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What is Zionism? | Lasse Wilhelmson

Posted By on February 21, 2018

its history and role over the past 150 years

by Lasse Wilhelmson

Zionism is, according to its own prominent figures, a religious/political movement the aim of which is to create a socialistic model state for Jews in the land of Palestine where Mount Zion is located. Its roots are found in Judaism and in the middle of the nineteenth century Moses Hess, Karl Marxs mentor in socialism, developed it into a political movement. Hess was named The Communist Rabbi and with his book Rome and Jerusalem, 1862, laid the foundations for Zionism. Before this, he had formulated the first written principles of Communism Socialism and Communism, 1843, A Communist Credo: Questions and Answers, 1846, and Consequences of a Revolution of the Proletariat, 1847. In keeping with this, he assisted Marx and Engels in their work with The Communist Manifesto, 1848, but also concerning the role of religion. (1)

Theodor Hertzl, usually called Zionisms official founder, planned the colonisation of Palestine in a more practical book, The Jewish State, 1896, which was approved by the first Zionist congress in 1897. He described Hesss book Rome and Jerusalem as the book that says everything you need to know about Zionism. Race, people, nation and the chosen all merge in Zionism to create a national socialism, colonial style, synonymous with lebensraum and blut und boden. Later on, German national socialism was created with similar ideological components and with differentpractical effects on society.Nazism is the Germans national socialism and Zionism is the Jews.

I too, like Hitler, believe in the power of the blood idea.

Chaim Nachman Bialik, national bard of Israel, wrote this in The Present Hour in 1934.

It may be disputed to what extent Nazism was an answer to Bolshevism or the other side of the Zionist coin.

The Balfour Declaration, signed 1917 by Britains foreign minister and lord Rothschild, created the prerequisites for a national identity for the Jewish group through a Jewish state in the land of Palestine, in accordance with Zionisms short-term goals. Britain gave away a country owned by others to a third party, in exchange for the cooperation of the Jewish mafia on Wall Street, partly to fund Britains military endeavours in the First World War and partly to get the US on the side of the British in the war against Germany. The classic speech by Benjamin H. Freedman 1961 on these matters, not to forget.

There was little support for Zionism among Europes Jews to begin with, nor among Jews in German concentration camps during the Second World War. However, the panic-stricken exodus of Jews from Germany to Palestine was engineered by a collaboration of Jewish Zionists and German Nazis, thus blocking a more substantial exodus to other countries. This was done through cooperation between The World Zionist Organisation and Germany, the so-called Transfer Agreement in 1933. Preceding this, world Jewry had declared war on Germany in the form of a worldwide economic boycott. However, much earlier on, as part of Europes colonisation, Zionism, since the end of the nineteenth century, had guided the Jews in the colonisation of Palestine. Politically Zionism had its great break-through after WWII with the proclamation of the Jewish state in Israel in 1948.

Eastern European Marxist Jews, lead by Ben Gurion, Israels founding father who saw himself as a Bolshevik, came to play a crucial part in the colonisation. The socialist kibbutzim where only Jews could become members, paved the way to the theft of land and ethnic cleansing of approximately 750.000 Palestinians in 1948, the Nakba cataclysm. These Palestinians and their offspring still live in refugee camps or in exile and are denied their right, laid down by the UN, to return. The eviction was carried out by the Jewish army Haganah helped by Jewish Zionist revisionists from the Stern and Irgun terrorist gang groups, founded by Zev Jabotinsky who cooperated with Benito Mussolini. That same year, the Stern gang murdered Folke Bernadotte, the Swedish UN envoy and negotiator of the UN plan for partition (2).

However, it was not until after the 6 Day-War in 1967 that Zionism (post-Zionism) became a significant force in the US, through Jewish influence on banking, media, the film industry, the academic sphere and the Jewish lobby organisation AIPAC, and the neo-conservatives (neocons) influence on US foreign policy and the neo-colonial wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The US neocons comprise an alliance of Jewish and Christian Zionists and neo-liberal conservatives, with Leo Strauss as their foremost ideological figure. A kind of rightwing Zionism that bears great similarity to Jabotinskys in Palestine. But neocons also have roots among Trotskyites in the US, who like Ben Gurion in Palestine, were Bolsheviks. The Soviet Union took a very active part in the work leading up to the admittance of Israel as a member state of the UN. To what extent this was made to reinforce their influence among communists in the US who were predominantly Jews, or the first importand act of SUSocial-imperialism, may be disputed.

Most religious Jewish assemblies worldwide today, see Zionism as a positive development of Judaism (3). But some smaller groups of orthodox Jews such as Neturei Karta, consider Zionism incompatible with Judaism because the creation of a Jewish state can only be the work of God, not of people as in the case of Israel. Christian Zionism has considerable support in the American Bible Belt, but also Christian congregations such as The Swedish Pentecostal Movement give support. Christian Zionism is a large organisation but is subordinate to Jewish Zionism in its support of a Jewish state in Zion where the supposition is, however, that one day the Jews will become Christians (4).

Today, Zionism has become the most dominant ideology in the western world and is the most significant expression of Anglo-American imperialism, and reached a new stage by Project for a New American Century. The terror attack 911 became the turning-point. It was most likely an outside/inside false-flag operation, with clear israeli connections, even called a new Pearl Harbor.

Zionism is used to control peoples thoughts by restricting freedoms of speech and press, and to motivate neo-colonial wars aimed at Islam. This is accomplished by presenting an official picture of The Holocaust as an exclusively Jewish affair and it is treated like a religion; questioning it is taboo and liable to punishment by law. Today, in many countries there are academics in prison for their criticism. The European Union is promoting economic and military collaboration with Israel. Thus Jewish power have become more visible (5).

