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Williamsburg Store Owners Slammed for Banning Sleeveless Shoppers

6 Av 5772 – July 25, 2012
A ban by some Orthodox Brooklyn shopkeepers on customers’ cleavage and bare shoulders has raised the ire of some local consumers.

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

5 Av 5772 – July 24, 2012
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.

Happy Ramadan

2 Av 5772 – July 20, 2012
Ramadan began on Friday as 100,000 Muslims pray on the Temple Mount.

ADL Criticizes Anti-Abortion Center’s Western Wall Motif

29 Tammuz 5772 – July 19, 2012
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."

Rabbi Elyashiv, 102, Passed Away

29 Tammuz 5772 – July 18, 2012
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.

Half of US Reform Rabbis Officiate at Intermarriages

14 Tammuz 5772 – July 4, 2012
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.

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

13 Tammuz 5772 – July 3, 2012
The Jewish Hospital in Berlin has suspended all religious circumcisions of children following a ruling delivered by a German court banning the practice.

A Revolutionary Rabbinic Idea For Organ Donations

9 Tammuz 5772 – June 28, 2012
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.

Shocking German Ruling May Lead to ‘Circumcision Tourism’

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.

Haredi Draft Proposal Offers Few Sticks, Many Carrots

8 Tammuz 5772 – June 27, 2012
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.

German Court Criminalizes Religious Circumcision

7 Tammuz 5772 – June 26, 2012
A Cologne district court ruled on Tuesday that parents may not have their sons circumcised for religious reasons, essentially criminalizing religious circumcisions.

Lakewood Girls School under Attack for Controversial Letter on Modesty

24 Sivan 5772 – June 14, 2012
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).

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

9 Sivan 5772 – May 30, 2012
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.

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

8 Sivan 5772 – May 28, 2012
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."

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

29 Iyyar 5772 – May 21, 2012
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.

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

26 Iyyar 5772 – May 18, 2012
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.

New Poll Shows Ultra-Orthodox Increasingly Interested in Integrating

24 Iyyar 5772 – May 15, 2012
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.

Obama Endorses Same-Sex Marriage; Rabbis Debate Homosexuality

18 Iyyar 5772 – May 9, 2012
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.

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

11 Iyyar 5772 – May 3, 2012
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...

International Religious and Cultural Leaders Convene in Kiev for Interfaith Forum

8 Iyyar 5772 – April 30, 2012
‘Global Winds of Change’ Conference addresses role of religion in democracies and changing societies.

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