Are high tech jobs a way to lift ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel out of poverty?
The Israeli government says that Haredi parents and schools — rather than the government itself — are to blame for denying secular education to ultra-Orthodox youth in Israel.
Most schools forbid the use of cellphones by students during class, but in the Hasidic Jewish village of Kiryas Joel, New York, it’s the parents who are being required to power down.
Beauty queen Doron Matalon was called a ‘prostitute’ when she refused to move to the back of a Jerusalem bus. She talks to the Forward about her fight against sexual harassment in Israel.
In the ultra-Orthodox world, sex is rarely discussed and young people get no education about their own bodies. Margaux Chetrit says this can lead to improper expressions of sexuality.
Israel’s cabinet approved a draft law on Sunday to abolish wholesale exemptions from military duty granted to Jewish seminary students, stoking ultra-Orthodox anger over the break with tradition.
Israel’s new government says it has a plan to draft ultra-Orthodox men into the army. But any change won’t happen soon — if ever.
A fascinating speech that Yair Lapid delivered last year has emerged. It offers a glimpse into his views on religion and secularity in Israel, and specifically on the role the Haredim play and will continue to play in Israeli society.
Most secular Israelis want the ultra-Orthodox to serve in the army. But drafting them into the ranks could have unintended negative consequences for female soldiers.