The new Hitler is any leader of a country disliked. He wassaid to be in Iranaccused of wanting to wipe out the Jewish state in a holocaust, using nuclear weapons he doesn`t have but Israel does. Criticising Israels policies and its influence in the US is labelled anti-Semitism. Questioning parts of the Zionist picture 6 million Jews killed in gas-chambers is called Holocaust denial; criticism of the Jewish mafias dominance within the power elite, mainly on Wall Street and The Federal Reserve, is named racist conspiracy theories. Considerable efforts are being made in the US and the EU to promote further restrictions and legal punishment of such criticism. It is reasonable to consider that the concerns surrounding details of Hitlers war crimes against diverse groups of people, including the Jews, should primarily be a matter of discussion between researchers of history, in the same way that the crimes committed by Stalin in the 1930s in Ukraine during the great hunger catastrophe are studied.

In Sweden, organisations such as The Expo Foundation (the Swedish Searchlight), AFA (Anti-Fashist Action), The Swedish Committee Against Anti-Semitism (the Swedish ADL), play a significant part as front organisations for the government authority Forum for Living History (FFLH) in its defence of the Jewish state and the promotion of Zionist ideology. FFLH, the witch hunt and subsequent sentencing of Ahmed Rami (Radio Islam webbsite), are a few of the signs of Zionisms influence over Swedens institutions of government. The business world has its equivalent in the way that the Jewish family corporation, Bonnier, influences the media. The extreme rightwing Sweden Democrats, is the political party that is most Israel-friendly, consequently also the party that launches the most aggressive attacks on Islam.

Spreading information about the destructive influence Zionism has on humanity in todays world, and in Sweden, is predominantly an ideological struggle against control and manipulation of peoples thinking. Especially since Zionism hardly exists in public debate. And the reason for this is that the means of production of culture and ideology are to a great extent owned or influenced by Zionist interests.

The heavily nuclear-armed Jewish racist settler state Israel is today the greatest threat to world peace through its influence in the western world, and Zionism is the greatest threat to humanity, including the majority of Jews. Zionism is used by the power elite in its efforts to secure a new world order with one Big Brother state and continual conflicts and wars between various religious, ethnic and cultural groups from disintegrated national states. In this light, Israel is the capital of the world and the Palestinians are the oppressed peoples of the world. Hence, Zionism is dangerous and must be resisted.

The Anglozionist power elites latest Bogeyman ISIS/IS which exploded the last year is analyzed in a separate article by this author after a research visit in the Middle East in the spring of 2014.

1) It should be stressed that although Zionism is a Jewish national socialist project, whileMarxism is an international socialist project open to all, both can be seen as Jewish projects, as can the neocons, because of the dominance of Jews in the leadership of these projects. Karl Marx was not a Zionist, but nevertheless Moses Hess was his personal stand-in at the meetings of the Internationale in 1868 and 1869, 6 years after having written Zionisms Magnum Opus: Rome and Jerusalem.

2) Marxism and Zionism can be seen as complementary survival projects for Jews in Europe, lasting a hundred years, from the middle of the 19th century up to the middle of the 20th century a double faced tribal strategy. Zionism created the necessary conditions for a nation for the Jews, while at the same time Marxism reduced the strength of all other nations through its internationalism. Regardless of whether this came about intuitively, or was launched as a conspiracy by the Freemasons, or Moses Hess planted the seeds or it was a combination of all these and other factors, the tangible result was that the Jewish group was reinforced.To such an extent that even Hitler and Stalins attempts to reduce its influence failed. We see today, that these strategies were successful regarding Jewish power, especially in the West, and in post-Zionisms role in the neo-colonial wars. The fact that the majority of Jews are exploited by the Zionist power elite does not alter this fact.

3) Religious Jewish assemblies today, for example in Sweden, consider that a person born of a Jewish mother, who does not belong to any other religion, is religion-wise a Jew. It is also possible to convert to Judaism. But many who consider themselves Jews are in fact secular. Being a Jew today then, is primarily a question of taking on board an identity that is tied to the Jewish state and The Holocaust, and sometimes also religious conviction. Every individual Jew can choose to be or not to be a Jew.

4) Judaism, Jewish mentality and Zionism are conceptions with fluid boundaries. They are connected but must at the same time be kept apart. This is because of the diverse opinions amongst religious Jews about Zionism, and because the number of non-Jews influenced by Jewish mentality and Zionism is much bigger than the number of Jews. Modern research has shown that Jews are neither a homogenous ethnic group or a people in the common meaning of the word, but rather, instead, a scattered group held together by a common tribal mentality and religious rules (Halakha) that give guidance as to how matters stand with non-Jews (goim) who, in this context, are considered less than human.

5)These are signs that Jewish power, through ownership of the economy and the production of ideology, with Zionism as ideology, has definitely established itself on the top of the food chain in todays world. Most powerful in preventing an open discussion on theese matters. It should be noted, that there are others than those who call themselves Jews in todays power elite, but this does not alter the strength of Jewish power. It should also be noted that we today have seen a shift in the big Chess play of the world, expressed in the deal with Iran on its atomic program, the last massacre on civilians in Gaza, and that these facts are isolating the Jewish state. One may ask if this will lead to a more peaceful world, or if it is just a partly new strategy for the NWO. He who sees will live

A few important references:

Hess, Moses. The Holy History of Mankindand Other Writings, ed. by Shlomo Avineri. Cambridge University Press, 2005

Shahak, Israel, Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years, Pluto Press, London, Sterling, Virginia (1994, 1997) 2002

Sand, Shlomo. The Invention of the Jewish People, Verso Books, 2009

Slezkine, Yuri. The Jewish Century, Princeton University Press, 2004

Felton, Greg, The Host and the Parasite, Dandelion Books, 2007

Atzmon, Gilad. The Wandering Who?, Zero Books, 2011

Final words:This article is a try to relatively short and simple sort out what Zionism is, and some related questions from Moses Hess to today. Of course there are some questions to add, primary about the impact of the Culture Marxism emanating from the Frankfurt School and mass migration to Europe.I am glad to receive comments for the next update.But dont miss the links.

