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Rabbi Mordechai Hager, Leader of Large Hasidic Sect, Dies …

Posted By on March 17, 2018

Like most Hasidim, he believed Israel should have never been created as a state until the arrival of the Messiah. Nevertheless, he recognized that the state was a practical reality and honored those ultra-Orthodox legislators who took part in the Israeli government.

That stance often put him at odds with the Satmar Hasidim, Americas largest and arguably most austere sect and the dominant one in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where the Viznitz also have a significant presence.

Rabbi Hager did not let himself be bullied by Satmars power. When a Satmar grand rabbi wanted to stretch the length of the Sabbath day as a mark of extra piety, Rabbi Hager refused to go along, indicating that he wanted to be faithful to the traditions of his ancestors.

And he opposed the public school district that was created for disabled students in the upstate Satmar village of Kiryas Joel; he said he was not pleased that the school, because it was public, would not be able to teach its students to say Jewish blessings or explain the concept of a Jewish god.

More recently he was not happy that Orthodox Jews who do not send their children to public school nevertheless dominated the board of the public school district of East Ramapo, N.Y., which embraces Kaser. He viewed the situation as unnecessarily provocative.

He spoke his mind, said Mr. Rapaport, himself a Viznitz Hassid. He did not believe in public confrontation with the secular world. He believed in quiet diplomacy, and if it doesnt work, it doesnt work.

More than anything, Rabbi Hagers Hasidim venerated him for his deep knowledge of the Talmud. He was said to study its volumes and commentaries 18 hours a day, and when diabetes left him blind about 10 years ago, he had teams of volunteers read the rabbinical legal debates to him.

Mordechai Hager was born on July 20, 1922, in Oradea, Romania, known among Yiddish speakers as Grosswardein. His father, Chaim Meir Hager, was the fourth grand rabbi of Vyzhnytsia (Viznitz in Yiddish), the village in the Carpathian foothills in what is today western Ukraine; the village had been the seat of this Hasidic dynasty since its beginnings in the mid-19th century.

During World War I, Russian soldiers wantonly murdered many of Viznitzs Jews, forcing the dynasty to shift its base to Grosswardein, in a region that vacillated between Hungary and Romania. The mother of Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Prize-winning author and teacher, and his grandfather were Viznitz Hasidim, and Mr. Wiesel, though he was not Hasidic, had a deep knowledge of Viznitz melodies.

At an early age, Rabbi Hager displayed maverick traits. Grosswardein did not have a Hasidic yeshiva, and young Mordechai, feeling isolated from schoolmates, ran away to the Hungarian village Satu Mare to study in a yeshiva operated by the Satmar (Satu Mare in Yiddish) dynasty.

When, during World War II, the Germans occupied Hungary Grosswardein was now within its borders the Hager family made its way to Bucharest, Romanias capital, with the help of a Hasidic smuggling network. Bucharest had become a kind of Hasidic Casablanca, with desperate refugees, including the grand rabbis of Skver and Bobov, seeking documents that could take them to the United States or Palestine.

In Bucharest, Rabbi Hager married Feige Malka Twersky, the daughter of the grand rabbi of Skver, whose followers are now clustered in New Square in Rockland County. She died of an infection a few months later, and Rabbi Hager married her sister Sima Mirel.

The couple had eight sons and six daughters. Rabbi Hagers wife died a decade ago. The eldest son, Pinchas Sholom, died in 2015.

The seven surviving sons, each of whom heads a Viznitz congregation in either London, Montreal, Israel, New York City or Kiamesha Lake, N.Y., are Yisroel, Mendel, Yitzchok Yochonon, Aron, Dovid, Eliezer, and Boruch.

The daughters, each of whom is married to a rabbi with distinguished Hasidic pedigree, are Tziporah, Malka Chana, Hinda, Chava Reizel, Golda and Bracha. Rabbi Hager also leaves a sister in Israel, Tziporah Friedman.

His older brother, Moshe, received a certificate to immigrate to British-controlled Palestine. In 1972 he became the head of the other major Viznitz community, centered in the town of Bnei Brak. He died in 2012.

Rabbi Hager could not get a visa to Palestine, but he and his father-in-law were able to immigrate to the United States in 1948.

