The Shalva group, which includes members who are blind and have Down syndrome, says the European Broadcasting Union discriminate against Orthodox Jews after denying their request for scheduling changes and staging compulsory rehearsals on the Jewish Sabbath.
By the Associated Press
An Israeli band that includes musicians with special needs has dropped out of the Eurovision Song Contest because it would force some of its observant members to perform on a Saturday, the Jewish day of rest.
The Shalva group said Wednesday it’s quitting Israel’s qualifying competition after the Eurovision organizers said it would make no exceptions for the Jewish state’s ultimate winner. Continue Reading »
After posted on YouTube as a “Victory Dance”… “celebrating the mass murder of Arab men, women, & children. The mass rape & torture of young women & children,” it aroused anger on Jordanian social media & in the their parliament.
A group of Israeli Hassidim are being accused of carrying out a “ritual Talmudic dance” on Tuesday morning while waiting to board their plane in Queen Alia International Airport in Amman.
What was in fact a traditional Jewish circle dance, accompanied by guitar music and Hebrew singing, has morphed into a social media controversy in Jordan, and was considered so offensive to Jordanians that it had to be denounced in the Jordanian parliament. Continue Reading »
The video clip, ’10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Jew’ illustrates how comedian Scott Rogowsky was constantly being urged to daven, to ‘do a mitzvah’ and even to sniff an etrog!
Like many viral videos before it, the clip “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman” has spawned numerous parodies, including “10 Hours of Walking in Bangalore as a Techie,” “10 Hours of Walking in Berlin as a Man,” “10 Hours of Walking in World of Warcraft” – and now “”10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Jew.”
A still from “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Jew.” – Photo -YouTube Screenshot
Created by Scott Rogowsky, who hosts the live comedy show “Running Late,” the clip shows Rogowsky walking the streets of New York being harassed by Orthodox Jews. Continue Reading »
Rabbi Mendel Epstein from New York writes how he’s disturbed by the outrageous number of women who suffer from the “system” of divorce in the Orthodox community.
The 5 Towns Jewish Times wrote an article last week on the “proliferation of divorces” in the Jewish Orthodox community and on the current system that fails to protect women struggling to “navigate their way through difficult or bad marriages.”
The newspaper interviewed Rabbi Mendel Epstein of Brooklyn, New York, leader of a Jewish community, an experienced judge, and “to’ein”, the Hebrew term meaning “advocate” who represents on behalf of someone in front of a Rabbinical court of law. Continue Reading »
Plan by Natan Sharansky would mark dramatic step toward pluralism at Judaism’s holy site.
Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, will present a plan today to expand the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem to include a new section for egalitarian prayer to American Jewish religious leaders, the Forward has learned.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men participate in a blessing during the holiday of Sukkot, in front of the Western Wall. – Photo: AP
If implemented, the proposal, a product of months of deliberation, would mark a dramatic acknowledgement by the state of Israel that prayer at the Wall — regarded as Judaism’s holiest site and a modern-day symbol of national sovereignty — should include non-Orthodox practice in which men and women pray together. Continue Reading »
Fighter Yuri Foreman credits fellow Jews for reviving his passion for the ring after demoralizing loss.
Yuri Foreman, the Orthodox rabbi-in-training and former boxing champ, is on the comeback trail ? and he thanks his fellow Jews for giving him the inspiration to make it happen.
The one-time WBA world light middleweight champion returns to the ring in a non-title bout against Brandon Baue in New York on Wednesday, January 23. It will be Foreman’s first fight in New York since his devastating loss to Miguel Cotto at Yankee Stadium in June 2010.
“Jewish people are happy that I am coming back, they had been waiting, so it’s kind of inspiring, because it’s not just me,” he said. Continue Reading »
El Al statement: “Flight attendants are at the service of passengers.”
A Florida woman reportedly is suing El Al for gender discrimination after she was forced to change seats to accommodate an ultra-Orthodox man.
Debra Ryder charged that a flight steward moved her to a seat in the back without her prior consent, Israeli media reported. The ultra-Orthodox man had refused to sit next to her and then moved into her aisle seat.
El Al plane – Photo by Nir Keidar
Ryder reportedly filed a lawsuit on Aug. 9 seeking some $12,500 in compensation, including for distress. She had obtained an aisle seat for medical reasons, she told Army Radio. Continue Reading »
Obama told a White House meeting with leaders of Orthodox community that the window of opportunity for peace with the Palestinians might have already closed, but expressed hope that progress is possible.
U.S. President Barack Obama told a delegation of the U.S. Orthodox Jewish community at the White House on Tuesday that his administration is decidedly more attentive to Israel than it is to the Palestinians.
Obama was speaking at a meeting between White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew and leaders of the Orthodox Jewish community, including Dr. Simcha Katz, Rabbi Steven Burg and Nathan Diament of the Orthodox Union. Continue Reading »