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Hasidic Jews Censor In-Flight Movie With Blanket [VIDEO]

Posted By on February 20, 2018

Hasidic Jews are often seen doing things on planes that might seem weird to those outside the faith. Some of them refuse to sit next to women, some of them wrap themselves in plastic in case the plane flies over a cemetery, and some of them even try to censor in-flight movies.

During a flight yesterday, a group of Hasidic men were seen hanging blankets from the ceiling to cover up what appeared to be the movie Music and Lyrics starring Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant.

The men in the video are shown hanging a blanket over the large screen in the front of the plane, and at the end of the video, blankets can be seen hanging in multiple locations throughout the aircraft.

Other passengers can be heard cheering, and clapping as the men cover the screen.

The video, taken on a mobile phone, appeared to be shot on a chartered flight rather than a public plane, though that has not been confirmed. It was also not confirmed where the flight was going to, or where it had taken off from.

It is unknown, if it was indeed a chartered flight, why the men simply did not ask for the movie to be turned off. However, as the Mirror pointed out, one of the men on the flight does not appear to be Hasidic, signaling it may have been a public flight.

This is not the first time Hasidic and Orthodox Jews have been seen doing strange things on flights.

In 2015, two women reported having to change seats on their flights, because an Orthodox man refused to sit next to them. In 2013, an Orthodox man was seen wrapping himself in a plastic bag while flying on a plane. Authorities say the act was part of a ritual to ensure his body remained pure should the aircraft pass over any cemeteries.

Next, check out these Hasidic Jews who wore blindfolds at the airport to avoid looking at women. Then, read about the Orthodox Jews who caused flight delays by refusing to sit next to women.

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Bnai Brith Canada Housing | Lions’ Gate B’nai B’rith …

Posted By on February 15, 2018

Bnai Brith Canadas Affordable Housing Program

As an outgrowth of its ongoing historic commitment to serve the needs of the community, Bnai Brith Canada established an Affordable Housing Program in 1979. Its mission is to provide and maintain affordable, attractive, secure, and welcoming housing to low to moderate income residents. These residents now enjoy a decent home in a friendly community free from discrimination.

In Metropolitan Toronto, theBnai Brith Canada Family Housing Programhas provided and currently operates two senior citizens housing complexes on Bathurst Street, facing Earl Bales Park as well as a third project for seniors and families.

Each of these projects is an independent corporation, with its own Board of Directors, Committees and professional staff. At the same time, each project has access to and is able to benefit from the experience and services of the larger framework and resources of Bnai Brith Canada.

Our Other Buildings


Bnai Brith House, 8000 Cote St. Luc Road, Montreal, Quebec – This 95 one and two bedroom residence is located in a much sought after area of Montreal at the corner of Cote St. Luc Road and Westminster. A hot, nutritious, kosher, well-balanced and affordable lunch meal is provided daily to the residents.


The Dan Family Residence, 15 Torresdale, North York, Ontario – This 61-unit seniors and family residence is Bnai Brith Canadas first fully integrated facility providing housing for all segments of the community.

Bnai Brith Upper Canada Lodge Apartment, 4226 Bathurst Street, North York, Ontario – Comprised of 130 one and two bedroom air-conditioned units, this facility was the first building sponsored by Bnai Brith Canada Upper Canada Lodge.

Bnai Brith Seniors’ Residence, 4300 Bathurst Street, North York, Ontario – This 164-unit one and two bedroom air-conditioned apartment building is directly north of our first building.

Through a combination of our lodges volunteer service program and the resident social committee, various events take place on a regular basis: summer picnics and barbecues, evenings with guest speakers, weekly bingo nights, weekly exercise programs, movie nights, card games, holiday celebrations, and religious services on Shabbat and all holidays.

Bnai Brith International

Bnai Brith Canada, while corporately distinct, is part of Bnai Brith International, which is the largest Jewish sponsor of federally subsidized housing for the elderly in the United States. For more than 30 years, in a cooperative partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Bnai Brith has made rental apartments available for senior citizens with limited incomes. Bnai Brith senior housing is open to all qualified individuals as defined by HUD, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, or national origin.

The Bnai Brith Senior Housing Network in the United States consists of 37 apartment buildings in 25 communities, encompassing more than 4,000 apartment units and serving more than 6,000 people.

Bnai Brith has also developed a variety of housing alternatives around the globe. The organization sponsors parents homes in Australia, New Zealand, and Israel; senior citizens flatlets in England; an apartment building and a medical residence in Vancouver, British Columbia; and apartment buildings in Toronto. Although funded through their own national programs and tailored to meet the particular needs of the host country, these programs remain a vital component of the international Bnai Brith Senior Housing Network.

Local Bnai Brith volunteers and the senior service staff in the national office plan and complete all Bnai Brith senior housing projects.

For more information on Bnai Brith Internationals Housing network, please consult theirwebsite.

