Charedi Judaism

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.


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.


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".


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.


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.


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.


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.


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".


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.


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".