Thousands of haredi Orthodox held a prayer rally to protest the forced enlistment of yeshiva students.
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 demonizing an entire community.
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 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 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.
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.
Hundreds of haredim rioted in Jaffa, attacking police officers with bricks and rocks, over an archeological dig.