haredi Jews

Integrating Haredim Into Society By Segregating Classes?

While Hebrew U profs bristle at the prospect, several Israeli universities are offering single-sex programs for haredim.

06/26/2013
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — For more than a year, officials at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have been grappling with a difficult decision: whether to introduce a haredi academic-degree program that would enable fervently Orthodox students to learn in gender-segregated classrooms (and, in the case of male students, with only male teachers), even though, officials say, these accommodations go against the principles of equality on which the university is based.

The Hebrew University campus is roiling over proposal for gender-segregated classes. Wikipedia Commons

Where Religion And Real Estate Collide

As N.Y. haredi population surges, battles over Brooklyn neighborhoods ensue.

03/06/2013

If you’re looking to move to an apartment on or near Park Avenue, be prepared to break open the piggy bank. Prices are higher than ever and developers are squabbling over construction rights.

An Orthodox Jew strolls by some coveted Brooklyn real estate. Getty Images

Ex-Mossad Head: ‘Haredization’ Trumps Iran As Threat

Recent Israeli elections surprised and pleased even world-weary intelligence veteran: sees 'winds of change.'

01/30/2013
Editor And Publisher

It’s not often that Mideast events surprise Efraim Halevy, who served in the Mossad for 28 years (including four as director) and who also was head of the National Security Council and adviser to and confidante of four Israeli prime ministers.

Gary Rosenblatt

New Glasses Blur Immodesty For Haredi Men

08/07/2012

Haredi Orthodox men in Israel are buying glasses that will prevent them from seeing the immodest women that threaten their way of life.

The glasses, which are being sold for $32.50, have a special blur-inducing sticker on their lenses that provides clear vision for up to a few yards so as not to impede movement, but anything beyond that becomes blurry -- including women.

While it is not known how many have been purchased, the devices have gone on sale recently in haredi Orthodox neighborhoods of Jerusalem and elsewhere, reported the Times of Israel.

On Haredi Service, Half A Great Idea

07/17/2012
Editor And Publisher

A yeshiva rebbe in Bnei Brak, the largest haredi city in Israel, has come up with a great plan for making army duty more equitable in the Jewish state.

Well, make that half a great plan and half a potential disaster.

Rabbi Simcha Avraham Halevi says that for the sake of fairness, with the government pushing to end army exemptions for haredi young men who are full-time yeshiva students, all secular young Israelis should be required to study Torah.

Gary Rosenblatt

Haredi Rift Opens Over Bris Ritual

High-ranking officials split on risk from metzitzah b’peh and whether practice should be continued.

03/27/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

A renewed focus on a controversial circumcision technique, which recently has been implicated in one infant’s death and five non-fatal cases of neonatal herpes since 2007, has exposed a rift in the haredi community over the ritual practice.

Rabbi David Niederman, executive director of the United Jewish Communities of Williamsburg.

The Spit Felt ’Round The World

In wake of Beit Shemesh, haredim here wrestle with introspection, and what they see as unfair criticism.

01/31/2012
Associate Editor

It was as if the spit cut into Ezra Friedlander’s cheek, from half a world away.

Friedlander, the son of the Liska rebbe and CEO of the Friedlander Group, a public affairs organization here, says, “We absolutely have the obligation to condemn even the actions of a rogue group. I want people to know that they don’t speak for me.”

Haredi-secular tensions flared after Beit Shemesh incident. getty images

Three Haredi Men Arrested In Beit Sh emesh For Assaulting Woman

01/24/2012

Three haredi Orthodox men were arrested for assaulting a woman in Beit Shemesh.

On Tuesday, the woman was hanging posters for Israel's national lottery when the men reportedly surrounded her car, slashed her tires and stole her car keys. A stone thrown at the car hit the woman in the head.

Police helped the woman and arrested three suspects, Ynet reported. Other attackers reportedly fled the scene and are being sought by police. The woman filed a complaint with the police.

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