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  • Betsy DeVos, Trump pick for education, pleases Orthodox, spooks church-state separationists

    1 week ago

    Add sweeping school reforms – and with them, funding for private schools that Orthodox groups embrace and secular Jewish groups fear — to the campaign promises that Donald Trump plans to fulfill.

    Last week, just before Thanksgiving, the president-elect named Betsy DeVos, a...

  • The Pledge

    September 29, 2016 | 5:40 pm

    I am a gay Orthodox Jewish teen. That in and of itself may be one of the most controversial sentences in modern Jewish history, but it’s also simply my life. I daven, or pray in com-munity, and I am part of the honors Judaic program at my school. I keep kosher, observe Shabbat,...

  • Dance studio has the right moves for Orthodox girls

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    September 29, 2016 | 2:44 pm

    For Orthodox girls and women, dance lessons aren’t as easy as learning a plié here and a relevé there. Classes might be mixed-gender, the outfits aren’t always modest, performances can take place on Shabbat and the music may be suggestive. 

    Growing up in an observant family in...

  • Israel’s ‘Shabbat war’ heats up, with Jerusalem feeling the squeeze

    September 21, 2016 | 9:21 am

    On the first Friday evening that Jerusalem restaurant Azza 40 opened without a kosher license, allowing it to serve customers on the Jewish sabbath, crowds of ultra-Orthodox Jews protested outside, threatening to smash windows and burn the place down.

    "It was crazy," said Reut...

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  • NY bombing suspect’s Orthodox neighbors seemed resigned to backyard terror

    September 20, 2016 | 1:52 pm

    Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man who police say planted four bombs in Manhattan and New Jersey -- including one in the train station here -- used to come to the One Stop Kosher Market to buy snacks.

    The market is a couple minutes’ walk down Elmora Avenue from First American Fried...

  • After closing, rallying cry for Perutz Etz Jacob Hebrew Academy

    September 15, 2016 | 5:12 pm

    For more than 20 years, a Jewish Orthodox day school in West Hollywood strived to provide a quality education to children from immigrant families who couldn’t afford to pay a private school tuition. 

    But in recent months, Perutz Etz Jacob Hebrew Academy fell behind on rent...

  • Veteran Charedi Orthodox teacher reportedly fired for obtaining driver’s license

    August 30, 2016 | 11:51 am

    A longtime haredi Orthodox teacher at a girls’ school in a largely haredi West Bank settlement reportedly was fired after obtaining a driver’s license.

    The woman obtained the license in order to more easily transport her disabled daughter, the haredi Orthodox news...

  • Druze town has top high school matriculation rate in Israel

    August 30, 2016 | 11:37 am

    A Druze town in northern Israel for the second straight year had the highest rate of students passing the high school matriculation exam.

    Some 99 percent of students in Beit Jann, located in the Galilee, received their diplomas, or Bagrut certification, in 2015, according to...

  • Burkini ban is great for business, says Israeli-French maker of modest swimsuits

    August 25, 2016 | 2:41 pm

    According to the latest tally, at least 30 French municipalities have banned the product that the Paris-born businesswoman Yardena G. sells for a living.

    Yardena, a haredi Orthodox mother of nine from Jerusalem, owns the Sea Secret fashion label of modest swimwear for devoutly...

  • Jerusalem Pride stabber beaten in prison over murder of teen girl

    August 18, 2016 | 2:06 pm

    The man who is serving a life sentence for killing a 16-year-old girl at least year’s Jerusalem gay pride parade was beaten up by fellow inmates during an argument over the murder.

    Yishai Schlissel, a Charedi Orthodox Jew, was hospitalized Wednesday after being assaulted by the...

  • Israeli religious court goes off the deep end

    By David Suissa

    July 13, 2016 | 5:00 pm

    Why would a rabbinic court in the world’s only Jewish state do something that would blatantly turn off most of the world’s Jews?

    That’s what I asked myself today when I read that Israel’s top religious court rejected the validity of a woman’s conversion from one of the leading...

  • Brooklyn pool can keep women-only swim times

    July 7, 2016 | 9:34 am

    Women-only swimming hours will be allowed to continue at a public pool in a heavily Orthodox neighborhood of Brooklyn.

    The New York City Parks Department decision on the indoor pool at the Metropolitan Recreation Center in Williamsburg closes a chapter on a controversy that...

  • Orthodox groups file petition to stop egalitarian section at Western Wall

    June 29, 2016 | 2:04 pm

    A group of Orthodox Jewish organizations is hoping Israel’s High Court of Justice will stop a non-Orthodox prayer section from being added to the Western Wall.

    The group filed an urgent petition Wednesday opposing a government plan that was announced in January but has not yet...

  • Hundreds turn out for Israel funeral of ex-Hasid who apparently killed herself

    June 29, 2016 | 9:03 am

    Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of a formerly haredi Orthodox Israeli woman who was found dead in what is believed to be a suicide.

    Esti Weinstein, 50, was buried in Petach Tikvah on Tuesday, the Times of Israel reported.

    Weinstein’s body and a suicide note were...

  • Meet the Orthodox ‘American Ninja Warrior’ training to be a rabbi

    June 21, 2016 | 11:41 am

    Like his fellow competitors on “American Ninja Warrior,” 25-year-old Akiva Neuman pushed himself to his physical limits — climbing, jumping and running through an intense obstacle course — in the hopes of making it to the national finals in Las Vegas.

