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Rabbi David Stav in Kfar Chabad, where he is less likely to be attacked violently than in Bnei Brak.
 

Posted on: June 17th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim & Hassidim

A few boys began to push him, trying to make him trip and fall while he was dancing.

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Rabbi David Stav is no stranger to Haredim, but his most renowned appeal is to secular Israelis—a fact that got him squarely inside Rav Ovadia Yosef's cross-hairs.
 

Posted on: June 17th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim & Hassidim

"I was thinking of the path of the Torah and the mission of returning to the Chief Rabbinate the path of Rav Abraham Isaac Kook zt'l."

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Former Shas chiarman Aryeh Deri with the spiritual leader of the Shas party Rabbi Ovadia Yosef back in 1999, before Deri's jail sentence.
 

Posted on: June 16th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim & Hassidim

The campaign for Chief Rabbi has sunk to the depths even politicians have not reached. Rav Ovadia calls Rav Stav of Tzohar “evil” and Tzohar calls on the Torah sage to “repent.” Next up: Tisha B’Av.

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Posted on: June 16th, 2013

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The campaign for Chief Rabbi in Israel got uglier Saturday night with Shas party’s spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef saying in his weekly address that Tzohar Rabbi does “not have the fear God.” Rabbi Stab has staged an unprecedented campaign to promote himself for Chief Rabbi. His candidacy is supported by most national religious leaders […]

Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel (L) and Mayor Benny Kasriel speaking to the press at the E1 area between Jerusalem and the Kasriel's town of Ma'aleh Adumim. A lot of talk – zero construction so far.
 

Posted on: June 15th, 2013

News & ViewsEye on "Palestine"

Prime Minister Netanyahu is functioning as an agent of U.S. foreign policy and Palestinian expansion.

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In a letter sent to Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center threatened to take legal action if he and other recepients do not immediately discontinue their boycott campaign against Israel.
 

Posted on: June 13th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

The Racial Discrimination Act of 1975 made BDS actions unlawful.

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Posted on: June 12th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim & Hassidim

Ten rabbis have signed a petition to boycott a mall in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot because of “issues of modesty” while secular residents are organizing a demonstration in support of the shopping mall. The petition alleges that Haredi rabbis in the Ramot area struck an agreement with the mall developers on rules concerning modesty, […]

Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer with his security man before delivering his farewell speech.
 

Posted on: June 12th, 2013

News & ViewsBusiness and Economy

It was difficult to tell whether Fischer considers Haredi poverty the central problem, or just Haredi majority.

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Bedouin squatters' village in the Negev.
 

Posted on: June 11th, 2013

News & ViewsIsraelIsraeli Arabs

“Any plan to resettle members of the Bedouin community must be developed with leaders of that community rather than be forced upon them.”

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Posted on: June 11th, 2013

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The Knesset passed into law on Tuesday a requirement that at least four women be included on the committee that elects rabbinical court rabbis. Haredi Knesset Members voted against the bill. The committee automatically includes the Justice Minister, who currently is Tzipi Livni and who will sit on the committee in addition to the four […]

Thousands of Haredim protest in Lower Manhattan, June 9, 2013
 

Posted on: June 10th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim & Hassidim

To passersby on Sunday, the crowd had a simple message, one that rings sympathetically to American ears.

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As a preventative measure, the police closed part of the upper plaza – above the prayer plazas, to keep the protesters away from the women's section, and all the Women of the Wall were channeled into the plaza through a passageway running below the Mugrhabi bridge.
 

Posted on: June 9th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim & Hassidim

Police prepared for the monthly event, and from a law-and-order perspective it made perfect sense.

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A member of Women of the Wall holds a Torah scroll outside a police station in Jerusalem earlier this year.
 

Posted on: June 6th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

Women of the Wall plan their monthly Rosh Chodesh prayers at the Kotel the second day of the month, with a Torah scroll. It’s okay to make up rules as they go along, so long as the Orthodox don’t make the rules.

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A suspect was picked up in B'nei B'rak on Wednesday.
 

Posted on: June 6th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim & Hassidim

In 1995, “everyone” knew settlers murdered Rabin. The “settler” Yigal Amir was from the Haifa area. Four years ago, gays accused Haredi gay-haters for killing three homosexuals. Now police say, “Not so.”

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Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the American Jewish Committee Global Forum in Washington, DC on June 3, 2013.
 

Posted on: June 4th, 2013

News & ViewsEye on "Palestine"

"We will find ourselves in a negative spiral … that could literally slam the door on a two-state solution, having already agreed, I think, that there isn’t a one-state one."

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Women of the Wall at the Kotel on May 10, 2013, the first day of the Hebrew month of Sivan.
 

Posted on: June 3rd, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

It can be argued whether the Women of the Wall are spiritual angels, but no sane person could accuse them of threatening rabbis to approve their agenda or face death. So who is behind the dirty work?

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A Muslim policeman and Jordanian Waqf official followed the Jewish group closely, urging them to move quickly.
 

Posted on: May 31st, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

“You don’t have to send delegations to Hungary to witness raw antisemitism.”

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Moses on Sinai [detail] (2010), oil on canvas, 30x30 by Brian Shapiro
 

Posted on: May 29th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim & Hassidim

Remember Hamas missiles on Israeli cities? Remember last year’s bloated deficit? Haredi MKs don’t. Everything was great, they say, until Lapid’s universal draft, which turned Syria against Israel.

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bat yam synagogue defaced
 

Posted on: May 29th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

Similar attacks have occurred at other synagogues in the vicinity.

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Finance minister and leader of the Yesh Atid party Yair Lapid (R) and Yesh Atid MK Yaakov Perry are insisting on criminal and economic sanctions against Haredim over the draft.
 

Posted on: May 29th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

The decision to play this kind of hardball came from Lapid.

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