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  • English Language Social Order Magazine: Democracy and the Israeli Knesset

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 30, 2014 | 6:00 am

    In this edition of the Social Order Magazine, we take you to the drama that unfolded on the Knesset floor prior to the close of the winter legislative session. Bibi's coalition government brought 3 controversial bills in a package deal for votes. The bills, in the order they were...

  • 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...

  • Collection of Video Reports on Social Issues in Israel

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 12, 2014 | 5:30 am

    This week in the “Social Order” edition:

    • Why are leftist activists taking part in an ultra-Orthodox demonstration?
    • "Heart at East", but the money is in the West - discrimination in allocating funds for Mizrahi culture.
    • The ongoing use of ‘contract’ workers by the...
  • 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...

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  • Israel seals deal ending military exemptions for ultra-Orthodox

    May 29, 2013 | 7:34 am

    Israel clinched a deal on Wednesday to abolish wholesale exemptions from military service for Jewish seminary students, ended a brief crisis that divided the ruling coalition parties.

    The issue of "sharing the national burden" is at the heart of heated debate over privileges the...

  • June 28, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 28, 2012 | 1:35 am

    In-depth

    Iran Declares War Against the Jewish People

    Iran’s vice president is not the only contemporary public figure to engage in anti-Semitic rhetoric, even if he is the most blatant, writes Alan Dershowitz in Algemeiner.

    If the leaders of Iran are guilty of incitement against...

  • 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...

  • ‘Lack of recognition in Israel raises some question about the legitimacy of Reform and Conservative’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 9, 2012 | 6:07 pm

    Professor Ephraim Tabory of Bar-Ilan University discusses Jewish life in Israel.

    The particular dress of Haredi men and women makes it hard to miss a Haredi Jew. Their presence in Israeli society is perceptually very salient. Their life style also dictates living together in...

  • Israel’s Haredi vs. Conservative/Reform populations, part II

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 26, 2012 | 1:02 pm

    Last week I discovered that according to unpublished numbers from the Guttman Center study on Israeli religiosity, the percentage of Israelis identifying themselves as “Reform” or “Conservative” is higher than the percentage of those identifying themselves as “Haredi”...

  • Can you believe it? Israel has more Conservative and Reform Jews than Haredis

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 23, 2012 | 1:26 pm

    Eight percent of Israeli Jews define themselves as Conservative or Reform Jews compared to just seven percent of Israelis who define themselves as “Haredi” (ultra-Orthodox). Amazing? I think it is quite amazing, should one consider the never-ending discussion of Haredi power and...

  • Jessica Fishman’s Sad Story and the Threat to Israel’s Civil Society

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 10, 2012 | 2:36 pm

    Jessica Fishman’s story will break your heart. She is a young Jewish woman from Minnesota whose father was President of their Conservative synagogue and mother was President of Hadassah. Jessica was a Jewish day school student and attended services every Shabbat. As a teen she...

  • Israel moves to outlaw use of Nazi symbols

    January 11, 2012 | 12:49 pm

    Israel’s parliament gave initial approval on Wednesday to laws to curb public use of Nazi symbols after ultra-Orthodox protesters caused outrage by calling police Nazis and wearing concentration camp garb.

    Four bills swiftly passed one of five rounds of voting needed to become law,...

  • Israel’s religion minister fears Jewish divides

    January 4, 2012 | 6:07 pm

    Israeli society could be torn apart if disputes between ultra-Orthodox and less observant Jews continue to heat up, Israel’s religious affairs minister said on Wednesday.

    In a telephone interview, Yaacov Margy, who also serves as director-general of Shas, a religious party in Prime...

  • Madoff’s Redemption

    By David Suissa

    December 24, 2008 | 2:47 am

    If you're an active member of the Jewish community -- and perhaps even if you're not -- there's almost no way to properly digest the Bernie Madoff scandal. It's like a quadruple shot of cheap vodka that you drink quickly on an empty stomach. You feel disgusted and drunk at the same...
  • Jewish Agency wants changes in Israel conversion policy

    November 20, 2008 | 3:19 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Jewish Agency Assembly adopted resolutions calling on the Israeli government to establish an independent authority on Jewish conversions and special courts of Jewish law to "allow the conversion process to move forward."

