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Where Was God When Israel Deported African Refugees?

David Sheen | Posted 06.19.2014 | 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.

Getting A Grip On Religious Sex Abuse

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet

A message must go out to all segments of society including every religious community that sex abuse is a severe crime. The consequences to victims are real. The response must be robust. Not to deal with it forthright is to share in the guilt.

Orthodox Jewish Revival Opens Niche For Yiddish News

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2013 | Religion

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor Jan 30 (Reuters) - The rapid revival of strict Orthodox Jewish communities that has shifted New York ...

Inappropriate Use Of Holocaust Imagery In The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

While the hatred on both sides of the conflict, can, at times, be compared to the hatred the Nazis had for the Jews, the actions and reality are worlds apart.

Judge Won't Block New York City Circumcision Law

Reuters | Jonathan Stempel | Posted 03.12.2013 | Religion

* Preliminary injunction request denied * Rule angered some people in Orthodox Jewish community * "Direct oral suction" ...

An 18th Century Constitution in a 21st Century World

Dan_Weiss | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Dan_Weiss

Perhaps it is naïve to think we can get all the guns off the street. But it is clear that we can no longer afford to be stifled by originalist thinking when it comes to discussing gun laws and that is exactly what groups like Gun Owners of America would like to do.