228 posts categorized "Media & Media Criticism"

July 23, 2014: The Sad, Troubling And Very Self-Absorbed Life Of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
Comments: 15 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, etc. , Media & Media Criticism
I asked if he thought [Chabad] had helped him heal from the pain of his parents’ divorce. “Well, I was hoping it would, and, yeah, it did,” he said, before continuing: “I don’t think the healing was very deep, because...

July 21, 2014: God, Not The IDF, Not The Iron Dome, Is Saving Israel From Hamas Rockets Haredi Columnist Says
Comments: 32 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Media & Media Criticism , Rants / Editorials , Religion , Terrorism
The haredi columnist ‘quotes’ a nonexistent CNN interview with a Hamas representative in which that Hamas representative allegedly claimed that Hamas rockets are extremely accurate and that “80%” of the rockets Hamas fires are diverted to uninhabited areas by the...

July 1, 2014: How Chabad Really Took Russia
Comments: 20 | Categories: Chabad , Chabad History , Media & Media Criticism
Ever wonder how Chabad became so big in Russia and who got hurt in the process? Here's how to find out. Above: The late Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson Ha'aretz has an article on Chabad's "astonishing" growth in Russia...

June 10, 2014: Coverage Of Paris Get Extortion Scandal Omits Chabad's Alleged Role
Comments: 16 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism
The JTA presents itself as the news service of the Jewish people. The butt of the oft-repeated joke, yesterday's news tomorrow, the JTA has many problems. And as a story released today shows, lack of honesty when it come to...

May 25, 2014: New Head Of Australian Rabbis Group Says He Wants To Clean Up Child Sex Abuse
Comments: 3 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, etc. , Media & Media Criticism , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Rabbi Meir Shlomo Klugwant wants to clean up and modernize how Australia's Orthodox community deals with child sex abuse. Above: Rabbi Meir Shlomo Klugwant The Herald Sun has a brief article on Chabad's Rabbi Meir Shlomo Klugwant's election has head...

April 23, 2014: Video: Williamsburg Shomrim Arrests
Comments: 1 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Homophobia and its Discontents , Media & Media Criticism
A News 12 video report on the arrests of 5 of the approximately 15 hasidic men from the Williamsburg Shomrim street patrol who savagely beat a gay black college student December 1 on the edge of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Note that...

April 22, 2014: Israel’s Uncomfortable History Of Racism
Comments: 3 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Media & Media Criticism , Refugees
Writing in the Forward, the Jerusalem Post's opinion editor Seth Frantzman lists some recent and some not so recent examples of Israeli racism. And while his attempt to show American Jews how deeply racist much of Israeli society can be...

April 11, 2014: Daily News Haredi Beat Reporter Named One Of Source Magazine's 25 Women To Watch
Comments: 3 | Categories: Media & Media Criticism , MO & Chardal
Simone Weichselbaum, who often covers the haredi community for the New York Daily News, has been named as one of the hip hop publication Source Magazine's 25 Women To Watch. Simone Weichselbaum Simone Weichselbaum, who often covers the haredi community...

April 11, 2014: Will Sam Kellner Sue?
Comments: 0 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
All charges were dropped against supposed hasidic extortionist Sam Kellner after those charges were proved to be based on evidence best characterized as complete BS. A Jewish newspaper apparently helped smear Kellner despite widespread knowledge and much proof that the...

April 9, 2014: Haredim To Open Gender-Segregated Holocaust Museum
Comments: 51 | Categories: Bans & Censorship , Chabad , Haredim , History , Media & Media Criticism , MO & Chardal , Women & Judaism
"…Asked how the museum could depict both women’s stories without offending ultra-Orthodox men, Reidel said that on days when ultra-Orthodox school groups visit the museum, they might have to make sure no images of the women are on display.…" The...

March 31, 2014: Sheldon Adelson Buys Ma’ariv, NRG And Makor Rishon
Comments: 6 | Categories: Israel , Media & Media Criticism
A Jerusalem court has approved the sale of the right-wing Hebrew language newspapers Makor Rishon and Ma'ariv and the Hebrew language NRG news website to Israel Hayom, the free daily newspaper owned by billionaire Sheldon Adelson. Sheldon Adelson Sheldon Adelson...

March 13, 2014: Haredi Newspaper Pushes Orgasms
Comments: 16 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Media & Media Criticism , Rabbis & Sex
How did a hasidic newspaper get in the business of pushing "orgasm bags"? Gur (Gerrer) hasidim is arguably the most sexually restrictive hasidic group in the world. It has a myriad of bizarre sexual restrictions, including a complete ban on...

