Orthodox

Jobcentres ignore law

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 19, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions is launching an investigation into claims that Shabbat-observant Jews continue to be refused job seekers allowance.

Under a policy followed by some job centres in the north-west of England, claimants who are not willing to work on Saturdays are automatically denied JSA.

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A biblical solution to the male libido?

By Nathan Jeffay, July 19, 2013

So, do men always have sex on the mind? Not if they are married Orthodox Jews, according to new research.

In popular culture, men who go through a stint of abstinence are often portrayed as crazed and unable to avoid sexual thoughts. But scientists in Jerusalem this week suggested that Orthodox men actually think about sex less when it is not an option.

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Measles hits Orthodox community

By Zoe Winograd, July 18, 2013

A government health agency has urged Orthodox Jews in London to vaccinate their children against measles.

Public Health England said that out of the 50 cases of measles found this year in Hackney, north London, the most affected area in London, 45 sufferers were from the Orthodox community.

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I was betrayed by community, says sex-abused girl

By Anna Sheinman, July 18, 2013

A woman who was sexually abused by a close family friend has spoken out about her betrayal, first by her abuser and then by the Orthodox Jewish community.

Yehudis Goldsobel, now 27, from Edgware in north London was sexually assaulted by Menachem Mendel Levy from the age of 14. Three weeks ago he was jailed for three years.

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Defendant in rape trial is a child abuser

By Anna Sheinman, July 12, 2013

The Orthodox Jewish man accused of leading the gang rape of his teenage daughter is a convicted paedophile, who was found guilty in April of sexual offences against his two young stepdaughters.

The revelation came at Wood Green Crown Court, where the man is being tried for various sexual offences against his daughter, including rape and conspiracy to rape.

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Israeli government passes law to enforce universal military draft

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 11, 2013

It took years of controversy, two committees, two landmark Supreme Court rulings and long months of other acrimonious debates but finally, on Sunday, the Israeli government passed the law regulating the national service of Charedi yeshivah students.

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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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