Women of Wall Slip Torah Scroll Into Western Wall Bat Mitzvah

By Alona Ferber

Defying regulations by Western Wall rabbinic authorities, members of Women of the Wall smuggled a tiny Torah scroll into the women’s section of the Kotel.Read More

How a Stunned Synagogue Faces Up to Sins of Rabbi Barry Freundel

By Nathan Guttman

How should a Modern Orthodox congregation react when its rabbi is accused of abusing converts? In the case of Barry Freundel, Kesher Israel didn’t hesitate.Read More

Anti-Abuse Activist Joey Diangello Dies of Overdose, But His Legacy Lives On

By Hody Nemes

A former Satmar Hasid and self-described survivor of child sex abuse died last week of a drug overdose. But his work to expose abuse in the Orthodox world lives on.Read More

Dueling Narratives Emerge On Palestinian Internment Camps

By Nathan Guttman

New documents reveal a little-known chapter of Israeli history: Palestinian internment. Israelis say they were legal POWs. Palestinians claim something far worse.Read More

Rabbis Barry Freundel and Leib Tropper Ensnared in Scandals Tied to Conversions

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Disgraced Rabbi Barry Freundel is accused of grave violations of rules regarding conversions. Why didn’t rabbinical authorities impose better oversight after a previous scandal?Read More

Stav Shaffir, Ex-Protest Leader, Keeps Eye on the Shekels

By Ben Sales

Stav Shaffir has made fiscal transparency her crusade in the Knesset. The former protest leader has earned a level-headed reputation for shaking up the way the government does business.Read More

Yeshiva U. Reports First Sexual Assault On Campus in 12 Years — But Says Little Else

By Paul Berger

For the first time in 12 years, Yeshiva University has reported a sexual assault on campus. The school won’t offer details — or explain why its public tally of assaults is so low.Read More

Christian Evangelicals Push Aliyah — and Jews Are Concerned

By Nathan Guttman

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews will soon launch its own program to help Jews immigrate to Israel. Some think that’s a bad mix.Read More

4 Midterm Congressional Races for Jews to Watch

By Ron Kampeas and Anthony Weiss

With midterm elections just around the corner, four Congressional races —  from L.A. to Long Island and Chicagoland — have intriguing Jewish storylines.Read More

How Do You Celebrate Simchat Torah When Your Rabbi Has Been Arrested?

By Nathan Guttman

Rabbi Freundel’s arrest on voyeurism charges did not stop the congregants at Kesher Israel from celebrating Simchat Torah with a determinedly joyous lay-led service.Read More

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