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Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, Leader of Lithuanian Faction, Staunch Opponent of IDF Service, Dead at...

Since the passing of the IDF enlistment law by Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid, Rabbi Auerbach enhanced his struggle against army service.

Shaked Appoints First Haredi Woman Judge

Supreme Court President, Justice Esther Hayut, and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked praised the appointment.

B’nei Brak Man Marries Step Sister

The rabbi's daughter from a first marriage, who is 16 and a half, will be marrying her step brother, 23.

Hasidic Movement Bans EMT Volunteering on Penalty of Expulsion

Deputy Health Minsiter Yakov Litzman (United Torah Judaism) is a senior member of the Gur Hasidic movement.

IDF Soldier Injured as his Car Hit by Stones in Ramat Beit Shemesh

The driver was lightly injured and evacuated by Magen David Adom (MDA).

Survey Shows More Haredi Women Hold Driver’s License as Social Integration Booms

The poverty rate among Haredi Israelis fell to 45% in 2016, its lowest level in more than a decade.

Knesset Committee Survey of Street Modesty Signs Cut Short over Security Concerns

Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Yisrael Eichler (United Torah Judaism) compared the women's committee's visit to Beit Shemesh to a visit by supporters of Rabbi Meir Kahane to Umm al-Fahm.

Petach Tikvah Chief Rabbi Launches Kashrut Revolution with Independent Supervisors

"As consumers, the strict adherence of everyone to a valid kashrut certificate will help this important move take place."

Woman Who Used to Be Haredi Man Wins Appeal in Court Fight over Children

Until about two years ago she was a Haredi man, married with children and living in North Manchester, England. But when he became a...

Rabbi Shteinman, Head of Lithuanian Haredi World, Dies at 104

MK Yitzhak Herzog spoke about the rabbi’s modesty and spiritual power, and said his impact on haredi Judaism would continue to be felt for generations.

Birthright Drops Reform Program, Claims Kids Prefer Orthodox Tours

Birthright brought 48,000 Jewish kids ages 18 to 26 to Israel in 2017, but not through the Reform movement, apparently.

Recorded Senior Rabbinic Judges Voice Contempt for Sephardi Chief Rabbi

The recorded judges expressed their fear of standing up openly to Rabbi Yosef, but even more so standing up to his close associate David Amar (Shas), who can make and break their careers.

Haredi Couple Married on Shabbat Due to ‘Urgent Circumstances’

The Sheva Brachot meal could not be held as planned on Shabbat morning because the existence of a bride and a groom was in doubt.
Haredi soldiers praying in the fields. Some are less welcome in their own shuls.

Harassed Hareidi IDF Officer Wins NIS 500,000 Compensation in Court

Three extremists campaigning against the Conscription Law publicized his name and private family information.

Ukraine Objecting to Moving Bones of Nachman of Breslov to Israel

The secret appeal was made by Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), on behalf of Breslov Hasidism in Israel.

Haredi Hospital Sued for Refusing Fertility Treatments to Unmarried Woman

This is the first time an Israeli court has approved a class action against a hospital.

Rav Ovadia Yosef’s Mythical Chair Auctioned, Asking Price $57,000

"It has gone through chuppas, bris millahs, public conferences and various other events, during which people who needed medicine, spouses, blessings and salvation sat on it."

Shteiging Beats Gelt in Beit Shemesh Yom Kippur Aliyah Bidding War

Our rough estimate suggests the study bid came to $21.42 per page, and we believe that at these rates we could persuade millions of Jews to study the Talmud.

Trump to Dis Non-Orthodox Rabbis in New Year’s Phone Call

In late August, four coalitions of Jewish clergy issued statements they planned to boycott the president's call, in response to Trump’s weak response to the neo-Nazi and white supremacist riots in Charlottesville, Va.

Ahead of Decisive High Court Debate, Non-Orthodox Movements Demand Share in Running Western Wall

The members of the Conservative, Reform, Women of the Wall, and other non-Orthodox groups tell the high court that, as is always the case in real estate, they can no longer accept the devaluation of their share in the ancient relic on account of reduced exposure to street traffic, or, you guessed it: location, location, location.

Report: Haredi Private Shabbat Power Stations May Raise Israelis’ Electric Rates

Yedioth quotes MK Maklev as saying that at the current situation the IEC incurs a 15% loss in serving Haredi customers, and perhaps using that amount to offset the regular loss would eventually benefit everybody.

44 Orthodox Rabbis Attack Tzohar Prenuptial Get: If You Support It You’re Not Orthodox

The state of mind of a husband who signed the Tzohar prenuptial agreement may be affected by the financial consequences to the point where his get may not be given in a purely voluntary manner.

Chief Rabbi Irate at Rabbinate’s ‘Blacklist’ of Orthodox Rabbis

The list was prepared by Rabbi Itamar Touboul, who is in charge of determining whether individuals born abroad and registered to wed in Israel are considered a Jewish.

Haredi MK: Reform Campaign Rife with Bribes, Corruption

'Most of the Jews in the United States, even those who come to Temple once in fifty years, or those that don’t come at all, are not Reform, and the Reform movement does not represent them.'

3 London Haredi Schools Reopen in Defiance of Education Authority

The Hackney Council estimates there are at least 30 unregistered Haredi schools – a figure which local ultra-Orthodox sources suggests is inflated.

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