Orthodox Judaism

I'm Not Ashamed Of Being Transsexual But I Wish My Orthodox Jewish Community Would Accept It

Beth Orens | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK
Beth Orens

I transitioned over 20 years ago. When I left, my ex took out a restraining order against me which forbade me to make any contact at all with my children until they turned 18. They were 3 and 1 when I left. It was probably the most painful experience I have ever endured.

What It's Like to Have an Arranged Marriage at Age 19

Rebecca Beck | Posted 13.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Beck

I dislike that phrase "arranged marriage" because in my mind, that equals a "forced" marriage. And mine, like most others in my community, was anything but. At any time you have the option of saying no.... I'm proud to report that after 18 years, I'm still very happily in love, and our marriage isn't any different than any of yours. My dear husband is everything I thought he would be; caring, heart of gold, great sense of humor, and does everything for me and our children.

200 People Protested - But This Is Not Your Average Wedding

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK

Four far-right demonstrators have been arrested after they staged a violent demonstration outside the wedding of a Israeli Muslim man and his bride, a...

19 Stunning Pictures Of An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Wedding

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

These stunning photos show the fascinating and beautiful traditions of an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish wedding. Bride Rivka Hannah married Aharon Krois o...

The Solution Is Not the Problem

Josh Simons | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Josh Simons

I want to tell you two stories. They are very different. But together they make one coherent point, rarely discussed in our media: the solution to the grinding Israel-Palestine conflict is not the problem...

'No Gays In My Town, Thank God'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK

An ultra-Orthodox mayor in Israel has given an interview on nationwide television declaring there are no homosexuals in his town. Beit Shemesh may...

Naughty 'Priests', Muscled Studs & Baggy Cassocks: It's The Steamy Return Of The Orthodox Calendar

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

“When Father Aleksandar is lucky enough to be able to stay late in bed, he enjoys reading the Bible; his mornings are generally hard.” Welcome ...

Multiculturalism 'Has Had Its Day', Says Chief Rabbi

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK

Multiculturalism creates a society where "everyone is a guest", Britain's chief rabbi has warned in an interview calling for a "multi-ethnic" society ...

Orthodox Jews Denied Benefits For Refusing To Work Saturdays

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK

Unemployed Orthodox Jews have been denied benefits because they cannot work on Saturdays, according to strict religious guidelines. The Jewish Chro...

Jessica Elgot

Jewish Group Offers Protection To North London Mosques

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK

A Jewish "police force" has offered protection to mosques in Hackney, following a spate of violent attacks on mosques. Shomrim, a uniformed Jewish ...

Circumcision Cartoon In Norwegian Newspaper Leaves Jewish Groups Scathing

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK

Jewish groups have spoken out against a cartoon published in a Norwegian newspaper that portrays circumcision as an act of barbarism. The European Jew...

PHOTOS: Orthodox Jews In Jerusalem Riot Against Military Conscription

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.05.2013 | UK

Israeli soldiers have clashed with strictly Orthodox Jews demonstrating in Jerusalem against a new plan to compel them to join the Israeli army. Th...

LOOK: Orthodox Jewish Man Covers Himself In Plastic Bag On Plane

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK

To the uninformed, this could be just another ker-azy picture that ended up on Reddit this week. But gather round: It’s actually an Orthodox Jew...

The World of Intermarriage: Stepping Out of the 'Jewish Bubble'

Gemma Goodman | Posted 17.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gemma Goodman

Making this decision to move away from my Jewish roots has not been easy. The push and pull of the pressure of belonging to such an insular community and losing my faith in God has led me to experience a crisis of identity of sorts.

Gay Orthodox Jews & Mormon Sue JONAH Counsellors Who Promised To Make Them Straight

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK

Four gay men are suing an organisation which promised to "cure" their homosexuality when they were teenagers. Jews Offering New Alternatives for H...

Why Religion Works For Us

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK

A survey published this week found more young people turning away from religion, believing that the definition of being "moral" meant looking after yo...

Richard Dawkins' Descriptions Of God Are 'Profoundly Anti-Semitic'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.09.2012 | UK

Britain's Chief Rabbi has accused Professor Richard Dawkins, perhaps the world's most famous atheist, of writing "profoundly anti-Semitic" statements ...

Circumcision Is A Vital Part of Jewish Life

Jeremy Newmark | Posted 28.10.2012 | UK
Jeremy Newmark

As any parent can attest to, many difficult choices are made for their children before they are old enough to do so for themselves. These choices affect a person's entire life and personality... Why should circumcision be treated any differently?

Circumcision Should Be Banned

Paul Livingston | Posted 28.10.2012 | UK
Paul Livingston

Many of you may have already made your minds up and would describe your views as irreversible. So was the removal of my foreskin.

Circumcision Health Benefits 'Outweigh The Risks'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK

Health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks of the surgery on baby boys, according to a new American study claiming it may prevent diseases lik...

Strictly Orthodox And Arab Citizens Could Be Israel's Newest Army Recruits

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.08.2012 | UK

Israel's young strictly Orthodox men are in legal limbo over conscription into the Israeli Defence Force - as a law exempting them from service expire...

Are All Faiths Able to Participate in and Benefit From the Games?

Professor Emma Tarlo | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Sport
Professor Emma Tarlo

Many Muslim women both in Britain and around the world are excluded or discouraged from taking up sports owing to their desire to maintain stricter standards of modesty than sports clothes allow. And Muslims are not alone.


Bennett Arron | Posted 28.08.2012 | UK Comedy
Bennett Arron

Audiences rarely believe I'm both Jewish and Welsh. They think I'm just doing it as a joke. Can you imagine, going on stage and just doing something as a joke? I am, of course, genuinely both Jewish and Welsh.