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  • Zalman Schachter-Shalomi brought old world gravitas to New Age Judaism

    July 7, 2014 | 10:13 am

    Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi was one of the world’s most innovative and influential Jewish spiritual leaders.

    To his followers, he was their Chasidic rebbe. But what other rebbe had dropped acid with Timothy Leary and dialogued with the Dalai Lama?

    Schachter-Shalomi, who died...

  • Sex comedy ‘Fading Gigolo’ more warm than hot

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 30, 2014 | 10:36 am

    In a movie about sex, there has to be an obstacle, and there’s no bigger obstacle than religion,” John Turturro said from Dallas, where he was promoting his new comic film, “Fading Gigolo.”

    The actor-writer-director plays the eponymous hooker — to Woody Allen’s pimp — who becomes...

  • Matisyahu on music, religion and life in L.A.

    By Jared Sichel

    March 5, 2014 | 1:58 pm

    Less than 24 hours after performing with the Moshav Band at the Jewlicious Festival in Long Beach late on March 1, musical artist Matisyahu (aka Matthew Miller) was sitting in the bleachers of the frigid L.A. Kings Valley Ice Center in Panorama City, watching two of his sons, Laivy...

  • In the face of strangers: Parashat Vayera (Genesis 18:1-22:24)

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    October 16, 2013 | 12:18 pm

    This week’s Torah portion begins: “YHVH appeared to Abraham as he was sitting at the entrance of the tent … looking up, he saw: behold, three men standing opposite him. As soon as he saw them he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them, and bowing down to the ground he said:...

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  • Shoulders, knees and no’s: NYC sues Satmar businesses over modesty signs

    October 1, 2013 | 10:26 am

    Good news for Brooklynites who like to shop while scantily clad: New York City’s Commission on Human Rights is suing seven businesses run by the Satmar Chasidic sect located on Lee Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The case, which has been brewing for months, will go to trial in...

  • Schools caution on alcohol during Simchat Torah

    By Jared Sichel

    September 24, 2013 | 3:44 pm

    Dozens of men sit around a few tables, humming a soft Chasidic niggun (tune), swaying slowly back and forth, noshing on cold cuts, salads and light snacks. Some are sipping on small cups of vodka. Most wear white dress shirts, black dress pants and a long black coat. 

    This is a...

  • Which of these things is not like the other?

    September 3, 2013 | 4:24 pm

    American Apparel, the clothing company best known for ads featuring scantily clad young women, may be taking things in a new direction.

    Yoel Weisshaus, a 32-year-old student at New Jersey’s Bergen Community College who was raised in Brooklyn as a Satmar Chasid, was featured this...

  • Chasidim on plane to Uman arrested for unrest

    September 3, 2013 | 9:22 am

    Several Chasidim heading to Ukraine to spend Rosh Hashanah at the burial site of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov were arrested at Ben Gurion Airport for rioting after their flight was delayed.

    The flight was on the tarmac early Tuesday morning in Israel when airport operations were...

  • Brooklyn prosecutor to seek freedom for man convicted in 1990 killing of rabbi

    March 20, 2013 | 9:56 am

    In the wintry darkness 23 years ago on a back street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a jewelry thief fleeing a botched robbery panicked and shot a Chasidic rabbi in the head.

    Four days later, the rabbi, Chaskel Werzberger, an Auschwitz survivor, died of his wounds. Even in the New...

  • Driver in accident that killed Chasidic couple charged with manslaughter

    March 19, 2013 | 3:58 pm

    Julio Acevedo, the driver of car in an accident that killed a young Chasidic couple in Brooklyn, was charged with manslaughter.

    Brooklyn prosecutors announced a second-degree manslaughter charge against Acevedo, 44, on Tuesday. If convicted, he faces life imprisonment.

    Acevedo...

  • Matisyahu talks about his new religious outlook and appearance [Q & A]

    March 13, 2013 | 12:50 pm

    Cigarette in one hand and cup of tea in the other, Matisyahu sat down with JTA in his closet-sized dressing room during his European tour to talk about his life, his music, how he's raising his kids, and the recent changes in his religious outlook and physical appearance.

    The...

  • Chasidic counseler Nechemya Weberman sentenced to 103 years for abuse

    January 22, 2013 | 11:37 am

    Chasidic counselor Nechemya Weberman was sentenced to 103 years in prison for sexual abuse of a teenage female patient over several years.

    Weberman, 54, a member of the Satmar Chasidic community in Brooklyn, did not speak during the Jan. 22 sentencing in New York State Supreme...

  • Brooklyn man indicted for throwing bleach in rabbi’s face

    December 27, 2012 | 10:51 am

    A Brooklyn fishmonger was indicted for allegedly throwing a cup of bleach in the face of a Chasidic rabbi who had accused the man's father of being a sexual predator.

    Meilech Schnitzler, 36, of Williamsburg, a member of the Satmar Chasidic sect, was charged Wednesday on two...

  • Nechemya Weberman convicted on 59 counts of sexual abuse

    December 10, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    Nechemya Weberman, a member of the Satmar Chasidic community in Brooklyn who practiced therapy without a license, was found guilty on 59 counts of sexual abuse.

    Weberman, 54, was convicted Monday by a New York State Supreme Court jury for encounters he had with a female patient...

  • For Jewish Deadheads, the music plays on

    December 4, 2012 | 12:58 pm

    As a gentle snow fell on the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center last Friday evening, some 85 people gathered inside a wooden lodge to welcome Shabbat -- half in a meditation circle in which Grateful Dead lyrics served as a kind of mantra, the other in a more "traditional"...

