Breathtaking excerpts in English from the Tsnius Bible by Rabbi Pessach E. Falk, with a warm recommendation by Rabbi I. Seckel Pollak of the Antwerp Beis Din:
The Hasidic yeshiva of Gur, has banned students from eating any soy based product out of fear that it might cause an increase in gay sexual activity, according to a report in the Haredi World.
like the Bobov
school a few
days ago, a
Beis Ruchel of
Why? Because, the school's leaders claim, wearing leather clothes violates "I'vchikosichem lo tiliechu," the biblical commandment not to go
wear "goyishe" [non-Jewish] clothing. (Interestingly, Satmar used the same photo on its letter as Bobov used earlier this week on its letter.)
Haredi Beit Din Bans All-Female Zumba Dance/Exercise Classes And Female Running Due To Bouncing Female Body Parts
our city has
that both its
the activity is entirely at odds with both the ways of the Torah and the holiness of Israel, as are the songs associated to it,
I hereby announce that the organization and participation in such classes is forbidden."
After More Incidents Of Gender Discrimination Made Public, Jerusalem’s Mayor Promises To Fight Them – Again
the Sounds of
the Old City
festival organizers, Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat posted a statement on his Facebook page yesterday pledging to fight against
such incidents. He insisted that women's exclusion from Jerusalem's public sphere will not recur. However, the women
who were ‘asked’ by festival promoters not to perform say they are not comforted by the mayor’s gesture.
Men who wear slimfit trouses should be excommuniocated, said Rav Chaim Kaniewski
Egged Fails Again: Woman Threatened And Harassed By Haredim, Bus Company Does Nothing To Protect Her
asked me to
move to the
back of the
bus, but I
haredim got on
and then the
Everyone who got on the bus told me to move to the back, they said I was impure and yelled that everyone should say the Traveler's
Prayer very loudly because there's an impurity in the bus.…Everyone who got on told me to sit in the back; I refused. They yelled
that they must pray really hard because there's an impurity in the bus.…As a religious person, I know that bus seating arrangements are not written in the Torah; they invented themselves a halacha."
and they are
any kind of
for one type of customer or another, or expressing discrimination against one type or another.…It seems pretty clear that it’s
geared toward women dressing modestly if they choose to come into the store, and that would be discrimination.”
So did the
them to the Philatelic Service. They were pictures of young women - including herself - working in the factory making bullets, and pictures
of young women working in a laundry built above the bullet factory to help camouflage it. But the response of the
Philatelic Service shocked Ayalon. "Could you possibly find photos that feature fewer women with bare legs?"
the extreme modesty regulations of Gerrer (Gur) hasidim. The Rebbe instructed hasidim to make sure that grooms are
instructed on the new regulations prior to marriage by an older spiritual guide from the Vizhnitz community.
Chief Rabbi of
letter a few
if the hair is
longer than the top of a woman's shoulders, and he also banned long hair for single women and girls. This has upset large swaths of Chabad. But is Ashkenazi really wrong?
is a strict
‘You shall not
’ Wearing tight pants is forbidden because of that reason.…And those who wear (such garments) are sinful and cause corruption and it is obligatory to protest their behavior.”
“Immodestly” Dressed Woman Stoned In Beit Shemesh
A woman allegedly deemed by haredim to be immodestly dressed was attacked by haredim in Beit Shemesh today. They hurled stones at her car, shattering one of its windows.
Orthodox And Haredi Teen Girls Much More Likely To Visit Internet Porn Sites Than Non-Orthodox Teen Girls, Study Finds
Orthodox and haredi teen girls are almost two times as likely as secular teens to view Internet porn, a new Bar-Ilan University study has found.
Haredi News Website Censors Female Politician's Picture
To mark the ten years that have passed since the end of the rescue and recovery operation at the World Trade Center site, New York State Assemblywoman
Helene Weinstein joined Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker at an Assembly ceremony honoring
some of the thousands of New Yorkers who worked countless hours in often horrific conditions to try to rescue victims and then to recover their remains.
One of those organizations honored was Flatbush Hatzoloh. But a haredi news website chose to crop Weinstein out of a picture of the ceremony because she is a woman.
Beit Shemesh Supermarket Wants Secular Customers To Dress "Modestly" To Please Haredim
The new store displayed a sign at its entrance similar to those in stores in the Haredi neighborhoods. It read: “Osher Ad serves a diverse clientele.
Please help us respect all who come to the store, and when you enter, please come in modest dress. Thank you for your cooperation.”
Behind the sign, which was placed next to the security guards at the entrance to the store, was a stack of black shawl-like cloths, which the guards handed to immodestly dressed women.
