138 posts categorized "Books"

October 31, 2014: The Case Of The Missing – And Possibly Stolen – $7,000 16th Century Hebrew Bible
Comments: 8 | Categories: Books , Crime, etc. , Haredim
Was it a crime of opportunity? A rare Hebrew Bible printed in eight volumes in about 1540 has gone missing – and may have been stolen – in the heavily hasidic town of Monsey, New York. The Case Of The...

October 15, 2014: [Updated] Buying Love Through Lies: The New York Times' Joseph Berger
Comments: 8 | Categories: Books , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Many people think Joseph Berger of the New York Times is a dishonest and incompetent reporter who consistently minimizes the wrongdoing of Satmar and other haredim while glorifying their lifestyle. Berger allegedly argued against covering haredi child sex abuse and...

October 14, 2014: Will The World End In 2060?
Comments: 22 | Categories: Books , History , Israel
In his cursive English, occasionally laced with Hebrew words, Sir Isaac Newton applied his scientific mind to measurements of the ancient Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and predicted the end of the world in the year 2060. Above: Sir Isaac Newton...

September 19, 2014: Guest Post: NY Times Reporter Writes Dishonest Book About Haredi Judaism
Comments: 4 | Categories: Books , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism
Many people think Joseph Berger of the New York Times is a dishonest and incompetent reporter who consistently minimizes the wrongdoing of Satmar and other haredim while glorifying their lifestyle. Berger allegedly argued against covering haredi child sex abuse and...

September 14, 2014: World’s Oldest Jewish Prayerbook To Go On Public Display In Jerusalem
Comments: 8 | Categories: Books , History
The oldest known siddur (Jewish prayer book) ever found is on its way to Israel for a museum showing set to open in time for the High Holidays. World’s Oldest Jewish Prayerbook To Go On Public Display In Jerusalem Shmarya...

August 25, 2014: Artscroll Still Selling Disgraced Rabbi's Books
Comments: 11 | Categories: Books , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Rabbi Dovid Weinberger was forced to resign from his synagogue and sign a formal agreement never to be a synagogue rabbi again and never to be involved in education again. You might think that would be enough reason for America's...

July 22, 2014: What Chabad's Late Rebbe Really Said About The Messiah
Comments: 22 | Categories: Books , Chabad , Chabad & Christianity , Chabad & the Media , Chabad History
Rabbi Dr. David Berger has written a long review of the three new books marketed as biographies of the late Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson – Rabbi Joseph Telushkin's, Rabbi Chaim Miller's, and Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz's. Each book omits key...

July 15, 2014: History: Albert Einstein, Founder Of Solar Power
Comments: 14 | Categories: Books , History , Science
Albert Einstein was only 26 years old when he discovered and explained the science that led to today's widespread use of solar power. Above: Albert Einstein's Swiss Patent Office photo, 1905 From The Quest by Daniel Yergin via DelancyPlace: "Before...

July 1, 2014: Skvere Hasidim CENSOR The Torah
Comments: 27 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Books , Haredim , Rabbis & Sex , Women & Judaism
Skvere hasidim from New Square, New York have published a CENSORED Chumash (FIve Books of Moses; the Torah; the first 5 books of the Hebrew Bible) for girls that removes the first two pashiyot – perhaps because they deal with...

January 8, 2014: How Ex-Haredi Memoirs Became New York Publishing’s Hottest New Trend
Comments: 2 | Categories: Books , Haredim , Skepticism & Former Haredim
Have memoirs written by young ex-haredim become the New York publishing world's hottest trend? Why? Graphic: Tablet Magazine Have memoirs written by young ex-haredim become the New York publishing world's hottest trend? Why? Tablet Magazine has piece that says they...

November 9, 2013: Haredi Author's Plagiarism Suit Against Naomi Ragen Settled By Supreme Court
Comments: 4 | Categories: Books , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal
The plagiarism suit against author Naomi Ragen by haredi author Sarah Shapiro – herself an accused plagiarist – has been settled by Israel's Supreme Court with a compromise that finds Shapiro making no money from her suit while Ragen has...

November 3, 2013: Kiryas Joel Residents Barred From Checking Out Library Materials In 4 New York Counties
Comments: 21 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Books , Crime, etc. , Haredim
The New York State Board of Regents has approved an amendment to the Monroe Free Library’s charter thatexcludes the Satmar Village of Kiryas Joel from the library’s service area – meaning Kiryas Joel residents can no longer check out library...

