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Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman gives a press conference at the Knesset in Jerusalem, April 6, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israeli finance minister cancels childcare subsidies for non-working yeshivah students

Starting on Sept. 1, unemployed yeshivah students will no longer be eligible for daycare-center subsidies for their children, Israeli Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced on Wednesday. “The current mechanism harms parents who work and prioritizes those who...
Women gather in Jerusalem under the auspices of an all-volunteer organization called Imahot L’Maan Imahot (“Mothers Supporting Mothers”), June 9, 2021. Credit: Courtesy

‘Day of Unity’ offers comfort, outreach for women who lost relatives on Lag B’Omer

Dozens of women whose husbands, sons, brothers or fathers lost their lives in the crush on an overcrowded ramp at Mount Meron on Lag B’Omer joined together in Jerusalem last week in an emotional...
A participant in the Jerusalem College of Technology LevTech Entrepreneurship Center’s fourth annual women’s hackathon, May 2021. Credit: Jerusalem College of Technology.

Women’s hackathon students develop image-processing technology to improve lives

Nearly 25 percent of senior citizens in Israel live alone, causing a potentially fatal situation when one of them falls and needs immediate assistance. To help solve this problem, a group of religious women taking part...
Israelis comfort one another in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square following the Lag B'Omer stampede in Meron that resulted in the deaths of 45 Jewish worshippers, May 2, 2021. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Can a disaster breed Jewish unity or widen the communal breach?

There is nothing positive to be gleaned from an event that led to the deaths of 45 Jews and injuring of 150 others. The wake of a fatal stampede in the early hours of...
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men walk through Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on Oct. 30, 2020. Photo by Sliman Khader/Flash90.

Report: Christian missionaries infiltrate haredi enclave in Jerusalem

The haredi community of Jerusalem’s French Hill neighborhood was rocked by scandal on Sunday after it was revealed that a prominent local haredi family were actually Christian missionaries. According to haredi news site Behadrei Hadarim, the family used forged documents to immigrate...
The Military Rabbinate Choir sings a capella at a memorial service honoring fallen Israel Defense Forces soldiers and those from the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) units on Yom Hazikaron, April 13, 2021. Credit: Netzach Yehuda Association.

Memorial Day ceremony honors fallen Israeli soldiers from ‘haredi’ units

A memorial service in honor of fallen Israel Defense Forces soldiers and those from the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) units, adapted for the religious community, was held at Jerusalem’s Shalva Hall on Tuesday night and broadcast online to...
The Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem on May 4, 2020. Photo by Oren Ben Hakoon/POOL.

Religious pluralism won’t be achieved in the courts

Reactions to this week’s Israeli Supreme Court ruling about recognizing the validity of conversions to Judaism by non-Orthodox denominations are all out of proportion to its actual significance in terms of the number of those affected...
Israeli Supreme Court president Esther Hayut and Supreme Court justices arrive to petition against the Jewish Nation-State Law at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem on Dec. 22, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Landmark decision recognizing non-Orthodox conversions performed in Israel sparks fierce debate

Israel’s Supreme Court handed down a bombshell decision on Monday recognizing Reform and Conservative conversions for those seeking to obtain citizenship. The result has caused an uproar in Israel and within the Jewish Diaspora, with some saying it...
Haredi Jews attend the funeral of the late Rabbi Meshulam Dovid Soloveitchik on Jan. 31, 2021, in Jerusalem. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Large haredi funeral processions in Jerusalem hit raw nerve after recent violent clashes

Thousands of people packed the streets Sunday in Jerusalem to participate in the funeral processions of two prominent haredi rabbis, both of whom passed away due to complications from COVID-19. The large processions—the first on Sunday afternoon...
Yehuda Meshi Zahav, chairman of Israel's ZAKA rescue unit outside sitting shivah for his mother in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, Jan. 19, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Yehuda Meshi Zahav’s crucial COVID message to fellow haredim

The triple tragedy that struck the family of one of Israel’s most righteous Jews in the course of a single month is garnering nationwide attention and sympathy. That COVID-19 caused the deaths of Yehuda...