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Hasidic Women Rules Toldos Aharon Takanot For Women …

Posted By on February 14, 2018

Ive gottena few messages from readers wanting to learn more about women in Hasidic life and Hasidic women rules. So I decided to write a post about the takanot or decrees in theToldos Aharon sect that relate to women. All of the takanot in this postcan be found in the sefer Takanot Vehadrachot. This is the front cover of the sefer:

Before I get into specific takanot, its important to understand that in Hasidic life in general, there is a lot of emphasis on Hasidic women being ultra-modestand playing the primary role in raising the children.

However, the Hasidic women in the Toldos Aharon sect are particularly strict in regards to modesty. They generallyonly wear dark colors (so as not to attract attention), long stockings, skirts down to their ankles, and shave their heads when they get married. Unlike most other Hasidic sects, Toldos Aharon Hasidic women will not cover their headswith a wig when married, but instead wear shmattes (cloth/scarves) on their heads.

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New Square, New York – Wikipedia

Posted By on February 14, 2018

New Square (Yiddish: , Hebrew: ) is an all-Hasidic village in the town of Ramapo, Rockland County, New York, United States. It is located north of Hillcrest, east of Viola, south of New Hempstead, and west of New City. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 6,944.[2] Its inhabitants are predominantly members of the Skverer Hasidic movement who seek to maintain a Hasidic lifestyle disconnected from the secular world.

New Square is named after the Ukrainian town Skvyra, where the Skverer Hasidim originated. The founders intended to name the settlement New Skvir, but a typist’s error anglicized the name.[3] New Square was established in 1954, when the Zemach David Corporation, representing Skverer Grand Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Twersky, purchased a 130-acre (0.53km2) dairy farm near Spring Valley, New York, in the town of Ramapo. At that time, the Skverer community lived in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn in New York City. Construction began in 1956, and the first four families moved to New Square in December 1956.[4] In 1958 the settlement had 68 houses.[5]

The development of New Square was obstructed by Ramapo’s zoning regulations, which forbade the construction of multi-family houses and the use of basements for shops and stores. Multiple families sharing single-family houses said that they belonged to extended families, and businesses in private homes had to be secret. In 1959, the community asked for a building permit to expand its synagogue, located in the basement of a Cape Cod-style house. The Ramapo town attorney requested condemnation of the entire New Square community, claiming that it threatened sewage lines. In response, the community requested incorporation as a village, but Ramapo town officials refused to allow it. In 1961, a New York state court ruled in favor of New Square,[6] and in July New Square incorporated.

After incorporating, New Square set its own zoning and building codes, legalizing the existing houses and the liens disappeared. Lots were sold, and new houses were built. The basement businesses could trade openly, and new businesses were founded, including a watch assembly plant and a cap manufacturer. Three knitting mills and a used car lot opened, but most men continued to go to work in New York City. A Kollel was opened in 1963. In 1968, Grand Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Twersky died; he was succeeded as Grand Rabbi by his son David Twersky.[5]

In New Square’s first mayoral election in 1961, Mates Friesel was chosen unopposed. Friesel was reelected every two years, until his death in 2015, thereby becoming one of the longest-serving Mayor in the United States.[7]

The community in New Square is made up exclusively of Hasidic Jews, mostly from the Skverer Hasidic movement, who wish to maintain a Hasidic lifestyle while keeping outside influences to a minimum. The predominant language spoken in New Square is Yiddish.[8]

People typically marry around 18 to 20 years of age. Girls finish high school at around age 17 and then marry. Custom dictates that women who marry men from other Hasidic communities leave New Square. Some women who left New Square settled in the Borough Park community in Brooklyn and the Monsey community in Ramapo, where the community is not as tightly knit. Men who marry women from outside of the community are encouraged to leave New Square. This is due to a shortage of space, thus new housing is granted to couples of which both members are from the community.[9]

In 2005 the community’s rabbinical court ruled that women should not operate cars.[10] In a 2003 article Lisa W. Foderaro of The New York Times described New Square as “extremely insular” and said that the community’s residents do not own televisions or radios.[11]

Young women, prior to entering marriage and before they have children, work as teachers, secretaries, and bookkeepers, or they work in the New Square shopping center as cashiers and clerks. Some of the women, after having children, work as bookkeepers in their homes.[12]

Young men work as teachers, bus drivers, deliverymen, and store clerks. Some work as computer programmers or as craftsmen and entrepreneurs in the diamond industry. Many study in the kolel, a yeshiva for married men, and receive stipends to support their families.[12]

In 1970 the village had the lowest per capita income in New York State. In 1963 four persons received welfare due to illness. One dozen people received welfare in 1975. In 1992 the village administrator said that in 1975 about two thirds of the families received food stamps and Medicaid.[9]

According to the 2000 census, the median income for a household in the village was $12,162, and the median income for a family was $12,208. Males had a median income of $21,696 versus $29,375 for females. The per capita income for the village was $5,237. About 67.0% of families and 72.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 77.3% of those under age 18 and 14.7% of those age 65 or over.

2007 and 2008 reports from the State of New York stated that 89.8% of the village consisted of low-income and moderate-income residents.[13][14]

New Square is located at 41823N 74142W / 41.13972N 74.02833W / 41.13972; -74.02833 (41.139745, -74.028197).[15]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.4square mile (0.9km), all land.

In 1963 the settlement had 85 families and a total of 620 inhabitants. By 1967 this increased to 126 families and 812 total residents. The community celebrated ten marriages in 1967. In 1970 the village had 1,156 inhabitants, with 57% of the population under the age of 18.

