U.S. May Give Iran Money; Lhota’s Shul Faux Pas

Plus Israeli researches study Bedouin sign language, and more in the news

The Reality of Jewish Poverty in New York City

What a newly-released UJA study reveals

Jewish Bellydancers in Brooklyn

My bellydancing students—Russian immigrants, Hasidic women—showed me a new side of the borough

Borough Park Shomrim Foil Bank Robbery

Bonus: The robber was dressed as a Nazi comic character

Swastikas, Taken in Stride

Anti-Semitic graffiti in Hasidic Brooklyn excites the media, but many residents—old and young—shrug

Daybreak: Syria Deal With Assad Reached?

Plus secret pre-peace talks, and more in the news

Daybreak: Talking in Turkey?

Plus Syria abandoned, the Talmud on modesty, and more in the news

A Rabbi’s Christmas

A shopping trip to Borough Park on Dec. 25 reveals a lesson about pious passivity and dignity—and the value of human relations

Brooklyn Bus Blues

Woman told to sit at back of Orthodox-friendly bus

Not The Only Word She’ll Need to Learn

Accused Kletzky killer’s lawyer is new to the neighborhood

Abuses

Baruch Lebovits was a convicted sex offender until another man was accused of tampering with witnesses against him. To some ultra-Orthodox leaders, this justifies a reluctance to go to authorities with charges of abuse.

Unmolested

An accused pedophile from ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn has never faced trial, thanks in part to a D.A. who had political reasons not to pursue the case

Bloomberg and Kelly Pay Shivah Call

Community rallies around the mourning Kletzkys

A Community To Be Proud Of, a Death To Mourn

Leiby Kletzky prompted Hasidic community’s finest, saddest hours

Too Cool

Seduced by lower rents and edgy bars, a former Hasid moves to hipster Brooklyn. But what he gains in nightlife, he loses in camaraderie. What happened to nosy neighbors?

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