Harsh words exchanged over issues involving yeshiva education.
When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio released a list of 33 neighborhoods that would be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccine appointments and sites, Brooklyn’s main Orthodox neighborhoods were not on it, prompting renewed accusations that he has treated those communities unfairly in regard to the pandemic.
Andrew Yang said he would not take action to boost secular education in yeshivas if elected mayor of New York City, staking out a position likely to win him support in Brooklyn’s Orthodox communities.
Several wedding halls in Borough Park continue to host large Orthodox weddings, despite the bans on gatherings of more than 50 people.
“Acting as they did, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio sent a clear message that mass protests are deserving of preferential treatment.”
“Defendants have exploited the COVID-19 pandemic to create, over the past three months, a veritable dictatorship.”
“You’re allowing people to gather and protest and walk the same city blocks that four weeks ago had the funeral.”
“400 years of American racism, I’m sorry, that is not the same question as the…devout religious person who wants to go back to services.”
Many Orthodox leaders came to his defense amid criticism of tweets calling out “the Jewish community” for violating social distancing rules.
What a difference a pandemic makes — but de Blasio’s relationships with religious Jewish communities will be intact in the long term.