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The Haredi vitriol: An ongoing saga

The Haredi vitriol: An ongoing saga

In the last newsletter, we wrote about “the obsession that characterizes the attitude of the ultra-Orthodox parties towards the non-Orthodox denominations in particular, and to freedom of religion and Jewish pluralism in general.”


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The Ultra-Orthodox Reform Paranoia

The Ultra-Orthodox Reform Paranoia

In recent months, the phenomenon of ultra-Orthodox attacks against Reform Judaism has escalated, especially due to the participation of Rabbi Gilad Kariv (the foremost Israeli Reform leader) in the new ruling coalition.

MK Rabbi Kariv and Reform Judaism – like pigs

MK Rabbi Kariv and Reform Judaism – like pigs

The political discourse has descended to new lows this week. United Torah Judaism MK Meir Porush likened Reform Jews and Labor MK Gilad Kariv, a Reform rabbi, to pigs. He spoke in reaction to the appointment of Kariv as chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee.

Israel Independence Day according to Haredi media

Israel Independence Day according to Haredi media

Two front page pictures, that of the front page of Yaded Ne’eman and of Yediot Aharonot, on Israel’s Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers, which is also the eve of Yom Ha’atzmaut, tell the whole story. A government that prides itself as being Zionistic, relies on ultra-Orthodox politicians that are cynical and anti-Zionistic, aiming to extort State funds, enforce religious coercion and undermine Zionism.

Secular Israelis prefer Arabs over Haredi Jews

Secular Israelis prefer Arabs over Haredi Jews

Data from a new survey published in the media show that while only about half of secular Israelis (53%), were willing to live next door to ultra-Orthodox Israelis, 69% of them are willing to live next to Arabs!

Haredi politics versus the State of Israel

Haredi politics versus the State of Israel

A glimpse into the ultra-Orthodox parties' rhetoric describing the growing public criticism of religious coercion and the ultra-Orthodox insistence on exemption from the IDF draft.

Not antisemitism, rather: democracy defending itself

Not antisemitism, rather: democracy defending itself

Reading through the ultra-Orthodox parties’ official media outlets in recent days brings up yet another crucial consideration, which justifies the demand that these parties be kept out or neutralized in the next government coalition, as the majority of the public clearly wishes.

Money laundering and white collar crimes in the Haredi community

Money laundering and white collar crimes in the Haredi community

Both in Israel and in the USA, money laundering is a common phenomenon in the ultra-Orthodox community.

Disturbing news on the ultra-Orthodox front

Disturbing news on the ultra-Orthodox front

Why did the leader of the Hasidic faction of the United Torah Judaism party (Deputy Minister of Health Rabbi Litzman) make two visits to the prison where one Elazar Vigdorovich is serving a four year prison term for crimes involving the Gur Chasidic dynasty?

The Vile Bond of Religion & Politics

The Vile Bond of Religion & Politics

In a secret recording that was broadcast on Israeli television, MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni explains to the leadership of his party why they voted for the Nation-State Law and what his real opinion of the law is.

Justice Silberman Abella speaks out against delegitimizing Israel's Court

Justice Silberman Abella speaks out against delegitimizing Israel's Court

Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, the senior judge on the Supreme Court of Canada, delivered a lecture at a symposium with Justice Aharon Barak (former president of the Supreme Court of Israel) regarding the ongoing attempt among members of Israel's Coalition Government to delegitimize the reputation of the judiciary.

71% of Jewish Israelis favor allowing railway maintenance work on Shabbat

71% of Jewish Israelis favor allowing railway maintenance work on Shabbat

The public believes in the principle of 'live and let live,' and it wants to support freedom of religion and freedom from religion in Israel.

MK Gafni's hatred of Reform Jews trumps matters of life and death

MK Gafni's hatred of Reform Jews trumps matters of life and death

MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni's remarks about leaning politically to the left at this year's Haaretz's "Peace Conference" were subsequently covered widely in the media, and even caused some internal furor within UTJ.

"The Calamity of Independence"

The quotes and caricature presented on this page are just samples of feature articles and editorials published in the mainstream ultra-Orthodox media this week.

Growing frictions between religion and state in Israel

Growing frictions between religion and state in Israel

Israel's Supreme Court has handed down two decisions that demonstrate the critical importance of an independent civil judiciary, but the Government Coalition continues to capitulate to the ultra-Orthodox political parties.

Leading Ashkenazi Rabbi rules: Women should not be allowed to drive

Leading Ashkenazi Rabbi rules: Women should not be allowed to drive

Often we are reminded of the outlook at the core of the ultra-Orthodox political parties' actions. While they may appear to share our respect for a democratic society oriented toward civil liberties, the truth is that their motivations are anything but.

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