Orthodox

Was the Chief Rabbi right to speak on gay marriage?

By Simon Rocker, July 20, 2012

A wry smile might have crossed the lips of anyone who read the JC letters page last week. Not often do you find the chairman of the Reform movement jumping to the defence of the Chief Rabbi, after he had been attacked for opposing government plans to introduce civil marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

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The fearless champion of tolerant Orthodoxy

By Rabbi Gideon Sylvester, July 12, 2012

When an Israeli friend visited the Sephardi Synagogue in Lauderdale Road, she was shocked. “We were brought up viewing the Sephardim as the down- trodden, second-class citizens of Israel,” she said, “but here were Sephardim elegantly dressed in top hats, holding decorous services accompanied by a melodious choir. These were Sephardi aristocrats, something I never dreamed possible.”

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Ten-year-old breaks weight-lifting record

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2012

She is more than a year shy of her batmitzvah and not yet five foot tall, but pre-teen strongwoman Naomi Kutin can lift twice her own body weight.

The 10-year-old from New Jersey came to the world’s attention earlier this year when she broke an international record for female weight-lifters in her weight class — previously held by a 44-year-old — and lifted 215lb.

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NYPD blues for Orthodox recruit with beard

By Jennifer Lipman, June 11, 2012

A Chasidic trainee policeman has complained that he was asked to leave the force because his beard was longer than regulation.

Fishel Litzman's hopes of becoming a full-fledged member of the New York Police Department were dashed when he was fired from the training academy just a month before qualification.

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Matisyahu explains his shock shave

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2012

The now clean-shaven reggae superstar Matisyahu has written a letter to fans explaining his decision to cut off his signature beard and revealing the Jewish influences behind his latest record.

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‘Dramatic step forward’ for Israel’s non-Orthodox

By Nathan Jeffay, May 31, 2012

The Israeli government agreed this week to recognise some Reform and Conservative rabbis and fund their salaries. While the state pays the salaries of hundreds of rabbis, until now all of them have been Orthodox.

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Chasidic woman's flight from New York Orthodox life

By Miriam Shaviv, May 25, 2012

Unorthodox is an account of Deborah Feldman’s Chasidic upbringing in New York, her unhappiness at what she sees as her oppression, and ultimately her escape into secular society. Inevitably, the Satmar community in which Feldman grew up has responded aggressively, accusing her of mistakes, omissions and outright lies.

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A stadium full of my dreams

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, May 24, 2012

Maybe my expectations were too high. The dream too unrealistic. Maybe when I put pen to paper for my last column I imagined the floodgates opening and a grass-roots uprising.

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Frum but fair about Facebook

By Orlando Radice, May 24, 2012

Did you hear the one about the gathering of 40,000 Charedim in New York to protest against the immorality of the internet? They heard about it online.

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Brooklyn prosecutor under fire over Charedi sex abuse

By Nathalie Rothschild, May 24, 2012

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has come under fire for his handling of accusations of child sex abuse in the strictly Orthodox community.

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