Rabbi Hager settled in Williamsburg and became the head of the cavernous Viznitz synagogue at 6 Lee Avenue.

With the advent of the 1960s, Rabbi Hager was concerned that the society around him was becoming too free and less modest in dress and behavior. He decided to settle his tribe in the hamlet of Monsey in the town of Ramapo, where Orthodox families were already living and where there was a ready infrastructure of yeshivas, kosher stores and ritual baths.

The Hasidim needed expansive houses and apartments for their large families, but Ramapo zoning laws discouraged such building. Viznitz leaders decided in 1990 to carve out their own village, just as Satmar had done in Kiryas Joel in Orange County and the Skver Hasidim had done in nearby New Square.

The village name, Kaser, is the Hebrew word for crown when spoken with a Yiddish inflection. It became an independent municipality in 1990. With 5,300 residents squeezed into one-tenth of a square mile, it is considered the most densely populated in the state, and the fifth most densely populated in the nation.

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Are Jews the modern-day Pharisees(Talmud was written by …

Posted By on March 16, 2018

“Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world only to serve the People of Israel.

In Israel, death has no dominion over them With gentiles, it will be like any person they need to die, but [God] will give them longevity. Why? Imagine that ones donkey would die, theyd lose their money.

This is his servant Thats why he gets a long life, to work well for this Jew.

Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat That is why gentiles were created.

Weekly Saturday night sermon in October 2010


One answerer —-Antisemites on this forum think that if they quote one Jew that it represents what other Jews believe.

—— REPLY —If Ovadia Yosef who made that speech against gentiles is given the LARGEST STATE HONORED FUNERAL IN ALL OF ISRAELIS HISTORY, that means all Jews given him that honor endorse that Rabbi’s views


The American Jewish Committee condemned Yosef’s remarks —- Yeah Despite that Israel went ahead and gave him the LARGEST STATE HONORED FUNERAL IN ALL OF ISRAELIS HISTORY… Goes on to show that Israel itself is a RACIST COUNTRY


His old age CANNOT be an excuse for outrageous remarks. If the Rabbi is healthy enough to make a sermon inside a synagogue and tons of jews listen to him, he is surely of sound mind. It is ridiculous to see some anti Christian jews in R&S trying to defend that indefensible creature


Hurricane Katrina as divine punishment for godlessness and American support for the disengagement from Gaza:

There was a tsunami and there are terrible natural disasters, because there isnt enough Torah study Black people reside there [New Orleans]. Blacks will study the Torah? [God said] lets bring a tsunami and drown them.

Hundreds of thousands remained homeless. Tens of thousands have been killed. All of this because they have no God.

Bush was behind Gush Katif [the Gaza settlement bloc]. He encouraged Sharon to expel Gush Katif We had 15,000 people expelled here, and there 150,000. It was Gods retribution God does not short-change anyone.

Weekly Saturday night sermon in July 2005

4) On making peace with Arabs:

How can you make peace with a snake?

Those evildoers, the Arabs it says in the Gemara [Talmud] that God is sorry he ever created those sons of Ishmael.

Weekly Saturday night sermon in August 2000

5) On Muslims:

Theyre stupid. Their religion is as ugly as they are.

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Farrakhan spoke the truth about the Talmud | Brother Jesse …

Posted By on March 16, 2018

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by Nation of Islam Research Group

On February 25, 2018,The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam,spoke to a worldwide audiencefrom Chicago, Illinois. In his now controversial lecture, Minister Farrakhan discussed one of the viciously anti-Christian passages in the Babylonian Talmud, a central text in the Jewish religion.The passage (Gittin 57a) condemns Jesus Christ to an eternal punishment of being boiled in excrement. The video clip below is being presented by Fox News and theNational Reviewas a violation of Twitters hate policy. They are using it to have The Ministers Twitter account closed down:

The Jewish holy book is the Talmud. Why would they want Jesus to be boiled in hot excrement?

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MINISTER FARRAKHAN (@LouisFarrakhan) March 2, 2018

The Nation of Islam Research Groupasked Talmudic expertMichael Hoffmanto view the clip and give his opinion on the veracity of The Ministers statement about the Talmud. His response is below:

By Michael Hoffman

The Babylonian Talmud tractate Gittin, whichMinister Louis Farrakhan quoted truthfully and accurately in his Saviours Day speech last February, is concerned in part with the fulfillment of Jesus Christs prophecy concerning the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem by the Romans, due to the transgressions of the Jews:

Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. And He said to them, Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn downTherefore when you see the Abomination Of Desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy placethen those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains (Matthew 24: 1-2; 15-16).

