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‘Secular Jews Need to Stick Up for Us’: Fighting Anti-Semitism, Orthodox Search for Jewish Solidarity The gap between Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews has surfaced in light of the recent wave of violent assaults against Orthodox Jews in Jersey City, Brooklyn and Monsey in New York’s Rockland County. “Especially in American […]
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Although Jews are known for their humor, most people assume that Hasidim don’t laugh. This assumption isn’t without cause: Hasidic Jews generally don’t smile in public. Enter Yoely Lebovits, Satmar Hasid. A frequent smiler and causer of smiles, Lebovits is a professional comedian. Known in Yiddish as a “badchen,” he […]
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Although Jews are known for their humor, most people assume that Hasidim don’t have a funny bone in their body. This assumption isn’t without cause: hasidic Jews generally don’t smile in public. Enter Yoely Lebovits, Satmar Hasid, who was the first boy in Satmar to be named after the rebbe. […]
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How An Italian Earthquake in 1570 Created The First Modern Orthodox Jew Azariah de’ Rossi was an entirely unremarkable Italian Jew in his late 50s when the earth shook beneath his feet in the great Ferrara earthquake of November 1570. Narrowly escaping the collapse of his home that Shabbat night, […]
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Rachel Creeger: Comedian With a Perfect Job This summer, Rachel Creeger will be packing her bags, saying goodbye to her family, and heading to Edinburgh to perform her much-celebrated show, It’s No Job For a Nice Jewish Girl. She is the only Orthodox Jewish comedian on the UK Comedy Circuit. […]
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Laughter is an incredibly powerful phenomenon, one that breaks cultural boundaries and allows people all over the world to join together in celebration and happiness. Unfortunately, Orthodox Jews have a tendency to be labeled as lacking a sense of humor or perpetually serious, a notion that could not be further […]
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This Jewish Comedian Has a Lot to Kvetch About Imagine John Oliver in a yarmulke, minus the Trump remarks. That’s Ashley Blaker, the Orthodox Jewish stand-up comedian who, in his cultured, aggrieved British way, looks and sounds amazingly like the host of “Last Week Tonight.” He’s a graduate of both […]
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Hot-Ticket Comedian Ashley Blaker to Perform Four Shows in Israel in March Ultra-Orthodox comedian Ashley Blaker is in high demand. But he’s made sure to slip four shows across Israel next month into his busy schedule. Those are after a show at London’s Soho Theatre, before recording a new BBC […]
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Young Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Increasingly Prioritizing Career, Education Over Marriage, Family According to figures obtained by Haaretz from the upcoming statistical report on ultra-Orthodox society for 2017 (published jointly by the Israel Democracy Institute and the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies), the Haredi community has undergone a dramatic shift in […]
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Bergen Teens Trade Labor Day Plans For Flight to Houston to Help Rebuild After Harvey A group of teen volunteers, including seven from North Jersey, have dropped their Labor Day plans to board a Houston-bound flight and help victims of Hurricane Harvey. The teens, ranging from 15 to 17 years […]
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