The victim was driving past a haredi synagogue when the attack happened, so she stopped her car and went inside to find an adult who could deal with the children, but the hasidim in the synagogue reportedly ignored her. She left the synagogue in frustration only to have the children outside start screaming “Shiksa! Shiksa!” [a derogatory Yiddish term for a non-Jewish female] at her.
"…A copy of the Chareidi Ethos is attached to this form . Confirmation of Chareidi Status will only be endorsed when the Ethos is signed by Parent / Guardian and countersigned by the Rabbinate of The Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations.…Charedi homes do not have TV or other inappropriate media, and parents will ensure that their children will not have access to the Internet and any other media which do not meet the stringent moral criteria of the Charedi community. Families- mothers and girls, will dress at all times in accordance with the strictest standards of Tznius (modesty) as laid down by the Rabbinate of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations..…"
I have heard similar sentiments from rabbis across the spectrum, from Haredi to Reform, as well as from many lay leaders. It is as if they are patting themselves on the back for doing the hard work of being involved in the Jewish community and going to synagogue whilst simultaneously judging others as self-centered for not doing likewise. As one lay leader said to me: “It’s meant to be hard to be Jewish, and young people today are lazy.”
"He's of no interest to me, and I don't think he's acting according to his own free will," Y. says of Pakada. "In my opinion, he's been used and they're still using him. When I saw him with Bibi [the prime minister], I felt a sharp pang in my heart – because that's a guy who threw a punch at a policeman, who picked up a rock to throw at him. And how does it end? He gets his picture taken with the prime minister, at the prime minister's request, like he's getting a prize. I'd also like to meet with the prime minister and tell him what really happened there."
"He does not know how to use molestation techniques. I say this as a wife, as his sex partner. I believe that these charges were placed in order to defile his reputation.…He never kissed her on the neck as the charges say. And he never touched her on the buttocks area as the charges indicate.…[But he did touch her back f]rom the top to the bottom just to take off the negative energy, or, not everybody likes it, obviously, but that is in a spiritual way," Janet Karro said.
The Williamsburg-based Satmar Zalman faction filed suit yesterday against its arch rival, the Satmar Aharon faction, over four Zalman buildings the Aharon faction allegedly destroyed in the hasidic village of Kiryas Joel, New York in January. The two factions are respectively headed by brothers Rabbi Zalman and Rabbi Aharon Teitelbaum. The brothers' father was the previous Satmar Rebbe. The Aharon faction controls almost all of Kiryas Joel and the suit was filed in Orange County, New York, where Kiryas Joel is located.
“…The behavior of some of these [rabbis, teachers, lay leaders, Orthodox general practitioners and Orthodox therapists] is what pushed me to the edge of my sanity, and to the edge of my faith. I was lied to, lied about, ignored, pacified, and profoundly betrayed. Not by sick, indecent men, but by people who thought they were doing the right thing. I know that many of these [rabbis] do not set out to be cruel. Their actions are not malicious. However, even if they didn't mean to, they caused me horrific pain and suffering. That suffering is on a level with the suffering caused by the abuse itself, and responsibility needs to be accepted for that pain.…”
While all modern human populations can trace their ancestry back to Africa, the route taken out of Africa so long ago was unclear until new genomic analyses of people currently living in Ethiopia and Egypt where carried out. They show Egypt was the major gateway out of Africa and that migration followed the so-called northern rather than a southern route through the Arabian Peninsula. In other words, ancient humans left Africa through Egypt and Sinai 125,000 years ago to 75,000 years ago – and from there entered into what is now Israel.
The charter of the Board of Management of Chabad of Melbourne's Yeshivah Centre has been leaked to FailedMessiah.com. (Note one of the corporate names used was Chabad Institutions of Australia, Inc.) The charter explains the Board of Management's conflict of interest policy and its policy on a series of other ethics issues – many of which the Board of Management (also known as the Committee of Management) appears to have frequently broken.
Essentially all modern religions have a small subset of fundamentalists, and Karen Armstrong argues that these all come about as a reaction against the rapid modernization of the modern world, and the many crises inherent in that modernization. An even smaller subset of these fundamentalists can be characterized as extremists, given to violence in their battle against the secularizing world. Armstrong argues that these movements are not a clash of civilizations, but instead intra-societal disputes. She also argues that attempts to suppress fundamentalism simply make it more extreme.
At the Royal Commission hearings into child sex abuse coverups at Chabad institution in Australia, Don Wolf, a former chairman of the Committee of Management (COM) of the board of Chabad's Yeshivah Centre in Melbourne and Nechama Bendet, the Yeshivah Centre's former general manager, both testified the COM never discussed a formal plan for compensating victims of child sex abuse at its schools and each leader's testimony (posted below) makes it appear as if compensation was never discussed by Chabad's Committee of Management. But that impression was false – arguably intentionally so.
Chabad – which arguably has more alcoholics and drug addicts per capita than any other hasidic sect, due in large part to its more than liberal use of alcohol at Shabbat and holiday meals, shul kiddushes, hasidic gatherings known in Yiddish as “farbrengens,” and in its high school-level yeshivas – wants to get you stoned. But law enforcement in Aspen, Colorado is far from pleased.
Britain's The Daily Mail newspaper printed hasidic lies about their rebbe's 'miraculous' escape from the Nazis as if those lies are actually true. But they aren't, and the actual story of that escape is so awful, hasidim have spent decades trying to cover up what their rebbe did. How many Jews were murdered because of this rebbe? Arguably, many.
