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Chasidic Sex Abuse Whistleblower Sues The Forward For Defamation

Sam Kellner says 2013 article about him was an attempt at ‘low grade character assassination.'

11/16/2014
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Sam Kellner, the chasidic sex abuse whistleblower who was indicted in 2011 for bribery and extortion, but whose case dismissed in early 2014, has filed a defamation suit against The Jewish Daily Forward.

After Guns, Drugs Seized, Chabad Rabbi Defends Youth Center

Says discovery of loaded assault rifle and drug paraphernalia was a “horrible surprise”; defends arrested volunteer.

11/13/2014
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The head of a Crown Heights youth center where police discovered a loaded AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle and a stash of drugs Tuesday defended the 11-year-old organization and the volunteer arrested in connection with the crime.

“This came as a horrible surprise,” said Rabbi Moishe Feiglin, who started The Aliya Institute, an organization for disaffected Jewish youth, in 2003.

The King Of Comedy Reclaims His Throne

His comedy may not be kosher, but Brooklyn-born comedy giant, Andrew Dice Clay, is one hundred percent Jewish.

11/12/2014
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“Oh … it’s a whole thing here,” said Clay with his infamous wry grin when he was asked to pose for photographers, faux-signing a book, before the real signing began. The event had barely begun and the jokes were already rolling. 

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From High School To Helmets

Film on grit and love in IDF basic training.

11/12/2014
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It  was 70 years ago that Israel’s legendary paratroopers were born, even before the state, a brigade tracing its lineage to 1944 when Hannah Senesh, Peretz Goldstein, and Yoel Palgi, from the pre-state Yishuv, parachuted behind Nazi lines to aid the Jewish resistance. Palgi alone survived, and a few years later became the founding commander of the Israel Defense Force’s paratroopers. They are now one of the IDF’s elite special forces, liberating Jerusalem’s Old City and Temple Mount in 1967; crossing the Suez Canal in the pivotal maneuver of the Yom Kippur War; with Senesh’s words studied in poetry books and their military endeavors studied in West Point.

You’re in the army now: A scene from “Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front.”

Rabbi Rebuked For ‘Nazi’ Reference

RCA says Teaneck leader's use of ‘Der Sturmer’ to criticize The Jewish Week ‘crosses the line of decency.’

11/11/2014
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The president of the Rabbinical Council of America this week issued a rebuke to a colleague for making comments that appeared to compare The Jewish Week to Der Sturmer, the official and virulently anti-Semitic Nazi newspaper.

Rabbi Leonard Matanky, right, president of the Rabbinical Council of America, and Rabbi Steven Pruzansky.

More International Exhibitors Than Ever Hit Kosher's Big Tradeshow

11/11/2014
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It’s the sign of Kosherfest, the biggest annual kosher trade show: “No excessive product sampling is allowed. Attendees may exit the exhibit hall with one bag of samples only.”

Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak Horowitz, the Manischewitz Company rebbe, at Kosherfest. Helen Chernikoff/JW

Still Trendy After All These Years

Our spirits correspondent attends WhiskyFest 5775.

11/11/2014
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People have been making booze from grains for thousands of years, but no field of human endeavor is immune from fads, as last month’s 17th WhiskyFest amply demonstrated.

The scene at this year’s WhiskyFest.  Courtesy of WhiskyFest

Gentrification Spurs Black-And-White Cookie Company's Move

Israel Beigel Baking Company says production will continue without pause in Canarsie after sale of Clinton Hill facility.

11/06/2014
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Fans of Beigel's black-and-white cookies can breathe a sigh of relief. The century-old kosher goods company will still supply New York City with its trademark treat, despite the sale of the company’s baking facility, reported earlier this week.

Beigel calls the iconic black-and-white their 'trademark' cookie. via beigelsbakery.com

Wachtler-Hynes Emails Had It Wrong On Kellner

11/05/2014
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Sol Wachtler wasn’t a big fan of The Jewish Week’s coverage of the bribery and extortion prosecution of chasidic child abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner.

Sol Wachtler, left, told former Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes that he disagreed with Jewish Week series on chasidic child abuse.

Change, Pushback In Wake Of Mikvah Scandal

New conversion roles for women provoke pro and con responses within Orthodox community.

11/05/2014
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Last Thursday night, a meeting at Drisha Institute, a local program of advanced Jewish textual study for women, attracted an eclectic crowd of 45 community members, clergymen and women rabbinical students. The topic du jour was boundaries on rabbinic authority, and the mood was upbeat.

Conversion procedures re-evaluated post Freundel scandal. JTA.
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