“Since ancient times, peoples around the world have symbolically vested the perceived wrongdoings of their community onto ‘scapegoats.’”
Editor’s note: The author of this essay insisted on anonymity, and that his neighborhood not be specified, because he is violating city and state social-distancing guidelines and risking a hefty fine. We nonetheless felt the piece was important and interesting enough to deepen readers’ understanding.
I’m sad, confused and worried about their behavior with regards to the virus — but I’m not mad.
The 93-year-old rabbi was tested after multiple members of his family tested positive, as did his personal driver.
“The blowing of the shofar should not be changed in any way.”
The women in Hasidic weddings are separated from the men. This photographer works behind the mechitza.
“It has something to do with our not-so-distant past being persecuted by government in Europe leading up to the Holocaust.”
“You’re allowing people to gather and protest and walk the same city blocks that four weeks ago had the funeral.”
A flyer calling out three “informers” is emblematic of a wider effort to intimidate Hasidim who speak out about internal problems.
Secular Israelis are blaming Haredi attitudes for COVID outbreaks, but community members point to crowded living conditions and limited technology.