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Tuesday May 21, 2013 Cults • RNB's Religion News Blog:
Updated Israeli police have arrested man whom they suspect of leading a violent cult community that routinely practiced child abuse.
The group of people he controlled consisted of six families, including 11 parents and 25 children.
Friday August 31, 2012 RNB's Religion News Blog:
In today’s issue of Religion News Briefs: Already jailed for violating residential zoning codes, ‘home bible study’ pastor Michael Salman now faces a series of felony charges.
Plus: the condition of cult leader Sun Myung Moon worsens.
A daughter-in-law of Samuel Mullet, the leader of a breakaway Amish group on trial on hate crimes charges, says he coerced her into sex. Meanwhile his sister says Mullet’s group is a cult.
The Israeli government has distanced itself from a new Scientology cult center in Jaffa.
Also: the authors of a new study say the common assumption that natural and supernatural explanations are incompatible is psychologically inaccurate.
Plus, the latest issue of ICSA (International Cultic Studies Association) Today has an in-depth article about the history of the Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center — non-profit residential treatment facility that provides a program of counseling and instruction to victims of cultic abuse, religious abuse and/or mind control.
Thursday January 26, 2012 Christianity • Israel • RNB's Religion News Blog:
The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense subcommittee on Foreign Policy urged the Israeli government Tuesday to garner support from Evangelical Christians around the world, and to strengthen its connection to those outside of the US.
Wednesday December 28, 2011 Haredi • RNB's Religion News Blog:
Tensions ran high in Beit Shemesh, Israel, Tuesday night as thousands of people gathered to protest against the rise of ultra- Orthodox extremism.
They spoke out against a growing frequency in attacks against a local religious-Zionist girls’ elementary school and the broader trend of haredi exclusion of women from the public domain.
Thursday November 10, 2011 Cults • Israel • RNB's Religion News Blog:
A panel of academics and professionals from Israel’s Ministry of Welfare and Social Services will meet Thursday to discuss the possibility of creating legislation to legally outlaw sects and cultish practices in Israel.
The one-day symposium will explore the ethical dilemma of curbing such groups and attempt to sharpen the definition of what constitutes a cult.
Tuesday September 20, 2011 RNB's Religion News Blog • Scientology:
The historic Alhambra cinema building belongs to the international Scientology movement through trustee Gur Finkelstein, who is suspected of attempted murder.
The foreclosure followed a petition by N.N. Salati Engineering and Projects Management, which last week filed a NIS 7.6 million suit against Finkelstein and the Scientology movement.
Thursday August 4, 2011 Breslov-related • Cults • RNB's Religion News Blog:
The three central defendants in a Jerusalem cult were indicted in the Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday, in a case of what police and social workers have called the worst abuse of its kind they have seen in decades.
Tuesday August 2, 2011 Breslov-related • Cults • RNB's Religion News Blog:
Israel Police, in cooperation with Jerusalem district officers and social services, arrested nine members of a cult living in Jerusalem and in the Tiberias area over the past few weeks, on suspicion of carrying out emotional and physical abuse of women and children over a two year period.
Police and social workers familiar with the case described severe physical, emotional, and sexual violence, that landed several of the children in the hospital, some multiple times.
Wednesday May 25, 2011 Cults • Israel • RNB's Religion News Blog:
The Israeli government must create comprehensive legislation to combat the phenomenon of cults
in Israel and provide a clearer definition of what constitutes cult activity, a report published Monday by a special Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs task force has recommended.
Authored by the team of professionals that dealt with the fallout of Israel’s largest cult to date – that headed by Tel Aviv polygamist Goel Ratzon
– the 48-page report focuses on four main areas: preventive action, therapeutic intervention, legislation and government involvement.
Saturday May 21, 2011 Christianity • Israel:
Pilgrims are flowing back to the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism on the Jordan River as Israel removes 40-year-old land mines and improves the area, but barbed wire and armed soldiers testify to the area’s tense past.
Located in a closed military area on the West Bank a few kilometers from Jericho, the site — Qasr el Yahud — has been revered since the fourth or fifth century as the place where John the Baptist recognized Jesus
as the Messiah
Thursday March 24, 2011 Israel • Messianic Jews:
Representatives of a Messianic Jewish community in the southern Israeli town of Arad said Monday, March 21, they face “increased persecution” by ultra-Orthodox Jews who accuse the believers of missionary activities and want them to leave Israel.
In 2008, the Supreme Court of Israel ruled that Messianic Jews
have the same rights regarding automatic citizenship as Jews who do not believe in Jesus as the Messiah.
Friday January 14, 2011 Israel • Judaism • RNB's Religion News Blog:
Dramatic changes may be coming in Israel: Demographers now estimate about a third of last year’s Jewish babies were born into the ultra-Orthodox community, an insular and devout minority that has long been at loggerheads with the rest of the increasingly modern and prosperous country.
Wednesday January 12, 2011 Goel Ratzon:
One year after Israeli police raided the Tel Aviv headquarters of a suspected polygamist cult that involved some 40 children and 20 women, welfare authorities say they are still dealing intensely with the fallout and rehabilitation process of the cult members
The 20 wives and 40 children of the yet-to-be convicted cult leader Goel Ratzon continue to receive a wide range of welfare services, including constant psychological monitoring.
Friday October 29, 2010 Israel • RNB's Religion News Blog:
During its six decades of existence, Israel has maintained a shaky alliance with its ultra-Orthodox Jewish minority
that allowed most religious men to avoid military service, attend separate schools and get paid by the state to study the Bible
instead of entering the work force.
But this system is coming under new scrutiny
, pressured by a series of Supreme Court rulings, an ambitious education minister and the hugely unpopular cost of sustaining a fast-growing ultra-Orthodox population
that has few skills for the 21st century and now accounts for one in four Jewish first graders – and growing.
Thursday July 15, 2010 Israel • Messianic Jews:
A congregation of Messianic Jews in Israel who recently lost a lawsuit against an ultra-orthodox Jewish group that allegedly incited a riot against them has decided not to appeal their case, the church’s pastor has said.
After meeting with his congregation and members of the Messianic community in Israel, Howard Bass, pastor of Yeshua’s Inheritance church in Beer Sheva, said that although there are strong legal grounds for an appeal, he believes it is not God’s will to do so.
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