Exploring The World Of American Chasidim

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My husband tells the story of being taken by his father as a young teenager to the Bobover Rebbe’s “tish,” or Friday-night dinner table. His father came from chasidic ancestry, although the family did not follow that path. During the meal, the rebbe tore at a roasted chicken, and passed pieces to the dozens of surrounding chasidim, who basked in the honor of eating from his hand. When he reached my husband, the young boy, repelled by the greasy chicken in the rebbe’s fingers, turned away, mumbling, “I’m not hungry.” The stunned assembly stared at him in silent disbelief, while his father quickly whisked him out, humiliated that his son had refused the rebbe’s bounty.

Francine Klagsbrun

Dov Charney Ousted for 'Alleged Misconduct'

American Apparel founder pushes one controversy too far.

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The racy clothing retailer American Apparel has finally ousted controvertial founder, Dov Charney after an ongoing investigation into "alleged misconduct."

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A Teacher’s Magic

Rabbi Baruch Pollack’s 60 years in first grade.

Associate Editor

In some academic cultures, the best and ambitious rise to the top. They become principals, provosts, deans and professors.

Rabbi Baruch Pollack, at 83, still a teacher, still a jokester, still a magician. Michael Datikash

Cuomo Meets With Chasidic Leaders

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.

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