The Abomination Of Desolation was the Roman Army. Jesus was warning that in less than forty years it would advance to besiege Jerusalem, and that His followers were to flee to safety, which is what they did, leaving the unbelieving Jews to suffer the consequences.

Because the creed of Orthodox rabbinic Judaism is one of unrelenting revenge, the Roman General Titus, who personally directed the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D., is forever an object of hatred, second only to Jesus himself. The rabbis of Orthodox Judaism have never forgiven Titus for commanding the legions who fulfilled Christs prophecy and destroyed the Temple at Jerusalem, along with the Jews who maintained that corrupt and doomed system. The revenge of the rabbis upon Titus is to tell nonsensical lies about him in the Talmud.

Few Christians or Muslims are aware that in the Babylonian Talmud Jesus shares his place in hell with the Roman Titus, who is depicted as being chastised for the destruction of the Temple by being burned to ashes in hell, reassembled, burned, reassembled and burned againfor eternity (Gittin 56b). In another depraved lie, Jesus is portrayed as being punished for leading Israel astray by forever remaining seated in a cauldron of boiling excrement in hell (Gittin 57a). According to the law (halahca) of Talmudic Judaism, Anyone who mocks the words of the sages will be sentenced to boiling excrement ( ).

The typical rabbinic and Zionist response to the truthful description by Minister Farrakhan and others of what the Talmud teaches about Jesus, is to lie and say that in this passage the Talmud is referring to another Jesus, rather than Jesus of Nazareth: Many commentaries suggest that some or all talmudic references to Jesus refer to another person (Koren Talmud Bavli[Jerusalem: 2015], vol. 21, footnote to p. 319).

According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), To agitate Christian readers, anti-Talmud writers often attempt to portray the Talmud as demeaning the figure of Jesus.

By the ADLs reasoning, anti-Talmud writers are never scholars who are dispassionately committed to the discovery of the truth about what the Talmud teaches, but rather, they are only agitators who, from impure motives, seek to portray the Talmud as demeaning Jesus.

How the ADL arrived at this conspiracy theory is not revealed, but the undercurrent of intimidation is clear: those who speak or write candidly and accurately concerning how Jesus is defamed in the Talmud are seeking to agitate Christians. No reputable person would want a career-killing stigma like that attached to his statements and most Christians and Muslims are thereby intimidated from pursuing the truth about the Talmudic depiction of Jesus. Moreover, according to the ADL, the Talmud only refers to Jesus in a handful of places, and though these references may not reflect the courteous ecumenicism of the modern world, neither are they particularly inflammatory. (Anti-Defamation League,The Talmud in Anti-Semitic Polemics[New York: 2003], p. 11).

The ADL expects us to believe that depicting the Christian Savior being boiled in feces is not inflammatory, while any critical observation that Mr. Farrakhan dares to utter concerning Judaism is nothing but inflammatory. The hypocrisy is all too familiar.

Long-standing denials by Talmudists and Zionists and their gentile apologists concerning the supposed absence of Jesus in the Talmud, are slowly being discredited after having held sway for centuries. David Klinghoffer elucidated this development in his essay, What the Talmud Really Says About Jesus:

the scandalous passages indeed refer not to some other figure of ancient times but to the famous Jesus of Nazareth. What exactly is so scandalous? How about Jesus punished in Hell for eternity by being made to sit in a cauldron of boiling excrement? That image appears in early manuscripts of the Babylonian Talmud, as does a brief account of Jesus trial and executionnot by the Romans but by the Jewish high court, the Sanhedrin. (Publishers Weekly, January 31, 2007).

Mr. Klinghoffer says that the Jewish community has been content to let the evil sayings of the Talmud about Jesus remain obscure and unknown. His claim is erroneous. The rabbinic communityactively teachesthese viciously bigoted statements about Jesus within their religion,while denying to the world that they are present in their sacred texts. These inconvenient facts must not be suppressed. The admission by Klinghoffer and other Judaic intellectuals that Jesus Christ is indeed targeted in the Babylonian Talmud, has brought with it no substantive analysis of the long record of rabbinic denials and falsification that preceded his revelation, and which continue in some instances, up to the present time. Mr. Klinghoffer is eager to have us pass over Judaisms system of dissimulation as quickly as possible.

