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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.

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Food Fight

A proposed boycott of Israeli products at the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn, a 38-year-old grocery where political passions run high, is raising worries among its sizable Orthodox Jewish membership

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Mother Russia

The new Lifetime reality show Russian Dolls portrays the Russian-American Jews of Brighton Beach as celebrating neither America nor their Judaism but the freedom to be stereotypically Russian

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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

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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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Watchmen: The Shomrim Who Patrol Orthodox Brooklyn

Shomrim—controversial Jewish neighborhood watch groups—patrol the Orthodox enclaves of Brooklyn, where safety’s battles are fought along exclusive ethnic and community lines

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Sundown: The Bel of the Ball

Plus, why Assad is still around, the most perfect Brooklyn trend piece, and more

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A Modest Proposal Regarding the Dodgers

How Commissioner Bud Selig can remake his legacy and cement his Jewishness

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Blues and Roots

Composer and bassist Omer Avital joins American jazz with Israeli and Arab styles, especially Yemeni and Moroccan, to create music with a new and vital connection to a shared Middle Eastern past

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Really? Fran Lebowitz Gets To Publish That?

I mean, what am I missing?

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Daybreak: U.S. Hand Weak in Lebanon

Plus Medvedev gets warm welcome in Jericho, and more in the news

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Excuses, Excuses

I turned in my book’s manuscript almost a month ago, but my editor doesn’t seem to have read it yet. It makes a writer wonder what he’s doing instead.

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Daybreak: Prelude to a Second Cast Lead?

Plus A’jad may have played ball, and more in the news

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Harper’s: Lord of the Flies meets Hasid

Fear and loathing in Crown Heights

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Tribal Allegiance: The Strange Nexus of a Brooklyn Rabbi and Hedge-Fund King Steven Cohen

A Brooklyn rabbi thought he could swindle hedge-fund king Steven Cohen by playing on his Judaism. It was a bad bet.

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Daybreak: Flotilla Backers Reach to Top

Plus Abbas is told to keep talks indirect, and more in the news

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‘Holy Rollers’ Sacrifices Intrigue and Precision

For slightly oversweetened morality play

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‘Hipsters and Hasids’ Finds Parallels Between Two Worlds

Exhibit by Brooklyn artist on display now

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The Brooklyn Bike Lane Battle Today

‘New York’ covers the Hasid-hipster clash

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All the Food News You Can Stomach

Catered Seders, phoney matzah, and more

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‘The Millionaire Matchmaker’ Comes to NYC!

Bravo’s resident Yenta on the next season

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A Montreal Jewish Deli Grows in Brooklyn

We head to Mile End

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Sundown: This Week’s ‘Celebration’

Plus oh hi Farrakhan, ‘Brooklyn Shore,’ and more in the news

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Sundown: Some Israelis Sure Don’t Like Some Other Israelis

Plus Foreman fight clear for the Bronx, ballet in Brooklyn, and more

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Bike Battle Takes a Turn for the Civil

Brooklyn Hasids, cyclists debate controversial lane

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Orthodox Syngagogues Grow in Brooklyn

Does an outer-borough trend have larger meaning?

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And on the Seventh Day, God Sent Snow

Blizzard disrupts nude bike lane protest

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Sundown: How Do You Say ‘Palestinian State’ in Spanish?

Plus Brooklyn and Justice Department menorahs, and more

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