Tag Archive for religious rights

NYT Reports Religious Jewish Woman Sues El AL Over Gender Discrimination


81yr-old Jerusalemite, Renee Rabinowitz sues El Al after airline changed her seating, claiming an ultra-Orthodox man refused to ‘sit next to a woman’, behavior that ‘systematically harms a woman’s dignity.’

By Itay Blumenthal


An 81-year-old woman from Jerusalem may set a legal precedent regarding religiously-motivated gender segregation in Israel’s public spaces. A lawsuit filed by Renee Rabinowitz against national airline El Al, first reported in the New York Times on Friday, centers on the airline’s decision to ask her to move seats because an ultra-Orthodox man refused to sit next to a woman.

“This issue is very important to me, and that’s why it was important for what happened to me to be published,” Rabinowitz told Ynet. Continue Reading »

Muslim Cleric Advocates for Jews to Pray on Judaism’s Temple Mount

Jordanian Sheikh Yassin Al-‘Ajlouni acknowledges Judaism’s historical & spiritual  connection to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount & wants Muslims to establish a Jewish place of worship.

By Israel Today Staff


A prominent Jordanian Muslim cleric last week said that Jews should be permitted to pray atop Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, which is Judaism’s holiest site. Though the holy site is currently under Israeli sovereignty, Jews and Christians are strictly prohibited from even mouthing silent prayers while visiting.

Jordanian Salafi Cleric Sheik Yassin Al-'Ajlouni - MEMRI screenshot

Jordanian Salafi Cleric Sheik Yassin Al-‘Ajlouni – MEMRI screenshot

Like most Jews and many Christians, Sheikh Yassin Al-’Ajlouni ascertained that control of the Temple Mount is “the most important issue of our times,” but said he saw no problem in permitting Jews to pray there.

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Jerusalem District Court has ruled against gender segregation at funerals

The Jerusalem District Court has ruled that unless deceased’s family specifically requests segregation, Chevra Kadisha burial society can no longer place signs separating between men & women at cemeteries.

By Kobi Nachshoni


The Chevra Kadisha burial society will not be able to place signs separating between men and women in cemeteries, unless the deceased’s family specifically asks for it, the Jerusalem District Court has ruled.

Sign reads, ‘Men to the right, women to the left’ (archives)

The outline suggested by the court has been accepted by both Chevra Kadisha and groups opposing gender segregation. The parties are now waiting for Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to confirm that the proposal does not fall under the category of forbidden exclusion of women in the public domain. Continue Reading »

Israel Police Open Temple Mount for Limited Worship on Friday

Israel’s PM Netanyahu urges restraint following an assassination attempt by an Islamic terrorist on Yehuda Glick, a  right wing Jewish activist.

By i24news



The Temple Mount will be open Friday to Muslim men over the age of 50 and to women of all ages, the Israeli police announced Thursday evening after on Wednesday it decided to close the compound until further notice amid the recent escalation in violence in east Jerusalem and Wednesday night’s attempted assassination on a Jewish right wing activist.

Ahmad Gharabli (AFP/File)

“Israeli soldiers walk in front of the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, in Jerusalem’s old city on October 19, 2014” – Photo: Ahmad Gharabli /AFP/File

“It was decided to restore [the compound] to normal… effective immediately,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP. Continue Reading »

Hidden Deal with Pope May Prevent Jews From Praying at David’s Tomb

Exclusive: Knesset Interior Committee meeting exposes secret arrangement with Christians that ‘soon no Jews at David’s Tomb.’

By Benny Toker, Ari Yashar


In a Knesset Interior Committee meeting on Monday chaired by MK Miri Regev (Likud), it was revealed that Christians received permission to hold fixed prayers in the David’s Tomb Compound, in a breach of the status quo that threatens Jewish prayer rights.

