Rafael Halperin—who died last month—was an ordained rabbi, an ambitious businessman, and a middling politician. He was also a professional wrestler.
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.
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?
Plus, exit Mitchell, stage irrelevant, and more
As Egyptians rejoice in toppling the Mubarak regime and rebel forces in Libya threaten Qaddafi’s hold on power, a writer wonders: What will the next revolutions be?
In Israel, gentrification is about religion, not class
Plus hot mommies, and more in the news
A Brooklyn rabbi thought he could swindle hedge-fund king Steven Cohen by playing on his Judaism. It was a bad bet.
A new young-adult novel tackles sexual abuse in the ultra-Orthodox world
Israeli democracy is strengthening, not weakening—and that might be the problem
Will Monsey’s faithful ever forgive disgraced rabbi?
An Orthodox sex scandal and the money behind it
Bike lane disappears in Brooklyn after months of Hasidic complaints
Back then he was targeting Palestinians
Would provide marriage rights for non-Jewish Israelis
Dozens injured yesterday, 18 Palestinians arrested
Photo choice suggests yes
A confusing request, faint praise, and a comic memoir
Molestation arrests up in Brooklyn, mock court puts Abbas in slammer, Maurice Sendak, and more
Plus losses, a warning, and a literary reunion
London writer says ultra-Orthodox groups have state OK to keep Jews, Arabs apart
Caged wisdom, fear of prayer, and a specious search
Ad ran in Yiddish paper, candidate denies placing it
Blogger charges it’s tricking secular students into Orthodoxy
Organ harvesting, Lady Gaga, and an Orthodox woman cop
‘Six Feet Under’ is in, day school’s out, and kashrut’s on the rise
Yinglish, anti-Israel Zionism, and a badge of dishonor
Ground zero for a West Bank compromise
But not to find out if they’re beautiful, rabbi decrees
Reform, rejection, and relaxation