Tag: Orthodox Jews

Netanyahu: ‘Difficulties’ Delay Mixed-Gender Western Wall Prayers

TEL AVIV – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there were “difficulties” implementing the historic agreement that would allow egalitarian prayers to take place at the Western Wall, fueling condemnation from leaders of the Reform and Conservative denominations of Judaism. The statement comes less

Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Nobby’ To Israeli Comic: Boycotting Jews Is Fantastic

TEL AVIV – Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest alter-ego, Nobby, told Israeli comedian Guri Alfi that boycotting is “fantastic” as long as it’s against Jews. Alfi was interviewing “Nobby” at the London premiere of his new movie Grimsby. When asked if he knew any Hebrew, Nobby answered him in fluent Hebrew, “How much does three grams of cocaine cost?”

Israeli Military Braces For Battle Over Beards

Israel’s long-running struggle to balance modern standards with Jewish tradition has come to a head in the military, where new orders curtailing beards among soldiers have met protests from some rabbis. Many Orthodox Jewish men go unshaven, a religious observance

Israel Court Allows Transgender Woman’s Cremation

JERUSALEM — The body of an Israeli transgender woman who committed suicide will be cremated despite her ultra-Orthodox family’s wishes, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled in documents obtained today. Before she killed herself earlier this month, May Peleg wrote in her