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  • Beit Shemesh mayor condemns attack on woman for modesty

    April 2, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbul condemned an attack on a woman by a haredi Orthodox man who accused her of not being dressed modestly enough.

    Abutbul issued a statement Tuesday condemning the attack of last week.

    “I strongly condemn this violent incident, something that is...

  • A year on, Israeli team of rivals rules Netanyahu’s coalition

    March 26, 2014 | 3:46 pm

    In the lead-up to last year’s Knesset elections, the pro-settlement Jewish Home party released a controversial ad showing party chairman Naftali Bennett smiling alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The message was clear: Netanyahu will be prime minister, but a...

  • Charedim should start with ‘thank you’

    By David Suissa

    March 5, 2014 | 10:37 am

    Put yourself in the shoes of an Israeli mother whose son was killed while serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). On television, you watch close to half a million Ultra-Orthodox Jews demonstrate last Sunday against a bill that would force some of them to serve in the IDF, which...

  • Religion vs. Religion

    By David Suissa

    July 11, 2012 | 4:20 pm

    It’s tempting to look at the latest crisis in Israel — over whether the Charedim should serve in the military — as pitting religion against the state. Just look at some of the comments from both sides. On the fervent religious side, Shas spiritual leader Ovadia Yosef has...

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  • Haredim hold prayer protest of draft

    June 25, 2012 | 4:23 pm

    Thousands of haredi Orthodox held a prayer rally to protest the forced enlistment of yeshiva students.

    The early Monday morning demonstration by men, women and children was organized by the Eda Haredit organization in Jerusalem. Participants reportedly read psalms and lamentations....

  • Jessica Fishman’s Sad Story and the Threat to Israel’s Civil Society

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 10, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    Jessica Fishman’s story will break your heart. She is a young Jewish woman from Minnesota whose father was President of their Conservative synagogue and mother was President of Hadassah. Jessica was a Jewish day school student and attended services every Shabbat. As a teen she...

  • Opinion: Who are the Charedim?

    February 8, 2012 | 3:54 pm

    The disturbing recent episode involving the harassment of an 8-year-old Orthodox girl in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh, and the ongoing controversy over separate seating for women on public buses in Jerusalem and elsewhere, has focused new attention on that group of Jews known as...

  • Opinion: Right Is wrong

    February 1, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    Much has already been written about the horrifying scenes of violence, extremism and chilul Hashem (desecration of God’s name) taking place in Israel these past weeks — indeed these past years; but something more needs to be said. 

    The images and reality of grown men,...

  • Charedis’ Political Clout a Threat to Israel, Regev Says

    By Tom Tugend

    January 11, 2011 | 6:46 pm

    The most serious internal problem facing Israel is the political clout exerted by the Charedim  (ultra-Orthodox), which threatens the future unity, economic development and military readiness of the state.

    This is the firm conviction of Rabbi Uri Regev, who recently spent a week in...

  • Charedi yuppies

    By David Suissa

    December 26, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Moshe Shapoff was blown away by the look of the building. He was seeing it on a computer screen in three dimensions, and he couldn't believe the level of detail. It was a redesign of a residential building in Jerusalem, which the architect had made bigger, more modern and certainly...
  • Nahal Haredi: Unorthodox battalion seeks to change Orthodox image

    By Tom Tugend

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Click BIG ARROW for a soldier's video about his comrades in the Nahal Haredi
    In Israel, where service in the armed forces is every man's -- and most women's -- duty, the majority of Israelis, from secular to Modern Orthodox, have long scorned the ultra-Orthodox "black hats" for...
  • Digital Divide

    By David Wallis

    January 18, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Though Israel boasts a burgeoning high-tech industry and a predominantly Net-savvy populace, many of the country's charedim (ultra-Orthodox Jews) view technology, especially the World Wide Web, as something of a mixed blessing. Sure, many charedim support their families by writing...

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