The village had around one hundred births each year from 1971 to 1986. By that year the village had 140 one-, two-, and three-family houses, a 45-unit low-rent apartment complex, 2,100 people, and 450 families with an average of 7 to 8 children per family. During the late 1970s the Town of Ramapo denied New Square’s attempt to annex land. Six years later, in March 1982, New Square gained the legal right to annex 95 acres (380,000m2) of land.[9]

New Square’s population increased 77.5% between 1990 and 2000. In 2005 the village contained approximately 7,830 residents; 1,350 families, with 5.8 persons per family.[17] Robert Zeliger of Rockland Magazine described New Square in 2007 as “a densely packed haven where Hasidic residents live largely by their own customs and laws.”[18] In November 2008 a new water tower serving New Square and the hamlet of Hillcrest opened, increasing residents’ water pressure.[19]

As of the census[20] of 2000, there were 4,624 people, 820 households, and 786 families residing in the village. The population density was 12,811.8 people per square mile (4,959.3/km). There were 838 housing units at an average density of 2,321.9 per square mile (898.8/km). The racial makeup of the village was 96.95% White, 1.64% African American, 0.89% Asian, and 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.41% of the population. 87.26% speak Yiddish at home, 7.68% English, and 4.11% Hebrew.[21]

There were 820 households out of which 77.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 92.6% were married couples living together, 2.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 4.1% were non-families. 3.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 5.64 and the average family size was 5.81.

In the village, the population was spread out with 60.5% under the age of 18, 13.9% from 18 to 24, 15.9% from 25 to 44, 7.1% from 45 to 64, and 2.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 14 years. For every 100 females there were 105.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.7 males. The median income for a household in the village was $21,172, and the median income for a family was $21,758. Males had a median income of $35,871 versus $21,389 for females. The per capita income for the village was $6,585. About 58.0% of families and 58.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 60.9% of those under age 18 and 36.2% of those age 65 or over.

A 2007 report stated that each year one half of the women between ages 18 and 25 gave birth.[14]

As of 1992 the Village of New Square has a mayor, a mayor’s assistant, a board of trustees, a village clerk, and a justice of the peace. The mayor’s assistant performs the bulk of administrative work. The justice of the peace mainly handles harassment cases perpetrated by outsiders within New Square.[12]

The Hillcrest Fire Department (also known as the Moleston Fire District) provides fire protection services to New Square. In March 2007, the fire district met with Town of Ramapo supervisors and proposed removing New Square from its fire district after a February 7, 2007, fire that destroyed two buildings in New Square. Further hazards stem from the fact that the town has only one main access road (Washington Avenue), and the failure of some residents to yield to emergency vehicles, or to the crowd of people on the streets surrounding an incident. There also have been isolated cases of residents tampering with fire equipment while responders are on scene.

The fire department felt concern about a lack of fire protection in buildings in New Square. On March 29, 2007, Ramapo town officials met fire district officials and fire department chiefs. On April 4 of that year the fire district announced that New Square would remain in the fire district. Christopher St. Lawrence, the Town of Ramapo supervisor, said that the town is considering a “public safety loan program” to help New Square residents install life safety devices such as smoke alarms and sprinkler systems.[22]

In 1989 New Square funded their own health clinic, called Refuah Health Center.

New Square is within the 95th Assembly District in the New York State Assembly, which is represented by Ellen Jaffee.[23] New Square is within Senate District 38 in the New York State Senate, which is represented by David Carlucci.[24]

There is a strong expectation that residents of New Square will conform to community norms, for example by worshiping at the community’s synagogue[25] and conforming to the Hasidic lifestyle.[26] Generally conformity by those who do not comply voluntarily is enforced by the powers of the kehillah, a council appointed by the rebbe, whose members control most community institutions.[27] Those who have not conformed voluntarily have faced vigilante justice as exemplified by the New Square arson attack and other incidents. The rebbe has denounced this practice, saying, “The use of force and violence to make a point or settle an argument violates Skvers most fundamental principles.”[27][28]

Although the town is within the East Ramapo Central School District, all children of New Square attend the local private Jewish preK-12 schools, Avir Yaakov Boys School and Avir Yaakov Girls School.[29]

Four Hasidic men from New Square, Benjamin Berger, Jacob Elbaum, David Goldstein, and Kalmen Stern, created a nonexistent Jewish school and enrolled thousands of students to receive US$30 million in education grants, subsidies, and loans from the U.S. federal government. Some of the money were used to enrich themselves, but also to benefit the community institutions.[30][31] The fraud scheme in New square was tied into larger schemes in other ultra-Orthodox communities in Brooklyn and across the country.[32] The men were convicted in 1999. In October of that year all four men received prison sentences ranging from 30 months to 78 months. Two other suspects who were indicted left the United States.[33] The indictment drew sharp criticism in New Square. A statement by village representatives accused authorities of having a vendetta against New Square residents, and acting “in a manner remindful of the Holocaust during the investigations.[31]

Hillary Clinton met with New Square-area Hasidic leaders as part of her Senate campaign. Michael Duffy and Karen Tumulty of Time magazine said that “as far as anyone knows, that was a campaign event only; no pardons were mentioned.” Hillary Clinton attended another session with the men, who wanted to see the four Hasidic leaders released. After Hillary Clinton was voted in as a senator, during the morning of December 22 Twersky and an associate visited Bill Clinton in the White House Map Room in Washington, D.C., and asked him to pardon the four men. Hillary Clinton attended the meeting; she said that she did not participate in it and did not discuss the meeting with her husband.[34]

On January 20, 2001, President Clinton commuted the sentences of the men; Berger’s sentence became two years, and the other men each had 30 months. Federal prosecutors investigated the pardons to see if they were made in exchange for political support.[33] A 2001 ABC News article stated that some people wondered whether the pardons occurred as a kind of favor because the Village of New Square had voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton for her first senate term (1359 out of 1369 votes in contrast to two other Hasidic communities nearby who voted overwhelmingly republican) or if the pardons occurred as part of a quid pro quo swap for votes.[30][34][32] Hillary Clinton said that she was not involved in the pardons and that her husband pardoned the men out of clemency.[33] In 2002 the prosecutors closed the investigation with no action.[35]

This section needs to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (January 2015)

Due to population growth in New Square, the Skver Hasidim had plans to expand to a new village named Kiryas Square in the town of Spring Glen, New York[36] but plans were later canceled.

