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  • Survey shows broad dissatisfaction with Israeli religious policy

    September 15, 2015 | 7:32 am

    Secular and haredi Orthodox Israelis differ on many things, but there’s one thing both sides agree on: When it comes to religious affairs, the government is failing.

    That’s one of the findings of an annual survey of Israeli religious identification and attitudes toward religious...

  • For Hasidic Jew who consults for Google, no college degree required

    September 1, 2015 | 9:59 am

    When Issamar Ginzberg enters his Jerusalem office on a sweltering summer day, he’s wearing a long black coat tied at the waist and a black hat. His long, scraggly beard and sidecurls, or payos, offer no relief from the heat.

    The office — thank God — is air conditioned, and...

  • President Rivlin: In Israel, there is a word which has long since turned into a weapon: ‘Demography’

    By Pini Herman

    June 11, 2015 | 4:43 am

    No demographers have framed the implications of Israel's developing demographics better and therefore I am bringing Israeli President Reuven Rivlin's complete speech on June 7, 2015 at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Israeli society is undergoing a...

  • Women and smartphones in haredi ads? Relax, it’s an election campaign

    March 10, 2015 | 9:59 am

    In an Israeli campaign ad released Monday, a secular Israeli husband and wife stress about housing prices, until a member of Knesset pops onto their iPhone screen, touting his party’s economic policies and accomplishments.

    It’s a common trope in this campaign — where voters’ top...

  • Haredi Orthodox women launch Israeli political party

    January 20, 2015 | 11:08 am

    A group of haredi Orthodox women have formed a political party in Israel ahead of the March elections.

    The party, called B’zchutan, or “In their merit,” was announced Monday as a response to the existing all-male haredi parties, the Sephardi Shas and Ashkenazi United Torah...

  • Solidarity in Israel Between the Left and the Ultra-Orthodox

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 13, 2014 | 7:00 am

    Alongside of hundreds of thousands of Haredim, who demonstrated earlier this week (2/3/2014) against forced military recruitment, dozens of activists joined a demonstration in Tel Aviv in solidarity with the ultra-Orthodox. The question is, what drives leftist activists to...

  • A year of haredim taking to Jerusalem’s streets

    March 3, 2014 | 11:24 am

    A bus of black hats, whispered prayers and gender-segregated seating.

    A mass of haredi Orthodox men — and some women — walking slowly together, packing the streets of northern Jerusalem.

    Hundreds of thousands of voices wailing prayers of penitence, portraying a recent event as...

  • Do You Davven With That Mouth?

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    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...

  • Mazal Tov to Lapid and Bennett and Goodbye to the Ganavim Haredim!

    By LiAmi Lawrence

    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...

  • 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...

  • July 8, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 8, 2012 | 2:31 am


    The End of the Beginning in Syria

    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

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 6, 2012 | 4:23 am


    Will Iran crack?

    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...

  • 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....

  • June 3, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    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...

  • Op-Ed: Respect haredi life while offering criticism

    May 30, 2012 | 4:22 pm

    A recent article by Israeli journalist Yaron London headlined “We Need Fewer Haredim” and two major pieces in The New York Times about the haredi approach to sex abuse cases highlight the challenge and the need to address serious issues emanating from the haredi world without...

  • Russian-born Israelis and their mistrust of everybody

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 5, 2012 | 8:53 am

    I have to apologize twice at the outset of this post: Once, for writing so much in recent days about new ‎polls – apparently, Passover is not just the holiday of matza, it’s also the great holiday of Jewish polls ‎‎(there are still a couple of such new polls waiting for...

  • 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,...

  • Itamar Rose - Women’s segregation / Banish darkness

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 30, 2011 | 12:48 pm

  • Where do Israeli haredim stand on haredi violence?

    December 30, 2011 | 12:18 pm

    The cascade of condemnations started pouring in almost as soon as the Israeli TV report aired. It’s subject was an 8-year-old girl harassed by haredi men on the way to her Modern Orthodox girls’ school in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh.

    The Israeli prime minister and...

  • 5 comments on the exclusion of women and the denigration of Haredis

    By Shmuel Rosner

    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...

  • Another Israel-South Africa comparison

    By Shmuel Rosner

    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...

  • On Israel’s demographic time bomb

    By Shmuel Rosner

    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,...

  • Brooklyn DA claims record number of child sex-abuse charges vs. haredim

    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...

  • Religious zealots attack “immodest” Jerusalem shops

    October 19, 2011 | 5:46 pm

    A sign at the ice cream parlor may caution men and women not to lick cones in public, but the warning didn’t stop Jewish zealots vandalizing the shop in Jerusalem’s main ultra-Orthodox neighborhood.

    Other businesses in Mea Shearim, including a book store and dress shops, have been...

  • Haredim riot in Jaffa over excavations

    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...