Orthodox Jews in the News: Weekly Round Up 12/14
Netanyahu Appoints Rabbi Drukman’s Student as Next Mossad Chief – “With Cohen’s appointment, three of Israel’s top security officials — the heads of Mossad, the Shabak chief, and police commissioner — are now observant Jews.”
Orthodox Jews Grapple With How to Talk About Sexual Assault, Domestic Abuse – More than 1,000 ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox Jews from around the world gathered in Jerusalem last week to tackle some of their communities’ darkest taboos: sexual abuse and domestic violence. Headlined “Shedding Light on the Darkness of Abuse,” the gathering offered five hands-on training tracks, including one specially tailored to rabbis and people who work at yeshivas.
Rare Mark From Biblical King’s Seal Found in Jerusalem – Israeli archaeologists have discovered a mark from the seal of biblical King Hezekiah (Melachim Bet – 700 BCE). “This is the first time that a seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king has ever come to light in a scientific archaeological excavation”
How Chai From China Became a Hasidic Jew – a young man born in modern, communist China moved to Israel and converted to Judaism, in a black hat and suit, Aaron Waldman talks about his long search for the truth and his family’s difficulty accepting his metamorphosis
Menorah Vandalized in City Park After Lighting Ceremony to Mark Start of Hanukkah – “Weinstock said the vandalism was a shock, but noted the menorah still had power; some lights glowed despite the vandalism, which he said was symbolic”
How Two Religious Women Shattered Stereotypes About Dressing Modestly – Sisters-in-law Mimi Hecht and Mushky Notik, the founders of MIMU MAXI are helping dressing modestly slowly become a more mainstream fashion trend