Orthodox

Ten-year-old breaks weight-lifting record

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2012

She is more than a year shy of her batmitzvah and not yet five foot tall, but pre-teen strongwoman Naomi Kutin can lift twice her own body weight.

The 10-year-old from New Jersey came to the world’s attention earlier this year when she broke an international record for female weight-lifters in her weight class — previously held by a 44-year-old — and lifted 215lb.

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NYPD blues for Orthodox recruit with beard

By Jennifer Lipman, June 11, 2012

A Chasidic trainee policeman has complained that he was asked to leave the force because his beard was longer than regulation.

Fishel Litzman's hopes of becoming a full-fledged member of the New York Police Department were dashed when he was fired from the training academy just a month before qualification.

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Matisyahu explains his shock shave

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2012

The now clean-shaven reggae superstar Matisyahu has written a letter to fans explaining his decision to cut off his signature beard and revealing the Jewish influences behind his latest record.

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‘Dramatic step forward’ for Israel’s non-Orthodox

By Nathan Jeffay, May 31, 2012

The Israeli government agreed this week to recognise some Reform and Conservative rabbis and fund their salaries. While the state pays the salaries of hundreds of rabbis, until now all of them have been Orthodox.

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Chasidic woman's flight from New York Orthodox life

By Miriam Shaviv, May 25, 2012

Unorthodox is an account of Deborah Feldman’s Chasidic upbringing in New York, her unhappiness at what she sees as her oppression, and ultimately her escape into secular society. Inevitably, the Satmar community in which Feldman grew up has responded aggressively, accusing her of mistakes, omissions and outright lies.

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A stadium full of my dreams

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, May 24, 2012

Maybe my expectations were too high. The dream too unrealistic. Maybe when I put pen to paper for my last column I imagined the floodgates opening and a grass-roots uprising.

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Frum but fair about Facebook

By Orlando Radice, May 24, 2012

Did you hear the one about the gathering of 40,000 Charedim in New York to protest against the immorality of the internet? They heard about it online.

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Brooklyn prosecutor under fire over Charedi sex abuse

By Nathalie Rothschild, May 24, 2012

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has come under fire for his handling of accusations of child sex abuse in the strictly Orthodox community.

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Solidarity rally for Orthodox Jew held in Bolivian jail

By Jennifer Lipman, May 11, 2012

Hundreds of members of New York's strictly Orthodox community gathered last week to highlight the inaction over the plight of an Orthodox Jewish businessman incarcerated in a Bolivian jail without charge.

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Chasidim apply for free school

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

What could be the first Chasidic free school has cleared the initial hurdle in its attempt to secure state aid.

Beis Malka, a girls' school in Stamford Hill which has around 400 pupils aged three to 16 and is linked to the Belz Chasidic sect, is one of five Jewish groups which have applied to become free schools next year.

The other four applicants are all for new schools: two cross-communal

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