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French Jews protest against visit by ‘divisive’ Israeli rabbi

Approximately 40 Jewish protesters, some of them affiliated with liberal congregations, showed up at a rally last week outside the Buffault synagogue in Paris ahead of the arrival there of Shlomo Amar, above, an Orthodox chief rabbi from Jerusalem. The protesters, according to this report, displayed signs accusing Amar of being mysogynistic and homophobic. Amar […]

Jewish and gay: Texas disaster volunteer ‘sacked’ by church

Carmen Hix, pictured above left with her partner Christia Fiddmont-Norfleet, got the bum’s rush from a Texas church at which she was volunteering after it was discovered that she was Jewish – and a lesbian. According to this report, after seeing the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in her area, Hix – a 64-year-old Navy […]

Orthodox Israeli MP resigns amidst gay wedding uproar

After a bunch of furious rabbis slammed him for attending a relative’s gay wedding, haredi Knesset MP Yigal Guetta, above, a Sephardic Orthodox Shas party member, resigned yesterday. Last week, according to this report, Guetta told Israel’s Army Radio that he had gone to the same-sex wedding of his sister’s son. His revelation caused a […]

Rabbis must learn to be more tolerant of LGBT communities

Following the near sacking this summer of gay-friendly Rabbi Joseph Dweck, above, British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis this week called on a meeting of more than 100 Orthodox rabbis to be more inclusive toward the LGBT+ community. According to this report, on Tuesday – at his annual pre-High Holidays conference for the rabbinate – Mirvis also […]

Jewish woman, ‘poisoned’ by bacon, sues Detroit restaurant

An omelet served to Angela Montgomery was supposed to be vegetarian. But when the 30-year-old Jewish woman from Michigan discovered it contained bacon, all hell broke loose. “I’ve been poisoned,” she howled, and filed a lawsuit against a branch of Denny’s. The lawsuit says Montgomery: Is a practicing Jew whose religion forbids the eating of […]

Signs of godliness

Christians, as a rule, don’t wear ridiculous garb. They leave that to their poncy spiritual leaders. But devout Jesus junkies identify themselves by having a certain madness stamped on their features, a swivel-eyed, purse-lipped craziness that suggest someone’s poured treacle into a precision cyborg. I offer as an example the montage, above, of Stephen Green, […]

Misogyny and homophobia on the rise among French Jews

Last month we reported on the launch of a liberal mosque in Germany that drew fire from Islamists because it allowed men and women to interact and was welcoming to gays. Well, today we learn some Jews in Marseille have taken to aping Muslim zealots by targeting the Edmond Fleg Centre, run by Martine Yana, […]

Switching electricity suppliers to get ‘kosher’ Sabbath power

About 12 years ago I read a Telegraph report about an ultra-Orthodox Jewish electrician and father of 15 who was only ‘partially happy’ with a proposed £6-million scheme to provide ‘kosher’ electricity to religious neighbourhood in Israel. The scheme would involve non-Jews working for the electricity company on the Sabbath. Arieh Moshkovitz, from Mea Shearim, […]

Connecticut rabbi, 77, arrested on sexual assault charges

A prominent Connecticut rabbi and hard-line morality campaigner, Rabbi Daniel Greer, has been charged with sexually assaulting of a minor – two months after he was ordered to pay $20 million in damages relating to the abuse. Greer, the founding rabbi of two Jewish schools in New Haven, turned himself in to police Wednesday morning and […]

Jewish journalist demoted over Chicago Dyke March coverage

Last month an LGBT publication, the Windy City Times, carried a report by Gretchen Rachel Hammond, above, that three Jewish women were ‘ejected’ from Chicago’s Dyke March because they had annoyed pro-Palestinians and others with their ‘Zionist’ chants and rainbow flags bearing the Star of David. The march organisers were livid over the report, and […]