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  • Orthodox groups file with Supreme Court in support of Muslim head scarfs

    5 days ago

    Seven national Orthodox Jewish groups filed a Supreme Court brief in favor of a Muslim woman’s right to wear a head scarf at work.

    The brief was filed by attorney Nathan Lewin of Lewin & Lewin, LLP of Washington D.C. for a case that is expected to be heard in February or March of...

  • In new Israeli elections, security issues returning to fore

    2 weeks ago

    This government was supposed to be different.

    During the last election campaign in 2012, Israelis seemed to tire of the existential issues that have plagued the country for decades. Barely anyone talked about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Long-simmering social tensions over...

  • Orthodox yeshiva leader arguing for greater privacy in women’s conversions

    October 28, 2014 | 9:51 am

    In the wake of voyeurism allegations against a prominent Orthodox rabbi, the head of an Orthodox yeshiva for women is arguing that male rabbis need not be present for a female convert’s ritual immersion.

    Rabbi Jeffrey Fox, the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Maharat in New York, is...

  • Orthodox, Reform groups differ on Supreme Court’s gay marriage call

    October 10, 2014 | 2:24 pm

    Reform and Orthodox Jewish groups had opposite takes on the Supreme Court decision not to hear gay marriage cases, effectively extending the right to a majority of the states.

    “The Supreme Court’s decision to leave in place lower court rulings that have the potential to bring...

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  • Are Jewish neighborhoods a good thing?

    By Dennis Prager

    December 18, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    I would like to offer a view on Jewish neighborhoods that is so contrary to accepted wisdom that I can only ask that people read this column with as open a mind as possible.

    On balance, after a lifetime of thought, I don’t think that Jewish neighborhoods are always a good thing...

  • Sucker punch: Brooklyn Jews targeted in ‘knockout’ attacks

    November 26, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    Chava, a student at a Chabad seminary, has lived in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn for six years, but it’s only in the past few days that she started carrying pepper spray in her handbag.

    Her younger brother gave her the deterrent after news hit of a string of recent...

  • Charedim acknowledge abuse

    October 16, 2013 | 11:04 am

    It was only when her sons came at her with knives that she realized keeping quiet was not going to work.

    For nine years, her rabbis had told her not to speak up about her husband’s verbal, physical and sexual attacks. They assured her that the abuse would pass, that if she obeyed...

  • Atonement chickens — swung and tossed

    September 3, 2013 | 4:48 pm

    A few days before Yom Kippur, thousands of white-feathered chickens land on Pico Boulevard. Not there to be broiled, boiled or fricasseed in any of the nearby kosher restaurants in this predominantly Jewish business district, they nonetheless have arrived in time to be served up.

    ...
  • Orthodox Jews pledge to guard London mosque

    June 28, 2013 | 9:16 am

    An Orthodox Jewish patrol group in London said it would protect a mosque after a rise in hate crimes against Muslims.

    The Shomrim patrol group accepted a request for protection by the North London Community Centre in Cazenove Road, an Islamic institution situated in the...

  • Barbra Streisand slams Orthodox Jews’ actions against Israeli women

    June 17, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    U.S. entertainer Barbra Streisand on Monday took a swipe at Orthodox Jews in Israel who compel women to sit in the back of buses and assault them for following religious rituals traditionally reserved for men.

    "It's distressing to read about women in Israel being forced to sit in...

  • Jews barred from Temple Mount

    May 16, 2013 | 10:40 am

    Israel Police barred Israeli Jews and tourists from the Temple Mount following threats of Muslim violence.

    The ban on Thursday came a day after violence between a group of Orthodox Jews and Muslim worshippers on the Temple Mount. The group was prevented from entering the Temple...

  • Pico-Robertson as a Demographically Stagnant Community

    By Pini Herman

    March 29, 2013 | 12:26 pm

    The Pico-Robertson demographic trends were revealed in two enlightening articles of a center of local Jewish Orthodox resident by Jonah Lowenfeld in the west end of Pico-Robertson  and by Jared Sichel on the east end of Pico-Robertson. Jewish Orthodox areas are often constrained by...

  • Maharat: A new model of leadership by Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    By Rabbi Hyim Shafner

    March 1, 2013 | 8:48 am

    Orthodox Jews believe that men and women are fundamentally different.  They have different characteristics, different strengths, different obligations and different ways of seeing the world and approaching life.  Thus, it follows that especially for us, (as opposed perhaps to more...

  • Orthodox Sandy relief

    November 20, 2012 | 1:04 pm

    When Hurricane Sandy made landfall in late October, it left much of New York City and its surrounding communities in shambles, sending shockwaves all the way to Los Angeles.

    Touched by the stories of devastation, three local rabbis and their congregations pulled together to raise...

  • Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn store owner latest serial murder victim

    November 19, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Three Brooklyn store owners, two of them Orthodox Jews, have been murdered at work by the same gunman, according to New York police.

    The latest murder was on Nov. 16 in the Flatbush store of Rahmatolla Vahidipour, 78, of Great Neck, N.Y., in suburban Long Island. Vahidipour was...

