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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 ...

What Happens After Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jews Break Away From Their Religion?

New York Magazine | Alice Robb | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion

The first time Lynn Davidman bit into a cheeseburger, she was worried for her life. “I was afraid some punishment by God might be imminent,” she r...

Should Jewish Girls Be Allowed To Read Torah At The Western Wall?

Religion News Service | Michele Chabin | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) A new bus ad campaign promoting the right of girls to celebrate their bat mitzvah at the Western Wall is the latest push by the femini...

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Defend Right To Ritual Chicken Slaughter

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.03.2014 | Religion

Hundreds of Ultra-Orthodox Jews in New York City flocked together this week to perform Kaporos, the ritual slaughtering of chickens for Yom Kippur. ...

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...

Where Was God When Israel Deported African Refugees?

David Sheen | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
David Sheen

While the government works to sweep asylum-seekers off its streets and decant them back into the interior of the African continent, the vast majority of Jewish religious institutions and lay leaders in Israel have not made any attempt to aid the Africans.

Jerusalem's Ultra-Orthodox Jews Unhappy About New Artificial Beach

Religion News Service | Michele Chabin | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) The creation of a temporary artificial beach in Jerusalem — a landlocked city located atop a mountain — has outraged many ultra-Or...

Orthodox Jews Hold Huge Rally In NYC Against Israeli Draft

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 03.09.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews filled the streets in lower Manhattan on Sunday to protest Israel's proposal to draft strictly reli...

Letter to Hollywood -- I Don't Have a Beard or Side Curls and I Look Just Like You: American Judaism's Image Problem

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

Why do the entertainment and advertising industries need us to look like hasids or caricatures of Jewishness? Why is the image of a female rabbi, or a clean-shaven, young, attractive male rabbi with all his hair so rare? Why do they insist on "other-ing" us?

Ultra-Orthodox -- Every Religion's Got 'Em

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

I'm caught up in how religions around the world are stoking turmoil, even though the teachings of those religions say "love your neighbor," and all of...

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Protesters Smash Bus Windows

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 08.20.2013 | Religion

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish protesters attacked three buses in Beit Shemesh, a city 30 miles west of Jerusalem, in response to the arrest of a couple who re...

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...

Streisand Slams Israel's Ultra Orthodox

AP | MAX J. ROSENTHAL | Posted 08.17.2013 | Religion

JERUSALEM — Entertainer Barbra Streisand waded into one of Israel's touchiest issues Monday on the first major stop of her tour of the country &...

PHOTOS: NYC Orthodox Community Protests Israeli Bill

Newsday | Emily Ngo | Posted 08.10.2013 | New York

Tens of thousands of members of ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities Sunday flooded lower Manhattan's Foley Square to protest Israeli legislation that th...

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...

Vandals Target Women Of The Wall Leadership

AP | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion

JERUSALEM -- Israeli police say vandals have spray-panted slogans on the home of one of the leaders of a liberal Jewish women's group that has angered...

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.

"Discrimination Against Women In Public Places, In Public Services, Cannot Be Allowed,"

Reuters | Jeffrey Heller | Posted 05.09.2013 | Religion

Jerusalem - Back-of-the bus seating for women on any public transport in Israel will soon be outlawed, the justice minister said on Thursday, pledging...

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.

Runaway Selection and the Cellophane Rabbi

Dan_Weiss | Posted 07.01.2013 | Science
Dan_Weiss

Unwittingly, some components of Ronald Fisher's theory of runaway selection can aptly describe the emergence of exaggerated religious traits as well. Take for example the recent photo of an orthodox Jewish man ensconced in a full-size plastic bag during a flight to Tel Aviv.

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.

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...

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.

Purim, Queen Esther And Women Praying At The Western Wall

Rabbi Susan Silverman | Posted 04.25.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Susan Silverman

We end public readings of the Scroll of Esther with a blessing. "Blessed are you, God, who takes up our grievance, judges our claim and avenges the wrongs against us. You bring retribution on our enemies and vengeance on our foes." It's a tragedy when those we have in mind are other Jews.

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.