March 11, 2014: Fired Jewish Press Web Editor Alleges Paper That Fired Him Lied To Cover Their Own Mistakes
Comments: 10 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , Israel , Media & Media Criticism , MO & Chardal
"50 Thousand Haredim March So Only Other Jews Die in War," the headline that got Yori Yanover fired, was approved by the Jewish Press before publication, Yanover says. Yori Yanover The apology published by the Jewish Press and that announced...

March 10, 2014: Jewish Press Fires Web Editor Over Haredi "Slur"
Comments: 11 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism
The Jewish Press fired its web editor Yori Yanover, a defender of child sex abusers and a known cyber bully, for an anti-haredi headline that is arguably true – not for his litany of previous bad behavior. The headline: “50...

January 27, 2014: The Lies Of The New York Post
Comments: 73 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Media & Media Criticism , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
The New York Post chooses to ignore the fact that that an accused pedophile's attorney lied to them and ignores the much else about the case, to try to smear a blogger for reporting the pedophile's arrest. The New York...

January 25, 2014: Haredi Newspaper Hamodia Apologizes For Saying Ariel Sharon's Memory Should Be A Blessing
Comments: 21 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Media & Media Criticism
"…I was astonished and astounded to see that [Hamodia] honored Sharon with a very undeserving title "z"l" [zichrono l'vracha; may his memory be a blessing.) Even though the writer attempts to describe him as a very proud Jew, it seems...

January 24, 2014: Haredi Rebel Faction’s Newspaper On Brink Of Bankruptcy
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Media & Media Criticism
The financial foundation of the HaPeles newspaper, started about a year ago by followers Ashkenazi haredi rebel leader Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, is reportedly crumbling. Haredi Rebel Faction’s Newspaper On Brink Of Bankruptcy Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com The financial foundation of...

January 20, 2014: Former Haredi Mayor Loses Appeal In Suit Against Haredi Bloggers
Comments: 5 | Categories: Blogs , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism
A haredi former mayor of Lakewood, New Jersey, Steven Langert, sued TheLakewoodView.com, TheLakewoodVoice.com, and the haredi men behind them over what he claimed were intentionally false stories about him claiming that he was involved in the Eliyahu Weinstein scandal. Langert...

January 6, 2014: Murdered Hasidic Slumlord Was Also Allegedly A Loanshark
Comments: 40 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism
What we have is an alleged loan shark who was also a slumlord. He owed millions of dollars to lenders – some apparently black market – and had defaulted on many of the loans. Some of those defaults were apparently...

January 5, 2014: Editorial: Who Didn’t Want Menachem “Max” Stark Dead?
Comments: 117 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism
"…I’ve spent hours these past two days listening to Satmar hasidim complain about the Post, the Daily News, Pix 11, other media outlets and FailedMessiah.com. Not once have I heard a Satmar hasid say that what Stark allegedly did to...

November 18, 2013: The Forward's Freudian Slip
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Sam Kellner hasn't been convicted or tried. In fact, the case against him has very publicly imploded and Kellner has not been put on trial and has not pleaded guilty. But the Jewish Daily Forward not only ran a hit...

November 16, 2013: The Forward – Intentionally? – Gets It Wrong Again
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
When the Forward’s Paul Berger, an outsider with no background with and no knowledge of the hasidic community and little real knowledge or grasp of the Kellner case, writes what reads like an opinion piece (but is posted by the...

November 5, 2013: Forward Publishes Inaccurate And Misleading Article About Ken Thompson
Comments: 0 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
The Forward's Paul Berger has generated another inaccurate and misleading article – this time about Democratic-endorsed Brooklyn D.A. Candidate Kenneth Thompson. Kenneth Thompson Originally published at 11:26 pm CST 11-4-2013 According to an inaccurate article in the Jewish Daily Forward,...

October 11, 2013: The Lies Of The Jewish Daily Forward
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Media & Media Criticism , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
The Forward continues to abuse and elderly man with dementia and omit key details in its reporting of the Yeshiva University child sex abuse case. Akiva Roth An unsigned editorial was published by the Forward yesterday. It contains lies, is...

October 9, 2013: A Bit Of Media Bias From The Jewish Daily Forward?
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Media & Media Criticism , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Why has the Forward reported a litany of teaching positions held by admitted child sex abuser Akiva Roth – except for positions he held at major institutions linked to the Conservative Movement? Akiva Roth We now know that 42-year-old Akiva...

September 29, 2013: YU's Lamm Has Dementia; Forward Lied
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Media & Media Criticism , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Former Yeshiva University Chancellor Norman Lamm, 85, was examined on Sept. 16 by neuropsychologist Elise Caccappolo of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, who found that he can’t provide reliable testimony because his dementia is too advanced. Rabbi Norman Lamm Originally published...

