Recent Israeli elections surprised and pleased even world-weary intelligence veteran: sees 'winds of change.'
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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.
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.
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.
High-ranking officials split on risk from metzitzah b’peh and whether practice should be continued.
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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.
In wake of Beit Shemesh, haredim here wrestle with introspection, and what they see as unfair criticism.
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.”
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.
The Holocaust, whose memory usually serves as an honored shared point for the Jewish community, sometimes is a point of contention for haredi Jews, who say they feel excluded from mainstream histories of the period. Those histories, and exhibits in Yad Vashem, emphasize the exploits of secular partisans and pay less attention to religious Jews who resisted the Nazis by studying Torah in ghettoes and keeping the commandments in death camps.