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  • Uncle Shmuel wants YOU!

    By Steve Greenberg

    March 26, 2014 | 1:37 pm

  • The Charedi protests: A response to David Suissa

    March 12, 2014 | 9:39 am

    [David Suissa: Charedim should start with ‘thank you’  /
    Knesset passes Charedi draft law / Community response]

    I consider myself a friend of David Suissa. I like what he is about, trying to bring disparate segments of our Jewish community together. That is precisely why I feel...

  • 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...

  • ESPN: Israel’s Mekel to sign with NBA’s Mavericks

    July 1, 2013 | 9:56 am

    Israeli point guard Gal Mekel is poised to become the second Israeli to play in the NBA after giving a verbal commitment to the Dallas Mavericks.

    Mekel, 25, informed the Mavs early Monday morning that he would sign a three-year contract with the 2011 champions at the end of the...

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  • 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...

  • Thousands protest in Jerusalem against haredi draft

    May 17, 2013 | 7:56 am

    Thousands of haredi Orthodox Israelis protested in Jerusalem against plans to enlist haredi men into the military.

    The protesters gathered Thursday night near the city’s military draft bureau to hear rabbis warn that army service would irreparably harm their way of life.

    ...
  • Israel requests reservists after rockets target cities

    November 16, 2012 | 11:05 am

    Israeli ministers were on Friday asked to endorse the call-up of up to 75,000 reservists after Palestinian militants nearly hit Jerusalem with a rocket for the first time in decades and fired at Tel Aviv for a second day.

    The rocket attacks were a challenge to Israel's Gaza...

  • 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...

  • Israeli military begins drafting haredi Orthodox

    August 9, 2012 | 10:51 am

    The Israel Defense Forces have begun drafting haredi Orthodox 18-year-olds without encountering significant protests, one week after a new law requiring haredi military service took effect.

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on July 31 ordered the IDF to compose guidelines for...

  • Barak orders haredi Orthodox conscription

    August 1, 2012 | 11:19 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the Israeli Defense Forces to draft haredi Orthodox men as it does other Jewish Israelis.

    Barak has allowed a month for officials to formulate regulations on haredi conscription, according to reports.

    The order came as the Tal Law, which...

  • Netanyahu wants two teams to examine draft alternatives

    July 6, 2012 | 11:09 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Friday that he has ordered the formulation of two teams to examine universal draft alternatives.

    One team will be headed by Prime Minister’s Office representatives and the other by ones from Kadima, Ynet reported.

    Kadima Chairman Shaul...

  • 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....

  • Max Fried, 18, drafted by Padres

    June 5, 2012 | 10:32 am

    Max Fried, an 18-year-old high school graduate from Los Angeles, was selected by the San Diego Padres in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft.

    Fried, a left-handed pitcher, was chosen seventh overall in Monday’s draft.

    The teen, who wore the number 32 at...

  • Browns pick Schwartz in NFL draft

    May 2, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    The second round of the NFL draft was not 30 minutes old when the phone rang in the Schwartz home on the afternoon of April 27.

    The family recognized the Cleveland area code. Mitchell Schwartz, the Cal offensive lineman who was expecting to be drafted, picked up the phone. Then he...

  • Nothing trivial about these Jews on the gridiron

    By  Lee Barnathan

    April 25, 2012 | 10:53 am

    Trivia question: What family soon will represent 20 percent of the Jews in the National Football League?

    Answer: The one with Geoff and Mitchell Schwartz. Older son Geoff has played two seasons with the Carolina Panthers and now is under contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Younger...