Orthodox Jews

Why Do Florida’s Orthodox Jews Support Trump? Because They Fear Clinton

08/31/2016 - 12:24

NEW YORK (JTA) — Rebecca Raab was shopping recently in a South Florida Costco, wearing the trademark Orthodox outfit of a long skirt and baseball cap, when an employee waved to her and said “Shalom! We’re voting for Trump because we can’t have Hillary in the White House. She’s not good for us!”

Donald Trump at a rally at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 3, 2016. (Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

Orthodox ‘Dropouts’ Still Tethered To Faith


Survey examines life ‘off the road.’

08/16/2016 - 22:08
Associate Editor

The Orthodox fascinate and defy the number crunchers. No group is growing so prodigiously: Seventy-four percent of Jewish children in New York are Orthodox and Satmar’s school system is now larger than all but three public school systems in New York State. And yet, of American Orthodoxy’s 530,000 Jews, perhaps more than 10,000 Orthodox Jews have dropped out to varying degrees, according to Nishma Research. Modest numbers, perhaps, but each of those 10,000 likely could tell a story of sadness and disappointment.

Jonathan Mark

The Kindness Of Strangers And The Strangeness Of Family

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Rabbi Heschel’s famous saying that when he was younger, he admired people who were clever, but as he grew older, he admired people who were kind.  There is genius in that, in recognizing that kindness is key, to everything.  And most especially when there’s a disabled child in the mix. 

Nina Moglinik

John Kasich To Orthodox Jews: Abraham, Not Moses, The Star Of The Torah

04/14/2016 - 11:08

WASHINGTON — John Kasich bantered with haredi Orthodox Jews about which biblical figure was most significant and other lessons from the Jewish Bible.

Kasich Lectures Yeshiva Students About Joseph. Screenshot via youtube.com

These Orthodox Jews Use Karate To Defend The Faith

03/14/2016 - 11:18

On a recent Sunday evening at a Jewish center in Brooklyn’s Midwood section, dozens of boys and men — ages 5 to 40-something — practice their kicks, strikes and jabs. They are clad in the usual all-white uniform, tied at their middles with cloth belts — mostly white, but some yellows and greens, too.

Mordechai Genut, founder of Frum Karate, instructing some beginners’ students. JTA

Lessons Learned From Orthodoxy’s Dramatic Growth

12/08/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Since 1990, Orthodoxy in America has departed in dramatic fashion from patterns displayed by the other religious denominations. In fact, since 1990, the number of Orthodox Jewish congregants in the U.S. has at least doubled, the Jewish engagement indicators have moved higher, and their average age has declined.

Steven M. Cohen

Nearly 1 in 5 Modern Orthodox Jews Don’t Keep Kosher

Top 12 findings from new Pew report.

08/31/2015 - 20:00

Ever since the Pew Research Center released its landmark 2013 survey of U.S. Jewry, the study has become central to debates about everything from intermarriage to Jewish education. Now comes a new treasure trove of data from Pew about Orthodox Jews, extrapolated from the data amassed for the 2013 study, which is based on 3,475 interviews.

Members of the Jewish Orthodox community walk down a street in a Brooklyn neighborhood. Getty Images

Orthodox Jews, Kosher Market Hit By Paintballs In Brooklyn

07/07/2015 - 20:00

Police are searching for suspects who targeted a kosher market and some Orthodox Jewish individuals in Brooklyn with a paintball gun.

Orthodox Fear Repercussions From Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Supreme Court ruling sets off anxiety about lost funding, limits on free speech and labels of bigotry.

07/06/2015 - 20:00
Associate Editor

The Supreme Court decision affirming same-sex marriage as a constitutional right set off celebrations across the country, not least among Jews, many of whose Facebook photos – like the White House itself – were soon overlaid with the multi-hued stripes associated with gay rights. But while it was widely reported that Orthodox Jews continued to oppose the legal redefinition of marriage, what was less reported was how fearful the Orthodox are. Not so much from the redefinition of brides and grooms but from the redefinition of bigotry and traditional religion.

Same-sex marriage supporters celebrate in front of the Supreme Court the day of the landmark ruling. Getty Images

Orthodox Jewish Groups Brace For Consequences Of Gay-Marriage Ruling

07/01/2015 - 20:00

Washington – The name that keeps coming up when Orthodox Jewish groups consider the consequences of last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision extending same-sex marriage rights to all states has little to do with Jews or gays.

A same-sex marriage supporter celebrating in San Francisco following the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage June 26, 2015. JTA
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