Charedi Judaism

Secular and orthodox fight over city of Harish

By Hadas Haimov, November 2, 2012

The city of Harish in the Galilee has become a new battlefield for secular and Orthodox Jews.

Harish was initially intended by the government to be a new Orthodox urban centre and after a marketing initiative aimed at the Orthodox community, an auction was held for plots of land in the city.


Charedi man regrets affair, denies rape

By Simon Rocker, November 2, 2012

A Chasidic businessman charged with rape and indecent assault of a young woman may have to face a new trial in after a jury at Wood Green Crown Court failed to return a verdict.

Menachem Mendel Levy, a father of five aged 40, had pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing the woman from the age of 14 until 20.


Turning a blind eye to abuse

By Ellie Cannon, October 21, 2012

After the past few weeks of headlines, I'd be happy to hibernate for the winter and no longer read about kids going missing with strangers, teachers abducting teenagers or allegedly paedophilic presenters from my childhood.


Gay affair: Charedi jailed until he grants divorce

By Sahar Zivan, October 18, 2012

In a landmark decision, a Charedi man who has refused to grant his wife a get for the past ten years, since she caught him cheating on her with another man, has been sent to jail by the rabbinical court until he relents.


Help! I’m an internet addict

By Miriam Shaviv, October 7, 2012

I realised that I had a problem straight after Yom Kippur went out. I had spent the last two hours of the fast with a splitting headache and was desperate for something to eat. So, as soon as the clock struck 19.37, I ran to the kitchen - to find my mobile phone and check my email. After 25 hours, supper could wait.


Modesty Charedi patrol in Jerusalem city market

By Nathan Jeffay, September 28, 2012

Traders in Jerusalem’s best-known market, Machane Yehudah, are vowing to stamp out modesty zealots who tell women to cover up if they disapprove of their outfits.


Secular Israeli saboteur who cut down eruv in Jerusalem

By Nathan Jeffay, September 28, 2012

Noam Pinchasi is a secularist agitator with as much fire in his belly as some of Israel’s religious hard-liners.

He heads a small cell of activists in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Kiryat Hayovel who have one simple message: Charedim are not welcome.


Hackney family can keep succah

By Marcus Dysch, September 28, 2012

A strictly Orthodox family have won a year-long planning dispute over the erection of a succah on the balcony of their flat.

Yehuda and Rachel Benouaich built the succah when they moved in last year but were forced to hire architects and solicitors after Hackney Council threatened legal action over their failure to secure planning permission.


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.