‘Unorthodox’ With The Facts?

03/05/2012 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Is Deborah Feldman’s “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots” the publishing world’s latest fraudulent memoir, on par with James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces?”

Or has the 25-year-old Williamsburg native simply exercised a little poetic license in crafting her tale of growing up Satmar?

Deborah Feldman: Credibility questioned, Satmar memoir still selling well.

Unapologetically ‘Unorthodox’

With a memoir about growing up in — and leaving — Satmar Williamsburg, 25-year-old Deborah Feldman is one tough Jewess.
02/08/2012 - 19:00
Associate Editor


Editor's Note: A follow-up story concerning allegations made in Deborah Feldman's "Unorthodox" appears here.


Deborah Feldman and her memoir — “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of my Hasidic Roots”

Mixed Media: Women Editors, But Not In Pictures

Behind the Hillary photo controversy is one of print journalism’s few success stories: a thriving, albeit restricted, haredi press.
05/16/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Is Hillary Clinton too sexy?

Apparently that is what some haredi newspapers in Brooklyn thought recently when they removed an image of the Secretary of State from the iconic photo from the White House Situation Room taken on the night of the military operation to kill Osama bin Laden.

The obliteration of Hillary — once by Photoshop and once by cropping — stirred a debate in media and religious circles about the practice of fervently Orthodox newspapers not to run pictures of women in their publications.

A copy of Di Tzitung, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton nowhere to be found.

Another Orthodox Non-Endorsement In AG Race

10/18/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Last week Orthodox Union leaders scrambled to make it known they had not endorsed Eric Schneiderman, the Democrat running for state attorney general, after a Schneiderman supporter's ad featured an OU press release about meeting the candidate.

Cuomo Meets With Chasidic Leaders

10/03/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that he and his father always had warm ties with the chasidic community and he hoped to “take it to another level” if he is elected next month.

“We have a special relationship that goes back many years,” the attorney general and son of three-term governor Mario Cuomo said during meetings with prominent chasidic leaders in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as seen on a YouTube video of the meetings.

Satmar Brothers Seek 'Self-Fulfilling Prophecy'

05/04/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Calm prevailed in Williamsburg this week as the shiva for Satmar Rebbe Moshe Teitelbaum ended, and two of his sons continued their rivalry over the reins of the sprawling chasidic movement. Both Aaron and Zalman Lieb Teitelbaum received visitors in Williamsburg, including numerous elected officials, after Aaron left his fiefdom in upstate Kiryas Joel and his followers declared that he was the new rebbe. Denied access to the main Satmar synagogue on Rodney Street, Aaron's faction set up a huge tent for thousands to join him for outdoor services.

Satmar Feud Escalating

04/27/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
As the world's largest chasidic sect mourns the death this week of the Satmar Grand Rebbe Moshe Teitelbaum, the bitter, litigious (and sometimes violent) feud between two of his sons shows no sign of cooling. In a flurry of courtroom motions, rabbinic rulings and shoving matches on Tuesday and Wednesday, the dispute rapidly shifted from designated succession toward a new struggle between two men, each claiming he is now the new rebbe.

Satmar Slugs It Out

11/03/2005 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Like the sukkah being dismantled on the sidewalk in front of his Williamsburg shul, the Satmar rebbeís family and empire are in ghoulish disarray.

Rebbe Moshe Teitelbaum, 91, has been in and out of hospitals because of strokes and ailments.ìHe has good days and bad days,î a relative told a confidante, but the good days retreat faster than wintry daylight.

A Reign Marred By Family Strife

04/27/2006 - 20:00
Associate Editor

After a rabbinical career spanning quaint pre-war Hungarian mountain villages and a 21st century empire in New York with an estimated 50,000 chasidim and several hundred million dollars in assets, the Satmar Grand Rebbe, Moshe Teitelbaum, died this week in Mount Sinai Hospital after suffering from spinal cancer and other ailments. He was 91.

It Takes A Satmar Village

12/16/2008 - 19:00
Associate Editor
The Gemara says, half-comically, half-tragically, that in a second marriage there are always four people in the house. When the Satmar rebbe, Joel (Yoilish) Teitelbaum, sat down for dinner in Brooklyn in the early 1950s, there were six people at the table: The rebbe, his rebbetzin Feige, and also the spirits of the rebbe’s first wife and three daughters who all died natural deaths.
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