Front page of Hamodia daily
TypeDaily newspaper
PublisherRuth Lichtenstein
Political alignmentHaredi Judaism
HeadquartersBrooklyn, New York
CountryUnited States, Israel

Hamodia (Hebrew: המודיע – "the Informer") is a Hebrew-language daily newspaper published in Jerusalem. A daily English-language edition is also published in the United States, and weekly English-language editions in England and Israel. A weekly edition for French-speaking readers debuted in 2008. The newspaper's slogan is "The Newspaper of Torah Jewry". It comes with two magazines, Inyan and Prime. Haaretz, the newspaper of Israel's secular left, describes Hamodia as one of the "most powerful" newspapers in the Haredi community.[1]


Hamodia was founded in 1950 by Rabbi Yehuda Leib Levin, son of the Agudat Israel leader Rabbi Yitzhak-Meir Levin of Warsaw and Jerusalem.[2]

Its current director general is Rabbi Chaim Moshe Knopf, and its deputy director general is Knopf's son, Rabbi Elazar Knopf.[3]

English-language edition

The English-language edition of Hamodia is published by Levin's daughter, Ruth Lichtenstein.[2] It was first printed on 27 February 1998 as a weekly paper, and on 15 December 2003 it expanded to include a daily publication as well. The daily edition is published from Monday to Friday, with no edition appearing on Saturday (the Jewish Sabbath), Sunday, or the week of Passover, or the week of Sukkot.[4] The weekly edition is printed on Wednesdays, and includes expanded sections and two glossy magazines: Inyan and Prime. The English-language Hamodia is published in four editions: United States (daily and weekly), Israel (weekly only), Australia (weekly only), and Britain (weekly only).[5] The daily edition of the American Hamodia is also available in a digital online edition, which is updated throughout the day. The American version is the first Haredi Jewish daily newspaper ever published in English in the U.S.[6] The newspaper has a website plus print circulation of 160,000.[7]

Editorial policy

Its editorial policy reflects the Haredi point of view. Although not Zionist, on ideological grounds, it is right of center in its Israeli coverage. It is very vociferous on the thorny issue of Jerusalem, and opposes even minimal concessions. It includes editorials on all sides of American political and economic issues.

The publication prohibits photographs of women on its pages and website. It avoids sensationalism and reveling in tragedies.[1] As Haredi culture shuns television, internet usage, and the reading of secular newspapers, Hamodia is one of the few news sources available to many of its readers. At first, the publishers refused to produce an internet edition of Hamodia, but it now exists.

Notable journalists and writers

See also


  1. ^ a b Chizhik-Goldschmidt, Avital (August 11, 2015). "Inside the World of ultra-Orthodox Media: Haredi Journalists Tell It Like It Is". Haaretz. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Ruth Lichtenstein". The Forward. 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2024-05-07.
  3. ^ Marks, Yehudah. "Mrs. Leah Knopf, a"h". Hamodia, April 19, 2012, p. A24.
  4. ^ "Hamodia ([Brooklyn, Ny])". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2024-05-07.
  5. ^ Lauter, Devorah (2008-07-14). "Orthodox paper launches in Australia". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 2024-05-07.
  6. ^ Berkman, Jacob (2008-02-12). "Hamodia turns 10 and no Hillary photos". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 2024-05-07.
  7. ^ Goldman, Laura. "The Back Story". Business Insider.com. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  8. ^ Kaplan, Dovid (2005). Polishing Diamonds: Bringing out the sparkle in our children. Hamodia Publishing. pp. IX–X. ISBN 965-90652-5-6.
  9. ^ Ginzberg, Issamar (October 1, 2014). "Why Strangers Are Better Than Friends" (PDF). Hamodia. No. FEATURES. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014. A big mistake many of us make is assuming that if we are going into business, we should look for who we know in that business.
  10. ^ Ginzberg, Issamar (September 23, 2014). "Copywriting and TRWN The most important business formula you've never come across" (PDF). Hamodia. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  11. ^ Heller, Tziporah (July 12, 2017). "Every Jew Is Precious". Hamodia. Retrieved April 18, 2020.
  12. ^ Twersky, Harav Boruch Benzion (January 6, 2015). "To Vanquish the Yetzer Hara". Hamodia. Retrieved April 18, 2020.