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Prosecutors: Hasidic Counselor Abused Teen

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 11.28.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- The alleged abuse started when the victim was 12. The girl, a member of the Satmar Hasidic community, had been sent to the office of Neche...

Painting On Chabad Facebook Page Sparks Charges Of Racism

Menachem Wecker | Posted 01.16.2013 | Religion
Menachem Wecker

The question of how appropriate the work is, and whether it belongs on Chabad's official Facebook page, may literally be out of the artist's and Chabad's hands at this point.

Food In The Fridge

Rabbi Shaul Wertheimer | Posted 11.14.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shaul Wertheimer

Last week, our 4-year-old son, Sruli, asked the following question: "On the first day when the world was created ... in our house ... was there food in the fridge?" An interesting question, from a curious boy.

Why Religious Jews Have So Many Children

Elad Nehorai | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

It's only after I became a Hasidic Jew and had my own child that I've really begun to understand why a person would, and should, want to have children. At a young age. Lots of them. Seriously.

Matisyahu And The Pitfalls Of The Charismatic Leader

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

His move away from his religious observance, and thus his role as a cultural icon and leader for religious Jewry, took another dramatic step today.

Matisyahu Uncovers His Head, Religious Jews React

Elad Nehorai | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

Six months ago, Matisyahu shaved off his beard. Yesterday, he posted a picture of himself not wearing a kippah. The world didn't react, but the Jewish world let out another anguished cry.

Taking Back Our Souls: A Reaction To Sexual Abuse

Chava Tombosky | Posted 07.22.2012 | Religion
Chava Tombosky

As G-d stands watching our reaction, we are forced to create an initiative that I dare say, can take on a new day if we are willing and open. As a first step in destroying the silence, I invite you all to belong to a new community and a new higher consciousness.

Sunshine Protects Child Abuse Victims

Tom Allon | Posted 07.22.2012 | New York
Tom Allon

Great journalism -- our society's sunlight which shines on our darkest places -- is helping parents and children get justice in Brooklyn. For that, I say, amen.

Child Abuse in the Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Community

Ed Koch | Posted 07.15.2012 | New York
Ed Koch

The Times is now examining the sexual abuses taking place in the Jewish ultra-orthodox Hasidic community, primarily in Brooklyn, and the response of the Brooklyn District Attorney, Joe Hynes.

Hasidic Marriages Are Not Forced, Nor Arranged. They Are Perhaps Recommended

Yossi Gestetner | Posted 05.09.2012 | Religion
Yossi Gestetner

One of the attacks often mounted against Hasidic life is a notion that Hasidic parents take a 17-year-old girl and 18-year-old boy, place them in a room against their will and an engagement is declared 30 minutes later.

Rabbi Busted In Massive Illegal Cigarette Scheme

Posted 02.29.2012 | New York

A Brooklyn rabbi could face up to 15 years in prison after being busted for selling illegal cigarettes. Rabbi Meshulam Rothschild is said to have chea...

Unorthodox? Try This: A Young Hasidic Wife Breaks With Her Tradition, Writes Tell-All Book

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 04.25.2012 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

"I had to believe everything I was taught, if only to survive," she writes. And what was she taught? In the slow-track classes for girls, nothing very academic, for a girl could realistically have no higher destiny than marriage at 17 and motherhood a year later.

The Secret Life Of Hasidic Sexuality

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 04.22.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

To the average observant Jew, sex is not something mundane and titillating, but, rather, holy and sacred. From this perspective, it is the puerile obsessions of the secular world which are bizarre.

Hasidic Man Burns Neighbor For Not Praying Right

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2012 | Religion

By Aman Ali NEW CITY, NY, Feb 7 (Reuters) - A Hasidic Jewish man from New York state pleaded guilty to assault on Tuesday for setting...

Ultra-Orthodox Judaism Need Not Be Obscurantist

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 03.13.2012 | Religion
Menachem Rosensaft

While one must not tar all ultra-Orthodox Jews with the brush of intolerance, the fact is that the antagonism displayed by haredim toward other Jews is becoming ever more extreme. It was not always thus.

Andrea Stone

Rick Perry Gets Love From Mysterious Group In Brooklyn | Andrea Stone | Posted 01.06.2012 | Politics

Republican voters in Iowa may not have adored Rick Perry, but the Texas governor is feeling the love from a "New York state veterans support organizat...

From Darkness To Light

Eitan Fishbane, Ph.D. | Posted 02.07.2012 | Religion
Eitan Fishbane, Ph.D.

Divinity is best characterized as a wondrous light that shines with the mystery of all that was, all that is and all that shall ever be. The eternal. The timeless.

Bearded Rabbi Wins Federal Lawsuit, Will Join The Army In Miami Friday

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 02.06.2012 | Miami

Thanks in part to help from a local organization that assists Jewish military personnel and their families, a bearded Rabbi will finally be sworn into...

Police Launch Investigation Into Latest Anti-Semitic Crime In Brooklyn

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 12.23.2011 | New York

The string of anti-Semitic crimes in Brooklyn continues. The New York City Police Department is now investigating an incident in which a swastika ...

Did Oprah Go To The Mikveh For Her New Show?

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 01.02.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

What has Oprah Winfrey been doing since ending her long-running afternoon talk show? If your only news source was, you might think that she has embraced Judaism on the level of Madonna.

Bloomberg To Segregating Passengers: Get Your Own Bus

Posted 12.20.2011 | New York

Mayor Bloomberg isn't sympathizing with Orthodox Jews over the use of sex-segregated buses in Brooklyn. At a news conference on Wednesday, Bloombe...

WATCH: Yom Kippur Tradition Causes Controversy Over Chicken Slaughterings

Posted 12.07.2011 | New York

Yom Kippur, the most sacred day on the Jewish calendar, kicks off at sundown Friday and lasts until nightfall Saturday. Synagogues across the count...

Levi Aron Sued For $100 Million By Boy's Father

Posted 10.29.2011 | New York

Nachman Kletzky, the father of murdered 8-year old Leiby Kletzky, is suing the boy's alleged killer Levi Aron for 100 million dollars for what the fam...

Child Killer Suspect 'Likes' Facebook Group 'IS YOUR FAMILY SAFE...'

Posted 09.12.2011 | New York

Levi Aron was arrested earlier today in the kidnapping and murder of 8 year-old Leiby Kletzky, The New York Post reports, after authorities raided his...

Missing Brooklyn Boy Found Dead

AP/The Huffington Post | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 09.12.2011 | New York

NEW YORK (AP) -- A young Brooklyn boy who vanished while walking home from a day camp in one of the safest parts of the city was killed and dismembere...