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Rabbi Freundel Conversions Are Valid, Israeli Chief Rabbinate Says

forward.com — The Israeli Chief Rabbinate said it will recognize all past conversions performed by Rabbi Barry Freundel, the Washington rabbi charged with voyeurism. On Tuesday, the Rabbinate clarified that it was joining the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of America in affirming the validity of the conversions, a day after the Rabbinate said it would be examining their validity.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @mboorstein: One day after saying it would investigate, Israel's chief rabbinate says it'll honor voyeur's conversions -- bit.ly/1uA7iGM

Oct 21, 2014

Chief rabbi flip-flop: Hours after saying they would review Freundel conversions, Israeli rabbinate reneges. forward.com/articles/20769…

Rabbis Barry Freundel and Leib Tropper Ensnared in Scandals Tied to Conversions

forward.com — A prominent Orthodox rabbi is disgraced, charged with sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior towards converts. That may sound like the scandal now toppling Barry Freundel, the prominent Washington, D.C. rabbi who pled not guilty on October 15 to allegations that he secretly videotaped women showering in the antechamber of his synagogue's mikveh, or ritual bath.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @joshnathankazis: Freundel scandal prompts new look at Modern Orthodoxy's new, strict conversion system, which Freundel led: forward.com/articles/20765…

Oct 21, 2014

Freundel scandal prompts new look at Modern Orthodoxy's new, strict conversion system, which Freundel led: forward.com/articles/20765…

Rabbi Freundel's Synagogue Responds to His Arrest

forward.com — Washington's Kesher Israel is emerging today from a long four-day stretch of holiday and Shabbat, back to dealing with the reality of news about the synagogue's rabbi, Barry Freundel, who was arrested on voyeurism charges after allegedly peeping on women at the mikveh.
Oct 21, 2014

Ritual nude immersion for women to "purify" for sex was sickening even before "peeping rabbi" abuse. jd.fo/q5oB6#.VEaHppt… via @jdforward

There Was a Miss Hitler Pageant - And it Just Got Cancelled

blogs.forward.com — Alina Voronina from Moscow poses for the contest Last week, Vocativ reported that VKontakte, essentially Russia's version of Facebook, was hosting a Miss Hitler Pageant. Hosted on the site's Adolf Hitler page, the Miss Ostland pageant, as it's officially known, called on Russian and Ukrainian women - blonde and blue-eyed, obviously - to share their most sexy Nazi photos of themselves.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @jdforward: Fun fact #1: There was a Miss Hitler contest. Fun fact #2: It just got cancelled. jd.fo/t5qAO

'Klinghoffer' Protesters United Against 'Anti-Semitic' Opera

forward.com — On the first crisp night of fall, about a thousand people - many of them in wheelchairs - gathered outside the Metropolitan Opera to protest the opening night of John Adams's opera "The Death of Klinghoffer."
Oct 21, 2014

1of3 Three Klinghoffer pieces you must read. @rdbenaim on opening night protests jd.fo/e5bzG#.VEZRBIZ…