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Three years after the scandal exploded, shaking up the Religious Zionist movement, a magistrate court in Jerusalem found Rabbi Motti Elon, scion of an exulted family of scholars and public servants, and himself a charismatic teacher and leader, guilty of sex crimes.
 

Guilty: Rabbi Motti Elon Convicted of Sexual Assault

Posted on: August 7th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishJudaism

"Any attempt to argue as if I ever admitted such an act is a despicable lie," was Rabbi Elon's initial response to the allegations.

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Coming soon to the Western Wall? Muslims pray in front of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount
 

Western Wall Rabbi: Respect the Muslims, Don’t Come to Pray

Posted on: August 7th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

The Western Wall rabbi Wednesday may have taken the first step towards surrendering the Kotel to Muslims. He asked women and Temple Mount activists to respect Muslim sensitivities and to stay away.

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Last July, police prevented these Jews from going up to Temple Mount. Vigil organizers warn these are the first steps before sealing off the site to Jews altogether.
 

Protesters: Police in Cahoots with Arabs over Jewish Access to Mount

Posted on: August 5th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

On those few days when Jews were allowed to go up to the Mount, they suffered constant abuse by the Muslims and by the police.

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Rabbi David Lau has a reputation of a nice guy, popular with the residents of his town of Modi'in, both religious and secular. Now it appears that to get his job as Chief rabbi he made a deal with some extremist Haredi forces.
 

R. Lau to Submit Conversion Rulings to Haredi Review in Backroom Deal

Posted on: August 5th, 2013

News & ViewsIsraelGovernment

Rabbi David Lau committed to consulting with "giur breaker" Rabbi Sherman before any consultation on conversions.

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NY Knicks star Stoudemire claims Jewish roots and wants to be an Israeli. If he wants to observe the Torah, he will have to remove his tattoos, prohibited by Jewish law.
 

Stoudemire Seeking Israeli Citizenship

Posted on: August 5th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

This is just what Israel does not need – another non-Jew claiming he is a Jew. NY Knicks star Stoudemire wants to be an Israeli but as for Torah, he likes to pick and choose his commandments,

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Six Boys Discover Tefillin for First Time on Flight to Israel

Posted on: July 31st, 2013

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

Chabad rabbis who had boarded a flight from the Ukraine to Israel via Moscow convinced six boys going on a Birthright Israel program to wear tefillin for the first time in their lives. “How would you like to put on tefillin now? We can’t think of a better preparation for going to the Holy Land,” […]

 

Breslov Jews Robbed of $50,000 in Uman

Posted on: July 30th, 2013

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

Unknown assailants robbed $50,000 from Haredi Jews last week at the Uman headquarters of a nonprofit group that works to accommodate the tens of thousands of followers of the Breslover rebbe who will pour into the city for the High Holidays in September, Ukrainian authorities said. The Ukrainian newspaper Segodnia reported that the money was […]

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Two rabbis for two Jewish communities: Israel's new chief rabbis,  Sephardi Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef (R) and Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau.
 

White Smoke in Jerusalem: It’s Rabbis Lau and Yosef

Posted on: July 24th, 2013

News & ViewsIsraelGovernment

147 out of 150 members of the election body voted.

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Ryan Braun’s Suspension Erases His ‘Good-Guy’ Image

Posted on: July 24th, 2013

News & ViewsJewish

Ryan Braun, whose father is from Israel, not only lost the chance to play out the reason of the season with the Milwaukee Brewers after he accepted his 65-day suspension for drug use, he also lost his image of the “good guy” who had convinced many that he was innocent of using performance drugs. “As […]

 

Rabbinical Group Aims to Standardize Circumcision in Europe

Posted on: July 24th, 2013

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

A European rabbinical group has created a union to include every mohel – ritual circumciser – in an effort to standardize ritual circumcision and combat attempts to ban it. Based on the model of Britain’s Initiation Society, the Union of Mohalim in Europe seeks to “unite approved mohalim across Europe under a single banner, ensuring […]

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Adina Bar Shalom with her father, Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.
 

Rav Ovadia: I Love Knitted-Yarmulke Jews – But Not their MKs

Posted on: July 21st, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

Rav Ovadia Yosef, the same rabbi who last month call national religious Rabbi Stav “evil,” now says he really loves knitted kippa Jews. Well, most of them. Their political leaders still are Amalek. Happy Tu B'Av.

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Athletes from the Australian delegation wave their national flags during the opening ceremony of the Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem for the 19th Maccabiah Games, dubbed the 'Jewish Olympics'
 

Maccabiah Games Draw US Athletes to Become ‘Bar Mitzvah’

Posted on: July 21st, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

For American athletes, the Maccabiah sports even proves the games are about more than sports. Several of the American Jewish athletes were inspired to become Bar Mitzvah.

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Hated by the powers that be, loved by the National Religious: Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu hanging around with Hebron Jews protesting evacuations from legally purchased homes.
 

Rabbinic Rebellion: NRP Rabbis Back Pick Nixed by AG

Posted on: July 18th, 2013

News & ViewsIsraelGovernment

When interviewed this week, it turned out that Rabbi Eliyahu's opinion has either been modified following the attacks on him, or has always remained grounded in normative halacha.

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Muslim mobs force police to eject Jews from Temple Mount on Monday, the day before Tisha B'Av
 

Jews Sue Police for Barring Them from Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av

Posted on: July 16th, 2013

News & ViewsIsraelGovernment

The Babylonians and Romans destroyed the Holy Temples long ago. Since 1967, the site of the ruins returned to Jews, but Muslims have de facto rule. Police barred Jewish entry on Tisha B’Av and now face a lawsuit

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The influential European Council is voting Tuesday on whether to define ritual circumcision a "violation of human rights."
 

Anti-Circumcision Group to Picket ACLU’s Marriage Equality Rally

Posted on: July 15th, 2013

News & ViewsJewish

Boys should be protected by law from circumcision just like girls, say activists. And if the ACLU backs marriage equality? Picket them because it also is against circumcision bans! Welcome to Oakland.

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A small mob of around 50 Arab Muslims yell hate slogans at Jews, convincing police to close the holy site to Jews
 

Freedom of Religion on Temple Mount – Except for Jews (Video)

Posted on: July 14th, 2013

News & ViewsEye on Palestine

Jerusalem police allow Arabs to keep Jews from entering the Temple Mount, just like they used to allow Haredim to keep women away from the Kotel – until it was not politically correct.

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Polish animal rights demonstrators hold a rally in Warsaw opposing ritual slaughter, or shechitah
 

Poland Rejects ‘Shechitah’ Kosher Slaughter

Posted on: July 14th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

Campaigning against ritual slaughter on the grounds of “animal rights’ is a popular tactic to make lives difficult for Jews and Muslims. Take Poland, for example.

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Archeological excavations at Tel Hazor, in northern Israel, have just unearthed a Sphinx belonging to one of the ancient pyramid builders.
 

Search for Strong Egyptian Leader Ends in Tel Hazor Dig

Posted on: July 9th, 2013

News & ViewsArchaeology

Discovery of historic proportions: Excavations at Tel Hazor reveal one-of-a-kind Sphinx fragment of one of the builders of the pyramids.

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