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  • Haredim’s refusal to sit next to opposite sex delays Delta flight

    3 days ago

    A Delta Airlines flight to Israel was delayed after haredi Orthodox men and women deplaned rather than sit next to members of the opposite sex.

    The flight Monday night from New York’s Kennedy Airport arrived more than an hour late on Tuesday afternoon due to the incident,...

  • Petition calls on El Al to protect female passengers from haredi harassment

    September 29, 2014 | 3:56 pm

    Hundreds have signed an online petition calling on El Al Airlines to protect female passengers from being harassed by haredi Orthodox men.

    The petition on Change.org was launched Sunday, days after an El Al flight from New York to Tel Aviv was delayed in taking off when haredi...

  • Let soldiers and haredim swap roles

    September 18, 2014 | 10:35 am

    Controversy over haredi military service roils Israeli society, but respect for each side’s concerns and values can help resolve it.

    Haredim believe Jews of all backgrounds are equally commanded to learn Torah. So Israel could diffuse Torah study by allowing non-religious,...

  • The Israel-Hamas war through Haredi Orthodox eyes

    July 23, 2014 | 12:50 pm

    Most Israelis blame the war in Gaza squarely on Hamas, though there are plenty who fault the Israeli government for not pursuing peace more aggressively.

    In the haredi Orthodox community, however, where practically everything is ascribed to the omnipresent hand of God in one form...

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  • Reading the fine print of the “Haredi draft” bill reveals an unpleasant surprise

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 13, 2014 | 10:20 am

    Yesterday, Israel’s Knesset passed a law requiring Haredi, Ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students to serve in the Israel Defense Forces. This so called "revolutionary" bill was  supposed to be a step forward for the Israeli society. Instead, the bill, also known as the "Equal service...

  • Collection of Video Reports on Social Issues in Israel

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 12, 2014 | 5:30 am

    This week in the “Social Order” edition:

    • Why are leftist activists taking part in an ultra-Orthodox demonstration?
    • "Heart at East", but the money is in the West - discrimination in allocating funds for Mizrahi culture.
    • The ongoing use of ‘contract’ workers by the...
  • 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...

  • Letters to the Editor: Figueres, Cuba, Charedim

    August 1, 2013 | 10:30 am

    With Gratitude

    I received such a delightful surprise. I received a copy of your thoughtful article “Figueres” (July 12). I am grateful for your visit to Costa Rica. It is a lesson in itself.  I am grateful that, at a special time of need, you remind us of the truths of the dreams...

  • Charedi men attack after woman refuses to move to back of bus

    July 31, 2013 | 10:29 am

    Haredi Orthodox assailants in Beit Shemesh smashed the windows of a bus after a woman refused to sit apart from men.

    The trouble began Wednesday afternoon when a haredi man demanded that a female passenger move to the back of the crowded public bus in Beit Shemesh, a sprawling...

  • Israel Protest in NY Easy For Haredim Not Subject to IDF Draft

    By Pini Herman

    June 10, 2013 | 2:08 pm

    The 5,700 miles (9,200 kilometers) that separate New York and Jerusalem aren't the only thing that separate the Ultra-Orthodox communities.  The fact that the vast majority of Satmar Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox Jews) who organized Sunday’s protest against Haredi service in the IDF are...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • Police: Women prohibited from saying Kaddish at Western Wall

    April 4, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Women will be prohibited from saying the Mourner's Kaddish and other prayers at the Western Wall, Jerusalem police told Women of the Wall.

    Jerusalem police commissioner Yossi Pariente in a letter sent Thursday to Women of the Wall Chairwoman Anat Hoffman said he would enforce the...

  • 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...

  • Haredi draft: Optimistic and pessimistic scenarios

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 27, 2013 | 7:28 am

    Israel's coalition talks are currently stalled. They are stalled mainly over differences concerning the integration of Haredis, the ultra-Orthodox Jews, into mainstream society.

    To make a very long story short: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants his new coalition to include...

  • Women of the Wall Megillah reading undisturbed by Israeli police

    February 25, 2013 | 1:17 pm

    A women’s Megillah reading at the Western Wall took place on Shushan Purim without incident or arrests.

