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According to Israel Radio, things had gone a little out of hand near the end, and the WOW had to sneak out of there through a side exit, as Haredi men were cursing them out and one man was arrested on suspicion of spitting and throwing stuff at them.
 

200 WOW Drowned Out by 10,000 Seminary Girls

Posted on: October 4th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

No one was really hurt, and that's what really counts. Eat your heart out, Pew Institute, down here we're all Orthodox Jews…

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The other women of the wall, who pray every day.
 

Kotel Rabbi Gives Up and Tells Haredi Girls: Ignore Women’s Minyan

Posted on: October 3rd, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

The Western Wall Rabbi told Haredi girls to – in effect – let the Women of the Wall pray as they wish. An analogy to “let sleeping dogs lie” would be taken the wrong way.

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The Women of the Wall will pray at the southern end of the Western Wall Friday but without their Torah scroll, which has been damaged by dampness.
 

Women of the Wall Blame Gov’t for Their Damaged Torah Scroll

Posted on: October 2nd, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

The Women of the Wall are unhappy again. Yes, they can read from the Torah, but now that have no scroll. It was damaged by dampness, and WoW blames the government for lack of proper storage.

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Tens of thousands gathered at the kotel to pray for Rav Ovadia, September 29, 2013.
 

Tens of Thousands Pray for Rav Ovadia at the Kotel

Posted on: September 30th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

If you wish to mention him in your prayers, his name is Harav Chaim Ovadia Yosef ben Gorgia.

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The Chardakim campaign attacks Charedi soldiers who dare enlist in the IDF.
 

Verbal Attack on Charedi Soldier Signals Renewal of ‘Chardakim’ Campaign

Posted on: September 29th, 2013

News & ViewsIsraelGovernment

One rabbi has decreed that wearing an IDF uniform is tantamount to wearing a cross medallion.

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The Belzer Rebbe, Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokeach (L). with former chief rabbi, Rav Ovadia Yosef.
 

Belzer Rebbe: Israeli Govt. Made Up of Dogs

Posted on: September 28th, 2013

News & ViewsIsraelGovernment

Regarding the money his Chassidim are taking from the evil government, the Rebbe said it was their money.

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Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef recovering from a minor stroke in Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, January 13, 2013.
 

Rav Ovadia’s Condition ‘Life-Threatening’

Posted on: September 24th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

Hundreds of thousands of Jews in Israel and throughout the Diaspora are praying for the health of “Rav Ovadia,” one of Israel’s most influential rabbis and one of today’s greatest Torah sages. A name has been added.

 

Did Your Shul Pocket $660,000 from Maftir Yona?

Posted on: September 15th, 2013

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

“Auctioning” off the honor of being called to the Torah and for the privilege of reading the “Haftorah,” or “Maftir” section of the Prophets, is common in the Diaspora and also in many urban and more affluent communities in Israel, but it takes a lot to top an unidentified Moscow millionaire, or perhaps billionaire, who […]

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Native Baltimore Rabbi Runs for Beit Shemesh City Council

Posted on: September 11th, 2013

News & ViewsIsraelAliyah

Baltimore native Rabbi Avraham Leventhal, who moved to Beit Shemesh eight years ago after making aliyah, has tossed his hat in the political ring and is running for a seat on the city council. Elections will take place October 22. Another former American, Rabbi Dov Lipman, also was active in politics after making aliyah. He […]

United Torah Judaism MK Meir Porush (seen handcuffing himself to the microphone during a speech at the Knesset plenum against the draft bill. Now he is threatening a full blown religious war, should the law be passed.
 

Haredi MK to US Envoy: Rabbis Will Declare Religious War

Posted on: September 10th, 2013

News & ViewsIsraelGovernment

It would probably be easier for the U.S. to make peace between the warring factions in Syria than between MK Porush and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid.

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Haredi extremists shout at a demonstration in Beit-Shemesh in August against construction at a site allegedly containing Jewish graves
 

Violent Guards and Violent Haredi Extremists Duel in Beit Shemesh

Posted on: September 9th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

Extremist Haredim were at again in Beit Shemesh, breaking into a construction site that they say contains old Jewish graves. The Haredim found the Arab guards even more violent.

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A Jerusalem Haredi neighborhood during a municipal strike. Despite the incumbent mayor's best intentions, Jerusalem under his rule is not clean, traffic is a nightmare, taxes are among the highest in the country and essential services leave much to be desired.
 

War on Jerusalem Pits Secular Incumbent against Lieberman’s Candidate

Posted on: September 8th, 2013

News & ViewsIsraelGovernment

Moshe Leon didn't really know he was going to run for mayor of Jerusalem until the last minute.

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Jewish Home MK Yonatan "Yoni" Chetboun sees no future for his party's alliance with Yesh Atid.
 

Jewish Home MK: It’s Time to Separate from Yair Lapid

Posted on: September 3rd, 2013

News & ViewsIsraelGovernment

The interview is an open announcement of an idea that has been in discussion within Jewish Home for some time now.

The WOW group pray at the Kotel, but Jordan objects.
 

Jordan Calls ‘Women of the Wall’ Prayer Site an ‘Attack on Islam’

Posted on: September 3rd, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

The Women of the Wall was so focused on Haredim that the girls forgot to ask Jordan for permission to pray in their own minyan. Now maybe the WoW will wake up to reality and pray on the Temple Mount.

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Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Hospitalized Again

Posted on: September 2nd, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, former Chief Sephardic Rabbi and the spiritual leader of the Shas Sephardi party, is in the Intensive Care Unit of Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, where he is being treated for an infection. He is conscious but is breathing with the help of a respirator. “Rav Ovadia,” as he is popularly known, had […]

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Haredim on holiday in Tiberias. A family sued a travel agency that misrepresented a hotel package fpr Passover in Tiberias. It ended up being expensive and extremely uncomfortable.
 

Family Sues after Haredim Call them ‘Shiksas’

Posted on: September 1st, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

Can it be a four-star hotel if you can smell the sewer system from your room?

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Brooklyn DA candidate Ken Thompson in the company of his biggest fans, yeshiva boys in the Catskills bungalows. He accuses the incumbent, Charles Hynes, of using proxies to smear his name in the Jewish community.
 

Brooklyn DA Contender Thompson: I’ll Be Champion of the Orthodox

Posted on: August 28th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

"The accusation that I said I’m going to target the Jewish community is an outright lie."

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There's no God over here, God is around the corner, where the Haredim are davening… WOW chair Anat Hoffman speaking to the press after saying no to the Bennett Plan to build a prayer area outside the Kotel plaza but still adjacent to the Kotel.
 

Women of the Wall Protesting Bennett’s High Holidays Plan

Posted on: August 25th, 2013

News & ViewsIsraelGovernment

"Today this affects Women of the Wall but tomorrow it will affect every Israeli and Jew around the world…."

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Rav Ovadia Yosef (L) seen with his son, newly elected Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef.
 

Rav Ovadia Yosef in Too Much Pain to Give Sat. Night Talk

Posted on: August 25th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

His son, the recently elected Chief Rabbi Yizhak Yosef, took his place teaching the class last night.

Many Haredi men and most Chassidim wear a shtreimel made from animal fur on special days. Will they choose the synthetic alternative to avoid causing needless pain to animals?
 

Haredi Leader: Wearing a Shtreimel Is Chilul Hashem

Posted on: August 22nd, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

Because of the wide public discussion of the need to stop needless pain to animals, wearing a shtreimel today is a desecration of God's name.

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