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N.Y. to battle sexual abuse among ultra-Orthodox Jews

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 2, 2009

In one case, a rabbi was charged with sexually abusing boys at an Orthodox school. He admitted no sexual wrongdoing but pleaded guilty in April 2008 to a misdemeanor child endangerment charge, sentenced to three years of probation and dismissed from the school.

Last month, a federal jury in Brooklyn convicted an ultra-Orthodox rabbi of molesting his now-adult daughter through much of her childhood. He claimed he was being falsely accused by a daughter who rebelled against a strict upbringing.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1075535.html

Israeli army rabbis criticized for stance on Gaza assault

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 26, 2009

The winter assault on the Gaza Strip was officially portrayed in Israel as an attempt to quell rocket fire by militants of Hamas. But some soldiers say they also were lectured about a more ambitious aim: to banish non-Jews from the biblical land of Israel.

“This rabbi comes to us and says the fight is between the children of light and the children of darkness,” a reserve sergeant said, recalling a training camp encounter. “His message was clear: ‘This is a war against an entire people, not against specific terrorists.’ The whole thing was turned into something very religious and messianic.”

An Israeli soldier prays before entering the Gaza Strip in January.

An Israeli soldier prays before entering the Gaza Strip in January.

Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/la-fg-israel-holywar25-2009mar25,0,3971434.story