Charedi Judaism

Holocaust symbol demo appals Israel

January 5, 2012

Fury swept Israel this week, after members of an extremist Charedi group donned yellow stars and mock outfits from Nazi death camps for a rally.

On Saturday night, when Charedim gathered in Jerusalem to protest against what they termed "incitement" against them, a small group of anti-Zionist extremists known as the Sikrikim - loosely related to Neturei Karta - invoked Holocaust symbolism.

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We need to change this divide in Israel with love

By Rabbi Bentzi Sudak, January 5, 2012

"If the Nazis searched out every Jew in hate, we will search out every Jew in love."

These were the recent words of our Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, during a summary of what he learned from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory.

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Women, Charedim and the future of Israeli society

By Maggie Suissa, January 5, 2012

When I first heard of the recent protests over the exclusion of women by the Charedim in Israel, I wasn't surprised. At first I thought to the issue of segregated buses: "It happens anyway, at least this way it will remain within their community".

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Orthodox man in Israel discrimination row

By Jennifer Lipman, January 4, 2012

An Israeli soldier has complained that he was refused entry to a club because he was wearing a kippah.

In the latest incident to highlight the divide between religious and secular groups in Israeli society, the 27-year-old said he was barred from a Tel Aviv hotspot because he refused to remove his kippah.

The dispute was filmed by a fellow partygoer and shown to Israel's Ynet.

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Lord Sacks: Bet Shemesh intimidation has no place in society

By Marcus Dysch, December 30, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has condemned the violent clashes in the Israeli city of Bet Shemesh.

Thousands of protesters demonstrated on Tuesday as part of the escalating conflict within Israeli society over the exclusion of women.

The growing strictly Orthodox community has clashed with others and young girls attending a state-run school were spat at and called "prostitutes".

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Bus fuss evokes US civil-rights protest

By Nathan Jeffay, December 29, 2011

Never, since the days of Rosa Parks, half-a-century ago, has a single bus-ride turned a citizen in to the heroine of thousands. A fortnight ago, Tania Rosenblit refused to sit in the back half of a bus where passengers normally segregate according to gender.

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Netanyahu: Don't generalise about Charedim

By Jennifer Lipman, December 29, 2011

The Israeli Prime Minister has urged citizens not to demonise Charedim in the light of incidents of extremist violence and discrimination.

Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking at a Cabinet meeting following large-scale protests in Beit Shemesh about strictly Orthodox segregation of women, said that although harassment would not be tolerated, Israelis should not generalise.

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Protest in Bet Shemesh over Orthodox exclusion of women

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 27, 2011

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the city of Bet Shemesh on Tuesday as part of the escalating conflict within Israeli society over the exclusion of women.

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Lawyer: Accused Leiby killer mentally deficient due to 'inbreeding'

By Jennifer Lipman, December 23, 2011

The lawyer for the man charged with the brutal murder of a Chasidic child in August has suggested that his client’s mental state was due to "inbreeding" in the strictly Orthodox community.

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School plans lessen Lubavitch debts

By Simon Rocker, December 1, 2011

The Lubavitch movement is set to turn a corner in its battle against debt with plans for two more of its schools to become state-aided.

Its senior girls' and boys' primary schools hope to have aided status approved by Hackney Learning Trust early next year, joining the girls' primary, which became voluntary-aided in 2004.

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