Chief Sephardic Rabbi: It is obligatory to get vaccinated against coronavirus

Chief Sephardic Rabbi: It is obligatory to get vaccinated against coronavirus

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef rules: According to halakha, everyone should go and get vaccinated.Chaim Lev, 12/27/2020, 2:11 AM
'Lubavitcher Rebbe's opinion was that vaccines should be taken'

'Lubavitcher Rebbe's opinion was that vaccines should be taken'

Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Yaroslavsky calls on Chabad adherents in Israel to get Covid vaccination. 'A matter of saving lives.'Ben Shaul, 12/24/2020, 2:47 PM
Leading rabbi at Jerusalem yeshiva hospitalized with COVID-19

Leading rabbi at Jerusalem yeshiva hospitalized with COVID-19

Rabbi Sholom Povarsky from Kol Torah Yeshiva in Jerusalem taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital after contracting coronavirus.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/24/2020, 1:13 AM
New legislation seeks to designate public sector jobs for haredim

New legislation seeks to designate public sector jobs for haredim

Haredim are chronically underrepresented in public sector jobs; in many state institutions, there are no haredi employees at all.Ben Shaul, 12/23/2020, 8:35 AM
Extremists in Bnei Brak burn down coronavirus testing station

Extremists in Bnei Brak burn down coronavirus testing station

United Hatzalah testing station in Bnei Brak destroyed by arsonists opposed to coronavirus testing.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/22/2020, 2:31 PM
Orthodox leaders back calls for mass vaccination

Orthodox leaders back calls for mass vaccination

Despite small but vocal group of anti-vaccine rabbis, Orthodox leadership expresses support for new vaccine, urging public to get vaccinatedBen Sales, JTA, 12/22/2020, 8:22 AM
'The police sent Yosef to death's doorstep'

'The police sent Yosef to death's doorstep'

Family of elderly haredi man excoriate police for mistakenly arresting him - then abandoning on the street.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/21/2020, 8:42 AM
Sassover Rebbe cites Rabbi Elyashiv, warns of unproven safety of COVID vaccine

Sassover Rebbe cites Rabbi Elyashiv, warns of unproven safety of COVID vaccine

"Rabbi Elyashiv said of another drug, 'How can we take responsibility for something that's only been around for a year or two?'"Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/20/2020, 6:57 PM
MK Kahana blessed by Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky

MK Kahana blessed by Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky

Yamina MK meets with leader of Lithuanian haredi community. says Torah united the Jewish people.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/20/2020, 2:33 PM
'Haredi soldiers are like the Maccabees'

'Haredi soldiers are like the Maccabees'

IDF Deputy Chief lights Hanukkah candles with haredi soldiers. 'You fight our enemies just like Yehuda Maccabee did.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/18/2020, 11:20 AM
Health ministry officials meet with haredi rabbinical judges to push coronavirus vaccine

Health ministry officials meet with haredi rabbinical judges to push coronavirus vaccine

"We're not opposed to COVID vaccine in principle," says Court head, "but it's premature to sanction it."Tal Polon, 12/15/2020, 10:33 AM
Table used to stop Monsey attacker turned into a menorah stand

Table used to stop Monsey attacker turned into a menorah stand

Coffee table hurled at Monsey synagogue attacker turned into dreidel-shaped menorah.Shira Hanau, JTA, 12/14/2020, 7:53 AM
Vizhnitzer Rebbe condemns advanced academic studies

Vizhnitzer Rebbe condemns advanced academic studies

"Their underlying purpose is to implant ideas of heresy into our minds."Ben Shaul, 12/9/2020, 1:21 PM
In an echo of the spring, large crowds gather for Hasidic rabbi’s funeral in Brooklyn

In an echo of the spring, large crowds gather for Hasidic rabbi’s funeral in Brooklyn

Massive funeral service held in Williasmburg for Satmar rabbi; the latest mass gathering reported in New York's Orthodox community.Shira Hanau, JTA, 12/8/2020, 7:18 AM
'Haredi soldiers are our modern day Maccabbees'

