Charedi Judaism

Why Israel’s Charedim are part of the solution

By David Landau, September 20, 2012

An American — Gentile — diplomat visiting the Jerusalem Great Synagogue on Rosh Hashanah looked entirely comfortable among the shtreimels and kittels of the many Charedim who come to hear our marvellous chazan and choir.


Charedim will lose out when benefits go online

By Simon Rocker, September 20, 2012

Plans to move benefit applications online next year could complicate life for members of the Charedi community, where internet use is restricted because of rabbinic objections.

The new Universal Credit, wrapping in existing benefits for housing and other needs, will be administered by a national computer system rather than through local authorities.


Chabad rabbi punched

By Marcus Dysch, September 14, 2012

A rabbi has described how he was punched during a scuffle with men who shouted antisemitic abuse.

Rabbi Yisroel Lew was struck in the ear after the men launched an unprovoked attack in the early hours of the morning in Baker Street, central London.

The Bloomsbury Chabad director and a friend had been moving items from his office when the incident happened.


Charedi father loses in education court battle

By James Brewster, September 13, 2012

A strictly Orthodox father, angered by his ex-wife’s plans to give their children a more secular education, has failed in an Appeal Court bid to stop her.

Both parents are part of the Charedi community in north London and were married for 10 years.


Thousands attend strictly Orthodox debate on internet dangers

By Marcus Dysch, September 6, 2012

As thousands of sports fans roared Paralympic athletes to victory, a mile away another sporting venue was filled by a very different crowd.

More than 4,600 strictly Orthodox men took part in Tuesday night’s conference at Leyton Orient’s football stadium, aimed at discussing the best ways to steer young religious Jews away from online dangers.


Film about Chasidic Jews premieres at Venice Film Festival

By Anna Sheinman, September 4, 2012

“Fill the Void”, a film about the Chasidic Jewish community in Tel Aviv, by Israeli director Rama Burshtein, premiered at Venice Film Festival over the weekend.


I come to bury, not to raise

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 4, 2012

In common, I'm sure, with many other JC readers I initially thought that reports of the sale in parts of Jerusalem of special glasses that blurred salacious visions were nothing more than mischievous rumours. But they weren't.

The manufacture of "blinkers" - or "vision impeding hoods" - to blot out forbidden images I initially took to be a gimmick. I was wrong.


Showdown looms as IDF plans Charedi call-up

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 30, 2012

A first showdown between the IDF and the Charedi community is expected next week as the army plans to summon thousands of 17-year-olds for the first round of interviews before their induction into military service.


Leiby Kletzky killer Levi Aron to be sentenced

By Jennifer Lipman, August 29, 2012

Prosecutors in New York are expected to sentence the killer of an eight-year-old Charedi boy to life behind bars.

Levi Aron, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to murdering and dismembering Leiby Kletzky in Brooklyn last summer, will be given his sentence later today.


Father drowns in sea during mikveh ritual

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2012

Hundreds of people have mourned a strictly Orthodox community stalwart who drowned on holiday while using the sea as a mikveh.

Dov Berish Englander, from Stamford Hill, north London, got into difficulties after wading into the sea off Aberystwyth beach in Wales.