Hasidic Anti-Internet Fervor Hits New Pitch

Hasidic Anti-Internet Fervor Hits New Pitch

Culture, Featured Posts, Religion May 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Jewish publications have stepped up their coverage lately of the Brooklyn ultra-Orthodox movement to strictly filter the Internet or to purge it entirely from Hasidic homes. The papers have also covered the growing opposition to the anti-Internet movement, from some who call it backward-thinking and others who see it as an attempt to suppress the mushrooming sex abuse scandals.

Rabbi Benyamin Kosofsky teaches from a computer screen in Crown Heights. (Photo via The Jewish Week)

For Students Around the Globe, Jewish Online School Bell Rings in Brooklyn

Education, Religion May 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm

The Chabad Lubavitch movement has made strides when it comes to online education — creating the world’s first fully web-based school of Judaic studies. The Brooklyn-based Shluchim Online School has an online community of students in 36 different countries, reported Jewish Week.

Radical or Regular?: The Muslim Students Association is often shunned by Jewish groups as a hotbed of Islamic radicalism. But Jewish student groups find the MSA to be a reliable partner for interfaith dialogue. (Photo by Nathan Guttman)

Jewish and Muslim Student Groups Overcome Distrust to Form Partnership

Education, Religion May 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Jewish students at colleges across the country are increasingly ignoring the “red line” that has separated them from Muslim Student Associations, and are finding their local MSA chapters to be reliable partners for interfaith activities, The Jewish Daily Forward reports.

Voices in Focus: Jews Think Better of American Muslims Than of Evangelicals

Voices in Focus: Jews Think Better of American Muslims Than of Evangelicals

Crime, Religion May 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm

A poll shows that American Jews have a higher opinion of American Muslims than they do of Christian evangelicals; a new app to report racial profiling at the airport; Etan Patz case brings attention to 14 other young children who disappeared since 1979; and a Filipino mayor in Pennsylvania who persisted despite racism.

Connor McCrate and Getzy Edelman of Streimel Viking entertain a crowd in Brooklyn. (Photo by Sonja Sharp/DNAinfo)

Ex-Hasidic Death Metal Band Rocks Crown Heights

Culture, Religion, Video May 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm

First there was Matisyahu, the Hasidic hip hop and dancehall phenomenon. Now, DNAinfo reports, Crown Heights has Streimel Viking — death metal by way of Orthodox Judaism.

Protesters outside 26 Federal Plaza, where religious activists stage a weekly prayer demonstration against immigration policies. (Photo by Adi Talwar/City Limits)

Forging a Religious Path Within Occupy Wall Street Movement

Politics, Religion May 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm

As Occupy Wall Street protesters take to the soggy streets this morning for the May Day General Strike, we took in this City Limits piece that explores a strain of religious activism within the protest movement, and a Mexican priest whose religious path has included immigration advocacy, as well as preaching.

Keeping Kosher: Rabbi Sholom Lipskar wraps tefillin with a prisoner in a Florida jail. (Photo courtesy of aleph institute)

Prisons Grapple With Costs as Non-Jewish Inmates Eat Kosher

Food, Religion April 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm

The popularity of a kosher diet among non-Jewish inmates in prisons across the country is costing taxpayers millions of dollars, The Jewish Daily Forward reports. Only a sixth of the 24,000 inmates who eat kosher are Jewish, and kosher meals cost more than double the normal prison meal.

Zan tried pizza for the first time with his host family brother, Alessandro Bruni. (Photo by Nancy Bruni)

‘America-Friendly’ and Eager to Learn

Culture, Featured Posts, Religion April 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Columnist Nancy Bruni was surprised to find her Brooklyn neighbors slightly uneasy at the idea of her taking in a Muslim foreign exchange student. And that apprehension, she learned, was mutual. Here is her interview with the student, 17-year-old Muhammad Fauzan Omar.

Photo By Naomi Zeveloff

Jewish School’s Facebook Ban: a Double Standard?

Education, Religion April 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Even as a Crown Heights girls high school associated with the Chabad-Lubavitch movement has banned the use of Facebook among its students, the Orthodox Jewish group has itself been extremely active online and on social media, The Jewish Daily Forward reported.

Profile: A Reluctant Hero Turns 90

Profile: A Reluctant Hero Turns 90

History, Religion April 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm

As he prepared to turn 90 yesterday, Kew Gardens resident Fred Friedman finally opened up about his daring adventures to save Jews during World War II by disguising himself as a non-Jew, and as a member of the Gestapo.

Kim Ima, owner of the Treats Truck, with her apple Passover cake. (Photo by Jason Florio / Feet in 2 Worlds)

Two Holidays, One Weekend

Culture, In the News, Religion April 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Both Christians and Jews will be celebrating important holidays this weekend, and there was plenty of coverage of both Easter and Passover in the ethnic and community press. Here are two articles that caught our attention.

Imported Matzo Undercuts American Product

Food, Religion April 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm

In the shopping frenzy before Passover begins, cheap or free matzo is one of the ways that supermarkets draw in customers. But the rush to undercut each other on matzo givaways has led many retailers to cheap Israeli products, which has hurt American matzo manufacturers. Meanwhile, Jewish Food has a moment in high-end NYC kitchens.

Dorjee Gyalpo greets one of his supporters at a reception in Woodside, Queens, on Saturday. Gyalpo and two others, including Shingza Rinpoche (immediately to Gyalpo's left) spent 30 days without food in protest of China's occupation of Tibet. (Photo by Gwen McClure)

After Month-Long Hunger Strike, Tibetan Protesters Honored

Politics, Religion April 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm

The Tibetan protesters who finished a 30-day hunger strike outside the United Nations on March 22 were honored this weekend, after the United Nations promised to investigate the situation in Tibet.

The Burmese monk Ashin Vimala relies on email to communicate with people back home. (Photo by Jane Teeling)

Monks Watch Burmese Politics Shift From Brooklyn

Featured Posts, Politics, Religion March 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm

With an historic election set for April, all eyes are on Burma to see what direction the country will take. In Brooklyn, the Burmese monks at the American Burma Buddhist Association watch with trepidation and do what they can to help.

Rabbi Dov Korn, right, is co-director of the new Chabad Serving NYU on the Bowery. (Photo via Jewish Week)

Chabad Houses Augur Jewish Gentrification Downtown and Uptown

Housing, Religion March 15, 2012 at 11:44 am

Chabad Houses in Harlem and on The Bowery are harbingers of Jewish gentrification, The Jewish Week argues. The paper called the Chabad-Lubavitch movement a “American Jewry’s canary in the coal mine, sensing the stirrings of an emerging Jewish community and moving in.”