(AP) — While the country's Jewish majority is largely secular, parties representing the ultra-Orthodox minority have traditionally wielded considerable political power.
JERUSALEM (RNS) — An Israeli city wanted to ban men and women from sitting together at a publicly funded concert aimed at an ultra-Orthodox audience. Women's advocates said the concert violated anti-discrimination laws. Israel's high court agreed, but the ruling came too late to stop the concert.
JERUSALEM (RNS) — Jerusalem's parade draws thousands of LGBTQ Israelis and their allies, to an event guarded by thousands of police. Unlike in Tel Aviv, known as one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in the world, Jerusalem's residents aren't always welcoming. Its pride parade has sparked controversy and, in at least one case, violence, in the past.
(The Conversation) — As Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jews become more numerous, and powerful, many politicians are capitalizing on anti-religious sentiment among secular Jews, including calling on Haredim to submit to the draft.
JERUSALEM (RNS) — A concerned Jewish healthcare worker has composed a prayer to be said before vaccinations are given. She hopes the prayer, which has been posted in some well-baby clinics, will help ease the minds of parents whose children are being vaccinated.
JERUSALEM (RNS) — Besides its effect on the everyday lives of Jewish Israelis, the influence of haredi parties promises to exacerbate tensions between the Israeli government and non-Orthodox Diaspora Jews.
Vaccinating children is a commandment. Taking care of health is a commandment. How much louder do you need to say this?
When did it become OK to generalize about the Jews?
JERUSALEM (RNS) — A fight over nightclub closures on the sabbath represents a larger tug-of-war over whose values will prevail — the ultra-Orthodox Jews' or those of their more mainstream Jewish neighbors.
JERUSALEM (RNS) — In Israel, several prominent rabbis have signed a document that reads, "Whoever isn't vaccinated is a murderer."
JERUSALEM (RNS) — After a lawsuit was filed, the station began permitting women to speak during limited hours, "and only on stereotypically female topics like recipes or education,” said an activist.
JERUSALEM (RNS) — A funny thing happened on the way to Jerusalem this past Shabbat.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Facial hair is trendy worldwide these days, but in Jerusalem beards have never gone out of style, projecting religious mysticism, nationalism and ideals of masculinity.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court struck down a 2015 law that granted exemptions from military service to ultra-Orthodox men, in a move that could reignite long-standing tensions between Israel's politically powerful ultra-Orthodox community and the secular Jewish majority.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The list includes 160 rabbis from 24 countries and includes a number of prominent Orthodox rabbis in North America.
- Page 1 of 2