Satmar Hasidic Matzoh Factory Damaged In Brooklyn Blaze

A Brooklyn matzoh factory owned by a Satmar Hasidic congregation burned on Tuesday after the owners failed to install a sprinkler system, workers and the New York Fire Department said. Read more

Belgian Court Protects Kosher Slaughter

Belgium’s Wallonia District Constitutional Court ruled that slaughter of animals in accordance with Jewish law is permitted in Belgium and will continue to be permitted. Read more

Kosher Savings Option Proves Mixed Blessing For Ultra Orthodox Parents

Pashkevilim the posters plastered on walls and fences in ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, which typically publicize rabbinical decrees, or moral or halakhic exhortations  have taken an unusual turn into the world of finance in recent weeks. Read more

IKEA Apologizes For Catalog Aimed At Ultra-Orthodox Jews

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has apologized for a catalog aimed at Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community that contains no images of women. Read more

Daughter of Trans Woman ‘Shunned’ At Ultra-Orthodox School In Manchester

The daughter of a transgender woman in Manchester, England, is being shunned by her classmates at an ultra-Orthodox school after being ordered to by their teachers. Read more

Orthodox Jewish Men Cause ‘Bedlam’ on EasyJet Flight After Refusing To Sit Next To Female Passengers

Crew on an easyJet flight have been forced to call police mid-flight after a group of Orthodox Jewish men refused to sit next to women on religious grounds. Read more

Rabbinical Court: More Female Than Male Get-Refusers

Israel’s Rabbinical Court system statistics for the past five years paint an interesting picture regarding the number of estranged spouses who refuse a divorce (unless their conditions are met), the low number of dispensations given to men to marry a second wife, and more. Read more

Donors Angry At Masbia’s Alexander Rapaport For Protesting Trump’s Immigration Order

NEW YORK — Alexander Rapaport, a Brooklyn Hasid, says his experience being the victim of anti-Semitism forces him to call out hatred against others. Read more

Top Chabad Court: D.C. Is Shemtov’s Exclusive Domain

The Central Committee of Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbis has declared that the movement’s activities in Washington, D.C., fall entirely under the authority of Rabbi Levi Shemtov, settling a longstanding feud between the District of Columbia rabbi and Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan, who oversees Chabad programs in Maryland. Read more