'Haredi soldiers are our modern day Maccabbees'

Blue and White minister lauds Nahal Haredi soldiers, vows to expand programs for haredi service members.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/6/2020, 8:18 PM
Thousands attend funeral of Mir Yeshiva spiritual leader Rabbi Aharon David Hadash

Thousands attend funeral of Mir Yeshiva spiritual leader Rabbi Aharon David Hadash

Large funeral held for prominent haredi rabbinic leader despite COVID-19 restrictions.AFP, 12/3/2020, 4:47 PM
Survey reveals just 54% of haredim trust their MKs

Survey reveals just 54% of haredim trust their MKs

Another surprising finding: 47% of respondents trust the IDF & Home Front Command.Ben Shaul, 11/25/2020, 4:00 PM
All haredi schools to reopen, as all are in 'green' zones

All haredi schools to reopen, as all are in 'green' zones

Despite dire warnings from government officials that haredi areas would soon all turn "red," the opposite occurred.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/24/2020, 10:33 AM
Rabbi Kanievsky instructs haredi girls' schools to reopen

Rabbi Kanievsky instructs haredi girls' schools to reopen

Despite opposition from Health Ministry, leading haredi rabbi calls on haredi educators to fully reopen girls' schools.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/23/2020, 2:21 PM
Gov. Cuomo blasts 'deceitful' Satmar wedding

Gov. Cuomo blasts 'deceitful' Satmar wedding

New York governor calls for probe of massive Hasidic wedding in Brooklyn, calling event 'shocking, totally deceitful'.David Rosenberg, 11/23/2020, 10:48 AM
Report: Satmar Hasidim hid massive NYC wedding from public view

Report: Satmar Hasidim hid massive NYC wedding from public view

After one massive Satmar wedding in NY was cancelled, another wedding was held, drawing thousands despite coronavirus restrictions.Philissa Cramer, JTA, 11/22/2020, 10:09 PM
Border Police officer indicted for unprovoked assault of chassidic man in Mea Shearim

Border Police officer indicted for unprovoked assault of chassidic man in Mea Shearim

Indictment notes lack of provocation, adds that not a single officer came to man's aid as he lay sprawled on the ground.Ido Ben Porat, 11/18/2020, 11:36 AM
Schism in Ger Chassidus: 'We'll kill you if you come here again'

Schism in Ger Chassidus: 'We'll kill you if you come here again'

Young man from Gerrer breakaway group attempts to enter Ger synagogue, attacked by chassidim.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/17/2020, 1:35 PM
Haredim are facing 'outbreak of hatred', says President Rivlin

Haredim are facing 'outbreak of hatred', says President Rivlin

Israeli president warns of anti-haredi incitement during coronavirus pandemic.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/15/2020, 7:45 PM
Pamphlet urges religious public not to use coronavirus vaccine

Pamphlet urges religious public not to use coronavirus vaccine

Shabbat newsletters distributed across Israel include mysterious 16-page pamphlet which claims coronavirus vaccine is for population controlArutz Sheva Staff, 11/13/2020, 3:01 PM
Police rescue soldiers from haredi neighborhood of Jerusalem

Police rescue soldiers from haredi neighborhood of Jerusalem

Hundreds of haredim surround 2 soldiers, several civilians in Beit Yisrael neighborhood.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/13/2020, 8:14 AM
Study: Israel's Haredi population to rise to 6.5 million by 2065

Study: Israel's Haredi population to rise to 6.5 million by 2065

One out of every three Israelis will be haredi 45 years from now, study finds, as haredi population surges from 1.1 million to 6.5 million.David Rosenberg, 11/11/2020, 2:53 PM
Watch: Stabbing attempt in Crown Heights

Watch: Stabbing attempt in Crown Heights

Video on social media shows attempted stabbing of Jew this past Saturday night. Police searching for suspect.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/11/2020, 3:15 AM
Brooklyn rabbi accused of child molestation, Joel Kolko, dies of COVID-19

