.

    He thought it was funny, said the 29-year-old San Fernando Valley resident, her tone a combination of perplexity and the frankness one might use with a close friend. Soon, her beau's...

  • Shouldering the Burden of Incest

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    When you go to the synagogue, you just might be sitting next to someone who sexually abused his daughter. You might be

    shaking his hand, admiring his charming demeanor, thinking how lucky his family is to have him. I should know. People sit next to my father all the time. Not only...

  • The Nation and The World

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    New Anti-Semitism Report

    The U.S. State Department praised the work of European governments against anti-Semitism, but said law enforcement must do more to respond to anti-Semitic crimes. The State Department�(tm)s report addressing anti-Semitic incidents around the...

  • Home Repair

    By Rob Eshman

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In a narrow Jerusalem alley a few blocks away from the souvenir shops of Ben Yehuda Street, a former drug addict who wants to be called Shimon is telling me the story of his horrific childhood.

    Born into a large Chasidic family in Eilat, Shimon and his 11 siblings were repeatedly...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Israel: U.S. Would Assassinate Saddam

    Israeli officials reportedly believe that if the United States moves against Iraq, it will be to assassinate Saddam Hussein and members of his family. According to an assessment prepared for the prime minister and foreign minister, the...

  • Providing Save Haven

    By Sharon Boorstin

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Nikki Tesfai greets me in her office at the African Community Resource Center (ACRC), the only refugee center in Los Angeles that aids people from African as well as European and Asian countries. It is also the only refugee center in the United States with a shelter for refugee women...

  • Children’s Crusade

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    More than 200 pediatricians across the United States have condemned a particularly virulent form of child abuse by parents, clergy and governments who place children in the front lines of pitched battles in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

    The pediatricians have formed Doctors...

  • Domestic Violence

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Ruth Neal, coordinator of Ezras Bayis, has seen Orthodox womenwho have been bitten, shoved, slapped, punched, spit at, scalded withhot chicken soup, threatened with a gun, pushed down a flight ofstairs. Wood cut by Kathe Kollwitz from "German ExpressionistWoodcuts," 1994.


    Ilana*, an...

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