October 15, 2013: Nature Or Nurture: How DNA May Guide Our Vote – And, By Extension, Our Religious Choices
Comments: 17 | Categories: Books , BTs , Religion
A new book explores the impact of genetics on how people vote and on their political views. Can that information also explain susceptibility to fundamentalism, religious extremism – and haredi kiruv? I think the answer to that question is yes....

July 31, 2013: Anonymous Chabad Group Calls For Boycott Of Non-Chabad Talmud
Comments: 11 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Books , Chabad , Haredim , Israel
An anonymous letter purportedly from Chabad community activists and rabbis calling for a boycott of the Oz Vehadar Talmud and other books by Oz Vehadar has been published in Israel. Chabad dot info reports that an anonymous letter purportedly from...

June 13, 2013: Russia To House Disputed Schneersohn Book Collection In Moscow Jewish Museum
Comments: 12 | Categories: Books , Chabad
4,500 books from the collection, which is currently stored at the Russian State Library, are set to be taken to the Jewish Museum and the Center of Tolerance by the end of the year. The Center’s new library area will...

March 16, 2013: Video: More Than 1,000 Bags Of Shaimot Left On Lakewood Roadside
Comments: 24 | Categories: Books , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Sefardim
Rabbi Chaim Abadi, ordered by a judge to remove illegally buried bags of shaimot, dug up the bags – but left them laying by the side of a Lakewood, New Jersey road. By law, shaimot – old, damaged prayerbooks and...

January 7, 2013: Chabad Prints Tanya In Arabic
Comments: 26 | Categories: Books , Chabad , Israel
Following the dictates of its late rebbe to make the foundational work of Chabad hasidut available in every language, Chabad in Israel has published and Arabic translation of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Lyadi's Tanya.

December 4, 2012: Win A Free Copy Of The Book "How to Spell Chanukah"
Comments: 15 | Categories: Books
You could win a free copy of the book How to Spell Chanukah… And Other Holiday Dilemmas. Just correctly answer the following question and you'll be among those FailedMessiah.com readers who might win: You could win a free copy of...

November 25, 2012: Soldiers Stop Racist Settler Rabbi From Addressing Troops
Comments: 4 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Books , Israel , MO & Chardal , Xenophobia
Rabbi Dov Lior is run out of town by Israeli soldiers stationed on the border with Gaza. Rabbi Dov Lior on the shoulders of supports last year Soldiers Stop Racist Settler Rabbi From Addressing Troops Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com Rabbi...

October 12, 2012: Should You Be Reading These Books?
Comments: 17 | Categories: Books
A new book on Job, the next generation of Modern Orthodoxy, and a biography of one of the world's oldest cities – Jerusalem. Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore. Simon Sebag Montefiore's Jerusalem: The Biography was the Jewish Book...

September 21, 2012: Boteach Sex Book Number One Crown Heights Summer Read
Comments: 35 | Categories: Books , Chabad , Humor , PARODY & SATIRE
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s book “Kosher Sex: A Recipe for Passion and Intimacy" was the most checked-out nonfiction title in the Crown Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library this summer. But what books made up the rest of the top...

September 4, 2012: New Haredi Book On Child Sex Abuse Prevention Tries To Do Its Job Without Naming Body Parts Or Using The Word "Sex"
Comments: 30 | Categories: Books , Child Safety , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Med-Ethics , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
A new book for haredi children and their families on preventing child sexual abuse tries to educate children without using the words, "penis," "vagina," "groin," or "sex." “It’s like printing a recipe in a cookbook, without saying the word 'food,"...

August 15, 2012: Rescued From Slavery
Comments: 26 | Categories: Antisemitism , Books , Ethiopian Jews
Judie Oron knows the price of freedom. So does her daughter Wuditu: $111. That's the price Oron paid to free the 17-year-old Ethiopian Jew from a life of slavery and forced prostitution. Journalist rescued Ethiopian girl from slavery JOE BELANGER...

August 8, 2012: Artscroll, The Rabbis, The Talmud, The iPad And The Internet
Comments: 35 | Categories: Blogs , Books , Haredim , Web/Tech
One “feature” that comes with the app and cannot be turned off is a warning screen that appears as soon as the Digital Talmud is loaded. “Note,” the screen reads. “This app does not require the Internet for daily use....

July 21, 2012: Right Wing Zionist Orthodox MK Rips Up New Testament, Drawing Condemnation – And Silence
Comments: 32 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Bigotry & Racism , Books , Israel , MO & Chardal , Religion , Xenophobia
While the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and the head of the Conference of Presidents of Major America Jewish Organizations condemned the public destruction of a New Testament by a prominent Israeli lawmaker, the Jewish Federations of North America...

