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Len Levitt | Posted 08.25.2012 | New York
Len Levitt

After 23 years of subservience to the borough's powerful ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes announced the indictment of four men for attempting to silence an alleged victim of sexual abuse.

4 Men Accused Of Trying To Bribe Witness In Rabbi Sex Abuse Trial

AP | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 08.21.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — A teenage girl was offered $500,000 to leave the country instead of testifying in an upcoming sex abuse case against her former spiri...

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.

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.

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.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Are Correct About The Dangers Of The Internet

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

The real threat of the Internet to the insular Haredi communities is that the Internet quashes the walls to the outside world that they have so steadfastly erected over the generations.

When Rabbis Muzzle Sex Crime Victims, What's a Prosecutor to Do?

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 07.24.2012 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

What exactly should a prosecutor do when religious leaders pressure victims, especially victims of child sexual abuse, from coming forward with complaints?

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...

What the Sold-Out Ultra-Orthodox Anti-Internet Rally Was About

Alex Pasternack | Posted 07.22.2012 | Religion
Alex Pasternack

Not just a fear of pornography, but a concern about presentation and perception -- the creeping suspicion that information could not be controlled, that the Internet was importing, copying and pasting, all sorts of things that the community had spent so many decades trying to keep at bay.

Taking Back Our Souls: A Reaction To Sexual Abuse

Chava Tombosky | Posted 07.22.2012 | Religion
Chava Tombosky

As G-d stands watching our reaction, we are forced to create an initiative that I dare say, can take on a new day if we are willing and open. As a first step in destroying the silence, I invite you all to belong to a new community and a new higher consciousness.

SOLD OUT: Ultra-Orthodox Jews To Hold Huge Rally Against The Internet

Posted 05.18.2012 | Religion

Its the hottest ticket in town. Originally available for $10, tickets to the ultra-Orthodox "anti-Internet" rally on May 20 at the 40,000-seat Citi Fi...

For Jewish Orthodox Children: No Justice -- No Peace

Rabbi Asher Lipner, Ph.D. | Posted 07.17.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Asher Lipner, Ph.D.

Jewish children will only be safe when Jewish and non-Jewish people of good conscience work together to demand that the rabbis stop covering up abuse, and that the prosecutors use all their resources and authority to bring the abusers to justice.

Victims Protest: Rabbis, Protect Our Children

Leah Vincent | Posted 07.07.2012 | Religion
Leah Vincent

When I heard that thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews were gathering together to address a pressing issue in the religious community, I was furious that the issue being addressed at the unusually elaborate meeting was the dangers of the Internet.

The Internet Is Banned; Long Live The Internet

Howard Meyer | Posted 07.01.2012 | Religion
Howard Meyer

On May 20 at Citi Field, thousands of people are expected to gather for an underdog cause. It's not the Mets. Rabbis, community leaders and ordinary citizens will gather to discuss the dangers of the Internet.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews To Hold Rally Against The Internet

The Huffington Post | Courteney Palis | Posted 05.01.2012 | Technology

A mass rally against the Internet and technology held by a group of Haredim, or ultra-orthodox Jews, will take place in Queens, New York on May 20, re...

Exploiting the Memory of Child Holocaust Victims Is Obscene

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 03.27.2012 | World
Menachem Rosensaft

My brother and every other child murdered in any genocide deserve to be remembered as fragile flames extinguished in tsunamis of hatred, intolerance and bigotry. Exploiting their memory to score cheap political points is obscene.

Women's Rights Around The World: How Far Have We Really Come?

Nick Mills | Posted 03.19.2012 | Women
Nick Mills

In the ten long years of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, during which we hoped to sow the seeds of democratic governance and equal rights for women, what have we achieved?

Message To Religious Extremists: Listen To Joseph!

Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 03.18.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, Ph.D.

In recent weeks, there have been reports of the escalating tensions in Israel between some in the ultra-Orthodox community and the general Israeli populace.

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.

Israeli Military Rabbi Quits Over Comments

Reuters | Posted 03.11.2012 | World

JERUSALEM, Jan 10 (Reuters) - A top Israeli military rabbi resigned on Tuesday after making comments that appeared to condone allowing ultra-Orthodo...

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...

3 Ultra-Orthodox Arrested In Suspected Pedophilia Ring In Israel

AP | Posted 01.09.2012 | Religion

JERUSALEM -- Israeli police say three men have been arrested in a suspected pedophilia ring thought to have preyed on dozens of Jerusalem children. P...

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.

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.

Those Who Desecrate the Holocaust Have No Place in Society

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 03.04.2012 | World
Menachem Rosensaft

We have reached the point when politicians and media commentators eager for a sound bite on the evening news think nothing of exploiting the Holocaust and Nazi terminology, and apparently the crasser the better.