Agudath Israel

U.S. Haredi Rabbis’ Body Rejects Open Orthodoxy

11/02/2015 - 19:00

A leading haredi Orthodox rabbinic body in the United States has rejected the Open Orthodox movement.

Rabbi Avi Weiss. Wikimedia Commons

Rare Chofetz Chaim Footage

Glimpse the Musar master entering the first World Agudath Israel conference in 1923.


A Response To Rabbi Avi Shafran

More than funding formula changes are needed to fix a school board plagued by acrimony and dysfunction.

04/30/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Rabbi Avi Shafran recently offered a passionate defense of the actions of the Charedi dominated East Ramapo Public School Board. I trust that that Rabbi Shafran’s intentions are honorable – to strengthen the Jewish people and create a fairer education system, and I welcome the debate. For too long this issue has been whispered about or ignored in our community.

Rabbi Ari Hart

East Ramapo's Children Are Suffering

04/08/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The Talmud teaches that: “The world endures only for the sake of the breath of school children.” It is in that spirit that the Jewish people have valued education so highly for thousands of years. That statement also reflects a profound truth: Education is the key to a healthy, productive society, and to individual physical, emotional and spiritual flourishing. Unfortunately, that precious breath is being cut short for thousands of schoolchildren in Rockland County.

Rabbi Ari Hart

Orthodox Councilman To Chair New Subcommittee On Private Schools

Newly elected Chaim Deutsch called the subcommittee’s creation “overdue.”

01/21/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Day schools just got a leg up at City Hall.

Opinion: The Prenup Can Help Everyone

But the document poses a collective action problem: everyone has to sign on.

12/14/2013 - 19:00

My husband and I agreed when we were dating that if we were ever to get married, we would frame our ketubah, the Jewish marriage contract, and hang it prominently on the wall, with a plaque affixed to the glass that read “In Case of Emergency Break Glass.”

The halachic prenup aims to pre-empt the problem of "chained" women whose husbands won't grant religious divorces. Fotolia

Agudath Israel Slams N.J. Law Prohibiting 'Reparative Therapy'

08/19/2013 - 20:00

The haredi Orthodox Agudath Israel of America condemned a New Jersey law prohibiting gay reparative therapy for minors as an infringement on religious freedom.

MPB Fight Unites Ultra-Orthodox And Ultra-Ultra-Orthodox

10/24/2012 - 20:00

Buoyed by the city Board of Health's agreement to delay implementing its consent decree on metitza b'peh (MBP) while a lawsuit is pending, a group of plaintiffs held a press conference earlier this week to galvanize support. (Our invitation must have been caught in the Spam folder.)

Exclusive: Agudah Preparing To Sue City Over Metzitza Informed Consent

On eve of Board of Health vote, haredi umbrella group wants to bring ‘freedom of religion’ case.
09/10/2012 - 20:00

The haredi umbrella organization Agudath Israel is planning to sue the City of New York should the Board of Health pass a law this week requiring that mohels obtain informed consent from parents whose infant sons will undergo metztizah b’peh, The Jewish Week has learned.

The informed consent document would provide information about the oral suction procedure’s risks, which include infection with the herpes virus that could lead to brain damage or death.

Hynes Issues Warning To Rabbis On Abuse Policy

Tells Jewish Week clergy could face obstruction charges for first vetting molestation allegations; urges Agudah to bring cases to police.
05/28/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

After months of equivocal statements about Agudath Israel’s longstanding position that — with very limited exception — child sexual abuse allegations must first be investigated by rabbis, the Brooklyn district attorney has issued a clear warning to the haredi umbrella organization that its policy puts rabbis at risk of running afoul of the law.

Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes, top, and Rabbi David Zwiebel: At odds over reporting policy.
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