Satmar Bicycle Ban
A Satmar school forbids students from riding bicycles, and tells parents that we warned you before, you didn't listen and allowed your child(ren)
to own and ride a bike, and this is your final warning before we expel your child(ren). And, the letter says, the
ban also includes riding a borrowed bike, so don't try to use borrowing a bike as an excuse.
Haredi Man Arrested For Spitting On, Assaulting Women
Chananya Rabinovitz was arrested yesterday for spitting on and harassing at least two women in separate incidents approximately six weeks ago.
Inside A Failed Haredi Marriage
A four letter word – W-O-R-K – and his wife's student loans destroy a yeshiva student's 'idyllic' marriage.
Married Through A Hole In The Sheet
The haredi demand for 'modesty' and gender segregation reaches an extreme new low.
court with an
why it does
that licenses for operating public transportation will only be issued to companies that do not engage in illegal gender segregation.
The ruling comes in the wake of Egged bus company's illegal gender segregation and its refusal to post
ads containing pictures of women – even "modestly" dressed women or little girls – on its buses.
the merit of
Do Not Walk On
Long Dusters [a form of a housecoat, I think]" were posted in New Square. Earlier this week, Spitzer was sentenced to
7 years in prison for an arson attack that almost killed New Square dissident Aron Rottenberg and the Rottenberg family.
Lynch of a 70-years old lady by the Modesty Police in Jerusalem
משמרות הצניעות חזרו לפעול? על-פי החשד אישה כבת 70 הותקפה שלשום בביתה בשכונת נחלאות בירושלים על-ידי קבוצת גברים שלדבריה היו לבושים כחרדים.
הסיבה לתקיפה, לטענתה, על רקע קנאות דתית וזאת לאחר שהאשימו אותה בקיום פעילות מיסיונרית בביתה. כל הפרטים (חדשות, בארץ)
Health is a
There is no actual Minister of Health. Litzman holds the Deuty title in order to avoid having to cast cabinet votes on certain issues
that are problematic for haredim. Yesterday, Litzman walked out of the country's first ever national conference for Children's Safety
and Health when a choir of elementary school girls were about to start singing. The conference was sponsored by the ministry he heads.
practiced by Gur Hasidim. For them, sexuality is the antithesis of sanctity, and must be resisted at all costs.
Y., a Gur Hasid, fainted during his
left the sect
stand its alienation of women. A. was sexually harassed as a youth by a religious supervisor. On breaking taboos - and silence.
chief rabbi of
who is also
the head of
his post today by the board of the Orthodox Jewish community, after he signed a document, the "Torah Declaration,"
describing homosexuality as an inclination which “can be modified and healed.”
Interview with Jonny Kremer in Tages Anzeiger (CH)
Die Zürcher Juden verurteilen die Frauenfeindlichkeit in Israel. Separate Trottoirs oder Busabteile zu fordern, sei lächerlich. Getrennte Schulklassen für Mädchen und Buben gibt es aber auch in Zürich.
degrading attitudes towards women, which we are seeing in certain extreme religious communities in Israel today, are a modern distortion of Judaism,” said Rabbi Julie Schonfeld.
ronically, treatment of women in certain extreme sectors of the community is far more denigrating to women today than even the attitudes of the late Middle Ages."
advocacy group, over the apparent exclusion of women speakers from the event,. Pua offers gynecological and fertility counseling
in adherence with Jewish law, or Halakah. It is a public group that regularly receives state funds.
and we have
about a woman
who was turned
down for a job
in the store
just because she wears a wig [instead of a fabric head covering called a tichel or a wig with a hat on top – the current haredi gold standards for properly covered hair]."
and a handful
at a Hanukkah
attended by a
not dozens or hundreds – denounced Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as a "dangerous homosexualist." Levin, who is the spokesperson
for the failing haredi Rabbinical Alliance of America/Iggud Harabbonim also urged the Mormon church to "sanction" Romney for
not being homophobic enough. Levin was Pat Buchanan's Jewish liaison when the hard right politician ran for president in the 1990s.
