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Orthodox Jews

What the Debates About the Pew Study on Judaism in America Missed

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 12.09.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

From me to them: we'd love to have you. We'd love to hear where you've been, what you've been up to and why you haven't been with us. Sit down. Stay for a while.

Being Queer and Jewish in Ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn

J.E. Reich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
J.E. Reich

Perhaps my refusal to truly be myself in Crown Heights, to be open about who I am, a Jewish queer woman, is not entirely oppressive. Lost in my own preconceptions about the community that I love with verocity, despite everything, I forgot that people here, as everywhere, are complex.

Why More Jewish Women Are Staying Single

Melanie Notkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Earlier today, Pew Research released A Portrait of American Jewry, the first study of American Jewish life in over 10 years. It seems love and marriage are more elusive than ever before for Jewish women and men in America.

A Hoodie, an Orthodox Jew and Independence Day: The Pursuit of Freedom Is a Muthaf@cka!

Robert West | Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert West

As my friend and I sipped our beers at the popular gay sports bar, in walked a gentleman with a hoodie on. I recognized the man as an Orthodox Jew who was concealing his trademark curls. He exuded a nervous energy, and in minutes people were creeped out enough to start complaining.

Fraud Lawsuit Against Jewish Ex-Gay Group Begins

Religion News Service | Corrie Mitchell | Posted 07.18.2013 | Religion

RNS) A month after the nation’s leading Christian “ex-gay” group apologized and announced plans to close, a similar Jewish group is facing a fir...

LOOK: Jewish Women Take Ownership Of Traditionally Male Rituals In Israel

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.12.2013 | Religion

These Jewish women are shaking up the establishment in Israel by participating in rituals usually reserved for men only. From AP: Chaya Baker was ...

Israel's Ban On Civil Marriage Denies Non-Jews Basic Right To Wed

The Media Line | Linda Gradstein | Posted 06.12.2013 | World

By Linda Gradstein/The Media Line A month ago, Rita Margulis and her fiancé Amit (as a career army officer he asked not to use his last name) got ...

Popcorn Preview: Fill the Void

Leslie Sisman | Posted 07.26.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Fill the Void (Lemale et ha'halal) (2012) Cast includes: Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein (Policeman), Irit Sheleg (Night Terrors), Chayim Sharir (Res...

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.

Kicking The Box Open, Defeating Orthodox Labels

Chava Tombosky | Posted 06.12.2013 | Religion
Chava Tombosky

More than anything, I hate the box. The stuffy, claustrophobic, choking box that others in the media create with their own assumptions of how I must conform in order to observe the beauty of Hasidic life.

Look: Why Is This Orthodox Jew Flying In A Huge Plastic Bag?

Posted 04.12.2013 | Religion

A picture of an Orthodox Jew encased in a giant plastic bag is causing some debate on the Internet this week, as commenters attempt to explain the ma...

Racism And Anti-Semitism Collide In NYC School District

AP | JIM FITZGERALD | Posted 05.21.2013 | Black Voices

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. — School board meetings descend into shouting matches. Accusations of racism and anti-Semitism fly. Angry parents turn their...

Dutch Court: Orthodox Jews Must Also Carry IDs

AP | Posted 02.26.2013 | World

AMSTERDAM -- A Dutch appeals court has upheld a (EURO)60 ($90) fine against an Orthodox Jew who refused to show police an identity card, citing religi...

Ron Dicker

Separate Seating For Men And Women At Barclays? | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.20.2013 | New York

The home of the Brooklyn Nets is courting a new crowd. In what is believed to be a first for a major sports and entertainment venue, Barclays Cent...

Brooklyn Yeshivas Eschew Laws, Don't Teach English And Math

| Posted 01.24.2013 | New York

By Jill Colvin, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer BROOKLYN — Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Borough President Marty Markowitz waffled Wednesday over who has...

Trembling Before G-d: Turning A Movie Into A Movement

Sandi DuBowski | Posted 03.10.2013 | Entertainment
Sandi DuBowski

We as filmmakers, more than ever, must become as creative and strategic in our distribution, outreach, funding, audience engagement, and evaluation as we are in our filmmaking.

Orthodox Counselor Convicted Of Sexual Abuse

AP | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 02.09.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — A respected religious counselor in New York's ultra-orthodox Jewish community was convicted Monday of repeatedly sexually abusing a y...

Brooklyn Yeshiva Principal Guilty Of Molesting Three Brothers

Posted 12.04.2012 | New York

The former principal of Elite High School, a private Jewish school in Brooklyn, was convicted of molesting three brothers periodically over the course...

Andrea Stone

Dems Confident They Can Stem Obama Jewish Exodus To Win Ohio, Florida | Andrea Stone | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The push to win a particular 2 percent of the population entered its last hours Monday, with both presidential candidates' seeking an ed...

In Defense of Matisyahu

Amram Altzman | Posted 10.27.2012 | Teen
Amram Altzman

Matisyahu's music and the Jewish themes that have inspired much of his work haven't changed. What have changed are his own, deeply personal convictions and practices.

The High Pressure World Of Orthodox Dating

Aryeh Younger | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion
Aryeh Younger

Instead of encouraging healthy relationships, this pressure often proves more destructive than productive. Our spiritual leaders needs to acquaint themselves with its real effects.

Don't Call Me an Orthodox Jew

Elad Nehorai | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

For me, becoming an "orthodox" Jew meant the exact opposite. It meant questioning my roots, evaluating my life deeply and becoming more open minded. To me, this is what true religious Judaism is.

City Proposes Waivers For Controversial Circumcision Ritual

Posted 06.13.2012 | New York

In light of the shocking report linking newborn babies with herpes infections in the weeks after undergoing Metzitzah B'peh circumcisions, the city's ...

Jewish-Orthodox Sexual Abuse Cases And Ultra-Media Bias

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 08.12.2012 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Sexual abuse is not unique to any specific community. Secrecy, shame, stigma and fear pervade all sectors of society, including secular college campuses.

Norman Finkelstein On The End Of The American-Jewish Romance Over Israel

Posted 06.05.2012 | Books

The following is an excerpt from "Knowing Too Much" by Norman Finkelstein (OR Books, $18/10) My book was conceived in the mid-2000s and largely com...