Coordinates: 4108N 7401W / 41.133N 74.017W / 41.133; -74.017

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Men Wear Blindfolds At Airport To …

Posted By on February 14, 2018

Left: thenewyorkgod/ RedditRight: Left: Hasidic travelers wear blindfolds at an airportRight: A Kohein man covers himself in plastic on a flight

A group of young Hasidic Jewish men was seen traveling through an airport blindfolded, apparently so they would not be exposed to the potential sight of immodestly dressed women.

Reddit user thenewyorkgod posted the image Monday morning, which has since amassed over 5000 comments. Most of the commenters expressed shock over such conduct, but some of the users have been posting their own similar experiences or pointing out how common these occurrences are.

In 2013, an Orthodox Jewish man completely covered himself in plastic sheeting during a flight to avoid being exposed to the dead should the plane fly over a cemetery.

This man was believed to be a Kohein, who are religious descendants of the priests of ancient Israel. Kohanim are banned from having any sort of contact with the dead in order to remain pure. This includes visiting cemeteries or even flying over them.

To try to save themselves, Kohanim employ a controversial solution that is not entirely allowed in the church wrapping themselves in plastic bags. The bag is said to create a sort of barrier between the individual and the tumah, or surrounding impurities.

The controversy exists mostly due to safety concerns. Even if they can be seatbelted in, the passenger wouldnt be able to reach an oxygen mask or escape from the plane quickly if an emergency situation were to occur.

In addition, the question remains as to how they can breathe, as air holes are not allowed in the bag because they would invalidate the barrier.

In 2015, another controversy arose when a Hasidic man refused to sit next to a woman on a plane because she was a woman not related to him.

Laura Heywood was flying from San Diego to London in the middle seat while her husband sat in the aisle side. The window seat originally belonged to a man who happened to be a Hasidic Jew.

The man refused the seat as his faith prevented him from sitting next to any woman who wasnt his wife. He asked the couple to switch places, but Heywood, believing the mans request to be sexist, refused.

The flight ended up being delayed due to the disagreement.

Even fellow members of the Jewish faith find instances like these to be confusing.

Jeremy Newberger, a passenger who witnessed a similar episode on a New York to Israel flight, expressed his concern over the issue.

I grew up Conservative, and Im sympathetic to Orthodox Jews, he said to the New York Times. But this Hasid came on, looking very uncomfortable, and wouldnt even talk to the woman, and there was five to eight minutes of Whats going to happen? before the woman acquiesced and said, Ill move. It felt like he was being a yutz.

Next, read about how three doctors saved jewish lives by faking a disease. Then read about the Noahs Ark amusement park.

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Full Circle | a German American Jewish family in Berlin

Posted By on February 14, 2018

An entry in an address book: Goldstein, Erich, Oppeln, Plakatmaler, 153 Lisoyang.

That was the one fragmentary detail about my husband Brians family that we discovered during a pleasurable Sunday afternoon with Sonja Mhlberger. Sonja and Brians mother Maude were both born in Shanghai just a few months apart in 1939. Both girls were in utero during the passage to Shanghai, born into families who took refuge from the Nazis in one of the last available havens for German Jews. After looking through many photos to see if Brian could recognize a young Maude Goldstein (he couldnt), Sonja showed us her copy of the 1939 address book where we found a listing for his Papa Erich.

Maude died when Brian was young so he never had a chance to learn much about her early childhood in Hongkou, Shanghais designated area for Jews. Sometimes referred to as the Shanghai Ghetto, it was a ghetto without walls, inhabited by Jews, Chinese, Russians, and a broad assortment of misfits and adventurers. Sonja told of a relatively happy childhood within this two and a half square kilometer area far from the land her parents missed and would return to after the war. Her recollections gave Brian some reassurance about his mothers childhood and insight into what it must have been like.

Thanks to Sonja for sharing her stories with us, for opening a window into the life led by the mother-in-law I never met. We enjoyed visiting Sonja at her home in Friedrichshagen, the southeastern community of Berlin where she has lived since 1961. Her deep roots in the region were evident from the many people who greeted her when we strolled down to the Mggelsee after our Kaffee and Apfelkuchen.

If youd like to learn more about Sonja, her story of survival in Shanghai is featured in the same Deutsche Welle German Jewish Cultural Heritage Series that our family participated in.

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Senior Staff – B’nai B’rith International

Posted By on February 14, 2018

Daniel S. Mariaschin has spent nearly all of his professional life working on behalf of Jewish organizations.

As the chief executive officer and executive vice president of Bnai Brith International, he directs and supervises Bnai Brith programs, activities and staff countries around the world where Bnai Brith is organized. Mr. Mariaschin also serves as director of B’nai B’rith’s Center for Human Rights and Public Policy (CHRPP). In that capacity, he presents Bnai Briths perspective to a variety of audiences, including Congress and the media, and coordinates the centers programs and policies on issues of concern to the Jewish community.