Video: Haredim ripping off advertisement from Egged buses against gender discrimination
צפו: חרדים תלשו כרזות הדרת נשים מאוטובוסים
קמפיין קדימה נתקל בהתנגדות מצד חרדים. הם פשטו על אוטובוסים שעצרו לרגע בתחנות - ותלשו שלטים. תראו
New Haredi demand in Jerusalem: no female cashiers in supermarket
הדרת קופאיות: חרדים מחרימים סופר שנשים עובדות בו
הדרת הנשים בירושלים עולה מדרגה: בשכונת בסנהדריה מחרימים את חנויות המזון של רשת "מעיין 2000", המעסיקה נשים כקופאיות. בחנות "זול ובגדול" בשכונה מועסקים רק גברים
trying to find
a way to
High Court of Justice repeatedly ruled that it is illegal, and after a series of incidents in which haredi men tried to force women
to move to the rear of a public bus. Now five millionaires who arrived in Israel in the past few days are planning to operate a private
transportation company in Jerusalem, Ashdod and Beit Shemesh starting next month after aprominent haredi rabbi asked them to.
handles all of
take ads from
Yerushalmim movement which is fighting to protect women's rights in the face of haredi violence and extremism. Why turn down the ads?
because the agency wants a large security deposit from Yerushalmim to cover the cost of haredi vandalism to the buses and the ads the agency
is sure will come. In other words, the agency wants the victim to pay the cost of the attacks against her. In 2008, Yerushalmim had to go
to court to force the agency to take its ads showing the face of it's city council candidate – who is a woman.
Ragen to move
to the back
seat of a bus.
A High Court
and a revolutionary ruling were apparently not enough to change the treatment of women.
High Court rulings are ignored by Israeli bus companies, and bus drivers and police favor males.
passenger on a
from Ashdod to
told by a
move to the
back of the
The man held the door of the bus open and would not allow it to move for approximately 30 minutes. Police came and asked
the woman to move to the back of the bus, even though the law says she does not have to. She refused.
visited a Mea
a small group of haredim, apparently members of the extremist Sicarii gang, stopped women from voting in the local Jerusalem elections.
The haredi men screamed at dozens of women who were trying to vote, demanding that the women leave the polling station immediately.
When the women did not obey those demands, the men pushed the women away.
Rabbi J.S. Eliashiv: one cannot force gender separation in public places or in Public Transportation buses
מרן הרב אלישיב: "לא ניתן לכפות הפרדה במרחב ציבוריהרב חיים כהן, נאמן ביתו של מרן הגרי"ש אלישיב: "הרב קובע שלא ניתן לכפות הפרדה בין נשים לגברים במרחב הציבורי". לגבי הפרדה באוטובוסים אמר:
פרטי, אבל אי
לעשות את זה.
אבל אי אפשר
A modern Orthodox women who refuses to shake a man's hand does not realize the embarrassment she causes to the other and the indignity she takes upon herself.
"They all came to me before registration to study from me, because I had the highest grades. All I wanted was to go to the best high school
with all my friends, but they humiliated me, rejected me, just because my skin is a little darker. Friends who got much lower grades were admitted
only because they're Ashkenazi, and I don't understand, why? I've been home alone for almost three months, wasting time."
Jewish "taliban" Woman introduce new headpiece
According to different testimonies, radical women have begun wearing cloth-covered pipe on their head to conceal their human figure
moved to the
soon it will
also be at the
will no longer sit together at events. The [religious] public is putting itself more and more in a substantially
separate place from the general Israeli public and the possibility of creating a society together."
Jerusalem Gets Pictures Of Women Back In Billboards And Bus Ads – As Long As They Don't Go Into Haredi Areas
Hatzolo Organization in Brooklyn refuses to accept female volunteers
ארגון הצלה חרדי מברוקלין מסרב לצרף נשים לשורותיו
חודש אחרי סערת ההפרדה המגדרית באוטובוס בשכונה, עורכת דין חרדית ביקשה לשלב מתנדבות בארגון "הצלה" ונענתה בשלילה: "הרבנים שלנו קבעו שיתנדבו רק גברים"
in public life, Rabbanit Adina Bar Shalom, the daughter of Shas' spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, lashed out,
saying haredi actions "violates Torah" and that "the haredi woman lives in a society where rabbis set the rules."
this week in the capital’s Geula neighborhood as part of a special operation by the Jerusalem Police.
of the extreme
that make up
against the so-called burka cult, the haredi women who wear burkas and veils to completely hide all of their bodies.
This hyper-modesty has previously been backed by several extreme haredi rabbis, including at least one senior Eidah Charedit leader.
women will be
elected to the
lawyer with many years of experience representing women in the rabbinical courts, Bat Sheva Shani, director of Yad L’isha, is the only
woman candidate. But she doesn’t have a chance because deals made by secular Bar Association leaders give haredim the power to decide who wins and who loses.
look at the
men and women
public places, by someone who grew up in an ultra-Orthodox home in Bnei Brak.
