Category Archives: Jews behaving badly

More ultra-Orthodox Jews refuse to sit next to women on planes

This is becoming so common that it barely rates a mention, but what bothers me is the compliance of female passengers. Yes, it’s happened again: according to many venues, including Haaretz and the Jewish Chronicle  (see also the Daily Mail if you want to go downscale), a group of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men (“Haredis”), on an EasyJet flight from Tel […]

Dennis Prager blames all American ills on atheism

Dennis Prager is a wealthy conservative author, speaker, and broadcaster, who also runs a website, Prager University, featuring short “instructional” videos. For some reason I don’t understand, he manages to lure some big names to do those videos, including George Will and (as I recall) Ayaan Hirsi Ali. I suspect the $ are a lure. The […]

Israel drops science and math requirements for ultra-Orthodox schools

The stereotype of Jews is that they’re highly educated, but of course that doesn’t hold for the ultra-Orthodox, whose females often don’t go to college and whose males spend nearly all their time studying the Torah, neglecting any other subject.  It’s a waste of time and effort, but that’s religion, Jake. Now Israel, to its […]

Hasidic Jewish women discouraged from getting education

Since I’ve had a lick at Catholics and Muslims this week, it’s only fair to go after the religion of my ancestors—the Jews. Or at least one branch of Orthodox Jews, the Hasidim, a sect that started in Eastern Europe in the 18th century. It’s a scandal among Jews— traditionally reputed to put such an emphasis on […]

The craziness of the Orthodox Jewish “hijab”

Pious Muslims and hyper-Orthodox Jews share one tendency: various sects of each faith see men as hand grenades of of lust, ready to undergo a seminal explosion should they see an uncovered ankle, rosy mouth, or stray wisp of hair. Women are to be covered to retain their “modesty,” which means to avoid inciting the ubiquitous […]

Jewish woman sues El Al for making her vacate a seat next to an Orthodox Jewish man

Thanks to several readers, staring with Greg Mayer, for sending me a link to this story from yesterday’s New York Times. It involves, as we’ve seen several times before, an Orthodox Jew refusing to sit next to a woman on an airplane, for that might lead, G*d forbid, to touching, which is forbidden (see the […]

Racism, sexism, and bigotry at historically Jewish fraternity at University of Chicago

Well, much as I’d like it to have been otherwise, students at my own school have engaged in some racist and bigoted behavior, and the culprits, according to BuzzFeed, The Daily News, and many other sources, was a historically Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi. At the University of Chicago, fraternities aren’t formally a part of the […]

Unregulated Jewish faith schools constricting the lives of thousands of London boys

Muslims have their madrassas and Jews have their yeshivas. The problems come when these religious schools—schools that teach only religion—are used as substitutes for the broader education required by most Western countries. Sadly, that is happening with both Jews and Muslims in Britain, according to new articles in East London Lines (ELL), in The Guardian, and in The Independent. These pieces concentrate on the problem […]

Cultural appropriation?

I don’t know much about this except that “Star-K” is an agency that certifies food as kosher. And I’m not sure what’s in that red packet to the right. At any rate, the Japanese should be protesting the hell out of this! h/t: Hempenstein

Bibi puts his foot in it, blames Holocaust on Palestinians

If we’re ever going to have peace between Israel and Palestine, I lay odds that it won’t be engineered by Benjamin Netanyahu. The man is rapidly proving himself the Donald Trump of Israel. First he unconscionably interferes with Congressional votes on the Iran nuclear deal, and now he’s done something equally stupid: blaming the Holocaust on Palestine. Well, […]