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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 Not the Problem” attendees. When asked why they

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

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

Boorie Deutsch Learns a Hard Lesson: Customer is ALWAYS Right

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

Weberman Sexual Molestation Case Drives Wedge in Community

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

Anti-Internet Rally Floundering Amid Apathy and Counter Rally

Citi Field Stadium: can the haredim fill it up?

The Ultra-Orthodox Anti-Internet rally organized by the “committee for purity in the camp” scheduled to take place in Citi Field on May 20 is floundering amid general apathy by the Hasidic community and an inability to secure high-level endorsements in

Footsteps Steps Up Its Pace

Footsteps, the organization famous for its aid to those in haredi communities who seek to migrate to the mainstream, released its annual report last February. Most striking in the report was its astonishing growth over the last two years — especially in

Planned Citi Field Anti-Internet Conference Fraught with Internecine Rivalry

Major media outlets such as Jewish Daily News, The Jewish Press and The Huffington Post finally picked up the Haredi Anti-Internet Conference story (it may have been picked up from our original report on March 13 in which we initially erroneously named the venue “Shea

Satmar Brothers Dueling Over Summer Camps — 3,500 Zalmanite Kids Hang in the Balance

The Satmar Brothers Aaron and Zalman are once again at each other’s throats, this time over who would get to use the four summer camps in Ulster County, New York. David Rosenburg has administered the camps on behalf of Congregation

Libby Pollak: A Star is Born — And With It A Revival of Hasidic Yiddish

Libby Pollak is no ordinary woman. Three years ago she was a newly hitched young veibele in Williamsburg, lost in the shuffle of thousands of Ultra-hasidic couples who get married and settle there annually. Now her star is rapidly rising

Congressional Redistricting Will Shake Up Jewish Neighborhoods in Brooklyn

Since 2010 census data show that the New York State population did not proportionately grow as rapidly as that in other states, it is forced to forfeit two representatives. Accordingly in the new congressional elections to take place this fall

Polar Reversal of Ultra-orthodoxy in America Well Under Way

The signs are ominous. Decadence is omnipresent. The jadedness irreversible. Ultra-orthodoxy has seen better days. Like the economy, it’s hard to detect its heyday before it’s already over the top and perhaps on a precipitous decline into the abyss. I don’t think that