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Williamsburg storefront sign bans immodest attire.
 

Williamsburg Store Owners Slammed for Banning Sleeveless Shoppers

Posted on: July 25th, 2012

News & ViewsJewish

A ban by some Orthodox Brooklyn shopkeepers on customers’ cleavage and bare shoulders has raised the ire of some local consumers.

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Rock Beats Muezzin: Offensive Mosque Speakers Removed after Threat of Reprisal

Posted on: July 24th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

That's all it took – a simple message to the Muezzin and the local leaders in the village of Al Issawiya, near the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem.

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ramadan in old city
 

Happy Ramadan

Posted on: July 20th, 2012

News & ViewsNews Briefs

Ramadan began on Friday as 100,000 Muslims pray on the Temple Mount.

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The Wailing Wall in the background, and 60 crosses in the foreground
 

ADL Criticizes Anti-Abortion Center’s Western Wall Motif

Posted on: July 19th, 2012

News & ViewsReligion

The wall will be fronted with 60 white cross "that symbolize the 60 million little baby boys and girls have been murdered since 1973 in America alone."

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Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv
 

Rabbi Elyashiv, 102, Passed Away

Posted on: July 18th, 2012

News & ViewsJewish

There is great concern in Haredi circles following a severe deterioration in the condittion of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, who has been hospitalized for the past six months in Shaarey Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem.

Reform Wedding (illustration image).
 

Half of US Reform Rabbis Officiate at Intermarriages

Posted on: July 4th, 2012

News & ViewsNews Briefs

While the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) does not have statistics on how many of its 2,000 Reform rabbis in North America officiate at intermarriages, when pressed, Rabbi Hara Person, director of CCAR Press, estimated "it's about half." A resolution proposed at CCAR's 2008 annual convention called for dropping the official opposition to intermarriages. The resolution was tabled but the practice is now commonplace.

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Brit
 

It’s Official: No Circumcision in Germany – Jewish Hospital Bans the Brit

Posted on: July 3rd, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

The Jewish Hospital in Berlin has suspended all religious circumcisions of children following a ruling delivered by a German court banning the practice.

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Rabbi Ratzon Arusi
 

A Revolutionary Rabbinic Idea For Organ Donations

Posted on: June 28th, 2012

JudaismJudaism 101

JERUSALEM – A leading Orthodox rabbi in Israel has a revolutionary proposal for the harvesting of organs from a clinically dead patient. At present, his proposal not only has no support from other rabbis, it is also against Israeli law – but he is not fazed.

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Shocking German Ruling May Lead to ‘Circumcision Tourism’

Posted on: June 28th, 2012

News & ViewsNews Briefs

Head of the Religious Community of Islam in Germany Ali Demir predicted that a ban on circumcisions in Germany would lead to the development of "circumcision tourism in neighboring countries in Europe." ADL's Abe Foxman called on Germany's parliament to change the law, lest Jews again feel unwanted in Germany.

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Shas MK Eli Yishai speaking with Kadima MK Yochanan Plesner.
 

Haredi Draft Proposal Offers Few Sticks, Many Carrots

Posted on: June 27th, 2012

News & ViewsIsraelIDF

The Plesner Committee, tasked with crafting an alternative to the Tal Law for haredi service in Israel, is reportedly drafting a proposal which would defer the enlistment of haredi men till age 22, offer financial incentives to yeshivot that have younger enlistment rates, and begin to levy economic sanctions on haredim who don't enlist by age 23.

Religious Circumcision
 

German Court Criminalizes Religious Circumcision

Posted on: June 26th, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

A Cologne district court ruled on Tuesday that parents may not have their sons circumcised for religious reasons, essentially criminalizing religious circumcisions.

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A "wonderful, diverse group of Camp Sdei Chemed girls" being both modest and cute.
 

