Orthodox

Not just a gadget: rabbi gives Google Glass higher purpose

By Anna Sheinman, June 7, 2013

Entrepreneurs around the world are rapidly coming up with ways to make money out of Google Glass, the IT company's new computerised spectacles.

One canny rabbi at the University of Stanford in California has also embraced the new gadget, but with a very different objective - to help students bind tefillin.

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Not a one-off...

June 6, 2013

Sunday's Orthodox service in London, where women will be called up to the Torah with men and both will read from it, is significant. Partnership minyans are growing in Israel and the US, most famously the Shira Hadasha community in Jerusalem where a number of British olim regularly pray.

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Orthodox breakthrough for women with new service

By Simon Rocker, June 6, 2013

An Orthodox service led by women as well as men is to take place in London on Sunday – possibly the first of its kind to be held openly in the UK.

It will happen before the start of the inaugural conference of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance UK in Golders Green, although it is not part of the conference.

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'Shame'-sex marriage? Rabbis clash over Bill

By Simon Rocker, June 6, 2013

The Federation of Synagogues this week launched a blistering attack on Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman for failing to back his interfaith adviser in opposing same-sex marriage.

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British student creates link between West Bank yeshivah and One Voice

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2013

A British student is trying to forge links between his West Bank yeshivah and an international movement which advocates a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Coalition near-crisis over conscription

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 30, 2013

Israel’s governing coalition this week avoided its first major crisis since it was formed barely two months ago, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed his defence minister to remove his opposition to a new national service law.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid had threatened to withdraw his party, Yesh Atid, from government if the law was not approved.

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Israeli cabinet approves punishments for Orthodox draft-dodgers

By Zoe Winograd, May 29, 2013

An Israeli ministerial committee has approved a new law which includes criminal sanctions against Orthodox men who dodge the draft.

The legislation was approved on Wednesday following two days of fiery exchanges between members of Knesset.

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Three arrested over attack on Orthodox men in Gateshead

By Simon Rocker, May 28, 2013

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of robbing two young Orthodox men in Gateshead on Saturday afternoon.

The two 19-year-old youths were approached by a group of men and attacked by two of them, who made off with items of clothing, according to Northumbria Police.

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Israeli coalition crisis over Orthodox draft

By Zoe Winograd, May 28, 2013

Serious tensions have surfaced within the Israeli government over legislation on military enlistment for the Orthodox.

At a Peri Committee meeting held on Sunday and Monday, Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Peri and Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon argued over a proposal to imprison Orthodox men who avoid conscription.

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Orthodox child-rape case back in court

By Anna Sheinman, May 23, 2013

The retrial of a Chasidic man charged with the rape and sexual assault of a young Orthodox woman, opened this week, after an earlier jury failed to return a verdict.

Father of five Menachem Mendel Levy, 41, has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing the young woman when she was aged between 14 and 21.

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