Brooklyn rabbi accused of child molestation, Joel Kolko, dies of COVID-19

Joel Kolko, a 74-year-old former teacher at Brooklyn Jewish school who was accused of abusing students, dies of coronavirus infection.Shira Hanau, JTA, 11/10/2020, 2:39 PM
Rabbi David Feinstein laid to rest in Jerusalem

Rabbi David Feinstein laid to rest in Jerusalem

Hundreds gather in Jerusalem to pay their last respects to dean of Mesivta Tiferes Yerushalayim, Rabbi David Feinstein.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/9/2020, 3:00 PM
UTJ MK says Litzman's support for Naftali Bennett as PM doesn't reflect party's stance

UTJ MK says Litzman's support for Naftali Bennett as PM doesn't reflect party's stance

Dep. Education Minister Meir Porush says Litzman "represents only himself."Ben Shaul, 11/4/2020, 2:08 PM
Hasidic rabbi denounces ‘those Jews who snitch’ on Jews who flout pandemic guidelines

Hasidic rabbi denounces ‘those Jews who snitch’ on Jews who flout pandemic guidelines

Vizhnitz Rebbe denounces whistle-blowers who report coronavirus violations within the Jewish community to authorities.Shira Hanau, JTA, 11/2/2020, 7:17 AM
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky recovers from coronavirus

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky recovers from coronavirus

Leader of non-hasidic haredi Jewry declared healthy after being diagnosed with coronavirus earlier this month.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/28/2020, 5:24 PM
Police indict 13 for communal prayer during lockdown

Police indict 13 for communal prayer during lockdown

In most cases, those found breaching lockdown are only fined.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/28/2020, 2:50 PM
Bnei Brak turns 'green'

Bnei Brak turns 'green'

Just 35 people tested positive for coronavirus in the last few days, with a 3% positivity rate.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/27/2020, 12:58 PM
Gantz asks Supreme Court for six-month extension for haredi Draft Law

Gantz asks Supreme Court for six-month extension for haredi Draft Law

Haredi MKs suspect opposition parties of delaying a decision until after elections - in order to use it as a key campaign issue.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/25/2020, 11:20 PM
Chief Rabbi of Israel denounces wigs as 'idolatrous'

Chief Rabbi of Israel denounces wigs as 'idolatrous'

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Chief Rabbi of Israel, slams custom of wearing wigs, saying the hair used is collected in idolatrous rituals.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/25/2020, 7:21 PM
Bnei Brak is no longer 'red'

Bnei Brak is no longer 'red'

Significant drops in the rate of contagion mean that Bnei Brak, Modi'in Illit, & Beitar Illit are no longer "red zones."Michal Levy, 10/20/2020, 11:45 AM
Rabbi Mutzafi: 'Not wearing a mask? Your prayers are an abomination'

Rabbi Mutzafi: 'Not wearing a mask? Your prayers are an abomination'

Leading haredi rabbi ruled that people not wearing masks should be barred from prayer groups, forbids praying with mask-less worshippers.David Rosenberg, 10/20/2020, 7:32 AM
Mayer Rispler, Satmar leader who called for following health rules, dies of COVID-19 at 70

Mayer Rispler, Satmar leader who called for following health rules, dies of COVID-19 at 70

Mayer Rispler, 70, a leader in the Satmar Hasidic movement who called on members to follow health rules, dead at 70 after being infected.Philissa Cramer, JTA, 10/19/2020, 7:02 AM
MK Gafni tells PM: Leave our schools open, no harm will result

MK Gafni tells PM: Leave our schools open, no harm will result

Degel HaTorah MK clarifies that his party intends to abide by the ruling of its spiritual head, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky.Y Rabinovitz, 10/18/2020, 10:58 PM
Gov. Cuomo to Satmar leaders: 'Have small wedding this year, big one next year, invite me'

Gov. Cuomo to Satmar leaders: 'Have small wedding this year, big one next year, invite me'

