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New Court Set To Free Agunot

Despite failure of past efforts on behalf of ‘chained’ wives, ambitious beit din now in session; will its rulings be accepted?

11/19/2014
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In a bid to free women trapped for years in broken marriages, a new international religious court — spearheaded by Orthodox rabbis here, with the backing of several haredi colleagues in Israel — has begun officiating cases, The Jewish Week has learned.

Rabbi Simcha Krauss: “These women have suffered in pain for too long.”

Chasidic Sex Abuse Whistleblower Sues The Forward

Sam Kellner’s defamation suit calls paper a ‘Pravda for pedophiles.’

11/18/2014
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Sam Kellner, the chasidic sex abuse whistleblower who was indicted in 2011 for extortion, but whose case was dismissed in early 2014, has filed a defamation suit against The Jewish Daily Forward.

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East Ramapo School Board 'Blinded' To Students' Needs, State Monitor Says

Report calls for state veto power over decisions made by Orthodox-majority school board.

11/18/2014
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The school board in Rockland County’s East Ramapo School District showed favoritism to students from the Orthodox community who attend private schools in the district, a state-appointed monitor reported Monday.

From left, Steve White, Carole Anderson and Antonio Luciano have been pushing for state oversight for years. Michael Datikash/JW
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Man Charged In Manhattan Assault Of Orthodox Couple

11/18/2014
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A 23-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested for assaulting an Orthodox Jewish couple in Manhattan this summer.

Sam Kellner’s defamation suit calls paper a ‘Pravda for pedophiles.’

Sam Kellner says 2013 article about him was 'low grade character assassination.'

11/16/2014
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Sam Kellner, the chasidic sex abuse whistleblower who was indicted in 2011 for extortion, but whose case was dismissed in early 2014, has filed a defamation suit against The Jewish Daily Forward.

Sam Kellner and his lawyers, Michael Dowd and Niall MacGiollabhui.
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Chasidic Sex Abuse Whistleblower Sues The Forward For Defamation

Sam Kellner says 2013 article about him was an attempt at ‘low grade character assassination.'

11/16/2014
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Sam Kellner, the chasidic sex abuse whistleblower who was indicted in 2011 for bribery and extortion, but whose case dismissed in early 2014, has filed a defamation suit against The Jewish Daily Forward.

After Guns, Drugs Seized, Chabad Rabbi Defends Youth Center

Says discovery of loaded assault rifle and drug paraphernalia was a “horrible surprise”; defends arrested volunteer.

11/13/2014
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The head of a Crown Heights youth center where police discovered a loaded AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle and a stash of drugs Tuesday defended the 11-year-old organization and the volunteer arrested in connection with the crime.

“This came as a horrible surprise,” said Rabbi Moishe Feiglin, who started The Aliya Institute, an organization for disaffected Jewish youth, in 2003.

The King Of Comedy Reclaims His Throne

His comedy may not be kosher, but Brooklyn-born comedy giant, Andrew Dice Clay, is one hundred percent Jewish.

11/12/2014
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“Oh … it’s a whole thing here,” said Clay with his infamous wry grin when he was asked to pose for photographers, faux-signing a book, before the real signing began. The event had barely begun and the jokes were already rolling. 

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From High School To Helmets

Film on grit and love in IDF basic training.

11/12/2014
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It  was 70 years ago that Israel’s legendary paratroopers were born, even before the state, a brigade tracing its lineage to 1944 when Hannah Senesh, Peretz Goldstein, and Yoel Palgi, from the pre-state Yishuv, parachuted behind Nazi lines to aid the Jewish resistance. Palgi alone survived, and a few years later became the founding commander of the Israel Defense Force’s paratroopers. They are now one of the IDF’s elite special forces, liberating Jerusalem’s Old City and Temple Mount in 1967; crossing the Suez Canal in the pivotal maneuver of the Yom Kippur War; with Senesh’s words studied in poetry books and their military endeavors studied in West Point.

You’re in the army now: A scene from “Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front.”

Rabbi Rebuked For ‘Nazi’ Reference

RCA says Teaneck leader's use of ‘Der Sturmer’ to criticize The Jewish Week ‘crosses the line of decency.’

11/11/2014
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The president of the Rabbinical Council of America this week issued a rebuke to a colleague for making comments that appeared to compare The Jewish Week to Der Sturmer, the official and virulently anti-Semitic Nazi newspaper.

Rabbi Leonard Matanky, right, president of the Rabbinical Council of America, and Rabbi Steven Pruzansky.
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