Orthodox

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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Lapid outlines plans for strictly Orthodox national service

By Jennifer Lipman, May 2, 2012

The journalist turned politician Yair Lapid has unveiled his vision for Israel and his plan to bring more strictly Orthodox Israelis into the IDF.

Mr Lapid, whose newly established party is called "Yesh Atid", which translates as "there is a future" announced earlier this year that he planned to mount a challenge to the existing Israeli government.

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Religious feud arsonist sentenced in New York

By Zoe Winograd, April 18, 2012

A strictly Orthodox Jewish teenager from New York has been sentenced for his role in an arson attack on a man from his community.

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