June 18, 2012: Is The New Koren Talmud Any Good?
Comments: 46 | Categories: Books , Chabad , MO & Chardal
Is the new English language version of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz's Hebrew language Talmud translation and commentary any good? I spent some time over the past 10 days with the new (and bizarrely named) Koren Talmud. The Koren Talmud, of course,...

June 13, 2012: Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz On The Radio Tonight
Comments: 8 | Categories: Books , Chabad , Haredim
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz will be on the radio in NYC (and on the Web worldwide) tonight at 8 pm EDT to talk about the new Koren edition of his English Talmud. You can see sample pages here. Tonight 8 PM...

June 2, 2012: What's Shmarya Reading?
Comments: 21 | Categories: Books
Three novels, including one about Satmar, and three non-fiction titles, two of them dealing with the history of conversion to Judaism. Novels I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits. The World Without You by Joshua Henkin (a grandson of the famous...

May 22, 2012: New Color English Language Steinsaltz Talmud Launched
Comments: 36 | Categories: Books , Chabad
The English language Steinsaltz Talmud reemerges, this time published by Koren Publishers and completely redesigned. Here's a sample page (the volumes also have traditional Vina Shas pages, as well): Here are four pages as a PDF file: Download Four regular...

May 2, 2012: Low Blows, No Takebacks
Comments: 4 | Categories: Books , Crime, etc. , Guest Posts , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
"One good beating was all it took. My husband nearly killed me the first month we lived together after our marriage, and that sent a powerful message: don't cross me." LOW BLOWS By Patty Friedmann • Special to FailedMessiah.com If...

April 11, 2012: Is The New American Haggadah Worth Buying?
Comments: 17 | Categories: Books
Is Jonathan Safran Foer's years-in-the-making project featuring a translation by Nathan Englander and commentary by modern writers like Jeffrey Goldberg, Rebbeca Goldstein and Lemmony Snicket worth the money? And if it not, why not? The New American Haggadah Little, Brown...

April 5, 2012: Emergency Bidikat Hametz Appeal!
Comments: 28 | Categories: Books , Hessed , PARODY & SATIRE
I was crawling on the floor in my room in mother's basement, beeswax candle, feather and brown paper bag in hand, chaffed by and constrained in the clothing necessary to properly do the important mitzvah of searching for hametz, when...

March 6, 2012: Feldman Says Ex-Husband Slept With Her Cousin
Comments: 70 | Categories: Books , Haredim , Skepticism & Former Haredim
Deborah Feldman's web of lies and intrigue continues to grow larger. Deborah Feldman and Barbara Walters on the set of The View. Walters has refused to answer questions about Feldman's lies or her promotion of Feldman's book. Julie Weiner of...

March 2, 2012: More Evidence Deborah Feldman Lied
Comments: 63 | Categories: Books , Haredim , Skepticism & Former Haredim
Deborah Feldman, the author of the memoir "Unorthodox," makes it seem as if she attended strict Satmar schools her entire life before going to Sarah Lawrence College. Here is proof she attended a much less strict haredi school first. Along...

March 1, 2012: A Picture Exposes The Lie
Comments: 51 | Categories: Books , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Skepticism & Former Haredim
A smiling, happy Deborah Feldman poses with her smiling, happy parents when Feldman was about 7 years old – years after Feldman claims her mother "abandoned" her.

March 1, 2012: Deborah Feldman's Parent's Divorce Record
Comments: 15 | Categories: Books , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Skepticism & Former Haredim
Here it is, just to prove again that the divorce was in 2010. Which means when her mother said she left her husband seven years before the divorce, she left in 2003 – more than a decae after Feldman claimed...

March 1, 2012: Deborah Feldman Exposed – Again
Comments: 30 | Categories: Books , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Skepticism & Former Haredim
This much appears to be almost certainly true: Deborah Feldman, now 25, was born to Eugen and Shoshana Berkovic of Penn St., Brooklyn. They were Satmar Jews – an insular sect that settled in Williamsburg after the Holocaust and lives...

February 27, 2012: Feldheim Israel Declares Bankruptcy
Comments: 6 | Categories: Books , Haredim
The Israeli branch of Feldheim Publishing – a long-time powerhouse in the world of Orthodox literature – is attempting to suspend legal proceedings against the company, despite the publisher’s financial difficulties and declaration of bankruptcy. Feldheim Publishing Facing Serious Financial...

