Agudath Israel

A Response To Rabbi Avi Shafran

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

05/01/2014
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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
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East Ramapo's Children Are Suffering

04/09/2014
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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.”

01/22/2014
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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.

12/15/2013
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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'

08/20/2013
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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

10/25/2012

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.

09/11/2012

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.

05/29/2012
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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.

Brooklyn DA Looking Into Infant's Death From Controversial Bris Practice

03/05/2012
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After the death of an infant who contracted herpes during a controversial circumcision practice, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office said it is investigating the case as a possible criminal matter.

Jerry Schmetterer, the spokesman for Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes, told The Jewish Week Monday, “Our Crimes Against Children Bureau is looking into this situation. I would not assume what any possible charges would be.”

Mixed Media: Women Editors, But Not In Pictures

Behind the Hillary photo controversy is one of print journalism’s few success stories: a thriving, albeit restricted, haredi press.

05/17/2011
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Is Hillary Clinton too sexy?

Apparently that is what some haredi newspapers in Brooklyn thought recently when they removed an image of the Secretary of State from the iconic photo from the White House Situation Room taken on the night of the military operation to kill Osama bin Laden.

The obliteration of Hillary — once by Photoshop and once by cropping — stirred a debate in media and religious circles about the practice of fervently Orthodox newspapers not to run pictures of women in their publications.

A copy of Di Tzitung, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton nowhere to be found.
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