Christians and Muslims are rightly offended at the disgraceful libels, pornographic scurrilities and hate speech in the Talmud.Louis Farrakhan, virtually alone among public figures in America, has had the courage to defend Jesus against these obscenities.


Michael Hoffman is a former reporter for the New York Bureau of the Associated Press and the author of nine books, includingJudaism DiscoveredandJudaisms Strange Gods.

Mr. Hoffmanreviewed the Nation of IslamsThe Secret Relationship Between Blacks & Jews, Volume 2, for his publicationRevisionist Historynewsletter(1 September-October 2010).

Mr. Hoffmanreviewed the Nation of IslamsThe Secret Relationship Between Blacks & Jews, Volume 2for his publicationRevisionist Historynewsletter (1 September-October 2010).

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Posted By on March 16, 2018

Signs that spring will really arrive; in Boston bunches of tulips appear in stores, in Florida the winter residents leave and the year-round residents reappear on the beaches, and in both places whole aisles in grocery stores are packed with kosher-for-Passover food.

About six months ago, as we celebrated the first of the four Jewish new years-the one honoring the turning of the calendar year-we spent a day in our synagogues asking for forgiveness, for ourselves individually and for our community. On Yom Kippur we prayed in spoken words and song, as we beat our chests and apologized and asked for the chance for a redo. (One of my favorite parts of Judaism is the knowledge that I can ask for forgiveness as soon as I go awry, not having to wait until Yom Kippur, worrying for months.) Now, after six months, along comes Pesach, the third new year. I think of this harbinger-of-spring holiday as also my check-in time; have I kept my part of the contract/agreement/brit that I made with God and signed on Yom Kippur, have I tried my best to stay on the right track.

The years are repetitive; seasons follow each other in a very predictable rhythm, as do the months and the holidays. For me the holiday cycle is also about Gods participation in our lives and begins with Pesach. In this holiday God is key. As it is written over and over, we left Egypt because I am the lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt. Moses led us out, but God gave him the directions. Yet, even with Moses leading us with specific instructions, we didnt all leave Egypt. For some of us the thought of leaving what we knew and going into the unknown was too frightening.

According to some commentary, as we celebrate the rest of the holidays in their order, Gods participation slowly diminishes. The last holiday in the cycle, before Pesach reappears, is Purim. Gods name never appears; its all about Esther saving us.

But, the God with whom I have a constant conversation in my thoughts does not leave me. I always feel a presence hovering over my shoulder. This sense of God is my support, in whatever form it may appear; a friend, one of my kids, a doctor or extended family member. To me, God must have somehow been present in Esthers life so that she could be strong and forceful. Or, as Yehuda Amichai wrote in one of his poems, Gods hand is in the world.

As we are meant to be learning and evolving and questioning until our last moment, I breathe easier knowing that, for me, Gods presence exists and is part of my journey every day.

The place where you are right now, God circled on a map for you. Hafitz

(The second new year, the15 Shevat, is the New Year for trees, and the last one is 1 Elul, the New Year for the tithing of cattle. )

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The Many Facets of the Sephardic Spirit Jewish Journal

Posted By on March 9, 2018

Attempting to pin down the essence of the Sephardic spirit is akin to trying to nail Jell-O to a wall. Is it a religious outlook? A political viewpoint? An embracing of cultural traditions and mores? An overarching worldview? Or some version of all of the above?

The answer, of course, is, It depends on whom you speak with, because, as the age-old tradition goes: Speak to two Jews and youll get three opinions. However, everyone interviewed for this article agreed that there is a definite uptick in Jews from all backgrounds wanting to learn more about Sephardic traditions that go beyond the basic, Dont Sephardim eat rice on Passover?

The Classical Sephardic WorldviewLos Angeles Rabbi Daniel Bouskila is director of the Sephardic Educational Center (SEC), which reaches out to young Jews and focuses on a Jewish way of life inspired by the teachings of Maimonides, known as the Classical Sephardic Worldview. With headquarters in Jerusalem and centers around the world, the SEC is focused on building a new generation of spiritual and community leaders that can be modern, progressive and inclusive, but still follow halachah (Jewish law).

