Joseph Berger

Exploring The World Of American Chasidim

10/08/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
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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

The Times’ Kosher Berger

A conversation with New York’s unofficial correspondent for all things Orthodox.

08/14/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

One day this summer, Joseph Berger of The New York Times got a note from a reader asking if he was the reporter who covered Orthodox Jews for the paper. “Is that your beat?” the reader asked.

Ari L. Goldman

The Times’ Kosher Berger

A conversation with New York’s unofficial correspondent for all things Orthodox.

08/07/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

One day this summer, Joseph Berger of The New York Times got a note from a reader asking if he was the reporter who covered Orthodox Jews for the paper. “Is that your beat?” the reader asked.

Joseph Berger: Has had “a busy summer” covering haredi Jews for the Times.
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