Category: News

Hasidic Masses Head for the Country

This weekend marks that time of the year once more: country time. Thousands of hasidic families pack up all their goods and relocate from New York City to the Catskills country for about nine weeks starting with the first weekend

A Spate of Suicides Hits the OTD Community

Three unrelated suicides rocked the OTD (Off The Derekh) Jewish sector in recent weeks. They are all reputed to be drug-related but it is not clear that they were all deliberate -some of them may have been accidental overdoses. The

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 meet their financial obligations. Customers are circumspect, however.

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, called The Shtiebel, in Borough Park — Williamsburg’s

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

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

Podcast on Aaron’s Ban of Internet

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 too much for an average Lithuanian to feel

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

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