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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.

WATCH: Jewish Women Band Together To Fight Discrimination From Ultra-Orthodox Community

Huffington Post | Posted 08.08.2013 | Religion

As tension rises between the modern-Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Israel, women are speaking out. Having just written "The Feminis...

Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Dealt Major Blow

Reuters | Jeffrey Heller | Posted 09.06.2013 | Religion

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, July 7 (Reuters) - Israel's cabinet approved a draft law on Sunday to abolish wholesale exemptions from ...

Religion Pits Jew vs Jew In Polarized Israel

Reuters | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion

By Crispian Balmer and Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM, June 6 (Reuters) - A small rock lies on the desk of Dov Lipman. It was hurled at the m...

Ultra-Orthodox Judaism Need Not Be Obscurantist

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 03.13.2012 | Religion
Menachem Rosensaft

While one must not tar all ultra-Orthodox Jews with the brush of intolerance, the fact is that the antagonism displayed by haredim toward other Jews is becoming ever more extreme. It was not always thus.

Joshua Hersh

Jewish Extremists Prompt Culture War In Israel

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.09.2012 | World

JERUSALEM -- If they hadn't been stirred already by the female soldier who was called a "slut" on a public bus, or the 8-year-old girl spit on by neig...

A Black Mark on the Israeli Society, One That We Must Erase

Shelly Yachimovich | Posted 03.04.2012 | World
Shelly Yachimovich

Forbidden pavements for women. Sounds like a science fiction movie featuring an especially grim, hallucinatory reality. Yet this is a reality. And this kind of reality, in the State of Israel, in the 21st century, puts a black mark on the Israeli society.

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...

Whom Can I Trust?

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

Trust, cemented by ritual, is the indispensible ingredient of human community and research indicates that nothing builds trust quite like religious ritual.

Science And Religion: Fighting For Physics In The Holy Land

Noah Efron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Noah Efron

The battle in Israel between advocates of science and advocates of Torah, surprisingly ends up to be not about an angry disagreement, but a profound agreement.

Why Are 110,000 Orthodox Israelis Rioting to 'Protect' Segregated Schools?

Eileen Read | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eileen Read

It is with American ears that revere the separation of church and state that we listen in awe to extreme religious happenings in the Middle East. Som...