Israeli Yeshiva Students To Lose Stipends

05/26/2014 - 20:00

Tel Aviv — Israel must stop providing monthly living stipends to haredi Orthodox yeshiva students, the nation’s Supreme Court ruled.

Working Around Rabbis

With haredim maintaining control over the Chief Rabbinate, reformers are eyeing alternatives.
07/30/2013 - 20:00

Jerusalem — In a city with a seemingly infinite number of kosher restaurants, Jerusalem restaurateurs have a tough time obtaining certification from the country’s Chief Rabbinate.

Former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, right, congratulating his son, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef Lau.

Haredim, Democracy And Women Of The Wall

07/01/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The Haredi Spring is coming to an end — and not a moment too soon. In the recent election in Israel, the majority rose up and called a halt to the process of haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, Jews playing a dominant role in the government coalition while resisting national service. Requirements for army service and incentives to work instead of living on welfare are now being discussed in the Knesset. The haredim have reacted by insisting that their way of life and privileges were sacrosanct and could not be reined in by the democratic process. In truth, they have never seemed comfortable with real democracy.

Rabbi Yitz Greenberg

Sharansky’s Plan: ‘An Old Solution In A New Guise’

04/25/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

How welcome, Rabbi Yitz Greenberg’s call to Modern Orthodox leaders to speak out for a new, better order at the Kotel (“Time For Modern Orthodox Leaders To Speak Out On Kotel Proposal,” Opinion, April 26).

Women of the Wall have been agitating for female prayer rights for decades. Getty Images

Religious Freedoms Could Expand In New Coalition

Bibi may have to leave out haredim; civil marriage, increased conversions on horizon.
03/05/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

What if Israel had a coalition government that was not beholden to the fervently Orthodox parties’ hold on matters of marriage, divorce, conversion, and army exemptions for yeshiva students?

Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid and Jewish Home’s Naftali Bennett say they won’t join a government with haredi parties. Getty Images

Torah Sage Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv Dies In Israel At 102

07/17/2012 - 20:00

In an age of sound bites and celebrity seekers, Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, who died Wednesday at age 102, represented a world apart.

The head of the Lithuanian haredi Orthodox community in Israel, Elyashiv was a Torah sage who shunned the limelight, dedicating himself single-mindedly to the pursuit of Torah study.

That's Why They Call It The Bubble

I just got back from Israel. I went as a kind of pre-state pilgrim, but the circumstances and the trappings of the trip were hardly old-fashioned, or pious. My ever-generous in-laws wanted to show off their grandchildren at a wedding thrown by olim relatives, so the grandchildren’s parents got to come along.

Bubbles are so beautiful

Haredim Rally Against Draft In Jerusalem

06/25/2012 - 20:00
Thousands of haredi Orthodox held a prayer rally to protest the forced enlistment of yeshiva students. The early Monday morning demonstration by men, women and children was organized by the Eda Haredit organization in Jerusalem. Participants reportedly read psalms and lamentations. The protest came as the Plesner Committee was meeting to find an alternative to the Tal Law, which grants military exemptions to haredi Orthodox Israeli men. The law is set to expire next month, and it is believed the committee will call for the required draft of haredi Orthodox men.

Ultra-Orthodox are Correct About the Dangers of the Internet

When I first heard that a rally was planned for Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Jews to protest the Internet, I didn’t think it would attract much attention. After all, the Internet has long been under attack in Haredi communities and their rabbinic leaders have forbidden it in the past.

‘I Want To Live In A Democracy, Not A Religious State’

For liberals and centrists, a growing fear of Orthodox power.
Special To The Jewish Week
05/28/2012 - 20:00

The 15-year-old daughter of an Israeli friend announced to her parents that when she gets older she will leave Israel. “The religious are taking over,” she said. “I don’t want to be treated like a second-class citizen, and anyway I want to live in a democracy, not a religious state.”
“I didn’t have an answer,” my friend said.

After the storm: Naama Margolese walks to school with her mother, Hadassa, in Beit Shemesh.
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