Charedi Judaism

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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Someone called Oprah Winfrey came to dinner

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 16, 2012

The Ginsbergs and their nine children live in Borough Park, a Charedi neighbourhood in Brooklyn, New York. Until recently they had never heard of Oprah Winfrey. They apparently have no idea who the many celebrities who have been on her show are and they have never taken advice from Dr Phil.

But then the US talkshow queen came over for dinner, production crew in tow.

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Strictly-Orthodox middle class emerging in Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, February 16, 2012

There is a new, outward-looking strictly-Orthodox middle class emerging in Israel, one of the country's leading think tanks has reported.

Challenging the received wisdom that the Charedi community as a whole is becoming more withdrawn from mainstream society, the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) has found that a growing demographic within the group is "not afraid to integrate into the Israeli p

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Woman's memoir lifts lid on New York Chasidic life

By Jennifer Lipman, February 8, 2012

A woman who has renounced her Chasidic background is set to send shockwaves around New York's strictly Orthodox community after writing a tell-all memoir about her upbringing.

Deborah Feldman turned her back on life in Brooklyn's Satmar community two years ago, after being pushed into an arranged marriage at 17 years old and becoming a mother at the age of 20.

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Charedim plan free school

By Simon Rocker, February 2, 2012

Plans are being drawn up for the first strictly Orthodox Jewish free school.

Rabbi Nesanel Lieberman, currently head of the Toras Hashem Primary in Hendon, is working to open another school in north-west London in September next year.

The free school model has been criticised in some Orthodox circles because only half the places can be reserved on the basis of faith.

But Rabbi Lieberman h

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Israel's real Charedi revolution

By Miriam Shaviv, January 26, 2012

Is Israel really in danger of being overrun by Charedi religious extremists?

It certainly feels like it.

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Charedi bus battle will motor on

January 19, 2012

So much has been spoken and written about the goings-on in Bet Shemesh, and more generally about their ramifications for the wider issue of the relationship between Israel's Charedim and the rest of Israeli society- and indeed between Charedim and the rest of the Jewish people - that you might think nothing more remains to be said. I believe, however, that there is more to say.

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Calvin Klein bra advert ruled OK despite Charedi complaint

By Jennifer Lipman, January 18, 2012

A claim that a lingerie advert placed on buses that ran through Stamford Hill was "offensive" and "irresponsible" has been rejected by the advertisers' watchdog because there was "no explicit nudity".

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Charedi leaders must fight to save soul of their community

By Naftali Brawer, January 13, 2012

It is now several weeks since a Charedi man in Israel spat at an eight year old Orthodox girl because he deemed her dress immodest. In response to secular and mainstream criticism, a demonstration was held in Jerusalem where some Charedim wore yellow stars or mock concentration camp uniform, claiming they were being treated by secular Israelis as European Jews were by the Nazis.

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Israel looks to ban use of Nazi symbols

By Jennifer Lipman, January 9, 2012

Israeli lawmakers are planning to enact a formal ban on the use of Nazi symbols and terminology following protests in which Charedim donned concentration camp uniform and yellow stars.

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