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  • War over Girl’s School Erupts in Beit Shemesh

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on September 08, 2011 | Leave a Comment

    A war has broken out between the National-Religious and Haredi populations of the Sheinfeld neighborhood in Beit Shemesh and came to blows yesterday.

  • Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan Renews Anti-Semitic Rhetoric

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on September 02, 2011 | Leave a Comment

    After a health scare in 1999, committing to reconcile with the American Jewish community and a rather quiet decade, Louis Farrakhan has taken aim at the Jewish community and hostilities have renewed.

  • Shomrim Keep Order in Golders Green and Stamford Hill Amidst London Riots

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on September 01, 2011 | Leave a Comment

    The Shomrim, a volunteer Jewish police force that cooperates with the police in communities around the world and recently came under fire following the horrific murder of Leiby Kletzky A”H, regained their prestige by helping prevent violence and looting in London during the past few days’ riots.

  • Rabbi Metzger after trip to Spain: I will not seek a second term

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on September 01, 2011 | Leave a Comment

    On Saturday night, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger confirmed that he would not seek a second term as chief rabbi until told to by senior rabbis, following a trip to Spain with Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar.  Metzger’s statement confirmed a report in the the Charedi  BaKehila newpaper in which he was quoted as saying he would not seek re-election in 2013, even if a bill in the Knesset were passed to allow him to do so, unless told to by rabbis.

  • Auschwitz Sign Finally Reassembled After 2009 Theft

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on September 01, 2011 | Leave a Comment

    On Wednesday, Polish officials reported that the notorious sign that spanned the main gate of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp until its 2009 theft has been reassembled and nearly restored to its previous condition.

  • Chuetas from Spanish Island of Majorca Recognized as Jewish

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on August 31, 2011 | Leave a Comment

    Rabbi Nissim Karelitz, the head of the Beit Din Tzedek Rabbinical Court in Bnei Brak has ruled that the Chueta community of the Spanish island of Palma de Majorca are Jewish.

  • Woman Rabbi

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on August 30, 2011 | Leave a Comment

    Could the dam against women Orthodox Rabbis finally be breaking? Rabbi Avi Weiss of Riverdale last month conferred the title of “Rabba,” or female Rabbi, on his student Sara Hurwitz. This has of course upset Aguda, the mouthpiece for the Ultra-Orthodox community in America. “Any congregation with a woman in a rabbinical position of any sort cannot be considered Orthodox,” said the Aguda, considered the authoritative body of Ultra-Orthodoxy.

  • Dutch Government Won’t Protect Jewish Population

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on February 14, 2011 | Leave a Comment

    The Dutch government, in a parliamentary debate regarding anti-Semitism in the Netherlands a few weeks ago, decided it would continue its policy of not protecting the Jewish community on any level, even though the community has protested this policy repeatedly as it is the only group in Dutch society that always requires security at its events and activities.

  • Jewish Mothers in Meah Shearim Dressing Like the Taliban Condemned by Rabbinate

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on February 06, 2011 | Leave a Comment

    One of the strange new sights seen in Jerusalem is girls ages 6 to 10 walking to school through the Meah Shearim-Geula neighborhoods of Jerusalem to school covered from head to toe.  Up until recently, it was only common for wives and mothers belonging to some of the lesser-known, more extreme movements within Charedi Judaism.

  • World’s First Black Female Rabbi Steps down from Position

    Posted By Mike Rosenthal on January 25, 2011 | Leave a Comment

    Congregation Bayt Shalom, a Reform and Conservative-affiliated synagogue in Greenville, SC known for its appointment of the first black female rabbi in 2009; announced that their spiritual leader would no longer continue in her current capacity.

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