Orthodox

Orthodox prisoner barred from beard behind bars

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2011

A bearded Orthodox Jewish convict has lost a second legal challenge to New Hampshire State Prison's grooming policy.

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UK envoy backs Israel diversity project

By Nathan Jeffay, July 14, 2011

A new project to ease tensions in Israeli society received a boost on Monday, when Britain's ambassador to Israel threw a reception at his Ramat Gan residence to celebrate its launch.

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Body found in Brooklyn missing child case

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2011

Investigators looking into the disappearance of a nine-year-old boy from New York's Orthodox Jewish community said they believed they had found his body.

Leibby Kletzky was last seen leaving a summer day camp in Brooklyn on Monday afternoon.

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Drop-outs can repair the rifts

By Miriam Shaviv, July 8, 2011

Since the 1960s, the Orthodox world has been justifiably proud of the ba'al teshuvah movement - the large numbers of assimilated Jews who have become frum, bolstering the observant community.

Until relatively recently, however, the flow of people moving the other way, out of Orthodoxy, has been the movement's dirty little secret.

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Cocktail of learning sustains pub yeshivah

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

A group of young people are sat around a long wooden table discussing the moral conundrum the rabbi has set them.

"When Osama bin Laden was tracked down and killed, was that something that makes sense in Judaism?

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Does this video signal end of conversion war?

By Nathan Jeffay, July 7, 2011

In the act of giving one man an ID card, Israel's Interior Ministry has helped to significantly improve the forecast for Israel-diaspora relations.

A few days ago, and after a long campaign for citizenship that included a web video, Canadian-born Thomas Dolhan collected his Israeli identity card.

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New York Shomrim in neighbourhood feud

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

A dispute has broken out in New York between an Orthodox Jewish security force and a man arrested for hitting a rabbi.

Dwight Chaparro was charged with felony assault after battering the 57-year-old Rabbi Mordechai Stern over the head with a wooden shelf. The attack was said to be because of a parking space.

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Orthodox Jews save Somali boy from fire

By Robyn Rosen, July 1, 2011

Two strictly Orthodox men and a medic from Hatzola, the Charedi ambulance service, have saved a young London Somali boy from a fire.

Josh Berkovitz ran into a blazing building in Tottenham, north London, after he heard a mother screaming that her son was trapped in the building yesterday afternoon.

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Marcus Brigstocke sorry for 'stupid' Orthodox Jew joke

By Jessica Elgot, June 29, 2011

Comedian Marcus Brigstocke has apologised for joking about Orthodox Jews having sex through a sheet.

In an interview with Metro to promote his book "The God Collar", the Have I Got News For You star was asked about any religious trivia he had encountered researching the book – which is about atheism.

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Four-legged chicken for Friday night dinner?

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2011

George Orwell's famous statement "Four legs good, two legs bad" is facing a challenge in a strictly Orthodox neighbourhood of Jerusalem.

A four-legged chicken had caused consternation amongst Mea Shearim residents as rabbis debate whether such a creature is properly kosher.

According to rabbis, the 12-toed bird must be slaughtered before its kosher status can be determined.

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