Lakewood Girls School under Attack for Controversial Letter on Modesty

Posted on: June 14th, 2012

News & ViewsNews Briefs

The Lakewood, NJ, Bnos Yaakov elementary school is not happy over the fact that an internal letter to its students has been published online. It contains a story with a disturbing notion of purgatory for girls who don't obey the laws of tzniyut (modesty).

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Reform Jewish Service Wikipedia
 

Reform and Conservative Leaders Deemed Rabbis, to Receive Israeli State Funds

Posted on: May 30th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

The Israeli government announced on Tuesday that, for the first time, it will pay the salaries of a small number of Reform and Conservative rabbis who are considered leaders in their communities, and will also recognize them as rabbis.

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Ronald McDonald
 

Saudis Outraged by McDonald’s Toy They Believe to be Insulting to Muhammed

Posted on: May 28th, 2012

News & ViewsMiddle East

Saudi Muslims have launched several campaigns against McDonald's in "response to the savage attacks on the noble Prophet," under banners like "Help your Prophet!" and "Together in support of the Prophet."

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Mincha prayer at Citi Field during the Asifa.
 

At Least 50 Thousand Haredim Assemble to Decry Dangers of the Internet

Posted on: May 21st, 2012

News & ViewsMedia

More than 50,000 ultra-Orthodox Jewish men packed Citi Field in Flushing, Queens, on Sunday, for the Asifa, a gathering decrying the dangers of the Internet. Organizers have also rented the nearby Arthur Ashe Stadium for the overflow crowd. Event spokesman Eytan Kobre said the group wants to teach families how to use technology responsibly.

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Chief Judge of the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court Rabbi Eliyahu Abergel.
 

Rabbinic Court Annuls 20-Year Marriage: Witnesses not Shabbat Observers

Posted on: May 18th, 2012

News & ViewsReligion

In a precedent setting decision, the Chief Judge of the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court Rabbi Eliyahu Abergel this week freed a woman from her aguna status (separated from her husband but unable to marry another) and annulled her marriage because the witnesses who signed the ketubah were not Shabbat observers. The plaintiff's husband had fled Israel to Florida and was refusing to sign a get.

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US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro visits the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem (January 2012)
 

New Poll Shows Ultra-Orthodox Increasingly Interested in Integrating

Posted on: May 15th, 2012

News & ViewsIsraelIDF

On the issue of ultra-Orthodox military service, 41% of those surveyed said they would be moderately or very interested in joining the Haredi IDF program, while 59% said they had either little or no interest. Still, the percentage of interest is substantially higher than the current annual rate of Haredi enlistment in the IDF.

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday reversed his position on same-sex marriage.
 

Obama Endorses Same-Sex Marriage; Rabbis Debate Homosexuality

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

News & ViewsPolitics

President Obama on Wednesday went on the record with a statement that he now supports same-sex marriage, a reversal of his longstanding opposition. While US public opinion on this issue has seemingly reached a point of no return, the debate within Orthodox Judaism has centered on accepting gays rather than legitimizing the gay agenda. But a few cracks have appeared even in that wall.

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Antonio Mennini Catholic Church
 

Vatican Rep Wants Alliance With Jews, Muslims, to Combat Gay Marriage

Posted on: May 3rd, 2012

News & ViewsJewish

A Vatican representative has issued a call for the world’s foremost religions to unite to take a stand against gay marriage. Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the “Apostolic Nuncio” (Vatican representative) to Great Britain has proposed enlisting the help of all Christian denominations, as well as Jews and Muslims, to oppose the proposition of legalizing gay marriage […]

Ukrainian Member of Parliament and President of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee Oleksandr Feldman and hip hop star Shyne speak with the media at the Global Winds of Change conference in Kiev.
 

International Religious and Cultural Leaders Convene in Kiev for Interfaith Forum

Posted on: April 30th, 2012

News & ViewsReligion

‘Global Winds of Change’ Conference addresses role of religion in democracies and changing societies.

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