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A Belzer Shtibl Boxed Set

Boro Park Hasidim chronicle their past, present, and future in luxuriously printed volumes part yearbook, part history, part social pages, part prayer book

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What Becomes of Troubled Ultra-Orthodox Kids?

In Israel, a bevy of new programs are helping at-risk youth who’ve long been overlooked

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Rama Burshtein’s ‘The Wedding Plan’ Is a Halachically-Approved Fable With a Happy Ending, Maybe

An Orthodox woman’s ill-fated engagement sends Haredi rom-com down the path of blissed-out breakthroughs

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Do Haredim Deserve the Right to a Functional Modern Education in Israel?

A lawsuit argues that men and women who left the ultra-Orthodox world without basic math, history, and language knowledge to live secular lives were neglected by the state. The state counters that it’s the parents’ fault.

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Immodest Smurfery

Smurfette has been removed from Smurfs: The Lost Village movie posters in Israel’s Bnei Brak neighborhood

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Ultra-Orthodox Schools No Longer Required to Teach Core Subjects: Knesset

A new law passed Tuesday exempts some Haredi elementary schools from teaching math, science, and English while remaining eligible for government funding

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‘Where Is Yossele?’ Trust Me, You Want To Know.

How a gang of ultra-Orthodox fanatics led by a female ex-Catholic French resistance fighter kidnapped a boy and evaded the Mossad. And then it gets crazier.

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Do Torah Scholars Have the Right Not To Be Drafted by the Government?

In rabbinic Judaism, learning replaces noble birth as a source of power and status—including the power to avoid state responsibility

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A Day in the Life of Lipa Schmeltzer, Ex-Ultra-Orthodox Celebrity

From the confines of Skverer Hasidism to Columbia University and fashion eyewear shops, the singer and Internet sensation isn’t slowing down soon

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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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