Orthodox

It’s the birth of a boom for the strictly Orthodox

By Simon Rocker, November 13, 2013

The latest set of vital statistics for British Jewry is again “a tale of two communities” — the strictly Orthodox gaining in strength while the rest of the population declines.

For a couple of decades or more, there were far more recorded deaths than births. But over the past two years, there have been 1,000 more annual births than deaths, largely due to the rise of the Charedim.

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Absence of Orthodox frees lawmakers to liberalise Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, November 7, 2013

On Sunday, the Knesset took the second major step in as many weeks to rein in the power that hard-line rabbis exert over the general population.

The government’s legislative committee threw its weight behind a bill to make conversion much more accessible. It will do so by decentralising conversion and empowering local, state rabbis to oversee the process.

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Candles (and Jews) blown out in Wales

By Isabelle Fraser , October 25, 2013

A group of Aberystwyth residents are up in arms over the exclusion of Orthodox Jews from their holiday homes.

Aberystwyth University has historically rented 150 student houses to members of Manchester’s Charedi community every August, for the past 20 years. This saw an influx of around a thousand Orthodox Jews to the area.

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The golden calf that Orthodoxy must slay

By Rabbi Dr Norman Solomon, October 20, 2013

After most of a century, I still get a thrill every time we recommence the Torah reading at the New Year, because I know it won’t be the same as last year. Partly it’s me — I’ve changed, I’ve learned something in the past year, so the way I read changes.

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School probed in exam row

By Simon Rocker, October 17, 2013

A strictly Orthodox girls’ school accused of censoring science questions in a GCSE paper this summer insists that it is complying with exam regulations.

The Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Board (OCR) confirmed this week that it had found that part of an exam paper had been “obscured” by the Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ High School in Hackney, north-east London.

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Orthodox disappointed over evolution teaching

By Simon Rocker, October 10, 2013

The government has brushed aside objections from strictly Orthodox schools and made evolution a compulsory part of primary education from next September.

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Shas battles over Yosef successor

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 3, 2013

The deterioration in the health of 93-year-old Rabbi Ovadia Yosef has thrown his party, Shas, into a battle over who will succeed the spiritual leader.

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Confront the Charedi Taliban

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 25, 2013

I'm not in the least surprised that the Department for Education is carrying out an investigation into the education of Orthodox Jewish boys in institutions not officially registered for this purpose. On the contrary, I’m surprised that it has taken the government so long to convince itself — or to be convinced — that this is a scandal demanding investigation.

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American Apparel goes for the Chasidic look

By Nathalie Rothschild, September 12, 2013

American Apparel, the fashion brand known for producing racy posters featuring waif-like models in provocative poses, has come out with a new, head-turning ad. But instead of the usual scantily clad girl, it shows a fully-clothed Satmar Jew.

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Israel removes sex from school textbooks

By Josh Jackman, September 4, 2013

Israel’s Ministry of Education has been criticised for removing a chapter on sex education from textbooks supplied to children in state-run religious schools.

The chapter, aimed at children aged between 12 and 15, describes the reproduction process, methods of contraception and sexually transmitted diseases. It was taken out after objections from Orthodox educational officials.

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