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The Kinderlach Ain't Right

The charedi Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights has been grieving as of late after two deaths rocked the close-knit community. Today, the mostly Chaba”d community learned of the passing of Gershon Gorodetsky, age 34, who died after being struck by…

My Sentiments Exactly

The Orthodox blogger Life of Rubin has an brilliantly insightful article on the recent charedi ban on concerts arm swinging whatever. The piece is so erudite that even to quote it doesn’t truly do it justice, but it’s definitely worth…

Karl Rove Announces His Resignation

In an interview this morning with Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot, Karl Rove announced his intention to leave the White House by the end of the month. And it’s about damn time. Rove chose August 31st as…

The King Without a Crown (or a yellow flag)

So this week’s New York jewish Week chronicles the fall-out over Matisyahu’s revelation that he “no longer identifies” with “the Lubavitch sect” of Chassidus. The revelation, to quote the Jewish Week, “lit up” the Orthodox blogosphere. Well I wouldn’t call…

Screw the poor, philosophically speaking

The Washington Post yesterday let us know about how Bush really feels about the poor, poor children in particular: screw ’em and let ’em die. Quoting “philosophical reasons”, W voiced his opposition to the legislation which would have renewed and…

Reppin' For the Rav

So, today, my esteemed rabbi, Rav Avraham Ga’on, shlit”a, whose seal of approval appears on my sefira- and Three Weeks-friendly album “Count It”, made his debut on YouTube. His yeshiva, Yeshiva Etzion sponsored a “post-Lag ba’Omer BBQ and Drum Circle”,…

JPPPI Don't Like Frum People

An op-ed piece in the JPost today caught my eye — apparently the Jewish People and Policy Planning Institute‘s conference on the Future of the Jewish People was planned and organized to the exclusion of the charedi community. Granted, many…

The Changing Face of the Eternal City

The Los Angeles Times today features an article entitled “Clashing Values Alter A City’s Face”, the latest commentary on the changing demographics of Jerusalem. Secular and “less devout” residents are moving out, black hats are moving in. However, as I…

Jerusalem's Changing Demographics

The Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies have released their census projections for the near future for Jerusalem. The Holy City has seen a Jewish population increase of 140% since it was reunified in the Six Day War. On the “Arab”…

Et tu, Roseanne?

The JTA today breaks the news: Roseanne Barr’s Christian now. Roseanne Barr says she follows Christ and that “millions of Jews are not Zionists.” The comedienne, who has touted her Jewish birth and upbringing in the past, told fans on…

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