Orthodox

Orthodox soldier attacked by Charedim in Jerusalem

By Zoe Winograd, July 10, 2013

An Orthodox Israeli soldier has been attacked by a group of Charedi men in Jerusalem.

According to police reports, the soldier, who was in uniform, was visiting a friend in the religious suburb of Mea Shearim on Monday. He was attacked by a dozen local residents on the street and was forced into hiding, where he called the police for assistance.

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Yeshivah University faces multi-million dollar suit over sex abuse allegations

By Zoe Winograd, July 9, 2013

Yeshivah University is facing a $380 million lawsuit over allegations of a cover-up of sexual misconduct.

Nineteen former students filed the lawsuit against the Manhattan university on Monday.

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Women of the Wall prevented from praying at holy site

By Zoe Winograd, July 8, 2013

Some 250 members of the Women of the Wall group were prevented from praying at the Western Wall on Monday morning.

According to reports, between 5000 and 7000 young strictly Orthodox women arrived early at the women’s section of the Wall in order to obstruct the Women from approaching the holy site.

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Here come women — at your service

By Dina Brawer, June 28, 2013

It was a (very) wet Wednesday morning a couple of weeks ago when I attended a brit in a private home. Notwithstanding the weather and the early start, the house was filled with guests.

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Orthodox feminism must know its limits

By Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, June 23, 2013

JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, is an organisation that was set up in order to encourage Orthodox women to be able to find more expression within the realm of Orthodoxy and traditional Judaism.

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Streisand distressed by strictly Orthodox treatment of women

By Josh Jackman, June 18, 2013

Barbra Streisand has spoken out against the treatment of Israeli women by strictly Orthodox Jews.

The singer, who was receiving an honorary doctorate at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, used her speech to voice concerns over what she regarded as recent incidents of sexism in the country.

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Women's prayers answered

By Miriam Shaviv, June 17, 2013

When you hear the same promises from leaders for years, or even decades, cynicism is inevitable. So I will forgive any readers who laugh when I predict there is going to be significant progress on one of the thorniest issues facing our community: the role of women in Orthodoxy.

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How Orthodox women can be liberated in shul

By Simon Rocker, June 16, 2013

It was a problem few synagogues face but most would be delighted to have. On Sunday so many people turned up for a Rosh Chodesh service in London that some had to be turned away.

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Israeli chief rabbi election could yet make history

By Nathan Jeffay, June 14, 2013

Israel moved a step closer to a non-Charedi chief rabbi earlier this month, when the Knesset’s religious-Zionist party threw its weight behind a moderate candidate.

The modern-Orthodox iconoclast David Stav has built his rabbinic career on making Judaism more welcoming for the non-religious, and he is now determined to break the strictly-Orthodox control over the Chief Rabbinate.

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Inaugural UK conference of Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance

By Zoe Winograd, June 13, 2013

There was a whiff of revolution in the air in north London on Sunday when a group of women and men gathered to challenge the Orthodox establishment.

“Today, we are witnessing a decentralisation of Jewish halachic authority,” announced Professor Tamar Ross, of Bar Ilan University.

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