Rabbi Simcha Hacohen Kook, chief rabbi of Rehovot and rabbi of the Hurva Synagogue in Jerusalem’s Old City, took part in the Committee meeting and told Arutz Sheva about the serious implications of what was revealed. Continue Reading »

Israeli Minister vows, ‘Jews Will Pray on Temple Mount’

Christian pastor who was ordered off the Temple Mount by Muslims after speaking to a Jew addresses Jewish group seeking rights in freedom of religion.

By Ryan Jones


Israel’s deputy minister of religious affairs, Eli Ben-Dahan (Jewish Home), reiterated in a video posted to YouTube this week that the Israeli government is working on new regulations that would finally permit Jews to pray at Judaism’s holiest site, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

American Christian pastor Keith Johnson - YouTube screenshot

American Christian pastor Keith Johnson – YouTube screenshot

“I believe and expect that the prime minister and his government will adopt these regulations …and allow any Jew who wants to ascend the Temple Mount and pray there to do so,” Ben-Dahan said in a video address to an emergency conference organized by the Liba Project for Jewish Freedom at the Temple Mount. Continue Reading »

Rabbis’ orders won’t prevent religious girls from serving in IDF


IDF female inductees continue to rise as the number of female soldiers in 2013 almost doubled that of 2010, as IDF continues to order more & more military skirts.

By Yossi Yehoshua

The IDF‘s top adjutants said they aren’t interested in fighting with rabbis, but they will do everything else they can to keep raising the growing number of religious girls enlisting in the army.

Photo: "Army identity number 38166, Major General Ariel Sharon, warrior, commander and general, in the name of generations of soldiers past, present and future, I salute you. May your memory be blessed.”- IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz

Female soldiers flank Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz at past Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s funeral.

“If they close the door on us, we know how to get in through the window,” an official in the Manpower Directorate said Tuesday. Continue Reading »

Police arrest 13 Jews for praying on Temple Mount


The worshipers violated court approved police directive barring Jewish worshipers from prayer on the Temple Mount plaza, for fear it may cause riots.

After a short interrogation the police released the men.

By Efrat Forsher and Israel Hayom Staff

Thirteen Jewish worshipers were arrested on Monday in the Temple Mount plaza, after the police said they were holding a prayer service on the premises in breach of security forces’ directives.

Police on the Temple Mount [Illustrative] – Photo: AP

According to the police, some in the group sang songs, danced and waved Israeli flags, while others bowed and prayed, in violation of a police directive that bars Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. Continue Reading »

Female IDF soldier recites blessings over Torah in IDF synagogue


For the 1st time on a Simchat Torah holiday in an IDF synagogue, a Female soldier was called to recite blessings over Torah portion.

Will this be the beginning of a new tradition in the IDF?

By Yehuda Shlezinger


A religiously observant female soldier was called to the Torah last week during Simchat Torah services, setting a precedent for the IDF. The soldier received what is known as an aliyah to the Torah, during which she recited a blessing over a Torah portion — a custom that is typically reserved for men in mainstream Orthodox synagogues. The incident sparked a firestorm on a base where many Orthodox soldiers were serving.

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Quebec to ban Jewish men wearing kippa in public



According to the new Charter of Quebec Values, skullcaps (kippa or yarmulke), religious jewelery,  & religious garments will be prohibited throughout public sector.

Canadian Jewish community outraged, where many compare initiative to Putin’s homophobic legislation.

By Tali Farkash

If you are a Jewish doctor in the Canadian health care system in Quebec, you may soon be forbidden to wear a skullcap. As part of the Charter of Quebec Values that is being developed these days in the Canadian province, employees of the public service will not be allowed to put on or wear religious symbols or garments.

Ban to apply to hospitals, government offices, schools and even toddler daycare centers (archives) - Photo: AP

Ban to apply to hospitals, government offices, schools and even toddler daycare centers (archives) – Photo: AP

These include wearing a Star of David or a cross, or putting on a yarmulke, burqa or Sihk turban – or any external religious garment or adornment, Canadian media reported. Continue Reading »