For Bouskila and other Sephardic religious leaders, this is the Sephardic spirit, a philosophy that embraces all Jews. Im 53, Bouskila told the Journal, and when I was growing up, Sephardic Judaism was at best a cultural footnote. It was, Heres what Sephardim eat, and heres a museum exhibit on their colorful dress or a henna celebration, but there was no discussion of Sephardic ideology, philosophy or halachic rulings.

Bouskila went to Jewish day schools, and Yeshiva University and learned nothing of Sephardic traditions. It just didnt exist anywhere, he says. It wasnt part of the historical narratives of teaching Jewish history.

Today, though, he says, there are programs, events and panels all over the world that focus on Sephardic texts and Sephardic rabbis and their teachings.

Is the Sephardic spirit a religious outlook? A political viewpoint? An embracing of cultural traditions and mores An overarching worldview? Or some version of all of the above?

Next week (March 15-17), the SEC is co-sponsoring Seattle-born and New York-based Rabbi Marc D. Angel as the scholar in residence at the Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel on Wilshire Boulevard. Angel will speak on, among other things, the Classical Sephardic Worldview. And on March 18, Angel and Bouskila will co-sponsor an educators conference together with de Toledo High School Rabbi Devin Villarreal for teachers in Los Angeles Jewish day schools on how to incorporate Sephardic history, halachah and customs into the Jewish day school system.

I do think theres a growing awareness among Sephardim to reclaim their own roots to get back to the strength of their cultural traditions, Angel told the Journal in a telephone interview from New York. And there is also a growing interest among non-Sephardim. Its not just about the food and music anymore. [Sephardim] also have strong intellectual traditions in Jewish law and philosophy that are all part of the equation.

Part of that equation is a Sephardic tradition that doesnt follow the Ashkenazi mold of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist and other streams of Judaism.

[Sephardim] have basically had a philosophy that I call intellectually vibrant, compassionate and inclusive, Angel says. Trying to synthesize the general principles that bring it all together, Id say its 1. Joy in life; 2. A very optimistic religious worldview; 3. A strong sense of solidarity with the Jewish people as a whole; and 4. A sense of personal self worth or interiority.

Growing up in a Sephardic community in Seattle among Turkish Jews and Jews from the Island of Rhodes, Angel says, I didnt know there was such a thing as Jewish guilt until I moved to New York. In Seattle, life was happy, religion was joyous and everyone was family-oriented.

This, Angel says, stems from Sephardic Jews coming mainly from Muslim countries, where they lived in sunny climates and had sunny views of life. Things like Jewish humor and Jewish guilt dont apply to us. Ashkenazim came from cold places like Poland and Russia, and living in a Christian world was very different to living in a Muslim world.

Bouskila says even the definition of Sephardim needs to be clarified. I dont ever use the term Mizrachi (Easterners) he says. Theres absolutely no precedent for the term in Jewish history, Sephardic history, in halachah or in the prayer book.Rather, he says, it was a term born with Ashkenazi Zionism. He notes that when the Iraqi-born Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Israels Chief Sephardic Rabbi from 1973 to 1983 spoke of the halachah of Sephardim, he meant the whole umbrella of Sephardim, not just those who descended from Spain.

Solutions to Political and Religious ProblemsLos Angeles immigration attorney Neil Sheff is also the international president for the SEC, and has been involved with the organization since its inception in 1980.

He believes its Sephardim who could be at the forefront of solving some of both Israels and the Diasporas most pressing problems.

Sephardim often have a really keen experience in terms of how they lived with, related to, dealt with and coexisted with Muslim populations, but unfortunately, Israeli society and government has never looked to the Sephardic community for insight into that. A lot of people say if there were Sephardic Jews in charge of either the government or the peace process, we would probably have found a way to get together with our neighbors a long time ago.

Sheff, along with Bouskila and Angel say the classical Sephardic approach to problems also could heal the terrible rifts when it comes to issues ranging from stringent views on kashrut, the role of women, fertility issues and the Who is a Jew debate and concerns over conversion.