"In 2001 I attended the home of Mrs New for a Sabbath lunch where I was seated opposite Velvel (Zev) Serebryanski who had repeatedly sexually abused me as a child. Later that afternoon I disclosed my abuse to Mr and Mrs New. I did so because Mrs New was a friend and a representative of the Jewish Taskforce who I believed would support me. I regret that subsequent to that disclosure, Mrs New never contacted me to offer support, advice or assistance.…"
"…Many years ago, when we were looking for a school for my daughter in Gush Etzion, it was suggested that we send her to [Rabbi Shlomo] Riskin’s girl’s school. The welcoming and non-judgmental atmosphere there helped my daughter embrace Judaism and become observant, which helped our whole family move closer to the tradition we were deprived of in the former Soviet Union.…The [haredi] attempt to discontinue Riskin’s tenure as chief rabbi of Efrat will have ramifications…there will be one uncompromising, illiberal and, dare I say it, unauthentic mirage of Judaism that will be enforced on all [against their will].…"
“On 27 Nissan, a police detective disguised as an Arab shepherd and three Arab shepherds approached [the West Bank Jewish settlement of] Kochav HaShachar in an incident staged to provoke a disturbance. In total, five residents of Kochav HaShachar were detained on suspicion of assaulting the group, despite a lack of evidence implicating them.”
Rabbi David Stav, head of the moderate Zionist Orthodox Tzohar rabbinical association, called on American Jews today to boycott Israel's official state Chief Rabbis and the country’s official state Chief Rabbinate – both of which are haredi controlled – if the Chief Rabbinate refuses to renew the tenure of Chief Rabbi of Efrat Shlomo Riskin.
"The conviction of a prominent member of the Manchester Jewish community [Todros Grynhaus] for sexual abuse is of immense significance. Though certainly not the first such case, it sends an unequivocal message that nobody, in any part of our community, can expect to commit these horrific crimes and escape prosecution.…"
Haredim in the central Israeli city of Petach Tikvah are enraged because an official city-organized Shavuot event included a talk by the centrist Yesh Atid Party’s very secular chairman, Member of Knesset Yair Lapid, who is hated by haredim because he and his party were the force behind reforms meant to draft haredim into Israel’s military and force them to leave their yeshivas and join the workforce after that.
Minutes of a meeting of the Committee of Management of the board of Chabad's Yeshivah Centre in Melbourne, Australia dated August 19, 2014 show that Chabad was attempting not to respond to a lawsuit by a victim of child sex abuse at its Yeshivah College. Chabad used the excuse that the corporate entity which ran Chabad when the abuse took place was different (in name only, it seems) than the current corporate entity. In other words, Chabad was using a legal fiction to try to avoid paying the victim for his damages – damages which are not covered by Chabad's insurance. Also, in all three cases mentioned in this meeting, no mention is made of trying to help these victims or of issuing any type of apology to them. Instead, it's strictly business: who do we pay because insurance covers it and who do we abandon because we can find legal loophole to do so.
The haredi-controlled Council of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate decided not to automatically renew the tenure of the Chief Rabbi of Efrat, Modern Orthodox Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the Jerusalem Post reported. The move brought immediate and vociferous opposition from a wide swath of non-haredi political and religious leaders in the country – but complete silence from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party, whose shaky coalition government exists only because of the votes of haredi political parties.
In practice, Chabad communal institutions in Melbourne are led by the sons, sons-in-law, grandsons, grandsons-in-law, nephews and other close relatives of the community’s founders and first top rabbis, and many of these leaders either actively covered up child sex abuse and protected the molesters or looked the other way as it was being done. Many board members of Yeshivah Centre have sat on that Yeshivah Centre board for decades. But now that board is reportedly collapsing.
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The New York Times: "The legal conflict has revealed a deep tension within the Orthodox community that has been reported in the Jewish weekly press, and has been the almost exclusive topic of discussion on some Orthodox Jewish Web sites like failedmessiah.com and unorthodoxjew.blogspot.com in the months since Mr. Hikind brought up sexual abuse."
The New York Times: "In Postville, residents were dismayed by a report posted on a Jewish Web site, FailedMessiah.com, saying that Sholom Rubashkin held a celebration in Postville last week after he was released from detention on $1 million bail."
THE COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW: "[Jeff] Abbas passed the video to Shmarya Rosenberg, a blogger in St. Paul, Minnesota, who has provided some of the best coverage of the raid and its aftermath; a few days later, the video was referenced in The New York Times."
The Forward: Postville’s City Council initially voted to support the idea of a community benefits agreement, but later voted to withdraw support for such an agreement — a development first reported on the blog Failed Messiah.
Samuel Freedman in the Jerusalem Post: "[T]the scandal of Agriprocessors has been chronicled from Stephen Bloom's book Postville to Nathaniel Popper's investigative reports in the Forward to Julia Preston's coverage in The New York Times to the muckraking blogger FailedMessiah.com."
Religion In The News: "So authoritative has Rosenberg become that he is now regularly quoted by the Register; and his site has been referenced by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and both the Forward and the JTA."
Tablet Magazine: “If you’re Jewish and you were married five years ago, you have not confronted the problem that exists today,” Rosenberg says. “The problem is much worse for anyone who isn’t Orthodox. As the Haredi strength grows and their control grows, that’ll become clearer.”
Religion Dispatches: "The best collection of articles I’ve found can be perused at failedmessiah.com, the blog of Shmarya Rosenberg, who, with the perspective of insider turned disillusioned outsider, has been probing the nuances and hypocrisies of the ultra-Orthodox establishment since 2004."