Exiters from Haredi Judaism don’t simply or completely jettison the attitudes of their upbringing regarding liberal Judaism.
Kiryas Joel, one of the poorest communities in the country, has seen its population more than triple since 1990.
Here’s what The New York Times missed.
I, too, once believed in the moral righteousness of saving children from their own parents, to ensure they do not fall prey to the secular world.
“Modesty was really important here. If the imagery was not congruent to the community’s standards, it could be a barrier.”
“People thought they were building for everybody,” one resident said. “But they were building for themselves.”
In this exclusive excerpt, the first Satmar Rebbe outlives his heirs, triggering a crisis of succession.
The Satmar political activist whom federal agents arrested Thursday on food stamp fraud charges had a side gig as a political fixer for rich Hasidim, the Forward has learned.
At day camps for young Satmar Hasidim, children hold mock protests — against the State of Israel. In video clips, captured this summer on cellphones and published by the religious website Yeshiva World News, campers are seen chanting “Israeli government, shame on you!”
Chaos erupted last week at the upstate New York graveside of Yitzhak Rosenberg after leaders decided to bury the powerful Hasidic businessman next to Grand Rebbe Teitelbaum, which some in the ultra-Orthodox community denounced as a sacrilege.