    But unlike the dozens of...

  • NY lawmakers approve more oversight, funding for Orthodox-controlled school district

    June 20, 2016 | 12:50 pm

    New York’s state legislature approved a bill that would provide greater oversight of an Orthodox-controlled school district along with $3 million in aid.

    The bill concerning the embattled and financially troubled East Ramapo School District in New York’s Rockland County, passed...

  • Swiss Jews oppose punishing students who refuse to shake teachers’ hands

    June 8, 2016 | 1:11 pm

    Swiss Jews spoke out against a regulation that makes it illegal for schoolchildren to refuse to shake hands with their teachers because of religious reasons.

    A regional school board last month ruled that schools in Basel Country can fine parents up to $5,000 if their children...

  • Most Jews have no Jewish message to the world

    By Dennis Prager

    May 11, 2016 | 2:58 pm

    Ask just about any Christian — whether Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical or Eastern Orthodox — “What is your purpose as a Christian? What is your message to the world as a Christian?” 

    You will receive some variation on this response: “To spread the good news of Jesus Christ and...

  • Czech Torahs reunite at Holocaust Museum

    By Eitan Arom

    April 27, 2016 | 12:25 pm

    One day in 1965, Ruth Shaffer opened the front door of the Westminster Synagogue in London to find David Grand, an Orthodox Jew with a long beard and a tenuous grasp on the English language.

    Es gibt Torot?” he asked in Yiddish. “Do you have Torahs?”

    Grand was a soffer, a...

  • Sanders returns to childhood home in Brooklyn

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    April 8, 2016 | 2:10 pm

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Friday returned to the Brooklyn neighborhood he was brought up as a child, kicking off his New York weekend with campaign rally outside his childhood home on E. 26th street in Midwood.

    “Thank you for coming out to my old...

  • Jewish education for a two-figure tuition

    By Jared Sichel

    April 6, 2016 | 2:48 pm

    Late one recent afternoon in Beverlywood, a first-grader named Ben was learning about the story of the golden calf. Not happy about what he was hearing, Ben asked his teacher, incredulously: “They made a new god?!”

    Across the hall, eight fourth-graders were learning the Purim...

  • Netanyahu taps point man to resolve ‘difficulties’ with Western Wall deal

    March 28, 2016 | 10:46 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appointed the head of his bureau to help work out “several difficulties” that have arisen in the deal establishing a separate egalitarian prayer section at the Western Wall.

    David Sharan will “coordinate discussions on this issue with...

  • Senior Brussels rabbi: Belgian authorities know nothing about security

    March 25, 2016 | 10:16 am

    Amid revelations of perceived failures in Belgium’s handling of terror threats, a prominent rabbi from Brussels said Belgian authorities “have no understanding of security issues.”

    Rabbi Menachem Hadad of Brussels’  Shomre Hadas haredi Orthodox community made the remarks in an...

  • Charedi lawmaker in Israel compares Reform movement to mentally ill person

    February 24, 2016 | 1:28 pm

    A Charedi Orthodox lawmaker in Israel reportedly compared the Reform movement to a mentally ill person.

    [MORE: Knesset members react]

    Israel Eichler of the United Torah Judaism party made his remarks Tuesday in the lead-up to a Knesset debate the next day on the Supreme Court’s...

  • Mixed emotions about the Kotel compromise

    February 3, 2016 | 3:56 pm

    What’s the definition of mixed emotions, asks the old gag line: Finding out that your business competitor and rival has just driven off a cliff — in your new Lamborghini. 

    The Orthodox community has to greet news of the Kotel agreement similarly. We can hope that it will bring...

  • The Kotel decision: A Sephardic Jew responds

    February 3, 2016 | 3:52 pm

    Once upon a time, not so long ago, the Kotel had no barrier separating the sexes. It was an open place of prayer, spirituality and meditation for all Jews. Those were the days when Jews were not branded by denominations. Somehow, this ancient, sacred space was transformed into a...

  • Jewish community foundation gives $1.1m in Israel grants

    January 6, 2016 | 4:23 pm

    Efforts in Israel to bring Jewish ceremonies into the public sphere; to prepare Ethiopian Israelis for careers in technology; and to offer job training to young people who leave ultra-Orthodox communities are set to get a significant funding boost.

    The Jewish Community Foundation...

  • Women of the Wall decries report that PM promised Charedi parties no change at Kotel

    December 30, 2015 | 11:37 am

    The Women of the Wall group vowed to continue reading from the Torah in the women’s section of the Kotel in the wake of a report that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised Charedi Orthodox parties that it still would not be allowed.

    Army Radio reported Tuesday that Netanyahu...

  • US Orthodox rabbis slam wedding video calling for revenge against Palestinians

    December 27, 2015 | 1:49 pm

    The main modern Orthodox rabbinical group in the United States expressed its “outrage” over a video that shows Jewish revelers at a wedding celebrating the murder of three Palestinians in a West Bank firebombing.

    “The vigilante and lawless calls for revenge and dancing with...

  • Can Open Orthodoxy help revive Judaism?

    By David Suissa

    November 10, 2015 | 5:20 pm

    There are two ways to look at the controversy raging in the Orthodox world right now over a fledgling movement that calls itself “Open Orthodoxy.” One way is to put the controversy under a microscope and go through all of the arguments and name calling. I will do that, don’t worry....

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