Orthodox

Orthodox anger over plan for compulsory evolution lessons

By Simon Rocker, February 14, 2013

Government plans to make the teaching of evolution compulsory in UK state primary schools have caused consternation within the Orthodox educational world.

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Charities face cash calamity

By Simon Rocker, January 17, 2013

Concern is growing that a rule change could threaten the charitable status of strictly Orthodox groups, costing them large amounts in tax relief.

It follows a decision by the Charity Commission to refuse registration to a Devon church owned by the Plymouth Brethren, a small Christian sect.

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Job for the cops, not the rabbis

By Miriam Shaviv, January 11, 2013

How should the Orthodox community handle allegations of sexual abuse? The scandal currently rocking London's Charedi world provides a classic example of how not to do it.

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Welcome advance

January 3, 2013

Sometimes we have to report allegations of abuse in our community. One of the many important changes in recent years has been a greater willingness to accept that Jews are no more and no less likely to commit abuse than anyone else - and to have it dealt with properly by the authorities.

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How to be an Orthodox Jew — and a feminist too

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2012

A respected American programme catering to Orthodox Jewish women is to launch in the UK in the new year.

The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance will be run by London-based Dina Brawer in an attempt to boost the education and resources on offer to a new generation of Orthodox women.

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Bishops pull out of Holy Land meeting

By Simon Rocker, October 26, 2012

Two bishops have pulled out of a conference on the Holy Land to be held in Gateshead next month, after warnings that it would be biased against Israel.

The Anglican Bishop of Newcastle, Martin Wharton, and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, Seamus Cunningham, withdrew after pleas from the Newcastle Jewish community, the Board of Deputies and the Council of Christians and Jews.

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Orthodox London rabbi reportedly told to leave town by rabbi

October 12, 2012

An Orthodox rabbi in London has reportedly been told to leave town by another rabbi after allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards a woman.

Rumours of a burgeoning scandal have gathered force over the past few days with a number of calls to the JC from members of the Orthodox community who want to see it investigated by the relevant rabbinic authority.

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I come to bury, not to raise

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 4, 2012

In common, I'm sure, with many other JC readers I initially thought that reports of the sale in parts of Jerusalem of special glasses that blurred salacious visions were nothing more than mischievous rumours. But they weren't.

The manufacture of "blinkers" - or "vision impeding hoods" - to blot out forbidden images I initially took to be a gimmick. I was wrong.

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Fifty Shades and a frum fanbase

By Brigit Grant, August 9, 2012

Consider this. Jews have a history of being on the move, yet few Jewish women know how to pack. You'd think the perpetual transit of our ancestors would have taught us something about travelling light, but trolleys creaking under the weight of stacked Samsonites at El Al check-in desks says it didn't.

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'Modesty' is eroding innocence

By Angela Epstein, July 30, 2012

The party was in full swing. In the hot, damp atmosphere steaming from pendulous hips and sweaty gyrations, clammy bodies were heaped on top of each other like a pile of freshly cooked blintzes.

And, all the while, the relentless throb of melodically challenged chart-toppers boomed over the speakers.

Would you be happy to let your child be a part of all this?

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