Charedi Judaism

Israel's draft exemption law expires

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2012

Charedim can be drafted into Israel’s army from now following an overhaul of the military exemption law.
Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak made the order as the Tal Law, a controversial piece of legislation that has been in place for a decade, expired on Wednesday.

The Israeli Supreme Court had ruled against an extension to the draft exemption.

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The women who say strictly no to Chasidism

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2012

"Everybody's read it," the woman says in a confiding tone. "We're all talking about it. Of course, much of it is made up."

Talking to this member of one of New York's strictly Orthodox communities, it becomes clear that her view of Deborah Feldman's tell-all memoir about Satmar Chasids is not positive.

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Still no sign of mass Charedim in Israeli army

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 19, 2012

In less than two weeks, on August 1, the Tal Law, which regulated the exemption of Charedi yeshivah students from national service will cease to exist, as the High Court ruling that deemed it unconstitutional comes into effect.

That does not mean, however, that thousands of strictly Orthodox 18-year-olds will be marched to boot camp or arrested by military police - not yet.

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Bet Shemesh girl wins bus dispute

By Alan Montague, July 19, 2012

A 15-year-old girl has been awarded NIS 13,000 (£2,000) in compensation over being asked to make way for two Charedi men on a bus in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh.

High school student Ariella Marsden was asked by the driver to move from her seat in the front to the rear of the bus where she was forced to stand for the duration of her journey.

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Charedi leader Rabbi Elyashiv dies in Jerusalem

By Simon Rocker, July 18, 2012

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, the influential strictly Orthodox leader, died this afternoon in Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem aged 102.

Regarded by many in the yeshivah world as posek hador – the leading authority on Jewish law of his day – he was head of Israel's Lithuanian community whose guidance was sought by rabbis from across the world.

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Mofaz and Kadima walk out of Israel's Likud-led coalition

By Jennifer Lipman, July 17, 2012

The centrist Kadima party has left Israel's coalition government, only two months after forging the partnership.

The Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz said on Tuesday afternoon that the party would be extracting itself from the Likud-led coalition in the wake of the failure to resolve the internal coalition split over the universal draft.

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Self-interest that hurts the state

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 16, 2012

Everything that infuriates me about Israeli politics and society was encapsulated in two decisions taken in Jerusalem last week. The first concerns the status of Ariel University Centre in the West Bank. The second relates to the arrangements by which Israel's so-called "ultra Orthodox" citizens are able to avoid military service.

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Netanyahu all at sea over universal IDF draft

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 12, 2012

In the space of a week, Benjamin Netanyahu changed his mind twice. Two weeks ago, after promising Kadima in the coalition agreement that he would accept the recommendations of the special committee on national service, he bowed to the pressure of the Charedi parties and disbanded the committee.

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Israeli coalition crisis as Mofaz threatens to walk out over universal draft

By Ben Hartman, July 12, 2012

The future of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s 94-seat coalition could be in danger as talks on the universal draft broke down on Wednesday, with Kadima head Shaul Mofaz saying he would leave the government if a solution is not reached by Sunday.

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Summer of rage kicks off in Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 28, 2012

A second wave of social protests is kicking off in Israel, this time marred by violence on both sides.

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