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  • FEAR THY NEIGHBOR

    By Simone Wilson

    November 25, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    Just after dawn on Nov. 18, a pair of Palestinian cousins from East Jerusalem went on a killing rampage in a West Jerusalem synagogue. 

    Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal walked into the Kehilat Bnei Torah shul in Har Nof, one of Jewish Israel’s most serene, well-to-do immigrant...

  • Charedim demonstrate over arrest of draft-dodging Yeshiva student

    April 18, 2014 | 10:59 am

    About 500 Charedi Orthodox men demonstrated in Jerusalem against the arrest of a yeshiva student who ignored a call-up notice for army service. The protesters, who also took to the streets in the predominately Charedi city of Bnei Brak, blocked intersections, set fire to trash bins...

  • Purim story: No Yeshiva Deferments

    March 19, 2014 | 3:50 pm

    The funhouse sideshow of Charedi life in Israel and in the New York area bursts forth every Purim, as the ultra-Orthodox transform themselves into fez-wearing Turks, medieval noblemen and so on.

    We enjoy the easing of cultural barriers in the humor and evincing of a shared...

  • The challenge of defining Charedim

    December 5, 2013 | 10:53 am

    The Iranian nuclear issue and Palestinian peace talks may be dominating the news about Israel nowadays, but if discussions within the Jewish state focused on any social challenge this year, it was the question of how to integrate the Charedi Orthodox population into Israel’s...

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  • The women of startup nation

    By Simone Wilson

    October 16, 2013 | 12:51 pm

    Kira Radinksy, co-founder and chief technology officer of Israeli startup SalesPredict, is something of an anomaly among the leaders of Israel’s proud “startup nation.” And not just because she was a child prodigy who started her computer science career at the Technion - Israel...

  • Charedim acknowledge abuse

    October 16, 2013 | 11:04 am

    It was only when her sons came at her with knives that she realized keeping quiet was not going to work.

    For nine years, her rabbis had told her not to speak up about her husband’s verbal, physical and sexual attacks. They assured her that the abuse would pass, that if she obeyed...

  • Western Wall rabbi to Charedi girls: Avoid plaza for Women of the Wall service

    October 3, 2013 | 9:45 am

    The Western Wall rabbi requested that Charedi Orthodox girls not fill the plaza for the next Women of the Wall service.

    Aiming to reduce tension at the plaza, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz made the request on Thursday, one day before the monthly Rosh Chodesh service by the group.

    ...
  • Israeli defense chief Ya’alon defers Charedi draft orders

    July 30, 2013 | 3:34 pm

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon deferred the draft orders for hundreds of Charedi Orthodox yeshiva students.

    The students had been scheduled to be inducted into the Israel Defense Forces in August through December following the cancellation of the Tal Law, which had...

  • Charedim need more Judaism

    By David Suissa

    July 24, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    I saw two opposite ends of Jewish tolerance last Friday night in Jerusalem’s Old City. As I walked through the Jaffa Gate on my way to a Shabbat dinner, I noticed some black-hatted Charedim kicking a taxicab while yelling, “Shabbos, Shabbos!”

    A little while later, at the home of...

  • Father and daughter at the Wall: Amid whistles, prayer endures

    July 17, 2013 | 3:36 pm

    On July 8, Rabbi Adam Kligfeld, senior rabbi at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, attended a Woman of the Wall prayer service at the Western Wall in Jerusalem with his 11-year-old daughter, Noa. The Journal asked them to write about the experience, each from their own perspective.

    I...

  • After draft riot, Jerusalem Charedim charged with assaulting police

    July 12, 2013 | 11:02 am

    Israeli prosecutors indicted two Charedi Orthodox men for assaulting police officers called to the scene of a mob attack on a Charedi soldier in Jerusalem.

    The two men, Joseph Braun and Jacob Krischavski, were charged on Thursday with attacking several police officers on Tuesday...

  • Charedi soldier attacked by haredim in Mea Shearim

    July 9, 2013 | 2:21 pm

    A Charedi Orthodox soldier was attacked by dozens of haredi rioters in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim.

    The soldier, a resident of central Israel who was visiting the haredi Orthodox enclave to visit relatives, hid in a nearby building where he changed into civilian...

  • Charedi Orthodox Agudath Israel of America on gay marriage

    June 26, 2013 | 9:50 am

    The first of what will likely be many Jewish responses to the Supreme Court’s decision today, the Charedi Orthodox Agudath Israel of America was brief and to the point:

    Society’s mores may shift and crumble but eternal verities exist.  One is marriage, the union of a man and a woman.  Its sanctity may have been grievously insulted by the High Court today, but that sanctity remains untouched.

  • Thousands of Charedim protest in Lower Manhattan

    June 10, 2013 | 7:24 am

    Until now, the primary storyline of the religious-secular battles in Israel has been driven by Women of the Wall, the activist group that, with their monthly prayer meetings at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, have brought more attention to the quest for religious equality in Israel than...

  • Small Charedi protest, no Torah allowed at Women of the Wall service

    June 9, 2013 | 6:10 am

    Hundreds of protesting Charedi Orthodox youth did not prevent or significantly disturb the Women of the Wall’s monthly service at the Western Wall.

