Mark Stern is the Hasidic ‘fixer’ at the center of a giant corruption sting. The power of behind-the-scenes middlemen is fading as ultra-Orthodox take baby steps into public life.4
Can human DNA be patented? The Supreme Court is hearing a case centering on the BRCA mutation, which can cause breast cancer and is common among Ashkenazi women.
Rabbi Alice Goldfinger’s head injury changed her life forever. But it led to a remarkable bond with Rabbi Akiva Herzfeld, who allowed her to lead prayers in his Orthodox synagogue.24
Some Yeshiva alumni are angry at an award for ex-President Jimmy Carter. There’s barely a peep over an honor for a top rabbi accused of racism and disregarding child sex abuse.32
Rabbi Michael Broyde has apologized for using a fake persona to undermine a rival Modern Orthodox rabbinic organization for years — after concocting an elaborate denial.97
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