NY Governor Cuomo addressed the cancellation of a Satmar family wedding during a live press conference Sunday.Eitan Divinsky, 10/18/2020, 10:52 PM
Emotional wedding held outside hospital coronavirus ward

Emotional wedding held outside hospital coronavirus ward

The wedding ceremony took place beneath the window of the groom's father, who is in serious condition.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/18/2020, 9:13 PM
'Isolate the haredim, cut them off,' says Prof. Gabi Barbash

'Isolate the haredim, cut them off,' says Prof. Gabi Barbash

"The haredi problem is truly difficult to address," says former Health Ministry director-general. "They have politicians in a stranglehold."Y Rabinovitz, 10/18/2020, 8:04 PM
Police close haredi schools opened in defiance of regulations, fine principals

Police close haredi schools opened in defiance of regulations, fine principals

Schools opened following a ruling by Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, after negotiations with the government broke down.Y Rabinovitz, 10/18/2020, 6:40 PM
Watch: Talmudei Torah open in violation of health instructions

Watch: Talmudei Torah open in violation of health instructions

Schools open in haredi communities despite continued ban on opening of grade schools.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/18/2020, 9:42 AM
Yeshivas in Brooklyn are operating despite school closure mandate

Yeshivas in Brooklyn are operating despite school closure mandate

Many Orthodox Jewish schools remain open in New York coronavirus hotspots like Borough Park, defying closure orders.Shira Hanau, JTA, 10/16/2020, 10:44 AM
Melbourne residents confront haredi Jews during lockdown

Melbourne residents confront haredi Jews during lockdown

Angry residents in Melbourne, Australia confront Satmar Hasidim, accusing them of violating lockdown orders.Marcy Oster, JTA, 10/16/2020, 7:12 AM
American Satmar community hard-hit by coronavirus

American Satmar community hard-hit by coronavirus

30 people from Kiryas Yoel are currently hospitalized, with 9 in critical condition.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/14/2020, 1:40 PM
Bnei Brak records 62% drop in new coronavirus cases

Bnei Brak records 62% drop in new coronavirus cases

The number of those recovering is now double the number of new cases.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/14/2020, 12:47 PM
ZAKA chief: People are walking around one day, and two days' later they pass away

ZAKA chief: People are walking around one day, and two days' later they pass away

"Is this really just a political debate?" asks Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, "or are we simply facing a reality?"Nitzan Keidar, 10/14/2020, 10:17 AM
Haredi leaders: Schools to remain closed pending a government decision

Haredi leaders: Schools to remain closed pending a government decision

Haredi leaders met with senior government officials to formulate an outline for resumption of studies.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/14/2020, 8:04 AM
Wave of robberies of stores in Bnei Brak

Wave of robberies of stores in Bnei Brak

In recent months, many stores in the haredi city have been targeted.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/13/2020, 1:49 PM
Hadassah hospital: Claim that we treated Belzer Rebbe is 'fake news'

Hadassah hospital: Claim that we treated Belzer Rebbe is 'fake news'

Haaretz correspondent had alleged that Hadassah set up special ICU in Rebbe's home when he contracted coronavirus.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/13/2020, 12:38 PM
Leading Rabbi: Be more extreme than health authorities

Leading Rabbi: Be more extreme than health authorities

Rabbi Asher Weiss publishes letter calling for extreme measures to stop the coronavirus, even beyond those mandated by governmentArutz Sheva Staff, 10/13/2020, 10:47 AM
Ongoing arson attacks on haredi-owned stores in Arad

Ongoing arson attacks on haredi-owned stores in Arad

Local residents allege the attacks are the result of incitement against the haredi community, blaming them for spreading coronavirus.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/13/2020, 8:41 AM
Brooklyn activist Heshy Tischler arrested over lockdown protest

Brooklyn activist Heshy Tischler arrested over lockdown protest

Orthodox Jewish activist Heshy Tischler arrested following Borough Park anti-lockdown demonstration. Supporters mob journalist's home.Philissa Cramer, JTA, 10/12/2020, 12:30 PM