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Ultra Orthodox Judaism

Town's Mayoral Election Reflects Israel's Secular And Religious Tension

Reuters | Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - A bitter mayoral race in a town that has become a symbol of religious and political divisions in Israel ended on Wednesday with the victor...

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Dies at 93

Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the outspoken leader of Sephardic Jews in Israel died Monday. Cause of death was not released. The 93-year-old rabbi, who was ...

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...

The Failure of Liberal Theological Imagination

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 04.05.2013 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

Religious traditions change radically across time and space. Let Orthodox theology worship the idol of godly and cultural immutability. Modernist theology demands a more sophisticated engagement.

Hidden Camera Catches Rabbi In Alleged Child Sex Abuse Cover Up

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.01.2013 | Religion

Ephraim Padwa, a senior Haredi rabbi in the United Kingdom, was recently caught on camera telling a presumed victim of alleged child sex abuse not to ...

Brooklyn Yeshivas Eschew Laws, Don't Teach English And Math

| Posted 01.24.2013 | New York

By Jill Colvin, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer BROOKLYN — Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Borough President Marty Markowitz waffled Wednesday over who has...

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...

Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi: Burn Your iPhone

AP | DANIEL ESTRIN | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion

JERUSALEM — An influential ultra-Orthodox Israeli rabbi ordered his followers this week to burn their iPhones, the latest move in a campaign by ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

A Train Ride With Avraham

Matt Adler | Posted 06.03.2012 | Gay Voices
Matt Adler

All my life I had worked to build my confidence as a member of the LGBT community. And here was a man from halfway around the world whom I had never met before telling me whom to sleep with. This man whom I worked so hard not to stereotype was proving to be ever so stereotypical.

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.

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...

Ultra Orthodox And Secular Jews Clash Over Gender Segregation In Israel

Posted 12.28.2011 | Religion

Ultra Orthodox Jews continue to push for segregation between men and women in the city of Beit-Shemesh, Israel, as secular residents fight back. "It ...

Israelis, Resentful Of Orthodox Grip On Society, Fight Back

Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion

By Michele Chabin Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS) With its department-store-sized windows, the Kolben Dance Company's studio faces a busy do...

Rejecting 'Modesty' For Women's Rights In Jerusalem

Posted 11.21.2011 | Arts

Jerusalem is home to great tension between the traditional and the liberal, the religious and the secular, the ancient word and ideals of Western civi...

Israeli 'Freedom Riders' Ensure A Woman's Place At Front Of The Bus

Posted 09.12.2011 | Religion

By Michele Chabin c. 2011 Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS) Vera Kreidlin boarded an empty No. 56 bus for the 25-minute ride from a religious ...

Israel: Ultra-Orthodox Seek Boycott Of Their Own Web Sites

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Prominent ultra-Orthodox Israeli rabbis are targeting a new foe in the decidedly impious world of the Internet: They've demanded a b...