Israeli Court Rules That El Al Airline Can't Force Women to Move Seats to Accommodate Ultra-Orthodox Men 

A Jerusalem court has ruled in favor of 83-year-old plaintiff Renee Rabinowitz, who sued Israel’s El Al airline for asking her to move seats at the request of a Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) man, the New York Times reports. The court found that asking people to move due to their gender violated Israel’s anti-discrimination…

Sarah Silverman's Sister Was Detained By Israeli Cops for Wearing a Prayer Shawl at the Western Wall

Here's the gist of the controversy over Israel's holy Western Wall: lots of Jewish women think they deserve the right to pray aloud, read from the Torah, and wear religious garments there, just as men do, but the ultra-Orthodox caretakers of the site have made sure they're prohibited by law from doing just that.…

Orthodox Rabbis Fight NYC’s Effort to Warn Parents About Herpes Risks of Ancient Circumcision Ritual

Super-duper Orthodox Jewish leaders in New York are bristling under the Health Department's plan to mandate a parental consent form before rabbis perform the ancient circumcision ritual called "metzitzah b'peh." So far, some 200 rabbis have objected to the city's mandate, and have signed a proclamation claiming that…

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