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Haredi Jews

GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem or, The Craziness of Israeli Society

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 05.25.2015 | World
Ronald Tiersky

The film, the work of sister-brother co-directors Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz (she co-stars), is an impassioned portrayal of an implacable woman of character. It's at once a feminist film, obviously, and a larger story about diminishing the ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) authority and influence in Israeli life.

Israel's Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox) on the Front Lines: How the New Conscription Law Will Change Everything

Howard Barbanel | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Howard Barbanel

On Wednesday, March 12, the Knesset forever changed the shape of Israeli society by passing a law that will conscript most Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) young men into the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) starting in 2017.

American-Born Member Of Israeli Parliament On U.S. Speaking Tour

Beth Kissileff | Posted 06.12.2013 | Religion
Beth Kissileff

Though Lipman no longer holds an American passport, he says the values he learned in the U.S., such as "tolerance" and being able to "live at peace even if we disagree," have contributed to who he is today.

Haredi Reflections On Israel's Independence Day

Avraham Edelstein | Posted 06.12.2013 | Religion
Avraham Edelstein

A rabbi once said that the secular Zionists stole the love of Israel away from Haredi Jews. What he meant by this was that Haredim, who ought to have a deep and natural connection to the Holy Land, now feel a little uncomfortable with and alienated from those feelings. This is sad. But it is changing.

From Vashti And Esther To Women Of The Wall And U.S. Nuns

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

This year on Purim, let us celebrate the courage to defy authority, to affirm and defend whoever are the "strangers" in our midst and whoever has been excluded from dignity and empowerment.

Israel's Future: When It's Jew Versus Jew

Stanley Weiss | Posted 08.15.2012 | World
Stanley Weiss

The world has grown accustomed to Jews fighting Arabs -- but what to do when the greatest threat to Israel's future is Jews fighting Jews? If the Zionist dream is going to survive, Modern-Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Jews must be heard.

Leading Ultra-Orthodox Group Insists Abuse Claims Go To Rabbis First

Posted 05.23.2012 | Religion

By Paul Berger The Forward An Orthodox parent whose child tells him he’s been sexually abused may not take that child’s claim to the police wi...

Violence To Preserve Judaism, Or Diversity Of Opinion?

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 03.04.2012 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

The Haredi communities turning to violence have forgotten the essential cornerstone that has kept Judaism relevant, vibrant and intellectually honest through the ages.

Israelis, Resentful Of Orthodox Grip On Society, Fight Back

Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion

By Michele Chabin Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS) With its department-store-sized windows, the Kolben Dance Company's studio faces a busy do...

Orthodox Jewish Version Of Facebook Gets Hacked ... Again

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 11.22.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Keeping those who don't abide by strict modesty rules off the site is no longer the FaceGlat's first priority. For the second time this week, pro-Palestinian protesters have hacked in and changed the homepage.