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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Men Pelt Jerusalem Buses With Stones Over Women Of The Wall Ad

AP | TIA GOLDENBERG | Posted 10.23.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (AP) — Dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews hurled stones and slashed the tires of buses bearing ads promoting female worship at a key Jerusalem ...

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Men Cause Flight Delay By Refusing To Sit Next To Women

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion

One person's requirement for religious accommodation can seem all-too-much like discrimination to another. An El Al flight from New York to Tel Avi...

Ultra-Orthodox Jews in London Put Up Signs Banishing Women To One Side Of The Road

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion

Residents of a London neighborhood were shocked after noticing street signs banishing women to one side of the road. The Hackney Council removed th...

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.

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 exemp...

Hoping For Religious Pluralism In Israel

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

Sometimes, being in the right place at the right time, whether by coincidence or not, can lead to macro change. I don't know what is going to happen at the Western Wall in the future, but the times they are certainly a-changing.

LOOK: Praying 'Women Of The Wall' Attacked By Thousands Of Ultra-Orthodox

Posted 05.13.2013 | Religion

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox jeered, spit and threw rocks at the 400 'Women of the Wall' who prayed at the Western Wall today, according to the Jerusal...

Jewish Black Magic And The Raging Battle For Israel's Soul

Nicholas Saidel | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Nicholas Saidel

An old saying within the Israeli political establishment goes something like this: "You haven't made it in Israeli politics until you've been cursed by the Pulsa Dinura." The latest such threat is a conjuring-of-last-resort by those within the ultra-Orthodox community who feel sidelined.

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.

Note From A Haredi Rabbi To The Women Of The Wall

Avraham Edelstein | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Avraham Edelstein

As a male Orthodox Jew, I invite you to sit down with me and see where we can join forces in all those areas of discrimination against women where we can find common cause. I invite you to help me make good on the claim to all Jewish women: "Judaism glorifies you."

Israel’s Rabbis In Retreat As Obama Arrives

Yuval Elizur | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Yuval Elizur

Benjamin Netanyahu bet on the support of the religious bloc in the January elections, and his party lost heavily. When President Obama arrives in Israel on Wednesday he will be greeted by a prime minister who has been dethroned as king of Israel and is vulnerable to political pressures.

The Many Hats Of Orthodox Judaism

Simi Lichtman | Posted 04.12.2013 | Religion
Simi Lichtman

It is, perhaps, more newsworthy to make all Orthodox Jews out to be stuck in an ancient tradition, as if every religious Jew is still wearing their zaidy's zaidy's Polish garb. It may be newsworthy, but it's not accurate, and it's not sound journalism.

Hasidic Sexual Abuse Is 'Less' Orthodox Not 'Ultra' Orthodox

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Covering up sexual abuse is antithetical to Jewish law. The more ultra pious and Jewishly observant you are the less likely you should be to engage in sexual abuse coverups.

How Blurry Glasses Are Revealing Mainstream Hate Of Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Elad Nehorai | Posted 10.09.2012 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

Jews in the most religious area of Jerusalem, have started selling glasses that blur their owner's vision. Website after website, and blog after blog, has picked up this story. Almost all with a certain mocking tone. Many with angry undertones and overtones. Many sarcastic.

Revered Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Rabbi Dies At 102

AP | IAN DEITCH | Posted 09.17.2012 | Religion

JERUSALEM -- Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, revered by Jews worldwide as the top rabbinic authority of this generation for his scholarship and rulings o...

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.

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...

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.

Fear Factor: The Religious Right's Problem With Women

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 04.01.2012 | Home
Dr. Peggy Drexler

What is it about women that the men of deeply conservative religions find so threatening? What runs so deep that it justifies traumatizing an innocent eight-year-old like Naama Margolese in Beit Shemesh?

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.

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.

Talking to the Wall

Brent E. Sasley | Posted 02.11.2012 | World
Brent E. Sasley

The nationalists and religious are not susceptible to arguments that Israel will become isolated in the world, losing even its closest allies. They remain tied to the biblical notion that Israel is a nation that "dwells alone."