Hasidic Judaism

Who Speaks for the Jews?

05/06/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

In this period of heightened tensions between the United States of Israel, we seem to have entered into a period of "dueling ads."

Lately it seems that there has been a spate of full page advertisements in both the secular and Jewish newspapers that would claim to articulate the collective will of the Jewish people.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Offensive, Disrespectful Ad

05/03/2010 - 20:00

The J Street ad that you published [April 30, containing an open letter to Nobel Prize Winner Elie Wiesel from Yossi Sarid, a former Israel minister of education and of the environment], is highly offensive, and lacking in sophistication.

The Spinka Rebbe’s Namesake

As the chasidic sect’s leader goes to jail, remembering his great-uncle and a remarkable Holocaust photo album.
05/03/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

This week, an undisclosed federal prison will become the new address of prisoner No. 46835-112, Naftali Tzvi Weisz, known to his thousands of followers as the Grand Rabbi of Spinka of Borough Park. Last December, Weisz, 61, was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to heading up a decade-long, $10 million money-laundering scheme in which donors to Spinka charitable institutions secretly received kickbacks of up to 95 percent of their donations. The rabbi’s gabbai, or assistant, Moshe Zigelman, also received a two-year sentence.

Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Weisz, left, the great-uncle of the current Spinka Rebbe, arriving at Auschwitz.

J Street Ad Responds To Wiesel

04/26/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) —  J Street is placing full-page ads in Jewish weekly newspapers on the topic of securing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel under a two-state solution.
 
The ad, to be placed in seven newspapers in cities with large Jewish populations, features an Op-Ed written by former Israeli Cabinet minister and political commentator Yossi Sarid. It comes in response to an open letter by Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel published in an ad in several newspapers earlier this month.
 

Lubavitch Laptops

08/25/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer

They may be in Thessaloniki or in the foothills of the Himalayas, but emissaries-to-be in the Rebbe’s Army — as befits the high tech-savvy Chabad movement — are online all the while.

Rabbi Avi Shlomo talks with a local Jew on the Greek island of Rhodes.
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