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‘British values’ proving ‘hostile’ to Orthodox Jews in the UK

Orthodox Jews in north London gathered en masse on Tuesday of this week to protest over what they see as a concerted attack by “secularist forces” on Talmud-based education. According to this report, a huge show of force by around 7,000 was prompted by education authorities insisting that Jewish faith schools must provide an education […]

Panic over for US Jews with non-kosher mortgages

Orthodox Jews who had taken out mortgages with Quicken Loans, which claims to be America’s largest mortgage lender, were dismayed to learn that their arrangements with the Detroit-based company were in breach of Jewish law. Agudath Israel of America, a major haredi Orthodox organisation, issued a legal ruling in April prohibiting Jews from taking out […]

Prayers for man who damaged a ‘magic schlepping circle’

Following an appearance in court yesterday of Yerachmiel E Taube, inset, on charges related to the repeated vandalism of an eruv in Sharon, Massachusetts, Rabbi Noah Cheses said after the arraignment that he hopes that Taube – who once attended temple at Young Israel of Sharon – gets the help he needs.  According to this […]

Vandal destroys ‘critical piece of Jewish infrastructure’

Yerachmiel E Taube, 28, of Sharon, Massachusetts, is due in court today (Monday) following his arrest at the weekend for destroying what local police have called ‘a critical piece of Jewish infrastructure’  – an eruv. An eruv is an artificial boundary usually made up of poles and string that, according to Jewish law, allows Jews […]

Religion will play no part in Philip Roth’s funeral tomorrow

The prolific Jewish-American author, who died on Tuesday at the age of 85, will be buried in New York tomorrow (Monday) without a hint of religious flim-flam. According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Roth’s biographer, Blake Bailey, said the Pulitzer Prize winner “expressly forbade” any religious rituals from being part of his funeral. “There was […]

Who invited these imbeciles to the US’s Jerusalem embassy?

The Trump administration claims that it hasn’t a clue how two Christian supremacist preachers, Robert Jeffress, left, and John Hagee, became involved in the US’s new embassy in Jerusalem. In the wake of the bloodshed sparked by the opening – at more than 60 Palestinian protesters died when Israeli security forces opened fire on them […]

Fashion magazine GQ disses Bible, annoys Catholic writer

Last month GQ took a swipe at some of the world’s best known books, saying that ‘some are racist and some are sexist, but most are just really, really boring’. On the list of “21 books you don’t have to read” were such classics as The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger and […]

No rabbi, you do not promote learning by pandering to idiots

Rabbi Dr Natan Slifkin, above, founder and director of The Biblical Museum of Natural History in Beit Shemesh, tells the story of a ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who entered his museum. I recall seeing one visitor, an adult, standing in front of our lion exhibit, marveling at it. “It’s amazing!” he said to me. “Yes, it […]

Muslims condemn French call to rid the Koran of its nasty bits

The head of the Great Mosque of Bordeaux, Tareq Obrou, above, is one of a number of Muslim leaders who have expressed outrage over an  ‘almost blasphemous’ letter signed by by 300 public figures who want ‘hateful’ verses in the Koran struck out. According to this report, the letter, titled Manifesto against the new anti-Semitism, has […]

Jewish children injured in ritual burning of ‘evil’ smartphones

After a number of smartphones were thrown onto a Lag B’Omer bonfire in London’s Stamform Hill, home to a huge community of ultra-Orthodox Jews, a massive explosion occurred, injuring as many as 30 people, mostly children. The explosion, according to this report, occurred around 10 pm on Wednesday night near the Biala Shul in Stamford […]