Charedi Judaism

Women who escaped misery offer help to Charedi misfits

By Charlotte Oliver, February 14, 2014

Three years ago, Judy Kaye bought her first pair of jeans — an act she describes as “overwhelming”.

Aged 30, she had two children and had lived in three different countries, but was still bewildered by everyday experiences taken for granted by most but which seldom touched her life within a strictly observant, Charedi community.

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Orthodox Gateshead is embracing modernity

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 14, 2014

Last week, my wife and I attended a family wedding in Gateshead. The chupah was outdoors. The service could not have taken more than 20 minutes. The bride was led to the chupah by her mother and future mother-in-law, both of whom accompanied her as she circled the bridegroom seven times.

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Charedi battle to stay out of the IDF is ripping Israel apart

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 13, 2014

The new national-service law, now in its final legislative stages, is causing tension both within the coalition and the strictly Orthodox community.

A committee headed by Habayit Hayehudi MK Ayelet Shaked began voting this week on clauses including the quotas of Charedim required to join the army and the length of service for other sections of the population.

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Satmars claim WhatsApp destroys their community

By Daniel Easterman, February 7, 2014

Leaders of New York's Satmar Chasidic sect have expressed alarm over the impact of the social media messaging service WhatsApp on their community.

The strictly Orthodox group banned its members from using Facebook and other social media platforms in 2012.

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Cuts will be catastrophe for young Charedim

By Simon Rocker, January 10, 2014

A further cut in housing benefit for people aged under-25 would have a disastrous effect on strictly Orthodox Jews, a senior community figure warned this week.

Chancellor George Osborne, interviewed on Radio 4’s Today programme this week, suggested that the measure could be taken as part of further welfare reforms.

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Fill the Void is a universal story of love and power

By Melanie Phillips, December 24, 2013

There are many in the wider Jewish world who view the strictly Orthodox on a scale ranging from disdain and condescension to outright loathing.

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Analysis: How rabbinate lost influence over holiest site

By Nathan Jeffay, December 20, 2013

Israel’s chief rabbis have issued a declaration reminding the public of the religious ban against visiting the holiest site in Judaism, Temple Mount.

The new chief rabbis, who took office five months ago, have stated that they adhere to the traditional position, which has dominated Israeli Orthodoxy since Israel captured Temple Mount in 1967.

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Are British Jews living in new ghettos?

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

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British Jews are moving to ghetto-style communities and becoming increasingly isolated from mainstream society, new research has claimed.

A report by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research says the community is “heading in the direction of insularity”, which is jeopardising integration.

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Rabbi ‘raped boys inside synagogue’

By Dan Goldberg, December 12, 2013

Australian police have questioned the former principal of a fervently Orthodox Jewish boys’ school in Melbourne over allegations of decades-old child sex abuse.

Rabbi Avrohom Glick, 67, a senior official inside the Chabad-Lubavitch community, made a voluntary statement to police and was released, his lawyer said on Monday.

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Rabbis condemn Golders Green Synagogue after women hold Torah scroll

By Simon Rocker, November 28, 2013

A United Synagogue congregation which allows women to hold a Sefer Torah has defended itself following an attack from the Orthodox right.

Rabbi Ephraim Padwa, head of the rabbinate of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, had condemned the practice as “Reform-influenced”.

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