    The women were not, however, able to read from a Torah scroll during the service as planned.

    Sunday’s service, which – according...

  • Israel’s chief rabbis receive death threats over Women of the Wall prayer

    June 3, 2013 | 9:33 am

    Israel’s chief rabbis received death threats in letters to their offices warning them to allow the Women of the Wall to pray “in accordance with our customs.”

    The letters, headlined “This is a last warning,” were delivered Monday to the offices of Rabbi Yona Metzger and Rabbi...

  • Israel seals deal ending military exemptions for ultra-Orthodox

    May 29, 2013 | 7:34 am

    Israel clinched a deal on Wednesday to abolish wholesale exemptions from military service for Jewish seminary students, ended a brief crisis that divided the ruling coalition parties.

    The issue of "sharing the national burden" is at the heart of heated debate over privileges the...

  • Choosing between love and obligation

    By Tom Tugend

    May 22, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    "Fill the Void,” which won Israel’s equivalent of the Academy Award last year, is a love story unlike any Hollywood fare and it is set in a Jewish community unfamiliar to most Jews.

    The movie is by and about a Charedi, or ultra-Orthodox, enclave in the center of Tel Aviv,...

  • Victory at the Wall?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 10, 2013 | 3:00 pm

    There comes a time in any successful movement for change or reform for cashing in, and it is often a time of crisis. Getting so close to achieving a goal, one has to struggle with two challenges: the temptation to overreach — and pass on a deal that might be the best realistic one...

  • Mezuzahs set ablaze in haredi Orthodox Brooklyn section

    April 9, 2013 | 8:49 am

    Eleven mezuzahs were set afire in a residential building in Brooklyn in an incident that New York City police are treating as a hate crime.

    The vandalism occurred Monday afternoon -- the day Israel observed Holocaust Remembrace Day -- in public housing located in the...

  • Netanyahu threatens to turn to Charedi Orthodox parties for coalition

    March 13, 2013 | 11:12 am

    The Likud party, citing what it called "excessive demands" from Yesh Atid, threatened to launch government coalition negotiations with the Charedi Orthodox parties.

    The impasse with the Yesh Atid party prevented Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from introducing his new...

  • London Orthodox, non-Jews face off over planning laws

    March 11, 2013 | 7:15 am

    Non-Jewish residents of the heavily haredi Orthodox-populated London neighborhood of Hackney have launched a campaign to prevent Orthodox Jews from changing city planning regulations.

    A group named Hackney Planning Watch recently produced a flyer warning: “Your neighborhood is in...

  • Charedi media personalities call for settlement boycott

    March 6, 2013 | 1:59 pm

    Israeli Charedi Orthodox media personalities are calling for a boycott of West Bank settlement products in response to the Jewish Home party's position on drafting yeshiva students.

    The leader of Jewish Home, Naftali Bennett, is a staunch advocate of West Bank settlements and is...

  • With time running out to form a government, Netanyahu facing tough choices

    March 5, 2013 | 9:02 am

    When he emerged bruised but unbeaten following the Jan. 22 elections, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced some tough choices.

    Should he aim for a narrow, right-wing governing coalition comprised of haredi Orthodox, nationalist and religious Zionist parties that would...

  • Netanyahu sets meeting to request extension in forming government

    February 28, 2013 | 8:25 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Shimon Peres to request an extension in forming a government.

    Their meeting was scheduled for Saturday night at the end of Shabbat, which is the deadline for forming a government.

    Under law, Netanyahu can...

  • Frum women find a place

    November 15, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    When “Rivky,” a Charedi, or ultra-Orthodox, woman with “a very large family” — she declined to say how large, fearful of tempting fate — opened a woman’s clothing shop in the basement of her Jerusalem home 40 years ago, advertising her business was easy.

    “There was only one...

  • Bill would ban entrance of hostile foreign government officials

    August 23, 2012 | 11:31 am

    Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) has sponsored a bill designed to ban entry into the country by officials of any foreign government complicit in violating the rights of imprisoned Americans.

    Nicknamed Jacob’s Law, the bill was written in honor of Jacob Ostreicher, a haredi Orthodox Jews...

  • How Charedi draftees affect the military

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 22, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    Professor Yagil Levy of the Open University in Israel discusses the Charedi draft, and an alternative direction on Iran. ‎

    You have claimed that the religious community has a growing amount of influence ‎in the Israeli military - why is this a negative thing? Does it impair the...

  • As Charedi draft begins, no problems

    August 15, 2012 | 10:34 am

    The controversy had sparked a national debate, raucous protests in the streets and the collapse of a historic government. That came in the months after the Israeli Supreme Court had nullified a law exempting Charedi Orthodox Israelis from military service and giving the government...

  • Memorial service honors Lithuanian Charedi leader

    July 25, 2012 | 5:20 pm

    Several hundred men and women attended a memorial service at Congregation Shaarei Tefila on July 23 to honor Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, head of the Lithuanian Charedi communities in Israel. Attendees packed into Kanner Hall on Beverly Boulevard to hear eulogies and pay respects to...

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