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Suicide in the Ultra-Orthodox Community, Where the Dead Come First 

No one knows how many ultra-orthodox men and women kill themselves every year. It’s hard to know when there are so many ways to die in silence, by drugs, by overdose, by drowning. The victims leave no note, and it all goes by—the announcement, the burial—as if it were an accident, just another self-destructive tragedy.
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Ultra-Orthodox Men's Refusal to Sit Next to Women Delays Flights

In what’s quickly becoming an unwelcome mini-trend, the New York Times reports that a growing number of U.S.-Israel flights are being delayed by ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who refuse to sit next to women. They always seem to demand that the women switch seats, while they stay put. Wonder why that might be. »4/10/15 10:50am4/10/15 10:50am

Women Arrested at Western Wall For Refusing To Remove Prayer Shawls

Since the first arrest of this nature back in 2009, a number of women have been detained by Israeli security for attempting to pray at Jerusalem's Western Wall with tallitot, fringed prayer shawls that are traditionally reserved for men. While the Wall (called the Kotel by some) is considered one of the great… »12/23/12 3:50pm12/23/12 3:50pm

Orthodox Jews Are Unsure How They Feel About Divalicious Aspiring Politician Mindy Meyer

We can't really blame New York City's political reporters for obsessively covering Mindy Meyer's every glittery move — the 22-year-old is 1/3 Elle Woods (soo much pink), 1/3 Sarah Palin (Meyer didn't know who NY Governor Andrew Cuomo was and was surprised to hear that the state had legalized gay marriage), and 1/3… »8/02/12 2:00pm8/02/12 2:00pm