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Anonymous, Ultra-Orthodox Contestant Shines on Israel’s ‘X Factor’

‘I thought I was going to pass out on stage. I was crying.’

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Writing Your Way Out

In conversation with Shulem Deen’s new ‘All Who Go Do Not Return,’ a book that doesn’t give readers everything they want

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Remembering the Druze Officer Who Died Defending the Jerusalem Synagogue

Ultra-Orthodox Jews across Israel attend the funeral of Zidan Sayif

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The In-Flight Safety Video El Al Should Show

Because travelers should know what to expect on their flight to the Holy Land

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The Blame Game

New York State starves schools of money. In East Ramapo, Orthodox Jews—and special-needs children—get the blame.

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The Right Hand Washes the Left

How ultra-Orthodox Jews and the secular left are forging an unlikely peace coalition in Israel

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Fake Jerusalem Beach Gets Heated Response

Local ultra-Orthodox rabbi calls the new outdoor offering an ‘abomination’

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Comedy Isn’t Kosher, but It Can Be Funny

How observant Jewish funnymen (and -women) navigate the line between irreverence and devotion

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East Ramapo Tries To Heal Rift Over School Cuts

Hasidic leaders join public school parents to get more money from Albany

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Israel’s Shas Party Gets Controversial New Leader

Rabbi Shalom Cohen has likened Modern Orthodox Jews to Amalek

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Massive Protest Against Haredi IDF Conscription

Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews rally against proposed new law

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IDF Draft Dodgers May Face Criminal Penalties

Knesset committee approves bill targeting Haredi men who defer army service

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How Ex-Frum Memoirs Became New York Publishing’s Hottest New Trend

A spate of new books tells the stories of men and women who leave ultra-Orthodoxy for risky, rewarding, bewildering everyday life

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An Ultra-Orthodox Shomrim Patrol Celebrates Five Years in an Unexpected Place: Israel

Even in the Jewish state, ultra-Orthodox Jews look first to their own, and not to secular authorities, for security

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In Brooklyn, a Prosecutor Finds Losing Ultra-Orthodox Support Might Cost His Job

Joe Hynes faces an unprecedented electoral defeat after longtime Jewish supporters leave his side

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How Bill de Blasio Earned the Backing of Ultra-Orthodox Power Players in Brooklyn

From his first City Council race in 2000, the frontrunner in New York’s mayoral election has courted Jewish support

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Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Dies at Age 93

The influential and divisive spiritual leader of Israel’s Sephardim leaves contradictory legacy

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In Death of Ex-Hasid Estranged From Her Religious Children, a Mirror for Trauma of Many

A father reflects on his own efforts to stay close to his children after deciding to live a secular life

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Assaulting an IDF Soldier in Mea Shearim

An incident that yields no thoughtful responses

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Haredi IDF Soldiers Ostracized by Community

Propaganda campaign launched by ultra-Orthodox likens enlistees to insects

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Could Divisive New Israeli Military-Draft Laws Lead to an Ultra-Orthodox Intifada?

As Israel debates conscription for Haredi Jews, one rabbi may decide whether the community peacefully integrates

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Israeli Film ‘Fill the Void’ is Jane Austen for Jews

New movie offers a glimpse into the insular ultra-Orthodox community

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Reality Show Sends Haredim into Radio Daze

In Israel, ultra-Orthodox contestants compete to become ‘The Spokesman’

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Israel’s Next Chief Rabbi Has Illustrious Shoes To Fill—From Long Ago

Can David Stav, who is in line for the post, return it to the stature it held before his immediate predecessors?

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How Lakewood, N.J., Is Redefining What It Means To Be Orthodox in America

Seventy years ago, Rabbi Aharon Kotler built an enduring community of yeshiva scholars by making peace with capitalism

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Video: Lapid to Haredim: “We Need You”

Yair Lapid appeals to Israel’s ultra-Orthodox, says he does not seek to destroy their way of life, but rather to include them in the state’s defense.

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Israel to Fund Non-Orthodox Rabbis

Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Minister of Religious Affairs, proposes reform to fund community-selected rabbis—including non-Orthodox.

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Now Trending: Israeli Men in High Heels

An ultra-Orthodox newspaper serves up a Photoshop fail

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Religious Labor

Israeli society debates the value of Haredi jobs, but Patrick Leigh Fermor saw the ultra-Orthodox hard at work