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Weberman Defense Fund Turns Out to Be Slush Fund

OPINION Remember the fundraising event last month for Nechemiah Weberman whose defense claims that the sexual molestation allegations against him are pure fabrications? Now it turns out that the money wasn’t intended More »

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Kosher Delight Self Destructs Leaving Trail of Debt

Kosher Delight, the decades-old popular Kosher eatery in Manhattan (Broadway between 36th and 37th Streets) closed this week for good after 28 years in operation amid suspicious circumstances. Ostensibly they were unable to More »

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Carlebach-style Hasidic community Expands into Borough Park

About one year after a Carlebach-style shul was first opened on Penn Street in Williamsburg, the inchoate movement picked up some steam and expanded this week with the opening of an additional synagogue, More »

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Unprecedented Attendance Levels at Annual Footsteps Celebrates Gala Event in Noho

Footsteps, the organization that serves the needs of recent haredi expatriates, is recently seeing explosive growth. An unprecedented crowd showed up for its annual “Footsteps Celebrates” event, whose purpose is to celebrate achievements in More »

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Ostreicher Arrest Case Draws Attention of Congress

A congressional subcommittee finally took up the plight of Jacob Ostreicher, a Hasidic Jew imprisoned in Bolivia on allegations of complicity in drug activity. The charges are believed to be without substance, More »

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Lithuanians Rankled Over Hasidic Domination of Anti-Internet Conference

The Lithuanians, who were the original conceivers of the “pan-Israelite” conference to highlight the hazards posed by unfettered Internet access, are disillusioned. While trying to coax the Hasidim to get on board they conceded More »

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Anti-Internet Rally Yields Cacophony of Voices

Amid the din of choppers circling overhead and the number 7 trains hurtling into the CitiField station, the only voices even more discordant were those of the rally and anti-rally “Internet is More »

Eminent Hasidic Spiritualist, Hershy Schnitzler, Lectures at Thursday Night Chulent

One of the most exciting figures in the Haredi spiritual but non-observant Jewish world is Hershy Schnitzler. With a cult-like persona he attracts gaggles of adulators and devotees. For the May 17 More »

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not? Who’s Going and Who’s Blowing (Yiddish calque for sulking)?

While HN was pessimistic in a previous article regarding the projected success of the Pan-Israelite Anti-Internet Conference coming up this Sunday, we now predict a massive, unprecedented turnout and a resounding success More »

Weberman Defense Fund Turns Out to Be Slush Fund

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OPINION Remember the fundraising event last month for Nechemiah Weberman whose defense claims that the sexual molestation allegations against him are pure fabrications? Now it turns out that the money wasn’t intended to defend him. You obviously don’t need to convoke the entire town and solicit thousands of contributions for defense alone –even if he is guilty,

Kosher Delight Self Destructs Leaving Trail of Debt

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Kosher Delight, the decades-old popular Kosher eatery in Manhattan (Broadway between 36th and 37th Streets) closed this week for good after 28 years in operation amid suspicious circumstances. Ostensibly they were unable to meet their financial obligations. Customers are circumspect, however. After being in business for so long and with a steady stream of customers, it

Carlebach-style Hasidic community Expands into Borough Park

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About one year after a Carlebach-style shul was first opened on Penn Street in Williamsburg, the inchoate movement picked up some steam and expanded this week with the opening of an additional synagogue, called The Shtiebel, in Borough Park — Williamsburg’s less devout sister neighborhood in Brooklyn. The Carlebach movement is known for its ecstatic liturgy and

Unprecedented Attendance Levels at Annual Footsteps Celebrates Gala Event in Noho

Computer Stations at Footsteps

Footsteps, the organization that serves the needs of recent haredi expatriates, is recently seeing explosive growth. An unprecedented crowd showed up for its annual “Footsteps Celebrates” event, whose purpose is to celebrate achievements in the lives of Footsteps community members — individuals who have been aided by Footsteps in their quest for education, career training, counseling, fashion,

Ostreicher Arrest Case Draws Attention of Congress

Ostreicher and His Family

A congressional subcommittee finally took up the plight of Jacob Ostreicher, a Hasidic Jew imprisoned in Bolivia on allegations of complicity in drug activity. The charges are believed to be without substance, orchestrated by Bolivia’s unscrupulous and corrupt government in order to grab hold of the millions of dollars in capital and profits Ostreicher’s company

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Lithuanians Rankled Over Hasidic Domination of Anti-Internet Conference

Wachsman Speaking at the CitiField Conference

The Lithuanians, who were the original conceivers of the “pan-Israelite” conference to highlight the hazards posed by unfettered Internet access, are disillusioned. While trying to coax the Hasidim to get on board they conceded too much for an average Lithuanian to feel that they were reasonably represented by the Rabbis and speakers at the conference. They may

Anti-Internet Rally Yields Cacophony of Voices

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Amid the din of choppers circling overhead and the number 7 trains hurtling into the CitiField station, the only voices even more discordant were those of the rally and anti-rally “Internet is Not the Problem” attendees. When asked why they were there, almost as many different reasons were cited as the number of their exponents.

Eminent Hasidic Spiritualist, Hershy Schnitzler, Lectures at Thursday Night Chulent

One of the most exciting figures in the Haredi spiritual but non-observant Jewish world is Hershy Schnitzler. With a cult-like persona he attracts gaggles of adulators and devotees. For the May 17 Chulent gathering in Kensington, Brooklyn Hershy showed up fashionably late like a Hasidic Rebbe, except that he was bare-headed and his beard was

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not? Who’s Going and Who’s Blowing (Yiddish calque for sulking)?

Skollenner Rebbe

While HN was pessimistic in a previous article regarding the projected success of the Pan-Israelite Anti-Internet Conference coming up this Sunday, we now predict a massive, unprecedented turnout and a resounding success attendance-wise. It is now reported that the Arthur Ash Stadium has been rented to accommodate an overflow of reservations for the event. Nonetheless, casual polls of

Boorie Deutsch Learns a Hard Lesson: Customer is ALWAYS Right

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OPINION Our own Boorie Deutsch, protagonist in the Weberman sexual molestation case that has become a cause celebre topping the news this week in the hood, may have erred in his headstrong belligerence against the Hasidic Williamsburg establishment. Is is now reported that R. Shmuel Berger, a notable kashrut endorser in Williamsburg, has revoked his kashrut certificate from

Weberman Sexual Molestation Case Drives Wedge in Community

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As the fundraising event gets underway this evening for Nechemiah Weberman’s defense against allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor, deep rifts are laid bare in the Hasidic Community of Williamsburg. There is far from consensus in the street opinion as to whether Mr. Weberman is innocent or guilty. Informal polling of community members regarding