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  • The complex, secret path to becoming an Orthodox Jew

    By Eitan Arom

    July 27, 2016 | 11:28 am

    Nicole, the American woman at the center of a crisis of faith in Israel’s highest religious authority, is now a Jew twice over.

    Her mother is not Jewish, but the woman — who has appeared in the press and court documents only by that name — told The Times of Israel she grew up...

  • Philadelphia Diary: Is an Orthodox political rebellion coming?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 25, 2016 | 2:06 am

    There weren’t many Jews last week in Cleveland’s GOP convention. But there were some, and a notably large proportion of them were Orthodox Jews. Not all of them, of course – but a lot. There will be more Jews, a lot more, this week in Philadelphia for the Democratic convention....

  • At Jerusalem Pride March, Orthodox welcome

    July 22, 2016 | 12:35 pm

    It had been a rough week or so for Israel’s LGBT community.

    The mayor of Jerusalem opted not to attend the capital’s pride march so as not to offend haredi Orthodox and religious Zionist residents.

    His decision came on the heels of 300 leading religious Zionist rabbis backed a...

  • In what could be a first, Orthodox synagogue elects all-female board

    July 7, 2016 | 3:23 pm

    An  Ohio congregation has become what is perhaps the first Orthodox synagogue to elect an all-female slate of officers.

    At their annual meeting on June 26, the Oheb Zedek-Cedar Sinai Synagogue in Lyndhurst, Ohio elected five women to their board.

    Sharon Weiss-Greenberg,...

  • Ultra-Orthodox feminism: Not a contradiction in terms

    June 29, 2016 | 2:11 pm

    I am an ultra-Orthodox feminist. And no, that’s not a contradiction in terms. Furthermore, my identity and the social processes that my colleagues and I are leading, aren’t merely personal journeys and struggles: We may just hold the key to the future of Israeli society.


  • Letters to the editor: Political balance, anti-Semitism, Harris Newmark and more

    June 29, 2016 | 9:20 am

    Orthodox Survey Needs Context

    Shmuel Rosner’s column this past week is very troubling (“The Formerly Orthodox American Jews,” June 24). Rather than coming off as a news story, it comes off as very negative toward observant Jews. For example, there are statistics on relationships...

  • The formerly Orthodox American Jews: The stricter they were, the farther away they run

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 21, 2016 | 4:15 am

    885 formerly Orthodox Jews responded to a survey published today by Nishma Research. It is not a scientific sample of the formerly Orthodox. But it is still the best available survey of such people, one from which we can learn a little bit about their lives and decisions. It is...

  • Swastika posters left in north London playground 4 consecutive days

    June 17, 2016 | 1:13 pm

    Police are stepping up their presence in a charedi Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of London after swastika posters were placed in a playground there four days in a row.

    London’s Jewish Chronicle reported Friday that local police have increased patrols in Stamford Hill...

  • Great Adventure: How an amusement park goes Orthodox for Passover

    April 26, 2016 | 1:42 pm

    Pinchas Cohen spent most of Monday wandering around Six Flags Great Adventure under a blazing sun, wearing a knee-length black coat and carrying a big box of shmura matzah under his arm.

    An imposing, Russian-born Chabad-Lubavitch Hasid who now lives in Brooklyn, Cohen came to...

  • Orthodox parents of LGBT children seek communities that care

    April 25, 2016 | 2:19 pm

    When my husband and I married, neither of us fully appreciated the role community would play in our family’s life. It proved to be a most crucial component in creating and forging a Jewish household and in passing on our traditions. A life lived according to halachah (Jewish law),...

  • Even Orthodox Jews starting to wrestle with transgender issues

    April 5, 2016 | 10:11 am

    Here’s a riddle: If a transgender Jew shows up at an Orthodox synagogue, on which side of the mechitzah barrier separating the sexes should the person be seated?

    That’s an easy one compared to more complex Jewish legal questions raised by people who don’t identify as the gender...

  • Jewish platform raises political dough for Cruz

    March 15, 2016 | 10:34 am

    UPDATED 11:54 a.m.

    A group of Orthodox Jews supporting Ted Cruz for president have launched a 24-hour campaign to raise $1 million for Cruz's campaign on the day of crucial primary contests in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina.

    The campaign "Million For Ted"...

  • Separate but equal? Egalitarian prayer space at Western Wall makes Israel similar to Iran

    February 4, 2016 | 3:32 pm

    A plan to create a special prayer space in the southern expanse of the Western Wall where the Conservative and Reform movements can hold gender-mixed services was approved by the Israeli government on Sunday, January 31, 2016.

    While being hailed as a historic landmark for Jewish...

  • Official launch for West Valley Eruv

    November 19, 2015 | 11:33 am

    After 25 years of discussion, prayers, lobbying, false starts, delays and setbacks, the “walls” are finally going up in Encino and Tarzana — and the community of Orthodox Jews living there couldn’t be happier.

    With state and city permits in place, the West Valley Eruv will be...

  • At Halloween, kosher candy rings the bell

    October 26, 2015 | 3:12 pm

    This Saturday night, after waiting for three stars to become visible in the sky and observing Havdalah, the departing of Shabbat, with candle, wine and spice box, I will prepare to perform another ritual: I will pour gobs of candy into a large bowl to hand out to the sporadic...

  • Two Jews shot with BB guns in Orthodox section of NYC in past 10 days

    September 21, 2015 | 12:39 pm

    Two Jews were shot with BB guns in a heavily Orthodox neighborhood of New York City.

    City Councilman Rory Lancman said that the victims, neither of whom was seriously injured, were shot over the past 10 days in the Kew Gardens Hills section of Queens, the Queens Chronicle...

  • Israel must confront the fundamentalists within

    August 4, 2015 | 2:24 pm

    This past month, as our attention was focused on watching the developing Iran deal, the situation in Israel has taken a deeply troubling turn.

    First, a woman wearing a kippah was detained by the police for attempting to worship at the Western Wall. Then David Azoulay, the haredi...

  • Ultra-Orthodox women open new businesses

    June 19, 2015 | 8:46 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Hilary Faverman, dressed in a modest long skirt, is trolling for business at a conference for ultra-Orthodox women. She describes herself as “totally secular” but has dressed carefully for this conference in a Jerusalem hotel, and...

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

    December 12, 2014 | 8:37 am

    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

    December 4, 2014 | 9:36 am

    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...

  • 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...

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