Charedi Judaism

Gay affair: Charedi jailed until he grants divorce

By Sahar Zivan, October 18, 2012

In a landmark decision, a Charedi man who has refused to grant his wife a get for the past ten years, since she caught him cheating on her with another man, has been sent to jail by the rabbinical court until he relents.

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Help! I’m an internet addict

By Miriam Shaviv, October 7, 2012

I realised that I had a problem straight after Yom Kippur went out. I had spent the last two hours of the fast with a splitting headache and was desperate for something to eat. So, as soon as the clock struck 19.37, I ran to the kitchen - to find my mobile phone and check my email. After 25 hours, supper could wait.

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Modesty Charedi patrol in Jerusalem city market

By Nathan Jeffay, September 28, 2012

Traders in Jerusalem’s best-known market, Machane Yehudah, are vowing to stamp out modesty zealots who tell women to cover up if they disapprove of their outfits.

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Secular Israeli saboteur who cut down eruv in Jerusalem

By Nathan Jeffay, September 28, 2012

Noam Pinchasi is a secularist agitator with as much fire in his belly as some of Israel’s religious hard-liners.

He heads a small cell of activists in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Kiryat Hayovel who have one simple message: Charedim are not welcome.

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Hackney family can keep succah

By Marcus Dysch, September 28, 2012

A strictly Orthodox family have won a year-long planning dispute over the erection of a succah on the balcony of their flat.

Yehuda and Rachel Benouaich built the succah when they moved in last year but were forced to hire architects and solicitors after Hackney Council threatened legal action over their failure to secure planning permission.

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Why Israel’s Charedim are part of the solution

By David Landau, September 20, 2012

An American — Gentile — diplomat visiting the Jerusalem Great Synagogue on Rosh Hashanah looked entirely comfortable among the shtreimels and kittels of the many Charedim who come to hear our marvellous chazan and choir.

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Charedim will lose out when benefits go online

By Simon Rocker, September 20, 2012

Plans to move benefit applications online next year could complicate life for members of the Charedi community, where internet use is restricted because of rabbinic objections.

The new Universal Credit, wrapping in existing benefits for housing and other needs, will be administered by a national computer system rather than through local authorities.

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Chabad rabbi punched

By Marcus Dysch, September 14, 2012

A rabbi has described how he was punched during a scuffle with men who shouted antisemitic abuse.

Rabbi Yisroel Lew was struck in the ear after the men launched an unprovoked attack in the early hours of the morning in Baker Street, central London.

The Bloomsbury Chabad director and a friend had been moving items from his office when the incident happened.

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Charedi father loses in education court battle

By James Brewster, September 13, 2012

A strictly Orthodox father, angered by his ex-wife’s plans to give their children a more secular education, has failed in an Appeal Court bid to stop her.

Both parents are part of the Charedi community in north London and were married for 10 years.

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Thousands attend strictly Orthodox debate on internet dangers

By Marcus Dysch, September 6, 2012

As thousands of sports fans roared Paralympic athletes to victory, a mile away another sporting venue was filled by a very different crowd.

More than 4,600 strictly Orthodox men took part in Tuesday night’s conference at Leyton Orient’s football stadium, aimed at discussing the best ways to steer young religious Jews away from online dangers.

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