September 9, 2013: Judge Orders Mental Health Evaluation Of Rabbi Norman Lamm In Yeshiva University Abuse Case
Comments: 13 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Media & Media Criticism , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
A federal judge has ordered an independent medical examination of the mental health of former Yeshiva University President and Chancellor Rabbi Norman Lamm after Lamm’s lawyer, Joel Cohen, told the court that Lamm should not be deposed in a $380...

July 17, 2013: Chabad Front Organization Calls For Polish Chief Rabbi's Head
Comments: 5 | Categories: Chabad , Kosher Scandal , Media & Media Criticism
Last week, Poland's parliament banned ritual slaughter of un-stunned animals – effectively outlawing shechita (Jewish ritual slaughter) and Muslim halal slaughter. As Euopean Jewish leaders and rabbis meet, a Chabad front organization calls for the Polish chief rabbi's head. Yeshiva...

July 4, 2013: Did The Forward Abuse An Elderly, Frail, Impaired Rabbi And Is It Now Lying To Try To Cover That Up?
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Media & Media Criticism , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
Did the Jewish Daily Forward unethically (and, perhaps, illegally) trick and abuse an elderly impaired Modern Orthodox rabbi in order to get a scoop? It appears the answer to that question is, yes. Rabbi Norman Lamm Originally published at 6:26...

May 31, 2013: The Creeping Jewish Fundamentalism in Our Midst
Comments: 28 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Media & Media Criticism , Religion
"…Like Christian fundamentalism, Jewish fundamentalism is extremely new. It arose in response to modernity, and it radically changed Jewish values. Formerly, the Jewish mainstream balanced strictness and leniency: In the battle between the strict Shammai and the lenient Hillel, Hillel...

May 28, 2013: Haredi Paper Photoshops Woman Out Of Picture, Forgets Ankles, Feet, One Hand
Comments: 9 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Media & Media Criticism , Women & Judaism
Yated Ne'eman allegedly published a photograph of a demonstration and photoshopped out of it a woman's face and upper body. But somehow Yated Ne'eman missed one hand, her ankles and her feet – making for a very strange photograph. [From...

May 28, 2013: Who Will Lead Chabad?
Comments: 15 | Categories: Chabad , Media & Media Criticism
The Forward asks what might happen when the two most senior Chabad rabbis, my old friend Yehuda Krinsky and no one's friend Avraham Shemtov, both in their late 70s, retire or pass away. Unfortunately, it asks the question from the...

May 23, 2013: Haredi Newspaper Blames Mass Shooting On Secularism
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Media & Media Criticism
"The lawlessness prevailing among those distant from Torah exacted yet another bloody toll yesterday" HaPeles wrote, explaining that its choice not to report the mass shooting in its news section stemmed from its wish to "steer clear of the ugliness...

May 20, 2013: The Times Of Israel Apologizes
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Israel , Media & Media Criticism
"The article about the Jewish school that banned thick rimmed glasses that was published On [The Times of Israel website] was corrected, and attribution was added to Failed Messiah blog as well as the New York Post. It was a...

May 19, 2013: The Times Of Israel Rips Off FailedMessiah.com And The New York Post
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Israel , Media & Media Criticism
Over the past few months, the Times of Israel stole much of the stories surrounding the Rabbi Chaim Halpern London sex abuse scandal from the British haredi blog IfYouTickleUs and from FailedMessiah.com. Now the Times of Israel has stolen another...

May 13, 2013: The Appalling Jewish Press Smears 6-Year-Old Alleged Child Sex Abuse Victims
Comments: 25 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
The appalling Jewish Press has published a horrific news article by its online editor, Yori Yanover. Yanover has a long history of allegedly harassing and stalking online advocates for victims. He also infamously wrote a very biased, unethical article many...

May 1, 2013: Haredi Pol Caught Using Fake Persona To Promote His Own Agenda
Comments: 27 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism
For nearly two and a half years, a Yeshiva World News blogger who goes by the name of Dov Gordon appears to have been one of New York City Councilman David Greenfield’s biggest fans in the local Jewish media…because Dov...

April 30, 2013: Daily News Reporter Wins Jewish Media Award
Comments: 16 | Categories: Media & Media Criticism
New York Daily News reporter Simone Weichselbaum, who has covered many of the haredi child sexual abuse stories of the past half-decade, just won the 2013 Be’chol Lashon Media Award for her reporting. The award is meant to recognize outstanding...

