Charedi Judaism

I come to bury, not to raise

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 4, 2012

In common, I'm sure, with many other JC readers I initially thought that reports of the sale in parts of Jerusalem of special glasses that blurred salacious visions were nothing more than mischievous rumours. But they weren't.

The manufacture of "blinkers" - or "vision impeding hoods" - to blot out forbidden images I initially took to be a gimmick. I was wrong.

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Showdown looms as IDF plans Charedi call-up

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 30, 2012

A first showdown between the IDF and the Charedi community is expected next week as the army plans to summon thousands of 17-year-olds for the first round of interviews before their induction into military service.

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Leiby Kletzky killer Levi Aron to be sentenced

By Jennifer Lipman, August 29, 2012

Prosecutors in New York are expected to sentence the killer of an eight-year-old Charedi boy to life behind bars.

Levi Aron, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to murdering and dismembering Leiby Kletzky in Brooklyn last summer, will be given his sentence later today.

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Father drowns in sea during mikveh ritual

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2012

Hundreds of people have mourned a strictly Orthodox community stalwart who drowned on holiday while using the sea as a mikveh.

Dov Berish Englander, from Stamford Hill, north London, got into difficulties after wading into the sea off Aberystwyth beach in Wales.

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Frum glasses so Charedi men can't stare at immodest women

By Jennifer Lipman, August 8, 2012

The Charedi community has long been known for taking a different look at the mainstream world, and now it appears they might actually be using a different lens.

According to reports in the Israeli media, blurred glasses are the latest trend among Charedi men in Israel, who are using them to prevent them accidentally looking at skimpily dressed women inappropriately.

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Talmud event makes history as 92,000 pack New Jersey stadium

By Ted Merwin, August 2, 2012

In one of the largest gatherings of Jews in history, more than 92,000 people convened in a football stadium in New Jersey to celebrate the 12th annual Siyum HaShas, which marks the conclusion of the seven-and-a-half year cycle of studying a page a day of the Talmud.

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Israel's draft exemption law expires

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2012

Charedim can be drafted into Israel’s army from now following an overhaul of the military exemption law.
Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak made the order as the Tal Law, a controversial piece of legislation that has been in place for a decade, expired on Wednesday.

The Israeli Supreme Court had ruled against an extension to the draft exemption.

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The women who say strictly no to Chasidism

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2012

"Everybody's read it," the woman says in a confiding tone. "We're all talking about it. Of course, much of it is made up."

Talking to this member of one of New York's strictly Orthodox communities, it becomes clear that her view of Deborah Feldman's tell-all memoir about Satmar Chasids is not positive.

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Still no sign of mass Charedim in Israeli army

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 19, 2012

In less than two weeks, on August 1, the Tal Law, which regulated the exemption of Charedi yeshivah students from national service will cease to exist, as the High Court ruling that deemed it unconstitutional comes into effect.

That does not mean, however, that thousands of strictly Orthodox 18-year-olds will be marched to boot camp or arrested by military police - not yet.

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Bet Shemesh girl wins bus dispute

By Alan Montague, July 19, 2012

A 15-year-old girl has been awarded NIS 13,000 (£2,000) in compensation over being asked to make way for two Charedi men on a bus in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh.

High school student Ariella Marsden was asked by the driver to move from her seat in the front to the rear of the bus where she was forced to stand for the duration of her journey.

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