Topic / Judaism

Montreal police issue arrest warrant for hate preacher

Months after a Jewish group in Canada demanded police action against Muslim hate preacher, Sheikh Muhammad ibn Musa Al Nasr, above, it was reported at the weekend that the Montreal police’s hate crimes unit has finally taken action. In March, B’nai Brith told the police that, in a speech delivered on December 23, 2016 at […]

Man sacked over Sabbath working rule wins damages

Richard Zilberg, 54, a Jewish hairdresser in Montreal, has been awarded $12,500 in damages following his sacking in 2012 for working on Saturdays. Zilberg was hired at the Spa Orazen salon in October 2011 and worked six days a week, including Saturday, the busiest day of the week. But salon owner Iris Gressy, who is […]

Rabbi among those arrested in NJ benefits fraud investigation

Rabbi Zalmen Sorotzkin, 39, who runs the Congregation Lutzk synagogue in Lakewood, New Jersey, was caught up today (Monday) in a series of raids by federal and state authorities investigating welfare fraud. His wife and three other couples were arrested. According to this report, federal prosecutors said the arrests stemmed from a massive joint investigation […]

Poles apart: religion and the real world

When I was growing up in a religious Polish family I found myself really close to the church. I spend years helping with all all the ceremonies, and watching people who were attending them. I could not speak against the religion as this would have been unacceptable, but what I could do was simply observe […]

Israel accused of ‘cowardice’ over mixed gender prayer area

Anat Hoffman, chair of the Women of the Wall group, has lashed out at the the Israeli government’s decision to freeze a plan to open a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem’s Western Wall. Hoffman, pictured above with two paratrooper veterans, called the government decision an “outrage.” I think it shows cowardice. For two years we […]

Victory for woman who sued El Al over gender segregation

Last April we carried a piece about Renee Rabinowitz, above, who launched a lawsuit against Israel’s national carrier after she was told to move from her seat because an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man did not want to sit next to her on a flight from Newark to Tel Aviv in 2015. Well, the good news is […]

Rabbi in hot water over views on feminism & homosexuality

Rabbi Joseph Dweck, above, senior rabbi of the Sephardi community in the UK, has stepped aside from the day-to-day activities of the Beth Din, or religious court, in an attempt to defuse the row that erupted after he gave a lecture in which he said: The entire revolution of feminism and even homosexuality in our […]

The Trump Effect: religious fervour engulfs armed forces

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), headed by Michael ‘Mikey’ Weinstein, above, is alleging that Donald Trump’s presidency has led to such a steep rise in fundamentalist Christian evangelising and religious bigotry in the US armed forces that the matter is reaching the level of a ‘national security threat’. According to this Newsweek report, the […]

Dagbladet’s anti-circumcision cartoon attacked by rabbi

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, President of the Conference of European Rabbis, has called on Norwegian authorities to take action against Dagbladet, a Norwegian paper that published an anti-circumcision cartoon earlier this week. According to this report, he described the cartoon, which equates Jewish and Muslim supporters of non-medical circumcision with paedophiles, as “hate speech”. The cartoon […]

So, which religion is right?

Eighty-four percent of the world’s population (5.8 billion out of 6.9 billion in 2010) are affiliated to one religion in some form. Seventy-seven percent identify themselves as a member of one of the five widely recognised world religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. With over 4,300 religions spanning the Earth, how can people be […]