Charedi Judaism

Charedim flock to Ikea

By Ben Hartman, July 18, 2013

Long referred to — jokingly — as one of the country’s main pilgrimage sites for secular Israeli families, Ikea is now also a destination for large groups of Charedi shoppers looking to snap up home supplies and furniture.

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Gesher group come to UK to see unity in action

By Simon Rocker, July 11, 2013

A group of 20 Israelis have spent a week in London, learning how Jews of different stripes can rub along together.

The delegation was brought over by Gesher, an organisation whose mission is to bridge the secular-religious divide in Israel.

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Charedi man wins landmark tribunal case

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 4, 2013

A Charedi man has won a landmark appeal against the Department for Work and Pensions after he was denied jobseeker’s allowance for over six months and told he must work on Shabbat.

A tribunal judge said Jacob Slinger, 19, from Greater Manchester, was wrongly refused the £56.80-per-week benefit by the DWP at a hearing of the social entitlement chamber, which adjudicates benefits disputes.

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Chief Rabbi warns of Charedi ‘danger’

By Simon Rocker, June 27, 2013

The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks stirred controversy this week when he described the growth of Charedi sectarianism as a threat to world Jewry.

He used one of his last addresses in office — a dinner to honour him before his retirement in two months — to highlight the “global danger” that Jews face from two trends.

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Streisand distressed by strictly Orthodox treatment of women

By Josh Jackman, June 18, 2013

Barbra Streisand has spoken out against the treatment of Israeli women by strictly Orthodox Jews.

The singer, who was receiving an honorary doctorate at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, used her speech to voice concerns over what she regarded as recent incidents of sexism in the country.

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Union heeding wake-up call

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 18, 2013

On the assumption that most of you are not devotees of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, or in full paid-up membership of one of its numerous conventicles, I need to bring you up to speed on developments within the Union and its affiliates that are without precedent.

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Charedi fear over Gove education reforms

By Simon Rocker, June 14, 2013

Education Secretary Michael Gove’s wish to put a greater focus on evolution in the GCSE science curriculum could pose problems for strictly Orthodox schools, a Jewish education consultant warned this week.

The minister announced the move on Tuesday as part of his reforms to raise the standard of school exams.

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Israeli chief rabbi election could yet make history

By Nathan Jeffay, June 14, 2013

Israel moved a step closer to a non-Charedi chief rabbi earlier this month, when the Knesset’s religious-Zionist party threw its weight behind a moderate candidate.

The modern-Orthodox iconoclast David Stav has built his rabbinic career on making Judaism more welcoming for the non-religious, and he is now determined to break the strictly-Orthodox control over the Chief Rabbinate.

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How Chasidic life inspired the latest Miller’s tale

By Gerald Jacobs, June 13, 2013

A few years ago, novelist, film director and screenwriter Rebecca Miller and her children were rowing across the lake in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, when she spotted a crowd of Chasidic families enjoying a day out in the sunshine.

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In New York, 20,000 Orthodox protest against draft

By Zoe Winograd, June 10, 2013

Thousands of Charedim gathered in New York yesterday to protest against the Israeli government’s moves to force the Orthodox to join the army.

The New York City police reported that 20,000 Charedim filled Foley Square in lower Manhattan holding banners which read “freedom of religion” and “Orthodox Jews will proudly go to jail rather than join the Zionist army.”

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