    Approximately 80 women turned out, some donning prayer shawls, others dressed as police and haredi Orthodox worshipers, on Monday morning in Jerusalem, the TImes of Israel...

  • In Antwerp, a Charedi pariah forces school to go coed

    January 8, 2013 | 1:40 pm

    With a soft smile and two young boys in tow, a mild-mannered Moshe Aryeh Friedman appeared undeserving of his reputation as the scourge of the local Charedi Orthodox community as he walked his sons to school on Monday.

    Until, that is, he led them straight into Benoth Jerusalem, a...

  • Brooklyn man indicted for throwing bleach in rabbi’s face

    December 27, 2012 | 10:51 am

    A Brooklyn fishmonger was indicted for allegedly throwing a cup of bleach in the face of a Chasidic rabbi who had accused the man's father of being a sexual predator.

    Meilech Schnitzler, 36, of Williamsburg, a member of the Satmar Chasidic sect, was charged Wednesday on two...

  • E. Jerusalem Arabs arrested for attacking Jewish man

    December 13, 2012 | 11:18 am

    Three Arab teenagers from eastern Jerusalem were arrested on suspicion that they attacked a haredi Orthodox Jewish man.

    The teens, all 16, told police after they were arrested Thursday that they attacked the Jewish man because they had been attacked previously by Jews, according to Israel Radio.

    They are accused of injuring the 20-year-old man on Wednesday evening as he walked through the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.

  • Leading haredi rabbi in Israel: Say no to national service

    December 11, 2012 | 10:06 am

    The senior rabbi of the Lithuanian haredi Orthodox, Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, said yeshiva students should not agree to enlist in National Service.

    The rabbi's decision, quoted Monday in the haredi daily newspaper Yated Ne'eman, comes a day after Israel's Cabinet approved a...

  • In ‘Fill the Void,’ haredi filmmaker Rama Burshtein aims lens inward

    September 28, 2012 | 11:57 am

    On a dark Tel Aviv terrace, a young haredi Orthodox man and a younger haredi woman discuss love and heartbreak. There is tension and animosity, hurt feelings and broken promises. Then, in an emotional crescendo, the man steps toward the woman, stopping inches from her face. His...

  • Haredi rabbi in Israel tells followers to burn iPhones

    September 25, 2012 | 11:18 am

    A prominent haredi Orthodox rabbi in Israel ordered his followers to burn their iPhones.

    The call by Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, 84, appeared Sunday on the front page of the religious daily newspaper Yated Neeman, according to the Failed Messiah website.

    Following the decree by...

  • Lawsuit filed against haredi radio station for excluding women

    August 29, 2012 | 10:40 am

    The religious women’s organization Kolech filed a class-action lawsuit against a haredi Orthodox radio station for excluding women.

    The nearly $26 million lawsuit filed Tuesday in Jerusalem District Court against Kol Berama alleges that the station does not hire women as...

  • Shame at the Holiest Site in Judaism

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 20, 2012 | 12:08 pm

    For those who do not receive emails from the Israeli Reform Movement’s Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), I refer the following to you for your information and for action. Anat Hoffman, the Executive Director of IRAC sent this notice out this morning and it is self-explanatory...

  • Foxman: Draft Israeli Arabs, haredim to defend their neighborhoods

    August 17, 2012 | 10:24 am

    Israel should consider drafting its Arab and Haredi population to defend their neighborhoods, according to a prominent American Jewish leader.

    Abraham Foxman, director of the Anti-Defamation League, told the Times of Israel that the proposal would undercut ideological arguments...

  • 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...

  • New glasses blur women for haredi Orthodox men

    August 7, 2012 | 3:57 pm

    Charedi Orthodox men in Israel are buying glasses that will prevent them from seeing the immodest women that threaten their way of life.

    The glasses, which are being sold for $32.50, have a special blur-inducing sticker on their lenses that provides clear vision for up to a few...

  • 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...

  • Extremist haredi Orthodox protest universal conscription

    July 16, 2012 | 3:40 pm

    Thousands of members of a haredi Orthodox sect protested in Jerusalem against a planned universal military service law.

    The members of the extremist Eda Haredit sect, which does not recognize secular law, protested Monday evening.

    The protest reportedly began with prayer and...

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