February 26, 2012: Did Deborah Feldman Misrepresent Her Academic Background?
Comments: 76 | Categories: Books , Haredim , Skepticism & Former Haredim
The author of "Unorthodox" claims to have received a scholarship to study at Sarah Lawrence, and she's said she was admitted without having a high school diploma or a transcript. How much, if anything, of this is true? Deborah Feldman...

February 26, 2012: Deborah Feldman Lies Again?
Comments: 32 | Categories: Books , Haredim , Skepticism & Former Haredim
Feldman claims her mother left home when she was a small child. But is it true? She also claims her mother "abandoned" her family without ever saying that Feldman's mother left with Feldman's younger sister – a sibling Feldman pretends...

February 26, 2012: Another Feldman Lie?!?
Comments: 26 | Categories: Books , Haredim
According to Feldman's uncle, she wasn't forced to marry her husband Joel – she was in love with him and insisted on the marriage. Deborah Feldman and her family in what apparently were, despite her current claims, happier times Unorthodox...

February 25, 2012: Video: Boteach V. Coren
Comments: 20 | Categories: Books , Chabad
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach dukes it out with TV host Micael Coren. Botech misquotes Coren repeatedly, ignores Jewish anti-Christian polemic that was common in the first century CE onward, and proves again that he knows next to nothing about the subjects...

February 23, 2012: Another Nail In Deborah Feldman's Book's Coffin?
Comments: 62 | Categories: Books , Haredim , Skepticism & Former Haredim
Last week The Jewish Week reported that Deborah Feldman's story about a murder of a son by his father because his father caught him masturbating appeared to false. Now it has more information to support that claim. Deborah Feldman Last...

February 20, 2012: Asked About Her Now Proven False Murder Story, Author Deborah Feldman Refuses To Comment
Comments: 70 | Categories: Books , Haredim , Skepticism & Former Haredim
“I don’t have a response. My response is always no comment. I am not a journalist…You read the book, you saw how I portrayed that story. I don’t even know why you would try to engage about it.” Deborah Feldman...

February 16, 2012: Did Deborah Feldman Lie?
Comments: 107 | Categories: Books , Crime, etc. , Skepticism
The author of the much ballyhooed memoir “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots,” which was published earlier this week by Simon and Schuster, claims that a 13-year-old Satmar boy was murdered by his father who, Feldman claimed, cut...

February 12, 2012: Audio: Boteach v. Tovia Singer
Comments: 46 | Categories: Books , Chabad , Chabad & Christianity , Religion
Chabad's anti-missionary rabbi Jacob Immanuel Schochet cancelled his radio appearance last night, but anti-missionary rabbi Tovia Singer filled in for a segment and challenged Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on Botea (terrible) book, "Kosher Jesus." And here's what it all boiled down...

February 11, 2012: Schochet Cancels Boteach Debate
Comments: 51 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Books , Chabad , Haredim , Religion
Chabad's Rabbi Jacob Immanuel Schochet has suddenly taken "ill" and will not appear on Talkline tonight to confront Rabbi Shmuley Boteach about his (really bad) book, "Kosher Jesus." Zev Brenner's Talkline emails:

February 10, 2012: Live: Boteach v. Schochet
Comments: 10 | Categories: Books , Chabad , Chabad & Christianity , Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Chabad anti-missionary expert Rabbi Jacob Immanuel Schochet duke it out over Boteach's new (and really bad) book, "Kosher Jesus," Saturday night – and you can listen live. Right: Rabbi Jacob Immanuel Schochet. Left: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach....

February 10, 2012: Haredi Schoolbook Censors Out Little Girls
Comments: 40 | Categories: Books , Extreme Sniut , Haredim , Women & Judaism
A Yiddish-language workbook used in many US haredi primary schools represents little girls with a text box rather than a picture to avoid "immodestly" showing their 8-year-old fully clothed bodies. The boys' faces are blotted out. But the girl is...

January 18, 2012: Leading Expert In Anti-Missionary Work Says New Boteach Book "Poses A Tremendous Risk To The Jewish Community"
Comments: 63 | Categories: Books , Chabad , Haredim , Religion
Rabbi Dr. Jacob Immanuel Schochet slams the new book on Jesus written by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach (right). I believe Schochet has a son who is talked about as a possible cnadidtate for Chief Rabbi of England, a position Boteach wants,...

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