Charedi Judaism

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Challenging the received wisdom that the Charedi community as a whole is becoming more withdrawn from mainstream society, the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) has found that a growing demographic within the group is "not afraid to integrate into the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