A New Approach To Dealing With Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox

08/30/2016 - 17:45
Special To The Jewish Week

In recent years, a dramatic social, political and legal struggle has been waged against the charedi, or ultra-Orthodox, “society of scholars” in Israel, those who devote their lives to Torah study.

Yedidia Stern

Breaking A Taboo, Some Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Men Look For Work

01/26/2016 - 10:42

Bnei Brak, Israel - At the age of 36, Michael Luc realized he needed to find a good job.

Ultra-Orthodox men are increasingly entering the Israeli workforce, thanks to employment training offered by the Ministry. RNS

Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Women Make Uphill Battle For Parliament

03/02/2015 - 19:00

Jerusalem - Israel’s first political party created by ultra-Orthodox Jewish women is running a novel campaign for parliament: no media ads or endorsements by key rabbinical authorities, just word-of-mouth recommendations and faith.

Israel-Diaspora Story of the Year: Whose Western Wall Is It?

12/30/2013 - 19:00

In the U.S., 2013 was the year of Women of the Wall — and the organization’s 25th anniversary, to boot. The group advocates for the right of women to pray collectively and audibly at the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites. Founded in 1988, WOW’s main tactic for two decades has been civil disobedience: the gathering of its members to celebrate each new month by holding a liturgically traditional service at the Wall. Over the years, the women have been negotiated with, reviled and harassed, most often by members of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox minority, which finds their presence offensive.

Do You Know Whose Funeral Drew 250,000 People This Week?

If further evidence is needed that the divide between the Orthodox and the rest of the Jewish community is widening, consider that 250,000 Israelis attended the funeral yesterday of a revered 102-year-old Torah sage in Jerusalem who is virtually unknown to American Jews outside the Orthodox world.

Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv

Sins Of Omission At The Times

05/14/2012 - 20:00

It was deeply frustrating, though not surprising, to see The New York Times, in its high-profile coverage this past week of abuse in the ultra-Orthodox community, neglect to credit The Jewish Week — or The Forward — for taking the lead in reporting on these issues for years.

FaceGlat May Be a More Modest Facebook But It's Not Hacker-Proof

FaceGlat, the ultra-Orthodox social networking site, is an attempt to offer Haredi Jews the experience of Facebook without all the immodesty. From the opening page it reminds one of public restrooms with a sign for men to enter through one door and women to enter through their own door. FaceGlat's name is a mashup of Facebook and glatt, the term for kosher meat considered to be a higher standard of kosher because of the source animal's smooth lungs.

The ultra-Orthodox version of Facebook gets hacked by Palestinian hackers from Jordan for the second time.

Haredi Orthodox Rabbis Ban Internet

Late last year, Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) rabbis banned the popular blog Voz Iz Neias and even went so far as to try to have it taken down. Now, FailedMessiah.com reports that the Agudath Israel of America's Moetzet Gedolei HaTorah has issued a ban prohibiting its adherents from using the Internet without a filter.

Internet is Forbidden for Ultra-Orthodox

Marchers Protest Jerusalem Neighborhood’s Gender Separation

09/28/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Protesters marched in Mea Shearim, a day after Israel's Supreme Court ruled that men and women cannot be segregated on its main street.

The demonstrators marched Wednesday in the fervently religious neighborhood of Jerusalem to protest gender separation on public streets of the city.

The court on Tuesday approved the march over Jerusalem police objections, but ordered the route altered so that the march did not end at the central Shabbat Square.

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