    The twin resolutions were adopted by the...

  • L.A.‘s Jewish high schools are all over the map

    By Julie G Fax

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Yael Glouberman, an eighth-grader at Yeshivat Yavneh in Hancock Park, is awaiting admission letters from four very different high schools: Shalhevet, a Modern Orthodox coed school; Milken, a pluralistic Jewish school; YULA (Yeshiva of Los Angeles) Girls High School, an Orthodox...
  • The Spinka money trail—and the informant who brought them down

    By Amy Klein

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    The first snow flutters hesitantly in Brooklyn. Men wearing fur streimel hats and women wearing sheitls walk briskly past the corner of 15th Avenue and 58th Street in Boro Park as if nothing extraordinary has happened here.

    And why not? The kosher shops of this self-contained...

  • Agudath Israel emphasizes outreach to non-Orthodox

    By Ben Harris

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Is it permissible for an Orthodox family to play host to a Jewish couple if they don't observe laws mandating sexual abstinence in the period surrounding menstruation?

    That was among the questions posed to two leading rabbinic authorities in late November at the 85th national...

  • An Orthodox ‘cast-off’ holds God accountable

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Foreskin's Lament: A Memoir" by Shalom Auslander (Riverhead, $24.95).
    Dressed in black, Shalom Auslander wears three tiny silver blocks on a chain that falls close to his neck, with Hebrew letters spelling out the word "Acher," or other. This was a gift from his wife when he...
  • In defense of Madonna

    By Lisa Frydman Barr

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I interviewed Madonna in the early '90s. At the time I was the managing editor of "In Jerusalem," a weekend section of The Jerusalem Post. Madonna was in the 'hood as part of an influx of A-list pop stars who made a symbolic trek to the Holy Land to show support for the fledgling...
  • Not your grandfather’s shtibl

    By David Suissa

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As we walked back from shul on a recent Shabbat, my friend and neighbor David Myers asked me if I was "comfortable" with the service we had just attended.

    He asked me that question, because I'd mentioned that I'm not used to a service where they don't separate the men and the...
  • U.S. Jews choose to serve in the Israel Defense Forces

    By Tom Tugend

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Click the BIG ARROW for Matzav Shelanu --a video about "our situation" --
    from American solider "Daniel" of the IDF.
    Warning: Strong language in soundtrack.

    Zach TaylorThe Israel Defense Forces (IDF) want a few good men like Zach Taylor (photo).

    Actually, the IDF wants a lot of them.

    Taylor...
  • Nahal Haredi: Unorthodox battalion seeks to change Orthodox image

    By Tom Tugend

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Click BIG ARROW for a soldier's video about his comrades in the Nahal Haredi
    In Israel, where service in the armed forces is every man's -- and most women's -- duty, the majority of Israelis, from secular to Modern Orthodox, have long scorned the ultra-Orthodox "black hats" for...
  • The Married Charedi and Me

    By  Orit Arfa

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I met Oren after watching "Kol Nidrei," a new play by Israeli playwright Yehoshua Sobol. The play is about Charedi (ultra-Orthodox)

    Jews who lead double lives -- as Bnei Brak yeshiva bochers by day and Tel Aviv bar-hoppers by Friday night. "Kol Nidrei" is inspired by real life, and...

  • Your Letters

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Political Correctness

    Jane Ulman's attempt to deconstruct the story of Purim is another revolting exercise in political correctness ("Viva Vashti," March 5).

    Those who really care about the plight of women need to concentrate their energies on dealing with some very horrific...

  • Women Suffer Blow on Praying at Wall

    By Rachel Pomerance

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Faced with an Israeli Supreme Court decision banning a women's group from reading the Torah at the Western Wall, feminists and advocates of religious pluralism are weighing their options.

    "I'm angrier than I am demoralized," said Phyllis Chesler, co-founder of Women of the Wall.

    In...

  • A Moment

    By Larry Derfner

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A key element in Labor Party leader Ehud Barak's strategy tobecome prime minister is to win support from Orthodox andultra-Orthodox (haredi) voters, who backed Binyamin Netanyahuoverwhelmingly in the last election. Now Barak is faced with adilemma: The price of wooing Orthodox votes...

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