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The Shame of Borough Park | The New Yorker

| May 23, 2019

Sam Kellners reputation in the Hasidic community of Borough Park, Brooklyn, began to suffer in 2008, when his teen-age son told him that he had been molested by a man who had prayed at their synagogue. Kellners first instinct was to run the man over with his van, but he didnt know if his anger was justified.

Hasidic Rabbi Hillel HandlerMeasles Vaccine Antagonist The …

| May 20, 2019

On Monday night in Monsey, the Atrium was packed with ultra-Orthodox Jews. The ballroom of the massive catering hall usually hosts lively Hasidic weddings.

Outfitting Hasidic Women With Stylish, Yet Modest, Fashions

| May 20, 2019

Sifting through the crop tops and sheer blouses for sale at Junee, a boutique in Borough Park, Brooklyn, is an unexpected clientele: some of New York Citys most modest women. Filled with bright colors and the latest fashions, the store specializes in outfitting Hasidic women, who follow a deeply conservative sartorial doctrine that, among other things, requires their elbows, collarbones and knees to always be covered, and if married, their hair to be hidden under a scarf or wig. Junee and other stores like it have seen their sales rise in recent years because of a flood of new products designed to make modesty and fashion compatible.

Proposed Fur Ban in New York Pits Animal Rights Advocates …

| May 20, 2019

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] As Corey Johnson, the speaker of the New York City Council, urged his colleagues on Wednesday to ban the sale of fur in the city, he argued that it was the moral thing to do. But the proposed ban, backed by animal rights advocates, has met an unexpected challenge from a diverse set of opponents, including black pastors and Hasidic leaders. They say a prohibition would fly in the face of centuries of religious and cultural tradition.

Understanding Hasidic Jews and Ultra-Orthodox Judaism

| April 28, 2019

In general, Orthodox Jews are followers who believe in a fairly strict observance of the rules and teachings of the Torah, as compared to the more liberal practices of members of modern Reform Judaism. Within the group known as Orthodox Jews, however, there are degrees of conservatism. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, some Orthodox Jews sought to modernize somewhat by accepting modern technologies.

YIVO | Chernobil Hasidic Dynasty

| April 27, 2019

(Ukr., Chernobyl; later, Twersky Hasidic Dynasty), one of the leading Hasidic communities in nineteenth-century Ukraine. The Chernobil dynasty was founded by Rabbi Menaem Naum of Chernobil (1730?1797), a student of Yisrael Baal Shem Tov and Dov Ber, the Magid of Mezritsh. In addition to serving as the magid (preacher) of Chernobil, Reb Naum apparently traveled around Ukraine, mediating, advising, and spreading his teachings.

Opinion | My Fellow Hasidic Jews Are Making a Terrible …

| April 25, 2019

Whether out of shortsightedness or strategic malice, some of our religious leaders have directly fostered an atmosphere where thorough research is sneered at, the scientific method is doubted and the motivations of professionals are assumed to be nefarious and steeped in anti-religious animus. In more recent years, when the Department of Education pushed for an increase in secular studies in the citys yeshivas, some of our leaders once again instigated their community to oppose these much-needed reforms.

Brooklyns Hasidic Community Reacts to a City-Declared Health …

| April 22, 2019

Lee Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, was hectic last Sunday. With less than a week left before the start of Passover, everyone was tending to last minute shopping

YIVO | Munkatsh Hasidic Dynasty

| April 21, 2019

Ultraconservative Hungarian Hasidic sect. The spiritual progenitor of Munkatsh Hasidism was Tsevi Elimelekh of Dinov (d. 1841), an outspoken opponent of the Haskalah and prolific author who served briefly as rabbi in Munkcs (Hun., more properly Munccs; Cz., Mukaevo; Yid., Munkatsh; now Ukr

A Young Hasidic Man Leads a Gay Double Life in Black Hat

| April 17, 2019

Religion is often seen and portrayed as the antithesis of LGBTQ identity.

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