Charedi Judaism

Shock over 'brutal murder' of Jewish Brooklyn boy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2011

Police are questioning a suspect in connection with the brutal murder of an eight-year-old boy from Brooklyn's Charedi Jewish community.

Body parts said to be those of Leibby Kletzky were found in two locations in the Boro Park area, at the apartment of a man called Levi Aron, and hidden in a suitcase in a rubbish bin.

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Body found in Brooklyn missing child case

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2011

Investigators looking into the disappearance of a nine-year-old boy from New York's Orthodox Jewish community said they believed they had found his body.

Leibby Kletzky was last seen leaving a summer day camp in Brooklyn on Monday afternoon.

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Religious newspaper bars women from Jerusalem event

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2011

A management conference organised by one of Israel's strictly Orthodox newspapers, Hamodia, was remarkable for one reason – not a single woman was allowed to participate.

According to Israel's Ynet, women of all religious leanings were prevented from attending the annual "Management Forum", at which speakers included the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat.

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House call on the Hill

By Jennifer Lipman, June 16, 2011

A mezuzah ceremony marked the completion of an affordable housing complex for Charedi families in Stamford Hill.
Comprising 15 rented maisonettes near to the River Lea, Mountside Walk was developed by the Industrial Dwellings Society. The first homes were occupied at the end of 2010.

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Rabbi wants to make BlackBerry and Apple crumble

By Jennifer Lipman, May 27, 2011

A Hasidic rebbe has called on his followers to burn their iPhones, BlackBerrys and any other "unkosher" devices they might have.

Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Dushinsky, whose community is based in Jerusalem, said smart phones and computers with internet access were treife (unkosher) because they caused trouble in people's personal lives.

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The silent Charedi revolution

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 21, 2011

"The best solutions for the Charedi community can come from within the community, and nowhere else," says Yossi Deitch, chairman and one of the founders of the Kemach Foundation, as he looks through the personal files of some of the thousands of Charedi men and women who his organisation is helping into the workplace.

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Charedi media fall foul of the rabbis

By Nathan Jeffay, April 7, 2011

Israeli rabbis have launched a bitter attack against Charedi newspapers and magazines which operate without their approval.

The two main Charedi newspapers in Israel, Hamodia and Yated Ne'eman, which between them sell 45,000 copies daily, are both are overseen by a rabbinical board who keep tight control over what they publish.

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Cuts leave Charedi children in poverty

By Simon Rocker, March 31, 2011

The strictly Orthodox community is facing a rise in child poverty as a result of benefit cuts and lack of secular education for boys in its schools, according to a new report.

With the economic downturn and government spending cuts, it says: "The alarm bells should be ringing loudly".

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No Purim whisky for Yeshivah boys

By Simon Rocker, March 17, 2011

The Gateshead Rav, Rabbi Shraga Faivel Zimmerman, has banned yeshivah boys from drinking spirits on Purim.

He said that they only should drink wine in moderation on the festival.

In a public notice, Rabbi Zimmerman said the dangers of alcoholic consumption had been highlighted by life-threatening incidents in recent years.

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Charedim told to avoid Census

By Simon Rocker, March 17, 2011

A well-known figure in Stamford Hill's Charedi community has urged Jews to avoid the optional question on religion in the Census because it contravenes Jewish law.

JJ Rosner, who runs a number of medical charities, took issue with advice from other strictly Orthodox organisations for community members to respond to the religion question.

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