Judaism http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/32032/all en Police quiz 10 women for praying at Western Wall http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/police-quiz-10-women-praying-at-western-wall <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Israeli police on Monday took 10 women for questioning after they wrapped themselves in men's prayer shawls and prayed at the Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites, in the Old City of Jerusalem.</p> <p>"Around a hundred women gathered at the Kotel (Western Wall) this morning, they wrapped themselves in the fringed prayer shawls (which are reserved for men) and began praying which has been banned by the Supreme Court," police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP.</p> <p>"At the end of the prayer, 10 of them were taken for questioning while the rest just dispersed," she said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/police-quiz-10-women-praying-at-western-wall" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Clothing Hospitality Judaism Law Politics Religion AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:01:17 +0000 5752561 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Pope helped reduce anti-Semitism worldwide: chief rabbi http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/urgent-pope-helped-reduce-anti-semitism-worldwide-chief-rabbi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pope Benedict XVI improved ties between Judaism and Christianity which helped reduced anti-Semitism around the world, the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel said on Monday following the pontiff's shock resignation.</p> <p>"During his term, the relations between the Chief Rabbinate and the Church, and Judaism and Christianity, became much closer, which brought to a decrease in anti-Semitic acts around the world," a spokesman for Rabbi Yona Metzger told AFP expressing hope that his successor would continue in the same vein.</p> <p>jjm-hmw/hkb</p> Chief Rabbinate of Israel Israeli Jews Judaism AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:30:53 +0000 5752657 at http://www.globalpost.com Pope helped reduce anti-Semitism worldwide: chief rabbi http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/pope-helped-reduce-anti-semitism-worldwide-chief-rabbi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pope Benedict XVI improved ties between Judaism and Christianity which helped reduced anti-Semitism around the world, the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel said on Monday following the pontiff's shock resignation.</p> <p>"During his term, the relations between the Chief Rabbinate and the Church, and Judaism and Christianity, became much closer, which brought to a decrease in anti-Semitic acts around the world," a spokesman for Rabbi Yona Metzger told AFP expressing hope that his successor would continue in the same vein.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/pope-helped-reduce-anti-semitism-worldwide-chief-rabbi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chief Rabbinate of Israel Entertainment Israeli Jews Judaism Religion AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:45:39 +0000 5752672 at http://www.globalpost.com Pope helped reduce anti-Semitism worldwide: chief rabbi http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/pope-helped-reduce-anti-semitism-worldwide-chief-rabbi-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pope Benedict XVI improved ties between Judaism and Christianity which helped reduced anti-Semitism around the world, the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel said on Monday following the pontiff's shock resignation.</p> <p>"During his term, the relations between the Chief Rabbinate and the Church, and Judaism and Christianity, became much closer, which brought to a decrease in anti-Semitic acts around the world," a spokesman for Rabbi Yona Metzger told AFP expressing hope that his successor would continue in the same vein.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/pope-helped-reduce-anti-semitism-worldwide-chief-rabbi-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chief Rabbinate of Israel Christianity Entertainment Judaism Religion AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:45:51 +0000 5752675 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Israel govt deal likely to be inked Thursday eve: Lapid http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/urgent-israel-govt-deal-likely-be-inked-thursday-eve-lapid <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The political parties who are to form Israel's next government are likely to sign a coalition agreement on Thursday evening, the head of the new centrist Yesh Atid party said. </p> <p>"It's apparently the end. Or actually the start," Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid wrote on his Facebook page, saying the signing of the deal was "likely to be tonight." </p> <p>jjm-scw-hmw/bpz</p> Judaism AFP Thu, 14 Mar 2013 08:15:45 +0000 5783107 at http://www.globalpost.com http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130315-14 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Coalition agreements signed with Jewish Home, Yesh Atid: Netanyahu</p> <p>scw/kir</p> Judaism AFP Fri, 15 Mar 2013 14:30:26 +0000 5784522 at http://www.globalpost.com Grand Rabbi of France in plagiarism scandal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130406/grand-rabbi-france-plagiarism-scandal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>France's highest Jewish religious authority, Grand Rabbi Gilles Bernheim, was hunkering down away from the media on the weekend after admitting to plagiarism in a book he authored.</p> <p>The scandal broke early in the week, when the French news magazine L'Express revealed Bernheim's 2011 book, "Forty Jewish Meditations", contained purloined writings.</p> <p>After initially denying the accusation, Bernheim, 61, issued a statement on Wednesday from Jerusalem admitting the plagiarism, but blaming it on an unidentified "student" he said had assisted him with research and writing.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130406/grand-rabbi-france-plagiarism-scandal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim Gilles Bernheim Judaism Technology AFP Sat, 06 Apr 2013 13:48:06 +0000 5803766 at http://www.globalpost.com Archaeologists find 2,000-year-old ritual bath in Jerusalem http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130410/archaeologists-find-2000-year-old-ritual-bath-jerusalem <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jerusalem, Apr 10 (EFE).- Archaeologists discovered here a 2,000-year-old ritual bath that used a highly sophisticated system of water collection to comport with Jewish law, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Wednesday.</p> <p>Uncovered during preparations to build a new road in Jerusalem's Kiryat Menachem neighborhood, the ritual bath, or "mikveh," goes back to the period of the Second Temple.