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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.

Coalition Grumblings: Political Posturing or First Signs of Splintering?

23 Iyyar 5772 – May 14, 2012
The intensifying focus on legislating an alternative to the Tal Law has the ultra-Orthodox parties in the Likud-led coalition defensive yet intractable. Shas and UTJ - representing 15 seats in the government - have declared that they will not participate in the coalition committee on finding an alternative.

Mass Rally of ‘Jews Against the Internet’ to Pack Citi Field...

4 Iyyar 5772 – April 26, 2012
Tens of thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Jews will participate in a huge rally to be held on Sunday evening, May 20, at Shea Stadium in Queens, New York, to combat the evils of the Internet and the damages caused by advanced electronic devices. One of the event organizers said: "This will be a mass rally never before seen in the history of Orthodox Jewry in the U.S." The rabbis behind the event say the Internet creates "many serious family-related problems."

Popular Israeli TV Host Calls for Reducing Number of “Ultra Orthodox...

6 Adar 5772 – February 28, 2012
Yaron London is spelling stuff out, having moved, like many secular Israelis, from bemused disliking of the Ultra Orthodox to outright loathing anyone wearing a black hat and a beard. Now he's out for blood. His op-ed piece in Y'net Tuesday recalls earlier solutions to "the Jewish problem."

UPDATE: Rav Elyshiv’s Condition Deteriorates

20 Shevat 5772 – February 12, 2012
Doctors are struggling to keep the 101-year-old Torah sage and Ultra-Orthodox community leader alive.

ZAKA Rescue Services Founder Condemns Haredi Violence

12 Shevat 5772 – February 5, 2012
Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, Chairman and Founder of ZAKA, made his comments in an extended opinion his Facebook page.

United Torah Judaism MK to Livni: ‘You’re Our Enemy’

3 Shevat 5772 – January 26, 2012
MK Yisrael Eichler makes comments in response to Livni's condemnation of ultra-orthodox sector.

Survey Says: Israeli Jews Becoming More Religious

90% of Israeli Jews celebrate the Pesach Seder.

Shas MK: All Israelis Should Serve Their Country

23 Tevet 5772 – January 18, 2012
Rabbi Amsalem admonishes UTJ MK Gafni for recent comments that Haredim should not serve in the IDF.

IDF Official Says Ultra-Orthodox Soldiers Will Not Have To Listen To...

18 Tevet 5772 – January 12, 2012
Move likely motivated by recent IDF-Haredi tensions.

Yisrael Beiteinu Introduces Bill To Restrict Knesset Membership To IDF Veterans

17 Tevet 5772 – January 11, 2012
The bill would have the greatest impact on the Arab and ultra-Orthodox communities.

Anglo Ultra-Orthodox Threaten to Bolt Beit Shemesh Coalition Over Lack of...

16 Tevet 5772 – January 10, 2012
Anglo political party threatens to bow out of municipal council if measures are not taken to prevent hostility between citizens - recommend a dialogue group of influential rabbis.

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