If the traditional, classical Sephardic approach to Who is a Jew and conversion would be followed, we would have much more happiness in the Jewish world and we wouldnt have these constant fights among different denominations, Sheff says. Unfortunately, especially the more right you go in Orthodoxy, each tries to outdo the other one so they add on requirements that have no basis in law. The Sephardic approach is moderate. It just requires you to show your allegiance and do a few things, but doesnt require you to become an ultra-Orthodox Jew in order to be counted as a Jew.

If the traditional classical Sephardic approach to Who is a Jew and conversion would be followed, we would have much more happiness in the Jewish world and we wouldnt have these constant fights among different denominations. Neil Sheff

However, Angel says he believes Sephardim in Israel are moving toward more Ashkenazic/Charedi models. Regrettably, in Israel and the Diaspora, this [Classical Sephardic Worldview] tradition is breaking down, so Sephardim, even if theyre not formally identifying with Orthodoxy, Conservatism or Reform, they are being drawn to into these types of orbits a more extremist model, Angel says.

This is where organizations like the SEC can come into play, Sheff says. He agrees with Angel, saying there is greater polarization in both Ashkenazic and Sephardic communities, with a shift in more extremism mostly to the right of the spectrum. Theyre basically trying to keep up with the Joneses on how black they can be in their dress and outlook and thought processes.

Its precisely because of this sharp veer to the right that Sheff feels more people are seeking to learn the moderate Sephardic approach to halachah. Thats why were encouraging educators to come and learn [with us at SEC], he says.

Embracing the Cultural TraditionsAnd although Sephardic rabbis and teachers want the larger Jewish world to embrace this classical worldview, there always will be a fascination with Sephardic customs and traditions that can in fact create further inroads into Sephardic Jewish life.

At Temple Emmanuel in Beverly Hills, Rabbi Sarah Bassin decided three years ago to hold an annual Mimouna celebration (the Sephardic tradition of a feast held the day after the end of Passover), for young Jewish professionals.

We had a really diverse young professionals board and we strategically decided we wanted to highlight different subsets of Jewish culture, Bassin told the Journal. It started with a Cuban-Jewish event, then an Indian-Jewish event and that led to the Mimouna event.

On a philosophical level, I think the American-Jewish context is one where we do have all these different fusion touch points of subsets of Jewish culture, she says. Thats what America does. It takes from all these minority cultures and then they get folded in and adapted and morphed into their own Americanized version.

That, Bassin says, is part of what she hoped to cultivate and facilitate helping Ashkenazi Jews embrace the [Mimouna] experience and see that this is now something that can be part of their [overall] Jewish experience.

Embracing Sephardic culture on the academic level is also happening at UCLAdino an organization formed eight years ago to spread knowledge of Ladino the Judeo-Spanish language to students on campus and nationwide.

UCLAdino Director Max Daniel is a graduate student in Jewish Studies in the Maurice Amado Program in Sephardic Studies. Theres a large academic interest worldwide in studying Ladino, Daniel says. In addition, he says, its part of my heritage and connects me to our culture as Sephardic Jews. Daniels father was a native Ladino speaker who was born before World War II in Salonika, Greece.

At 25, Daniel is less than half Bouskilas age, but he too says he grew up with a Jewish Day school education (in Chicago) but with zero focus on Sephardic culture, philosophy or tradition. It was all Ashkenazi culture and the languages we focused on were Hebrew or Yiddish. What brings me to [the Ladino] group is that sense of reclaiming and almost relearning our heritage.

There is also a growing interest among non-Sephardim. Its not just about the food and music anymore. [Sephardim] also have strong intellectual traditions in Jewish law and philosophy that are all part of the equation. Rabbi Marc D. Angel

Daniel says it struck him that hes the first generation in his family to not grow up speaking Ladino. My ancestry and heritage is important to me and [studying Ladino] is a concrete thing I can do. It exposes me to the texts and the culture and a lot of the mediums and the emotions of the language.

Daniel believes theres a definite interest in the Ladino language and Sephardic heritage or spirit that he says could be attributed to a renewed effort by Spain and Portugal to connect with Sephardic Jews. On the academic side, they realize theyve neglected these histories and communities for some time, Daniel says.

He also believes that Jews from Sephardic communities living in the United States are now more comfortable speaking about their differences, whereas before I think they wanted to find commonalities with Ashkenazi Jews who settled here.

