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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Haredi Williamsburg residents face controversy over shops’ modest dress code

By Ben Sales, JTA July 25, 2012

Haredi Orthodox shop owners in Williamsburg, Brooklyn have faced criticism of signs in some shops requesting that patrons dress modestly. According to CBS News-New York, local non-haredi residents of the Hasidic enclave feel that signs banning low-cut...

Kadima Party leader Shaul Mofaz speaking at a news conference in Petach Tikvah about Kadimas reasons for leaving the Israeli government coalition, July 17, 2012.

Israeli political constellation realigns as Kadima quits government

By Uriel Heilman, JTA July 17, 2012

For the second time in just two months, the Israeli political universe was upended when Shaul Mofaz’s Kadima Party voted to quit Israel’s governing coalition. Kadima's departure, the result of a breakdown in negotiations over reforming Israel’s...

Benjamin Netanyahu and Shaul Mofaz.

Netanyahu promises ‘historical law’ for equal sharing of national service burden

By Israel Hayom, Exclusive to JNS.org July 12, 2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Vice Prime Minister and Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz have agreed to establish a team to hash out the new law for equality of the national burden, the replacement to the Tal Law, a statement from the Prime Minister’s...

Some 40,000 haredi Orthodox men filled Citi Field in New York to rally against the dangers of the Internet, May 20, 2012.

Haredim fill N.Y. baseball stadium to decry error of Internet’s ways

By Ben Sales, JTA May 21, 2012

NEW YORK — The sellout crowd that filled Citi Field on Sunday night wore black and white, not the New York Mets’ blue and orange. And instead of jeering the Philadelphia Phillies or Atlanta Braves, they faced a foe that was, to hear them talk about...

Letters to the Editor, week of March 7, 2012

March 7, 2012

Letter provokes responses Norman Pressman raises an interesting point in his objection to the all-girls musical productions of Block Yeshiva and Bais Yaakov (Letter to the editor, Feb. 29). He is correct that I will not be able to attend my own daughter’s...

State Department warns travelers to dress modestly in Jerusalem

JTA February 7, 2012

The U.S. State Department has revised its travel recommendations for tourists to Israel, advising travelers to dress modestly or risk getting attacked. The advisory for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, updated last month, recommends under its section on...

Girls’ faces blurred in toy store ad in Beit Shemsh

JTA February 7, 2012

JERUSALEM -- The faces of young girls modeling Purim costumes in a toy store ad have been blurred in haredi Orthodox newspapers in Beit Shemesh. In response, consumers have been urged to boycott the toy store chain, Ynet reported. The chain, Red Pirate,...

ZAKA chairman Yehuda Meshi Zahav at the site of the June 2003
suicide attack on the No 14 bus in Jerusalem.

Haredi leaders must speak out against zealots

By Yehuda Meshi-Zahav January 30, 2012

JERUSALEM -- The recent violence in Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighborhood has led me to speak out against the so-called "sikrikim" in the harshest possible terms, equating their actions to terrorism. Sikrikim is the name given to a fringe...

Haredi Orthodox men clash with police in the Israeli city of
Beit Shemesh, Dec. 26, 2011.
Photo: Kobi Gideon / Flash90 / JTA

Unity is vital for harmony in Beit Shemesh, all of Israel

By Steven A. Rakitt, JTA January 22, 2012

BEIT SHEMESH—It's raining as I write—a rare, cold, hard rain that is welcomed by Jerusalemites who know that it's good for them and the country. Water, like patience, is a treasured commodity here in Israel: temporarily inconvenient, but better for...

JFNA officials lambast Israeli on treatment of women, NGOs

JTA January 18, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Jewish federation officials excoriated a top Israeli official for reports of official discrimination against women and for a law targeting NGOs. The official spoke in a conference call with constituents of the Jewish Federations of North...

Haredi Orthodox demonstrate in Jerusalem over arrests

JTA January 15, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Haredi Orthodox Jews clashed with police in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem. Some 200 protesters gathered in Shabbat Square Sunday afternoon after six respected members of the haredi Orthodox community were arrested for tax offenses....

Haredi Orthodox men clash with police in the Israeli city of
Beit Shemesh, Dec. 26, 2011.
Photo: Kobi Gideon / Flash90 / JTA

Where do Israeli Haredim stand on Haredi violence?

By Uriel Heilman, JTA January 4, 2012

The cascade of condemnations started pouring in almost as soon as the Israeli TV report aired. Its subject was  an 8-year-old girl harassed by Haredi men on the way to her Modern Orthodox girls' school in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh. The Israeli...

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