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130410/archaeologists-find-2000-year-old-ritual-bath-jerusalem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human behavior Judaism Judaism and sexuality Agencia EFE Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:34:08 +0000 5808957 at http://www.globalpost.com French Jewish body to meet over grand rabbi scandal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/french-jewish-body-meet-over-grand-rabbi-scandal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The body governing France's Jewish congregations will meet Thursday for an emergency session over a plagiarism scandal involving the country's Grand Rabbi that has made waves at home and abroad.</p> <p>Gilles Bernheim -- France's highest Jewish religious authority -- last week admitted to plagiarism in his 2011 book "Forty Jewish Meditations" following revelations in French news magazine L'Express.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/french-jewish-body-meet-over-grand-rabbi-scandal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Consistory Judaism AFP Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:45:46 +0000 5809082 at http://www.globalpost.com French Jewish body to meet over grand rabbi scandal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/french-jewish-body-meet-over-grand-rabbi-scandal-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The body governing France's Jewish congregations will meet Thursday for an emergency session over a plagiarism scandal involving the country's Grand Rabbi that has made waves at home and abroad.</p> <p>Gilles Bernheim -- France's highest Jewish religious authority -- last week admitted to plagiarism in his 2011 book "Forty Jewish Meditations" following revelations in French news magazine L'Express.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/french-jewish-body-meet-over-grand-rabbi-scandal-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Consistory Judaism AFP Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:30:18 +0000 5809391 at http://www.globalpost.com Arrests mar landmark Jerusalem women's prayers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130513/arrests-mar-landmark-jerusalem-womens-prayers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Jerusalem police were on Friday holding five ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who tried to disrupt landmark prayers by women Jewish activists at the Western Wall plaza in the Holy City.</p> <p>Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP that 1,000 ultra-Orthodox men were kept away from a large group of "Women of the Wall" activists conducting their monthly prayer using prayer shawls, after a court ruled they could do so.</p> <p>"Police arrested three ultra-Orthodox men and detained another two" for public disturbances," Rosenfeld said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130513/arrests-mar-landmark-jerusalem-womens-prayers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Judaism Labor Politics Religion Social Issues Temple Mount War AFP Mon, 13 May 2013 20:34:22 +0000 5837082 at http://www.globalpost.com Vandals target Western Wall woman activist http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130520/vandals-target-western-wall-woman-activist <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The stairwell and door to the apartment of a woman active in promoting egalitarian prayer at Jerusalem's Western Wall were vandalised by unknown assailants, who scrawled threatening messages found on Monday.</p> <p>"This is disturbing, scary, sad," the activist Peggy Cidor told AFP.</p> <p>"Women of the Kotel (Wall) are evil", "Peggy your time is up" and "Jerusalem is holy" were among the slogans sprayed in black paint at her Jerusalem apartment.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130520/vandals-target-western-wall-woman-activist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Judaism Religion Shmuel Rabinovitch AFP Mon, 20 May 2013 14:15:13 +0000 5842000 at http://www.globalpost.com 'World's oldest' Torah scroll found in Italian archive http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130529/worlds-oldest-torah-scroll-found-italian-archive <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The world's oldest complete Torah scroll has been found in a university archive in Bologna, according to an Italian professor who said the text could be from the 12th century.</p> <p>The precious lambskin scroll had been classified by the university library as being from the 17th century and was named simply "Scroll Number Two".</p> <p>But Hebrew Studies professor Mauro Perani told AFP on Wednesday he noticed that the text did not conform to key changes in Torah writing brought about in the 12th century.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130529/worlds-oldest-torah-scroll-found-italian-archive" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hides Judaism Religion Sefer Torah AFP Wed, 29 May 2013 16:43:58 +0000 5848069 at http://www.globalpost.com Israel's Orthodox women seek to infuse modesty with style http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130625/israels-orthodox-women-seek-infuse-modesty-style <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Wearing a sleek black dress topped with a taupe bolero and long stiletto-heeled boots, Nathalie Benhaim cuts an elegant figure. For her, Orthodox Judaism's rules of modesty have never been synonymous with austerity.</p> <p>"I'm always made up and have my hair done, I never let myself go. It's important for me and for my husband," explains this mother-of-four who has just opened a bakery in Jerusalem. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130625/israels-orthodox-women-seek-infuse-modesty-style" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Jewish religious movements Judaism Religion AFP Tue, 25 Jun 2013 04:33:02 +0000 5866531 at http://www.globalpost.com Women's prayer tests ultra-Orthodox hold on Western Wall http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130628/womens-prayer-tests-ultra-orthodox-hold-western-wall <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The singing rises through the early-morning cool which still covers the esplanade in front of the Western Wall, the holiest site at which Jews can pray.</p> <p>A mother and daughter pray entwined. A young woman clutches a tiny infant of just a few months to her chest. Another almost disappears under a prayer shawl embroidered with red flowers as if to protect herself from the invective of the ultra-Orthodox worshippers on the other side of the police barrier separating them from the section of the plaza reserved for women. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130628/womens-prayer-tests-ultra-orthodox-hold-western-wall" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hospitality Jewish religious movements Judaism Law Politics Religion Social Issues AFP Fri, 28 Jun 2013 05:35:31 +0000 5870047 at http://www.globalpost.com