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Thousands gathered for the wedding of the son of Rabbi Ben Zion Halberstam, grand rabbi of a faction

Thousands attend Hasidic wedding in Brooklyn, many from Europe and Israel

The wedding is the latest example of the lack of compliance in Hasidic communities with protocols meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
20/01/2021
yeshiva study

Hasidic man faces prison, lack of education used as leniency plea

It’s not the first time that advocates for a Hasidic Jew convicted of a crime have pointed out a defendant’s minimal secular education as part of a bid to reduce a prison sentence.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
14/01/2021
A health care worker prepares a coronavirus vaccine

NY A-G recuses herself from vaccine-fraud investigation into ParCare

“In order to avoid even an appearance of conflict, the attorney general has personally recused herself from this matter,” James’ office said in a statement.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
04/01/2021
Satmar Rebbe Teitelbaum

‘We are not Americans,’ says Satmar grand rabbi

Despite these comments, Satmar hassidim, including the grand rabbi himself, were overtly political during the recent presidential election.

Gov't publishes outline that may allow Israelis to travel to Uman

The outline was drafted by a group of designated ministers appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and headed by MK Ze'ev Elkin.

ultra-Orthodox wedding

Haifa revokes approval for wedding of Rebbe of Vizhnitz's granddaughter

In an alternate reality, not affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the wedding of Pearl Malka, granddaughter of Rebbe of Vizhnitz, Rabbi Yaakov Hagar, would have attracted tens of thousands.

Uman pilgrim tests positive for coronavirus, mayor threatens to close city

Uman's mayor plans to use all legal options to block the city as pilgrims enter despite regulations.

31/08/2020

Clashes break out between hassidic pilgrims and Uman locals

Uman Mayor Oleksandr Tsebriy said that the city's residents, who fear the spread of the coronavirus, would prefer not to have visitors in the city this year.

Why I (almost) miss being a Hasidic Jew

I do remember the racists and the near daily interactions with them — but I also remember the people who had my back against them.

By YITZ JORDAN/JTA
09/07/2020
MENACHEM MENDEL SCHNEERSON, the beloved Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Reflections on the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson

The Rebbe represents the all-too-rare ability to focus on others and motivate them to be the best neshama they can possibly be.

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