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(JNi.media) MK Isawi Frej (Meretz) on Tuesday night came to the ultra-Orthodox enclave of B’nei B’rak to meet with two senior Haredi rabbis, Rabbi Shimon Baadani of the Council of Torah Sages of Shas, and Rabbi Mordechai Gross, of the Lithuanian community, Kikar Hashabbat reported. The issue at hand was the ultra-Orthodox veto on a Frej bill calling for including at least one woman among the Qadis-Muslim jurists in Israeli courts that operate under Sharia Law. The bill is also sponsored by MKs Zouheir Bahloul (Zionist Camp-Labor) and Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint Arab List).
The ultra-Orthodox opposition to Frej’s bill stems from their fear that appointing women as Muslim Qadis might create a precedent to would force rabbinical courts to follow suit. The government is expected to object to the bill, based on the coalition agreement between Likud and the Haredi parties giving them veto power over religious legislation. MK Frej asked for the meeting with the rabbis in B’nei B’rak to try and change their minds.
However, despite the unusual gesture, both Rabbis Baadani and Gross did not offer Frej the breakthrough he was seeking. “A woman cannot be a court judge according to the Torah,” Rabbi Gross explained, “so there can’t be an allowance to support appointing women as Islamic judges.” Frej told his hosts that “only the ultra-Orthodox opposition is likely to thwart the appointment of a woman to this job.”
MK Frej used the opportunity of the meeting to speak with the rabbis about the tense security situation. Among other things, he quoted from a publication of the Israel Democracy Institute that “the most negative attitude toward the Arab sector is prevalent in the religious and ultra-Orthodox communities.” He asked the rabbis to suggest ways “for each of us to emphasize the love of goodness and the love of mankind.” In response, Rabbi Baadani spoke about his grandson who was killed a year ago in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem, and said: “We need to speak with Minister Aryeh Deri to organize something.”
Frej told Kikar Hashabbat that although he did not receive the message he was hoping for from the rabbis, he plans to continue “knocking on every door until I get what I want.” He said, “My religious law allows it, and I should not have to be a captive of another religious law. We need to be independent and I believe in the righteousness of my way. I will continue my fight inside the Haredi society and in society in general. I’m here to do my work faithfully.”
Meanwhile, the Commission for the Appointment of Qadis in Israel—in which MK Frej is a member—is scheduled to vote soon on five new appointments to the Sharia Courts. As of today, 11 male Qadis serve in regional Sharia courts and in the Court of Appeals in Israel.JNi.Media
Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Leibowitz, rosh yeshiva (director) of the Ponovezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak was admitted to the intensive care unit at Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer Wednesday morning.
The renowned rabbi sustained a head injury after falling at night at his home in Bnei Brak.
Hundreds gathered at the yeshiva to pray for their revered rabbi, as experts consulted at the hospital to determine whether or not surgery was necessary.
It was ultimately decided that no surgery was required and the injuries were not life-threatening, according to sources within the yeshiva.
Continued prayers are requested for Rav Chaim Shlomo ben Tzaitel Leah.Jewish Press News Briefs
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Rabbi Mottle Wolfe joins Yishai to discuss the contours of the religious-secular divide in the Jewish state.
The two show hosts talk about the phenomenon of the very secular Tel Aviv being a mere five kilometers away from the ultra-Orthodox Bnei Brak. The former celebrates Israel Independence Day, but doesn’t fast on the day that marks the loss of Jewish sovereignty 2,000 years ago. The latter observes the religious fast, but does not take part in the modern celebrations of statehood. They envision a way to move the process of building the third Jewish commonwealth forward.
Judah Zundel Biedermann waited seven years for the moment he would fill his father’s shoes — his father being the late Lelov Rebbe of Beitar Illit. This week, at the tender age of 19 and a half, he celebrated that happiest day of his life.
With family, friends and acquaintances watching, Biedermann married his loved one at an events hall in central Israel. And with his wedding, he also became the world’s youngest Hassidic Rebbe.
Judah Zundel is the eldest son of Rabbi Shimon Natan Neta Biderman — the Lelov Rebbe of Beitar Illit in Gush Etzion, some 6 miles south of Jerusalem. The Rebbe died seven years ago, with his son only 12. Judah was nicknamed the “yanuka,” or youngster, which is the title usually given the heir apparent of a Rebbe who isn’t yet of age to take over.
Three years after his father’s passing, when he was 15, Judah oversaw with authority the memorial get together marking the date, and the chareidi press was delighted in the young man’s ability to fit in his father’s shoes. His hassidim reported that he presided over the “Tish” like a real Rebbe, noting that the only thing preventing him from getting the job officially, was the fact that he was not yet married.
After the wedding this week, and through the first year of his marriage, the new Lelov Rebbe will live in Bnei Brak, with short weekend hops to Betar Illit, his father’s city.
The Beitar Illit Levov court is relatively small, comprising only a few dozen families, but they all share an admiration for their new spiritual leader.Jewish Press News Briefs
A 65-year-old Bnei Brak woman has given birth to her first child after being impregnated by in-vitro fertilization outside of Israel, where the process is illegal beyond the age of 54.
The Chassidic woman, Hana Shahar, and her unnamed 5.9-pound baby boy are doing fine after a Caesarean section operation at Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba, north of Tel Aviv.
Shahar has been childless during her 46-year-old marriage.
She is the second-oldest woman ever to have give birth, two years younger than a Spanish woman who gave birth shortly before she was 67.
Statistically, the dangers from pregnancy increase dramatically when a woman approaches the age of 50, but some women in the 50s have been able to give birth without problems.
Hana Shahar and her husband obviously are overjoyed.
The baby, God willing, will be named at the Brit circumcision next week.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Yitzchak Samet (18), who was crushed and trampled on at the funeral for Rabbi Shmuel Wosner died of his wounds on Wednesday morning. The Toldos Aharon Hassid was being treated at Beilinson hospital, according to Kikar Shabbat.
Over 100 people were injured by the overflowing crowds, who were shoving and pushing each other to get closer to the casket at the Bnei Brak funeral for the well-known Rabbi.
Four people were seriously injured, two of whom have since died. The first victim was Mordechai Gerber (27).
Samet’s funeral will be held in Meah Shearim, Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon, and he is expected to be buried on the Mount of Olives.Jewish Press News Briefs