Why Some Orthodox Jewish Women Won’t Get Vaccinated

Unsubstantiated rumors about the coronavirus vaccine and fertility have dissuaded some young women in New York’s Orthodox Jewish communities from getting the vaccine.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crown-heights-brooklyn-ny, #orthodox-judaism, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #vaccination-and-immunization, #women-and-girls

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I Shouldn’t Have to Choose Between My Judaism and My Queerness

My university discriminated against me for being queer. This is why I didn’t leave.

#colleges-and-universities, #discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #new-york-city, #orthodox-judaism, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #torah, #yeshiva-university

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Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Excluded From Coalition, Face Loss of Power

A new coalition that aims to remove Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from office could also usher in a more liberal civil rights agenda.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #orthodox-judaism, #politics-and-government, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

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How Andrew Yang Won Over Orthodox Brooklyn

A slew of influential ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders endorsed Mr. Yang, motivated by one overriding issue: “Yeshivas, yeshivas, yeshivas.”

#borough-park-brooklyn-ny, #education-k-12, #elections-mayors, #endorsements, #new-york-city, #orthodox-judaism, #primaries-and-caucuses, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #yang-andrew-1975

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Recriminations Grow in Israel After Stampede at Mount Meron

The deaths of 45 pilgrims at a Jewish holy site prompted a wave of national unity, but there were also growing calls for accountability.

#israel, #mount-meron-israel, #orthodox-judaism, #stampedes

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Israel Mourns After Stampede at Religious Festival Kills 45

At least 45 people died in what witnesses described as a “human avalanche” after some slipped on a wet floor in a narrow passageway where people were pouring out of one area of the celebrations.

#accidents-and-safety, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #mount-meron-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #orthodox-judaism, #safed-israel

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How the Artists Behind ‘Shtisel’ Brought Akiva’s Journey to Life

To capture the tensions faced by a young ultra-Orthodox artist, the creative team behind the hit Israeli TV show hired two painters who understood the stakes.

#aloni-michael, #art, #elon-ori, #halberstadt-menahem, #israel, #orthodox-judaism, #shtisel-tv-program, #television, #tubis-alex

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They Told Her Women Couldn’t Join the Ambulance Corps. So She Started Her Own.

Judge Rachel Freier has helped dozens of Orthodox Jewish women in New York City get training and start work as emergency medical technicians. In doing so, she challenged her community’s conception of the role women can play in public and professional life.

#ambulances, #emergency-medical-treatment, #ezras-nashim, #orthodox-judaism, #volunteers-and-community-service, #women-and-girls

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Israelis and Americans Both Are Asking, Whose Country Is This Anyway?

Israel and the U.S. are trying to define anew what it means to be a pluralistic democracy.

#elections, #israel, #minorities, #netanyahu-benjamin, #orthodox-judaism, #politics-and-government, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #united-torah-judaism

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Access, Influence and Pardons: How a Set of Allies Shaped Trump’s Choices

A loose collection of well-connected groups and individuals led by a pair of Orthodox Jewish organizations had striking success in winning clemency for white-collar criminals during the Trump presidency.

#aleph-institute, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #chabad-lubavitch, #dershowitz-alan-m, #esformes-philip-1968, #friedler-ariel, #jews-and-judaism, #justice-department, #kushner-charles, #kushner-jared, #lipskar-sholom-d, #meadows-mark-r-1959, #orthodox-judaism, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rubashkin-sholom, #schneerson-menachem-mendel, #sentences-criminal, #silver-sheldon, #tolman-brett, #trump-donald-j, #trump-ivanka, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weinstein-eliyahu

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Israeli Court Says Converts to Non-Orthodox Judaism Can Claim Citizenship

People who convert in Israel to Reform or Conservative Judaism have a right to citizenship, the Supreme Court ruled, chipping at the power of Orthodox authorities that see them as non-Jewish.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #decisions-and-verdicts, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #orthodox-judaism

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