Orthodox Jews


Brooklyn Fire Kills Seven Children From Same Orthodox Family

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Fire commissioner says an unattended hot plate is the likely cause.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Rabbis Accused of Kidnap and Torture

Monday, October 14, 2013

Oren Yaniv, reporter for the New York Daily News, talks about last week's news that two local rabbis were accused in Federal Court of accepting large sums of money to torture men into providing their wives permission to divorce.


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Herman Wouk Bucks Literary Trends to Produce Best-Selling Novels

Friday, January 25, 2013


Herman Wouk, appearing in this 1955  Books and Authors Luncheon, contests what he perceives as the common view of his being "a conformist." 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Orthodox Jews and the Web

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

NY1 political reporter Josh Robin delves into his series,“Tangled Web,” which looks at how orthodox Jews are dealing with the internet.

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Capacity Crowds of Jewish Worshippers to Gather at MetLife Stadium

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

A crowd of 90,000 Jewish worshipers is expected to fill MetLife stadium in New Jersey Wednesday night as part of Siyum Hashas. It’s an event that culminates the seven and a half year process of Talmudic study.


The Takeaway

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Protest Girls' School in Israeli Town

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Angry protests by ultra-orthodox Jews in the Israeli town Beit Shemesh are the latest episode in a history of contentious relations between Israel's secular majority and the small, but powerful ultra-orthodox minority. Groups of ultra-orthodox men have been picketing a new girls' school, harassing the girls and their mothers by allegedly throwing stones, tomatoes, and feces. The men claim they are offended by what they say is the "immodesty" of elementary school-aged girls. Kevin Connolly of the BBC filed a report from Beit Shemesh.



Men Studying to Become Rabbis Can Now Get Financial Aid

Monday, August 08, 2011

As students get ready to go back to college later this month, men studying become rabbis at private undergraduate yeshivas can now qualify for aid under New York's Tuition Assistance Program, or TAP.



Hotel For Orthodox Jews: Yes to Yiddish, No to TVs

Monday, November 08, 2010

There's a Brooklyn hotel boom underway, according to the Daily News -- with four times as many rooms today as there were five years ago -- and that includes hyper-specialized hotels, like the new, 35-room Condor, in Williamsburg. It's the third in the borough targeting Orthodox families and businessmen:

To accommodate families of Hasidic Jews who limit their kids' exposure to popular culture, there are no TVs in the rooms. You won't find Bibles there either, but you will find stands for the wigs traditionally worn by married Hasidic women.

The concierge at the front desk speaks Yiddish. Of course, don't expect anyone to answer the phone from sundown to sunset on the Sabbath, which runs from Friday evening to Saturday evening, or on holidays when the use of phones and other electrical devices is shunned by observant Jews. Also during the Sabbath and holidays, so-called Shabbos elevators stop on every floor.

With a 3,000-square-foot ballroom in the basement (including separate entrances for men and women), the hotel will also try to compete with neighborhood catering halls for weddings and bar mitzvahs.

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Sex Abuse Allegations in Orthodox Jewish Community

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Is it completely overblown, as rabbis say, or an "open secret" in the community? NPR's Barbara Bradley Haggerty has been looking into allegations of child sex abuse in Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn District Attorney is investigating the claims, but has been frustrated by a lack of cooperation ...

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