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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.

The Secret Double Lives Of Young Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Men

Posted 12.13.2012 | New York

In a small apartment filled with his children, under the watchful eyes of a tightly knit Hasidic neighborhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a young fathe...

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.

Prosecutors: Hasidic Counselor Abused Teen

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 11.28.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- The alleged abuse started when the victim was 12. The girl, a member of the Satmar Hasidic community, had been sent to the office of Neche...

Was The Kotel Liberated?

Yizhar Hess | Posted 12.25.2012 | Religion
Yizhar Hess

The Western Wall was liberated, yet free religious access has been obliterated. The Wall has been captured lock, stock and barrel, hijacked by a group of extremists who represent a minority among the Jewish people, a minority in Israel as well as around the world.

"A Scandal Grows in Brooklyn" -- the Problem When a D.A. Plays Politics

Abe George | Posted 11.28.2012 | New York
Abe George

As a former prosecutor, I have seen first-hand the critical importance of pursuing justice with no regard for special interests. That is because a district attorney should never play politics with people's lives. Charles Hynes clearly thinks differently.

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.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Blur Women With Modesty Glasses

AP | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion

JERUSALEM -- It's the latest prescription for extreme ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who shun contact with the opposite sex: Glasses that blur their vision...

As Deadline Looms, Draft Crisis Still Unresolved

AP | ARON HELLER | Posted 07.27.2012 | World

JERUSALEM -- With just days left before a court-imposed deadline to reform Israel's military draft law expires, the nation's political leaders are at ...

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...

Thousands Of Ultra-Orthodox Jews Protest In Jerusalem

AP | Posted 07.16.2012 | World

JERUSALEM -- Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews protested Monday in Jerusalem against attempts to draft members of the cloistered community into the Isr...

Credit the Times -- and the Jewish Week

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.