  • Orthodox Jewish woman who claims abuse ostracized by own community

    By JewishJournal

    June 11, 2012 | 10:57 am

    Orthodox counselor to Hasidic community in Nechemya Weberman, is in trial for a sexual abuse case in which the accuser has been ostracized and threatened by her Brooklyn community, according to HuffingtonPost.com.

    The abuse went on for nearly three years before the schoolgirl told...

  • House committee to hold hearing on Chasidic Jew held in Bolivia

    June 6, 2012 | 10:46 am

    The House Foreign Affairs human rights subcommittee will hold a hearing about the plight of a Chasidic Jew from Brooklyn being held in a Bolivian jail.

    New York businessman Jacob Ostreicher has been on a hunger strike for nearly two months until he is either put on trial to defend...

  • ‘Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish’: A love-hate relationship

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 9, 2012 | 12:28 pm

    Eve Annenberg’s “Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish” is a film full of tricky contradictions.

    As its title suggests, it is a celebratory showcase of Yiddish language, with about half its dialogue spoken in Yiddish, with English subtitles. A fact that also happens to fuel...

  • Report: N.Y. mohel apparently tested postive for herpes

    April 9, 2012 | 8:17 am

    A New York mohel tied to the death from herpes of one newborn and to three others who contracted the disease, apparently tested positive for herpes, The Jewish Week reported.

    Yitzchok Fischer, who was ordered in 2007 to stop the circumcision ritual of metzitzah b’peh, in which the...

  • Woody Allen to play pimp who irks Chasidic neighbors

    March 8, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Woody Allen will play a pimp who irks his Chasidic neighbors in a movie directed by John Turturro.

    Allen is set to co-star in the “Fading Gigolo” along with Turturro and Sharon Stone, Variety reported Tuesday.

    Turturro and Allen will play friends who spark the suspicions of their...

  • Attorney for Levi Aron: ‘Inbreeding’ was a factor in Leiby’s murder

    December 22, 2011 | 10:43 am

    A lawyer for the man accused of killing 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky said his client has a mental deficiency due to inbreeding in the Chasidic community.

    Attorney Howard Greenberg continued to pursue an insanity defense for Levi Aron during a hearing Wednesday in a Brooklyn Supreme...

  • Apres le beard: Matisyahu takes the stage in Boulder

    December 19, 2011 | 10:42 am

    When Matisyahu, the 32-year-old Chasidic reggae superstar, appeared onstage for the first time since shaving his trademark beard, no one in the audience at the Boulder Theater seemed surprised.

    The news of his shaving had been widely discussed since the star tweeted a photo of...

  • Bigger than the beard, Matisyahu move marks ongoing spiritual journey

    December 13, 2011 | 4:16 pm

    The world’s most famous Chasidic Jew has shaved his beard.

    With a declaration Tuesday morning that he was “reclaiming” himself, Jewish music star Matisyahu—a.k.a. Matthew Miller—shaved his signature beard and wrote, “No more Chassidic reggae superstar.”

    The musician posted two...

  • Jewish community member dies in car accident

    By Ryan Torok

    November 23, 2011 | 4:40 pm

    [UPDATED: Wednesday, 9:35 p.m.]

    On Tuesday morning, Nov. 22, 88-year-old Berish Landau lost his life while crossing the same street in the same way he did every morning—on his way to pray and study at a Chasidic Yeshiva in Hancock Park. A car was coming too fast, didn’t see him...

  • Ukrainians protest Chasidic pilgrimage to Uman

    September 26, 2011 | 11:36 am

    Dozens of Ukrainian nationalists protested the annual pilgrimage of Jews to the grave of a Chasidic rabbi in Uman.

    Sunday’s protest, organized by the nationalist Svoboda Party, demanded increased legal controls on the thousands of pilgrims who annually visit the grave of Reb Nachman...

  • Coping with the Tragedy of the Murder of Leiby Kletzky

    By Rabbi Asher Lopatin

    July 15, 2011 | 1:11 pm

    The tragedy of the loss of such innocence looms over this Shabbat.  Last week the Berry family of Houston was in a tragic car accident where both parents died and two of the kids were left paralyzed, coming to Chicago for treatment.  Then we started this week with a “catastrophe,...

  • New York shtetl where arson attack occurred, the rebbe’s word is law

    June 7, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    For years, this leafy Chasidic village about an hour north of New York City has been a shtetl-like haven where residents could live their strictly Orthodox lifestyle far from the temptations and bustle of the nation’s largest city.

    Out of view of all but very few, life in this...

  • Chasidic religious dissident burned by attacker in N.Y.

    May 24, 2011 | 10:20 am

    A member of a dissident congregation in the Chasidic village of New Square, N.Y., suffered severe burns after confronting a suspected arsonist outside his home.

    The Journal News reported that Aaron Rottenberg, 43, suffered third-degree burns on 50 percent of his body after he...

  • Chasidic poet blends sacred, mundane in acclaimed debut

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    May 10, 2011 | 5:50 pm

    Surely the most unusual title among the finalists in the poetry category of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes is “God’s Optimism” by Yehoshua November (Main Street Rag, $14). After all, the rarefied world of poetry rarely encounters a Chasidic poet who declares that his...

  • UPDATE: Chasidic paper removes Hillary Clinton from photo, apologizes

    May 10, 2011 | 11:19 am

    UPDATE: Yiddish-language paper Der Zeitung has released statement apologizing for the altered White House photo in which Hillary Clinton was removed, CBS News reports.

    Der Zeitung has now released a statement saying that “[w]e should not have published the altered picture, and we...

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