In the United States and abroad, Mr. Mariaschin has met with countless heads of state, prime ministers, foreign ministers, opposition leaders, influential members of the media and clerical leaders. Each time, his goal has been to advance human rights, help protect the rights of Jewish communities worldwide and promote better relations with the state of Israel.

Throughout his Bnai Brith career, Mr. Mariaschin has represented the organization as part of numerous influential delegations.

Mr. Mariaschin was a member of the U.S. delegation to the International Conference on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, and the B’nai B’rith delegation to the State Departments 1998 Washington Conference On Holocaust-Era Assets. He also initiated programs on Holocaust education for teachers with the Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science.

In 2003 Mr. Mariaschin served as part of the U.S. delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) conference on anti-Semitism in Vienna. He was also a public advisor to the U.S. delegation at the 2004 conference in Berlin, the 2005 conference in Cordoba, Spain, and the 2007 meeting in Bucharest, Romania. In 2009, he was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Warsaw Human Dimension Implementation meeting of the OSCE.

Additionally, he participated in negotiations that achieved the transfer of torah scrolls from the Lithuanian government to Israel for distribution there and to Diaspora Jewish communities. He was a member of the International Advisory Committee of CEANA, the Argentinean commission studying that country’s relations with the Nazi regime; served on the Commission on Property Restitution in Slovakia; and was a member of the International Commission on the Holocaust in Romania.

In recognition of his tireless work in Central and Eastern Europe, Mr. Mariaschin received the Cultural Pluralism Award from the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of Americas Heritage Abroad. He has also received state decorations from the presidents of Latvia, Lithuania and Romania, and the Golden Bough decoration from the Foreign Ministry of Bulgaria.

He began his professional Jewish life in 1973 as community relations associate for the Jewish Community Council of Boston. Two years later, he became director of the New England office of the American Zionist Federation and Zionist House in Boston.

In 1977, Mr. Mariaschin joined the Anti Defamation League (ADL) of B’nai B’rith as director of its Middle East Affairs Department. From 1979 to 1986, he served as assistant to ADL’s national director, the late Nathan Perlmutter, and as director of its National Leadership division, responsible for ADL’s nationwide program of leadership development.

He then became director of the Political Affairs Department of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), where he supervised political action activities and grassroots organization programs.

Prior to joining B’nai B’rith, Mr. Mariaschin served as director of communications and principal spokesman for former Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig, Jr. during his 1987-88 presidential campaign.

Mr. Mariaschin has written numerous articles and reviews on foreign affairs and national security issues for such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Times and Newsday, and appears frequently as a foreign affairs analyst on television and radio programs. He has lectured on foreign and defense affairs at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and at other military installations across the country. He has also worked as a radio announcer and news commentator and has lectured widely in the U.S. and abroad.

Raised in Swanzey, New Hampshire, Mr. Mariaschin received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of New Hampshire and his Master’s degree in Contemporary Jewish Studies from Brandeis University. He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of New Hampshire and received the American Jewish Communal Leadership Award from Brandeis University.

Olshan has been with B’nai B’rith since 1983. He first served as the director of the Senior Citizens Housing program, which he helped to expand from 12 buildings to more than 40 properties, located in over 25 communities throughout the country.

He holds a doctorate from the University of South Dakota, a master of arts degree from the University of California-Northridge, and a bachelor of arts degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

She is responsible for the administration of the B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Fund, which provides assistance to victims of natural and manmade disasters, and the Communities in Crisis project, which distributes medicines throughout Latin America.

Love has worked for B’nai B’rith since 1977, serving in several capacities, including associate executive vice president of former district one, which provides programming to B’nai B’rith groups in New York and New England.

Love received the B’nai B’rith Julius Bisno Award for Professional Excellence in 2002. She earned her undergraduate degree in political science from Queens College-C.U.N.Y. in 1977, and her master of arts degree in public administration from Baruch College. She works at the B’nai B’rith office in New York City.

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Hasidic Judaism: Debunking the myths | Around the world in …

Posted By on February 12, 2018

They are easily distinguishable with their conservative clothing, curls, and large families. So, whats the deal with the Hasidic Jewish? While Hasidics believe in the same things as other the other Jewish branches, Hasidics are often the center of controversy. There are many myths that circulate about the Hasidics and its about time we figure out which are true and which are false.

Hasidic Judaism is a branch of Orthodox Judaism meaning loving kindness. This branch that focuses of mysical Judaism was founded in Poland during the 18th century by Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov. Hasidism focuses on the personal relationship between man and God.

Hasidics usually live in large communities together that can be mainly found throughout the United States, Israel and Canada. There are several cities that have large Hascidic populations, like New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Paris, Sydney, London and Montreal. One of the largest Hasidic neighborhoods is in Brooklyn, specifically Williamsburge, Crown Heights, and Boro Park.

The ideal life for the Hasidics is to live a hallowed life. They life in small communities that are centered around the religion with one religious leader called the rebbe.

Hasidics are often identified by the interesting way their dress. Usually, men have full beards and wear clothing and hats. Men wear hats in a respect for God. The covering of the head is meant as a sign that there is a greater God ruling above the human mind. In the place of the usual hat, some men choose to wear the yarmulke. Some Hasidics even wear the yarmulke to bed. Women have long, modest dresses and scarves they sometimes use as head coverings. In general, Hasidics usually wear darker clothing, but it is not always black. Some other popular colors are browns and grays. However, Hasidics always wear black on the Sabbath and on holy days which are reserved for honoring God. Both men and women are expected to be modest and cover the body.