At Valley Beth Shalom, Rabbi Ed Feinstein says, Its our job to create as many celebrations of as many different Jewish expressions as possible. Feinstein began introducing a Sephardic High Holy Day service 10 years ago for Persian congregants, and recently implemented a monthly Sephardic Shabbat service called Tmarim.

Tmarim is run by Asher Levy, who grew up in the Valley Beth Shalom community and who studied ethnomusicology at UCLA. His family hails from Syria and his father is a rabbi. We really wanted to see what would it sound like to do an entire Sephardic service and its become a beautiful part of our repertoire, Feinstein says.

Much like Angels reference to the Sephardic joyful spirit, Feinstein says its wonderful to discover the colorful aesthetic of Sephardic Jewry. They eat bright, colorful, spicy food. Ashkenazim eat gray gefilte fish. Sephardic Jewry is a colorful corrective to the restrained aesthetic of Ashkenazic Jewry.

Feinstein believes embracing Sephardic traditions is part of American Jewrys struggle to create a new aesthetic. When we came to this country at the beginning of the 20th century, we brought all the models and the forms of Jewish life from [our] European communities, but those have now played themselves out. And were now comfortable enough in our Jewishness and ready for something brand new.

For more information on Rabbi Marc D. Angels sessions at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel from March 15-17, please contact or call (310) 475-7000.

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Amber Tamblyn Criticized For Complaint About Hasidic Jews …

Posted By on March 9, 2018

Actress Amber Tamblyn faces backlash after Tweeting that Hasidic Jews in New York City are targeting her.

The former Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star wrote Sunday that a Hasidic man in a van attempted to hit her in Brooklyn as she pushed her baby in a stroller.

But it was her follow-up post that sparked the controversy.Tamblyn wrote that this is not the first time a man from the Hasidic community in NYC has attempted to harm me or other women I know. Any woman riding a bike through South Williamsburg can attest.

While some people on Twitteragreed with her, others interpreted her complaint as an unnecessary generalized attack on Hasidic Jews.

Neither Tamblyn nor a rep immediately responded to HuffPosts requests for comment.

The actress defended herself in a tweet of support to a man who said that he, too, had been targetedby Hasidic Jews. Tamblyn, whose husband, actor David Cross, was raised Jewish, wrote she will not be bullied or intimidated by anyone who wants to twist my words.

HuffPost wasnt able to immediately get word from the NYPD on whether Tamblyn had filed a complaint about the van driver.

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Actress Amber Tamblyn Goes to War Against Hasidic Men

Posted By on March 9, 2018

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Actress, author, poet, and film director Amber Tamblyn (The Ring, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Blackout) on Sunday launched a brief Twitter campaign against Williamsburg Hasidic Jews.

If anyone in Brooklyn near the intersection of Washington Ave and Atlantic Ave just saw a Hasidic man in a grey van try to hit a woman and her baby in a stroller as she crossed a crosswalk, honking and touching the stroller with the cars bumper, please DM me. That woman was me, Tamblyns first tweet went. The incident she described supposedly took place around 2 PM Sunday.

It was followed some five hours later by this message:

Thank you everyone for your kind words of support today. We are fine. But this is not the first time a man from the Hasidic community in NYC has attempted to harm me or other women I know. Any woman riding a bike through South Williamsburg can attest. I hope this guy is caught.

We stayed with the story for a while, because, frankly, the notion of Hasidic Jews hunting for young women to harm did not strike us as being real.

Several in the Twitter community expressed similar doubts, and some accused Tamblyn a racist, like one user who argued, I dont understand your tweets. For someone who is so politically woke, I dont understand your generalizations of the Hasidic Jewish community. It sounds racist.

This isnt the time to attack Orthodox Jews, lets find these specific men and deal with it that way, one user suggested, apparently accepting the actress claim that she had been attacked, but doubting that theres a Hasidic conspiracy against good-looking young women walking the streets of Williamsburg.

A third user said, The Hasidic community is after @ambertamblyn? This doesnt add up. Still no mention if the police are investigating. I believe the incident occurred, but to say youre a specific target?

And: I dont understand the descriptive either. Arent these specific men and not an entire Orthodox community of faith? I dont get the hypocrisy.

