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July 10, 2013 | 9:26 am
A number of years ago, I attended a rather large gathering of Jews. On Shabbat, I found myself sitting at a table with a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews, including some rabbis, who hailed from Brooklyn.
Right after motzi, some of them started talking about what we would now call the...
March 15, 2013 | 10:57 am
A new Israeli Government has now been formed and this will be the first time that the religious Haredi parties will be sitting out on the sidelines and not in the Government. No more fat men in their black coats - there are no fat lady Knesset Members in their parties because they...
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...
July 8, 2012 | 2:31 am
Writing for the Institute for National Security Studies, Benedetta Berti and Cameron S. Brown argue that restoring calm to Syria will require far more than simply removing Bashar Assad.
[F]or a political resolution of...
July 6, 2012 | 4:23 am
Imposing sanctions cannot be the only source of pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, writes Meghan L. O’Sullivan in the Los Angeles Times.
In past decades, sanctions against Iran have constituted the entirety of the U.S.-led strategy against...
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....
June 3, 2012 | 2:43 am
Note to Syria interventionists: Be careful what you wish for
International intervention in Syria could push President Bashar Assad into even more extreme actions in what has now become a sectarian war, warns Chemi Shalev in Haaretz.
The Syrian conflict may have been...
May 30, 2012 | 4:22 pm
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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,...
December 30, 2011 | 12:48 pm
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December 28, 2011 | 1:50 pm
It is all too convenient to make the debate about the status of women in Israel’s public arena a debate about Haredi violence and ultra Orthodox intolerance. The protesters gathering in Beit Shemesh were right to denounce any attacks, be it physical or verbal, on school girls...
December 28, 2011 | 2:45 am
How do you square “obvious wrongs with respect for local customs”, asks Eusebius McKaiser of Johannesburg’s Wits University. Apparently:
South Africa has a rather schizophrenic approach to such questions. In 1994, it adopted a constitution that explicitly recognizes customary...
December 15, 2011 | 4:00 am
I’m sitting in the lobby of a Jerusalem hotel as I read about “Israel’s other demographic time bomb”. Men in black all around me, enemy forces, according to Paul Pillar:
Israel has achieved a commanding position in confronting any perceived dangers from outside its borders,...
November 28, 2011 | 3:14 pm
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office says it has charged 89 men in the borough’s haredi Orthodox communities with child sex abuse—a threefold increase over a two-year span.
However, the Forward reported that Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes declined to provide any details about the...
October 19, 2011 | 5:46 pm
June 16, 2010 | 12:39 pm
Hundreds of haredim rioted in Jaffa, attacking police officers with bricks and rocks, over an archeological dig.
Five policemen were injured and 15 ultra-Orthodox Jews were arrested in the riots Wednesday over the dig, which the demonstrators say is disturbing a nearby Jewish burial...