  • Study: Orthodox Jewish males transmitted mumps in school

    November 1, 2012 | 11:12 am

    A mumps outbreak in New York and New Jersey in which 97 percent of the more than 3,500 cases were Orthodox Jews was a result of the way Orthodox boys are schooled, according to a new study.

    study on the June 2009 to June 2010 outbreak in New York City, two upstate New York...

  • Anat Hoffman’s arrest at Western Wall galvanizing liberal Jewish groups

    October 22, 2012 | 9:18 am

    Last week’s episode was hardly the first time Israeli police stopped activist Anat Hoffman while she was leading a women’s prayer service at the Western Wall in violation of Israeli law.

    But this time, police actually arrested Hoffman -- a first, she says -- and the incident...

  • But what is our GOAL?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 23, 2012 | 2:37 pm

    As the Elul moon waxes and the peak of our religious year nears, we each begin asking ourselves our “big questions”. This Elul, the big question that’s rattling me is “what, in the end, is our goal?”

    We, who put on tefillin every morning (if we are men), and maintain...

  • The Rosner-Cohen Exchange Part V: Are you biased against intermarried Jews?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 30, 2012 | 9:16 am

    This is the fifth ‎part in an ongoing debate with Prof. Steven M. Cohen of the Hebrew Union College, and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner. Part I is here, Part II here, Part III here and Part IV here. We have been discussing many ‎issues, and readers are...

  • Helping mothers have it all

    By Susan Freudenheim

    June 27, 2012 | 4:22 pm

    The much-discussed article in the July/August Atlantic magazine begins with a story that likely will be familiar to any working mother. The author, Anne-Marie Slaughter, is at an evening work event talking to very important, very professional people, and all that’s really on her...

  • New York Jews: The surge of the Orthodox

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 12, 2012 | 5:11 am

    The long-awaited study of the NY Jewish community is finally out. It ‎is comprehensive, thought-provoking, and much too long for us to ‎write about all in one post. Thus, what you’ll get here is a handful of ‎headlines and comments, to be followed in the coming days by more...

  • Jewish Girl is Too Hot for Orthodox Boss

    By Ilana Angel

    May 24, 2012 | 10:29 am

    Lauren Odes is a Jewish girl from Jersey.  She is a 29 year old blonde bombshell who looks like Anna Ferris.  More Playboy than Cosmopolitan, she is pretty.  We learned this week that after working less than a month for a lingerie manufacturer owned by Orthodox Jews, she was fired.

    ...
  • Sex Education in Orthodox High Schools

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 13, 2012 | 6:00 pm

    Recently, I sat in on a sex education course at an Orthodox high school. The class was for seniors and was the first one they had been offered on the subject; they were understandably full of questions. I realized, based upon the nature of their questions, how vital this course is.

    ...
  • Sex Education in Orthodox High Schools

    March 13, 2012 | 12:09 pm

    Recently, I sat in on a sex education course at an Orthodox high school. The class was for seniors and was the first one they had been offered on the subject; they were understandably full of questions. I realized, based upon the nature of their questions, how vital this course is.

    ...
  • The Challenge of Offering Moral Rebuke in the Workplace

    March 7, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    At work, we consistently offer positive reinforcement and constructive feedback to others to improve the quality of our collective efforts. From a Jewish perspective, we are not only concerned with the efficacy of our work but also the ethics of the workplace. In addition to personal...

  • Not of One Cloth

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    February 22, 2012 | 1:22 pm

    An item posted yesterday (2/21) on JTA quoted political commentator Alan Steinberg as asserting that “[Sen. Rick Santorum’s]  stance on social issues will be a plus, particularly in the Orthodox community.” This is a markedly glib assessment however, reflecting both an...

  • Desexualizing Public Space

    By Rabbi Zev Farber

    February 7, 2012 | 11:46 am

    Introduction
    The story is told (b. Taanit 24a) that Rabbi Yossi son of Rabbi Avin left his teacher, R. Yossi of Yoqrat, in order to study with Rav Ashi. As leaving one teacher for another was an unusual thing to do, Rav Ashi asked him why he did so. Rabbi Yossi son of Rabbi Avin...

  • Controversy grows in Israel over extension of Tal Law granting haredim army exemptions

    January 31, 2012 | 10:54 am

    When Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, granted a few hundred haredi Orthodox Jews an exemption from army service, it’s likely he never dreamed that 63 years later, tens of thousands of haredi Israelis would claim the exemption—or that the issue would be among the...

  • N.J. bus drivers working on Thanksgiving driving Jewish students

    November 23, 2011 | 11:17 am

    Some school bus drivers in Lakewood, N.J., are expressing their displeasure with having to work on Thanksgiving driving Orthodox Jewish students to school.

    About 200 bus drivers will work on the holiday—half the number of a regular school day—taking some 18,000 Orthodox students to...

  • NY may close bus service that makes women sit in back

    By Aaron Wood

    October 21, 2011 | 9:45 am

    New York City authorities said they will shut down a city bus service run by Orthodox Jews if the group doesn’t stop making women sit at the back of the bus.

    The Private Transportation Corp, which operates the city’s public B110 bus under a franchise arrangement, has come under...

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