After Pressure From The Knesset And From The Israeli Public, Women's Voices Will Be Heard On Haredi Radio Station
women to call
in for one
the public battle against women's exclusion from its programs. Even though halakha, Jewish law, only bars women
from singing in certain situations where men can hear them, haredim nevertheless had banned women's spoken voices from the radio.
ראש העיר ירושלים קרא למפקד המחוז להילחם בתופעה כדי שהמפרסמים בעיר לא יחששו מוונדליזם של שלטי חוצות ואוטובוסים
bus ads asked
to replace the ads on buses in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak with ones showing men only
become rare in
the streets of
separate sidewalks, and buses and health clinics have been gender-segregated. The military has considered reassigning some
female combat soldiers because religious men don't want to serve with them. This is the new reality in parts of 21st-century
Israel, where ultra-Orthodox rabbis are trying to contain the encroachment of secular
values on their cloistered society through a fierce backlash against the mixing of the sexes in public.
the middle of the passenger sections to divide men and women. The buses are funded in part by government,
which means the segregation is illegal. But a Jewish newspaper's reporting leaves much to be desired.
A group that calls itself Yerushalmim ('Jerusalemites') and focuses on issues of pluralism is behind the initiative.
. ירושלים: סנדי בר בלי ראש ופוקס בלי בר רפאלי
ראשה של סנדי נותר מחוץ לשלטי הוניגמן בעיר ותמונות של בר הועלמו מחנות פוקס בשכונה מעורבת. החברות "מתחשבות באוכלוסייה החרדית" וחברת השילוט טוענת:
"אחרת ישרפו את השלטים". קבוצת פעילים לא מוכנה לשתוק יותר על הדרת נשים מפרסומות. למה שנקנה ברשת שמחביאה אותנו?
במודעות העידוד לחתימה על כרטיס תרומת איברים אדי בירושלים מצולמים גברים בלבד. הפער בין החתימה על הכרטיס, שמוכיחה שכולנו בני אדם, לבין העלמת הנשים, הוא בלתי-נתפס
Yiddish Sign Ordering Jewish Women To Step Aside For Men Still Posted On Public Property In Brooklyn
to the city by
B-110 bus line
segregated by gender. No signs forbidding such forced segregation were posted, and the bus driver
did not intercede to stop hasidic passengers from coercing a non-hasidic woman to move to the back of the bus.
wife of a
skirt that is
The photo appears in a Jewish publication and the Chabad blog COLLive pics up the related story and runs the picture – but only after cropping it to hide the rebbetzin's immodest dress.
idea of being
Children, teenagers and haredim have been pictured in this safety campaign – all of them males. The city built a lavish public sukkah in Safra Square;
the colorful, traditional holiday structure featured pictures of males only. Most private companies'
Jerusalem billboards are now women-free, as well. And all of this is because of haredi pressure and haredi threats of violence.
one evening a
few weeks ago,
to change a lightbulb: "So it takes him a month or two - a year or two. Never mind. Thank him with all your heart,
praise and exalt him," said Zigedon, going on to describe husbands as "childish and slow," but not malicious.
like this are
part of a
small group of
believe their faces and bodies – even if clothed in a normal long sleeved dress that covers the collarbone and the knees – cause men to sin.
They wear several layers of dark wool, loose fitting garments that cover the entire body except the hands and feet, a veil, and at least one complete covering for the head and neck.
Large billboards posted throughout capital's ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods this week forbade women during the celebration, despite court order.Despite the ruling of the High Court: again gender-segregated streets in Jerusalem
החרדים מתכוונים להקצין את ההפרדה שביצעו בשנה שעברה בשמחת בית השואבה. ארגוני זכויות אדם נערכים למאבק
Jewpiter, a kiruv (ultra-Orthodox
decided to give a model a more 'modest' dress – and significantly smaller breasts and buttocks.
City Councilman Rabbi Naftali Lubert, one of the prominent activists in recent years for making billboards more modest, is behind the new censorship.
It's not just
Satmar and the
Litvaks who do
this stuff. A
blog blurs out
the faces of
women at the
for a new museum at Babi Yar, the sight of a massacre of more than 30,000 Jews carried out by the Nazis and their Ukrainian collaborators in 1941.
While there is
figures on how
many people in
of sex workers
10,000 men each month visit one of the hundreds of discreet apartments or brothels throughout the country. Of those, Lauer said that roughly
25-35 percent are from the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community; 25-35% are Arab; 8- 10% are foreign workers and the rest are from the rest of Israeli society.
Israel Andalusian Orchestra will now offer concert featuring woman vocalist as a separate option only.