R. Mendelle Vizhnitzer Proclaims Tail Doctrine

The haredi sector is astir over the recent revelation that R. Mendel (“Mendelle”) Hager is promulgating a new and bizarre precept that he has named “the tail doctrine”. The doctrine urges his More »

Satmar Anti-Zionist Spokesperson Accused of Sexual Misconduct

An allegation of sexual misconduct was made yesterday in a Facebook post against R. Yaakov Shapiro, a rising star in Satmar’s anti-zionist public relations initiative. He had been hired, separately, by both More »

As Footsteps Pivots Left, Straight Men No Longer Feel Welcome

After weeks of anxiety and suspense, Boruch Schneider [not the real name] opened up his inbox on May 21, 2018 to find the dreaded expulsion letter he had been expecting, and yet More »

Zalmanite Leadership Supports NYU in its Fight with Bikur Holim of Satmar

Following the ejection of Satmar Bikur Holim volunteers from NYU earlier this month and the negative press that this engendered in Hasidic Williamsburg, NYU invited Williamsburg bigwigs and Hatzoloh officials to a More »

Hasidic Columnist Fired for Advocating Education Reform

R. Yoel Asher Labin, an eminent columnist at the popular Yiddish weekly, Moment, has ostensibly been terminated from his job in retribution for his support for education reform in haredi schools. Today More »

Aaronite Satmar Construction Project in Bet Shemesh Busted

Israeli police last night executed a simultaneous arrest of ten suspects in Bet Shemesh in a criminal case that they had been investigating secretly for months. The cardinal accusation is that the More »

Haredim in New York Celebrate Legal Victory regarding their K-12 Curriculum

On the eve of Pesah, when haredi minds are normally preoccupied with exterminating hometz, baking matzoh, and preparing for the seder in commemoration of the Exodus, this year they celebrated a different More »

Hasidic man ejected from Spring Valley synagogue for alleged heresy

Yoel Falkowitz was recently ejected from the synagogue and barred by the Rabbi of the Spring Valley, NY synagogue he regularly attends on the grounds that he is an apostate (“kofer”). The More »

Acheinu Initiative by PHS Now Rivals Footsteps in Outreach to Ex-Haredim

After more than a decade of Footsteps being the only official organization tasked with assisting ex-Haredim, a new initiative by Prospect Heights Shul (PHS) now offers disaffected Haredim an alternative. The program, More »

Israeli Bes Din issues Restraining Order to Yeger: Do Not Assume NYC Council Seat!

A Jerusalemite Besdin founded by R. Borukh Yithok the Levite Levin has issued a “restraining order and summons to litigation” to Kalman Yeger, NYC’s council district 44 councilmember-elect, in response to a More »

R. Mendelle Vizhnitzer Proclaims Tail Doctrine

The haredi sector is astir over the recent revelation that R. Mendel (“Mendelle”) Hager is promulgating a new and bizarre precept that he has named “the tail doctrine”. The doctrine urges his followers to think of themselves as tails with respect to their rebbe: just as the tail follows the body and cannot sever itself

Satmar Anti-Zionist Spokesperson Accused of Sexual Misconduct

An allegation of sexual misconduct was made yesterday in a Facebook post against R. Yaakov Shapiro, a rising star in Satmar’s anti-zionist public relations initiative. He had been hired, separately, by both the Zalmanites and Aaronites on account of his fluent English and ability to explain the Satmar anti-Zionist opinion in a sensible and easily-comprehensible

As Footsteps Pivots Left, Straight Men No Longer Feel Welcome

After weeks of anxiety and suspense, Boruch Schneider [not the real name] opened up his inbox on May 21, 2018 to find the dreaded expulsion letter he had been expecting, and yet had hoped to somehow, miraculously, avert. As an ex-haredi young adult, he had been a member of the Footsteps organization, a membership that

Zalmanite Leadership Supports NYU in its Fight with Bikur Holim of Satmar

Following the ejection of Satmar Bikur Holim volunteers from NYU earlier this month and the negative press that this engendered in Hasidic Williamsburg, NYU invited Williamsburg bigwigs and Hatzoloh officials to a meeting on Friday, May 25th 2018, in which it assured them that the hospital has utmost respect for Bikur Holim. Concurrently, Der Yid

Hasidic Columnist Fired for Advocating Education Reform

R. Yoel Asher Labin, an eminent columnist at the popular Yiddish weekly, Moment, has ostensibly been terminated from his job in retribution for his support for education reform in haredi schools. Today marks the second Friday that he has missed a column, and the magazine is now expressly repudiating the educational reform ideas he has

Aaronite Satmar Construction Project in Bet Shemesh Busted

Israeli police last night executed a simultaneous arrest of ten suspects in Bet Shemesh in a criminal case that they had been investigating secretly for months. The cardinal accusation is that the suspects facilitated the bribing of Bet Shemesh municipality officials to illegally allow a public-designated lot to be used for private residences. The lot

Haredim in New York Celebrate Legal Victory regarding their K-12 Curriculum

On the eve of Pesah, when haredi minds are normally preoccupied with exterminating hometz, baking matzoh, and preparing for the seder in commemoration of the Exodus, this year they celebrated a different kind of delivery: that from the oppression of their foes who have endeavored for years to pressure government authorities to more strictly enforce

Hasidic man ejected from Spring Valley synagogue for alleged heresy

Yoel Falkowitz was recently ejected from the synagogue and barred by the Rabbi of the Spring Valley, NY synagogue he regularly attends on the grounds that he is an apostate (“kofer”). The Rabbi, Avrohom Yehoshua Retek, accuses  Falkowitz of expressing heretical beliefs in shul and influencing others. He has mocked the biblical story of Jonah

Acheinu Initiative by PHS Now Rivals Footsteps in Outreach to Ex-Haredim

After more than a decade of Footsteps being the only official organization tasked with assisting ex-Haredim, a new initiative by Prospect Heights Shul (PHS) now offers disaffected Haredim an alternative. The program, announced on Facebook on November 16 without fanfare, offers financial and social assistance to folks who seek to leave their Haredi communities but

Israeli Bes Din issues Restraining Order to Yeger: Do Not Assume NYC Council Seat!

A Jerusalemite Besdin founded by R. Borukh Yithok the Levite Levin has issued a “restraining order and summons to litigation” to Kalman Yeger, NYC’s council district 44 councilmember-elect, in response to a petition by one Yoel Yitzhok Weiss. The summons was issued on behalf of the “aggregate of voters from the neighborhood of Borough Park

Yeger Trounces Hikind in NYC District 44 Elections

As predicted by pundits in the course of an unusually acrimonious political contest over New York City’s district 44, Kalman Yeger emerged victorious in the Nov 7, 2017 city elections. He is taking over the council seat of David Greenfield who had announced his decision not to run for reelection in July 2017. Yeger had

Inadequate Secular Education in Haredi Schools is a Sword that Cuts Both Ways for Modern-Day Liberals

New York City Department of Education, under prodding from Yaffed, is facing a dilemma: enforce the state law requiring instruction at private schools to be “substantially equivalent” to that which is given in public schools, and thereby raise the ire of the politically powerful Hasidic constituency; or, alternatively, ignore the law, and Yaffed and its activist