Charedi Judaism

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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Drowned Stamford Hill rabbi buried

By Simon Rocker, June 6, 2012

More than a thousand people lined the streets of Stamford Hill to mourn one of its leading rabbis who drowned off the Kent coast on Monday.

Rabbi Chaim Breisch, aged 59 according to police, was rescued with another man after struggling in a rough sea off Broadstairs but was pronounced dead on arrival after being taken by helicopter to hospital.

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Special needs pupils gain new skills

By Jessica Elgot, May 25, 2012

Special-needs pupils at the strictly Orthodox Side by Side school are learning more than tikkun olam when delivering weekly food parcels to people in need.

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Minister offended after Orthodox Israeli refuses to shake her hand

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2012

A Belgian minister has complained that a Charedi counterpart refused to shake hands at an official meeting with her because she is a woman.

Laurette Onkelinx was in Geneva at the World Health Assembly conference with Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman when she offered her hand as a greeting.

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Tal Law on religious and IDF service 'unconstitutional'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2012

Israel's Supreme Court has ruled against an extension to a law that allows strictly Orthodox Jews to defer or limit their army service.

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