Another Hasidic characteristic that is always noted are the payos which are the sidecurls. These payos and the beard are maintained in accordance with the Torah which says You shall not round corner of your heads, nor mar the edges of your beard (Leviticus 19:27). Not cutting the hair or beard show an obedience to God. Usually, once the man is old enough to grow a beard, they no longer keep the payos.

Hasidic Judaism is regarded for some of its strict policies. For instance, men and women are not allowed to shake each others hands. This rule was created to promote modesty throughout the Jewish church. Hasidics are only permitted to touch if they are married and it is in private. The body is considered sacred and only for the one person to whom you are married. By the same token men and women who are not married are not allowed to make eye contact.

There is one urban myth about Hasidics however which is not true, and that is that Hasidics have sex through a hole in the sheets. This is a myth that started a long time ago. While the Hasidic movement was still Europe the Hasidics used to hang out their garments on a clothes line, specifically a white garment with a hole in the middle that is where the head goes through. The rumor mill started and this myth was created. In fact, Hasidics regard sex as natural and families tend to be large.

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Healthy Sephardic Cooking | Kosher, Traditional, Easy, and …

Posted By on February 12, 2018

Jackie: Where did your interest in Jewish community start?

Jackie N: Ive always been lucky to live in places with a strong Jewish community. I attended Jewish day school, went to aCuban-Jewish Sephardic synagogue (yes they do exist!),and grew up in a very traditional home.

When I went to college at the University of Florida (go Gators!)it really propelled my interest in getting involved withtheJewish community.Up until that point, I had lived in Miamiwhich made me take Jewish practices andcommunal life for granted. For the first time in my life, Iwas living on my own without my family nearby. It felt very unnerving to nothave Shabbat dinner every Friday andalthough I loved my new friends at schoolI missed Jewish life. I started getting involved by going to UFs Hillel and Chabad and by the time I graduated I sat on Chabads board and was very active in Jewish life at UF.

When I moved to DC in 2008 I didnt really know too many people and had no family in the area, so the Jewish community was an easy and a greatway to make friends. I realized that manyof my friendswere also alone up here without our families nearby.So I decidedto step up and take the lead and host the major holidays and Shabbat for my friends. It also felt more intimate, fun, familiar and less stressful than going to a large holiday event with hundreds of people. From there, my dinners grew tremendously and I became known for hosting Shabbat dinners.

A friend approached me in 2013 about co-hosting a Sephardic Shabbat service/dinner. I agreed to do it and it was a massive success! From there I began hosting monthly Shabbat dinners through my organization Sephardic Jews in DC.

Jackie: Can you tell me about your love of food?

Jackie N: Ive always loved to cook. Ive been cooking ever since I was a small child and I used to help my mom out in the kitchen all the time. Shes an even better cook than I am, but hopefully one day Ill be as good as her! I especially love learning about the history and evolution of food.Im fascinated by what ancientSephardic Jewish communities ate, how they lived, andhow their lives differed from the rest of the population and why. Im constantly tinkering in the kitchen, researching different kinds of recipes and cuisine, and making it for my friends. I even have a food blog which contains many of my recipes.

Jackie: What is your favorite Sephardic meal to cook?

Jackie N: Oh way too many! I love cooking Turkish Sephardic food, especially borekas, keftes de prasas (leek latkes), abondigas de prasa (leek meatballs), and sofrito. I also love cookingPersian food and my favoritedish to make isfesenjoon (a walnut/pomegranate stew). I also love Moroccan food and love to make Chraime (Moroccan fish), hamim(cholent) and Moroccan carrot salad.

Jackie: How did you get the idea to start Sephardic Jews in DC?

Jackie N:I was raised in a traditional Sephardic home and grew up going to a Sephardic synagogue. I really love the customs, heritage, history, and cuisine of the Sephardic world, but almost all of the synagogues and Jewish events in Washington DC are Ashkenazi, with the exception of a few synagogues in suburban Maryland.

I started the organization because thepreservationofSephardic culture, traditions,heritage and cuisine is very important to me.I want to ensure that Sephardic culture doesnt die out, but rather will continue to evolve andbe celebrated for its many contributions to Jewish life.

I spent many years frustrated that most Jewish organizations in DC didnt address the Sephardic world, so I decided to take the lead and create a community-based organization to fill this void.My goals with this organization are not just to feed people delicious food (certainly an added benefit), but rather to create a robust Sephardic community in DC and educate people on Sephardic/Mizrahi culture, cuisine, history,liturgy, and traditions.

I believe that sharing a meal helps bring a community together and keeps traditions alive. Plus, learning about something is always easier when you have delicious food close by.

I, of course, have to acknowledge that it takes a villageand use this opportunity to thank the people and organizations that have assisted me throughout the years. My fellow Sephardic leaders Ari, Aaron, and Jen. Alsoorganizations like Chabad (Rabbi Levi and Menachem Shemtov), 6th and I (Rabbi Scott Perlo), Mesorah DC (Rabbi Teitelbaum), and Moishe House Arlington/DC for their partnerships.

Jackie: What are ways for people to get involved with your organization?

Jackie N: Im always looking for people who are interested in volunteering their time to help nurture and grow a Sephardic community, whether it be helping to cook for events, leading or participating in services, generating ideas for events, or just attending and helping out at events. Thus far we havebeen a community lay-led organization with no major sponsorship. Im hoping that in the future Ill be able to work with larger Jewish organizations and be able to create an organic Sephardic Jewish community in DC. If youre interested in learning more about coming to one of our monthly Shabbat dinners please visit our page on Facebook Sephardic Jews in DC.

Finish the sentence: When the [Sephardic] Jews Gatherthere will be delicious food, good conversation, and fun times.


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