Amber Tamblyn is married to comedian David Cross.

In the past, the actress tweeted that actor James Woods tried to seduce her and her friend when they were sixteen, and took them both to Las Vegas. Woods has no personal ties to Hasidic Jews, we looked.

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The Gur Hasidic movement in recent days has issued a decree that any member who volunteers in EMT services or the police would be barred from sending his children to Gur institutions, Kikar Hashabbat reported Tuesday, noting the decision followed a feverish discussion.

According to sources in Gur, this prohibition is directed mainly at young yeshiva students under the age of 30, who have been joining Hatzalah, MDA, and auxiliary police in large numbers, apparently without the approval of the movements spiritual leadership.

Parents who are members of Gur will be asked in the coming days to sign a commitment form declaring that they are not volunteers in any of the above organizations, and that if they are found to be serving their local communities in such manner, they would be expelled from the movement.

This move is viewed as extremely unusual, and out of character for the Hasidic community at large, which honors and cherishes its volunteers in rescue organizations and some choose community service as a substitute for enlisting in the IDF.

Deputy Health Minsiter Yakov Litzman (United Torah Judaism) is a senior member of the Gur movement.

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Amber Tamblyn claims a Hasidic man almost ran her over in Brooklyn on Sunday while she was pushing her baby in a stroller and now people are blasting her on Twitter after she chastised men within the Jewish faith and accused them of targeting women.

This is not the first time a man from the Hasidic community in NYC has attempted to harm me or other women I know, the actress tweeted.

Any woman riding a bike through South Williamsburg can attest, she said. I hope this guy is caught.

The alleged incident happened sometime before 2:30 p.m. in the shadow of the Barclays Center.

If anyone in Brooklyn near the intersection of Washington Ave and Atlantic Ave just saw a Hasidic man in a grey van try to hit a woman and her baby in a stroller as she crossed a crosswalk, honking and touching the stroller with the cars bumper, please DM me, Tamblyn said. That woman was me.

Its unclear if the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star called police to report the driver or what happened on Sunday. Authorities dont have any information on the incident.

Very shaken but yes, were okay, Tamblyn said.

Hours after the close call, the actress went back on Twitter and proceeded to make her claim about men in the Hasidic community. Several people called her out on Sunday night, with some saying her assumptions were racist.

This isnt the time to attack Orthodox Jews, one person tweeted. Lets find these specific men and deal with it that way.

Another said, I dont understand your tweets. For someone who is so politically woke, I dont understand your generalizations of the Hasidic Jewish community. It sounds racist.

The posts got numerous likes and prompted others to speak out.

The Hasidic community is after @ambertamblyn? This doesnt add up, tweeted user @KatyGreen1234. Still no mention if the police are investigating. I believe the incident occurred, but to say your a specific target?

Another user said, I dont understand the descriptive either. Arent these specific men and not an entire Orthodox community of faith? I dont get the hypocrisy.

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The Sephardic House $165 ($176) – UPDATED 2018 Prices …

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We stayed at the Sephardic House for the second time. Me and my mum arrived late Saturday evening and we were welcomed by Gerry. With his professionalism and a lovely personality he made us feel relaxed. He was very helpful and made our stay very…More

Me and my girlfriend have spent a beautiful time in Jerusalem. We have found in last minute this nice hotel.The hotel is in a very good and central position insidie the Old City.The ratio quality, price is excellent.Our delux room was big,…More

Dear Davide, Thank you for staying at the Sephardic House Hotel and for taking the time to write such a great review !We appreciate your kind words regarding location,rate,rooms and staff . we work really hard to provide our valued guests with the best…More

We had a wonderful stay here. We had a lovely deluxe room with a fantastic view, which was well worth the extra price as compared to the standard rooms. The breakfast each day was very tasty and varied. Sinai the front desk manager and all…More

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we stayed here for 4 nights in mid-january, so the busy season was ending, so they upgraded our room to a beautiful one. pricing was excellent for this location, under US$125. Breakfast was great and they have free soup in the lobby. The man handling…More



The hotel is located near Zion Gate. If you have a car you can find nearby a parking. The entrance is cozy. The front desk and the lobby can be improved. Is not a hotel of 4 stars facilities but we have cleaning services every…More

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