April 23, 2013: Metzitza B’Peh Is A Part of The Circumcision Procedure And Must Be Done, Israel’s Haredi Chief Rabbis Now Say
Comments: 15 | Categories: Circumcision , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism
A letter was released today by the Director of the Circumcision Department of the Chief Rabbinate Rabbi Moshe Marciano. Marciano wrote that the position of the Chief Rabbinate supports the so-called traditional circumcision procedure that includes MBP which, Marciano wrote,...

April 9, 2013: Complete Audio: Conservative Radio Host Michael Savage Dedicates Show To Controversial Haredi Circumcision Ritual
Comments: 45 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Haredim , Med-Ethics , Media & Media Criticism
Michael Savage, upset by a Fox News headline on metzitzah b'peh (MBP), the direct mouth-to-bleeding-baby-penis sucking done by many haredi (and some Modern Orthodox) mohels after cutting off the baby's foreskin, dedicates more than an hour of his national radio...

April 7, 2013: Haredi Magazine Mistakenly Attributes 19,000 Japan Earthquake And Tsunami Deaths To "Nuclear Accident"
Comments: 28 | Categories: Haredim , Media & Media Criticism
A recent issue of Mishpacha Magazine writes about nuclear power and claims 19,000 people were killed in a Japanese nucler accident two years ago – even though the nuclear accident, which was the byproduct of a massive earthquake and tsunami,...

March 28, 2013: The Shame Of CBS
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism , Pedophilia & Related Crimes
The CBS news magazine 48 Hours will air a 6-part reality TV series on the Brooklyn DA beginning in May. The program won't he hard-hitting investigative news. Instead, it will be reality fluff TV that largely whitewashes the real problems...

March 25, 2013: Newsweek's Top 50 Rabbis List Worse Than Last Year
Comments: 49 | Categories: Media & Media Criticism
Can a former Forward web editor improve Newsweek/The Daily Beast's list of the Top 50 rabbis in America? No, she can't. I'll be brief. In past years I've noted that Newsweek's Top 50 Rabbis in America list is idiotic, and...

March 18, 2013: A One Letter Typo Causes Yiddish Newspaper To Print The Banned "S" Word
Comments: 46 | Categories: Haredim , Media & Media Criticism
The paper is the Satmar-hasid-published Brooklyn-based Der Blatt. The "S" word is… …"Sex." The line in the ad reads "For the maximum sex refund." It should read, "For the maximum tax refund." The difference is one Hebrew/Yiddish letter, "samech," which...

March 9, 2013: The Moral Failure Of David Brooks And Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, Part 2
Comments: 33 | Categories: Haredim , Media & Media Criticism
The rules—or halacha, to put it Hebraically—in Brooks’ estimation constitute “moderate religious zeal.” Remember, he’s publishing this article mere weeks before Passover. Clearly, he’s never been witness to Orthodox preparations for the holiday during which some folks use so much...

March 8, 2013: The Moral Failure Of David Brooks And Rabbi Meir Soloveichik
Comments: 118 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism , MO & Chardal
David Brooks of the New York Times goes on a guided tour of haredi Brooklyn featuring the Pomegranate grocery store with Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, and manages to gush about all the positives of haredi life without mentioning even one negative...

March 4, 2013: Violate Shabbat To Stop Intermarriage With Arabs, Rabbis Say
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Media & Media Criticism
"There is a serious danger of assimilation, and today there are already 30,000 Jewish women in Arab villages. As religious officials we must protect the Jewish people from assimilation and annihilation, after one-third of it was erased in the Holocaust.”...

January 16, 2013: Audio: Agudah Leaders' Conference Call On Metzitzah B'Peh
Comments: 3 | Categories: Chabad , Circumcision , Crime, etc. , Haredim , Media & Media Criticism
Agudah's chief lay person Rabbi Gedaliah Weinberger, attorney Yerachmiel Simins and others on a closed conference call talking about their case against New York City after a federal judge allowed NYC's informed consent requirement to stand until trial. Please click...

January 15, 2013: Where Rabbis Don’t Get Sick And Readers Don’t Care Even If They Do: The Strange And Convoluted World Of Haredi Newspaper ‘Journalism’
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Media & Media Criticism
Except for one hasidic daily, the entire Ashkenazi haredi press was silent about the hospitalization of the Sefardi haredi Shas political party’s founder and spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the greatest Sefardi haredi rabbinic scholar of this generation. But don't...

November 8, 2012: Shame: Forward Names Agudah's Head To Top 50 List
Comments: 18 | Categories: Haredim , Media & Media Criticism
Rabbi Dovid Zwiebel, who helped lead Agudath Israel of America's policy of covering up child sexual abuse and its policy of supporting metzitzah b'peh – which many of its constituent rabbis' communities had long since banned because it maims and...

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