17 years an agunah & counting: This must prompt change

17 years an agunah & counting: This must prompt change

Zvia Gordetsky has waited 17 years to be free of the man who prefers jail to granting her a divorce. Her case is unusual because unlike what happens too often, the religious courts did nearly everything they “should” do, and […]

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Haredi extremism: Alive and growing

Haredi extremism: Alive and growing

But most shocking of all that Rabbi Shafran writes is the question he asks rhetorically. “Are religious Zionists to be expected to condemn every outrage committed by a “hilltop youth?” YES, Rabbi Shafran. YES they are! That is what it […]

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How ‘Moderate’ Ultra-Orthodox Aid And Abet Extremism In Israel

How ‘Moderate’ Ultra-Orthodox Aid And Abet Extremism In Israel

What was once called “extremism” is the new normal. It is not, as Shafran writes, a phenomenon of a small group of “outliers” who throw things or call people names, while the majority “fully embrace all Jews, including those estranged […]

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Replacing the Torah with Chaos: The Chief Rabbi seeks to undo a divorce

Replacing the Torah with Chaos: The Chief Rabbi seeks to undo a divorce

Calling into question a divorce that has long been in effect has serious, and potentially devastating, ramifications for real people. Beyond the fate of this one woman. Rabbi Yosef’s actions are dangerous in the extreme for halachic Judaism as a […]

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A Revolution in the Haredi Community

A Revolution in the Haredi Community

A 48-year-old woman goes to see a breast surgeon. She has four lumps in her breasts, a large ulcerated mass and cancer that has spread to her lymph nodes. She says she had not come in earlier because it didn’t […]

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Dying of Modesty

Dying of Modesty

Haredi women are dying of modesty and living in a ghetto of silence. The death rate among Israeli Haredi women from breast cancer is 30% higher than in the general population. This, despite the fact that the rate of haredi women […]

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