Orthodox

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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Chabad arrests over abuse case

By Shirli Sitbon, September 3, 2013

It emerged last week that two senior members of France’s Lubavitch community were arrested on July 31 over a paedophilia scandal at a Chabad boys’ school in Paris.

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Women to lead prayers at partnership minyan

By Simon Rocker, September 2, 2013

A new Orthodox minyan where women can lead some of the prayers is to launch in Borehamwood in the autumn. It will be the first such minyan to be held on a regular basis in the UK and follows a one-off “partnership minyan” in Golders Green in June.

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What Rabbi Mirvis should do for women

By Alexis Brassey, September 1, 2013

As we enter the reign of a new Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Mirvis has declared that his mission is to develop each synagogue into an all-embracing community centre, evolving from a centre simply of prayer and learning.

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Australian MP provokes anger over pro-Orthodox voting guide

By Josh Jackman, August 28, 2013

An Australian MP’s attempt to curry favour with Orthodox Jews appears to have backfired.

Michael Danby, the Labour MP for Melbourne Ports in Victoria, has created two voting guides which provide examples of how to fill in ballots, the second of which relegates Australian Sex Party candidate Melissa Star from second voting preference to last.

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Hairdryer is fresh start for weary sheitl wearers

By Sandy Rashty, August 23, 2013

Religious women have long complained about sheitls — they are itchy and uncomfortable to wear, and cost a fortune to buy.

Now a London-based Israeli hairdresser has come up with what he calls a sheitl revolution.

“My clients were always complaining about their wigs,” said Roi Korach, who has been hairdressing since he was 14.

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