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Erie County, NY and Deplorable Nursing Home Care – Covid-19

Five WNY nursing homes among top 25 in New York for most Covid-19 cases

Father Baker Manor
Father Baker Manor in Orchard Park has the most residents with confirmed Covid-19 among all nursing homes statewide, according to federal data through Nov. 15. The nursing home’s owner says Father Baker Manor actually had less than half of the 242 Covid cases the data says it had. 

With 242 residents who have tested positive, Father Baker Manor in Orchard Park has the most confirmed Covid-19 cases among all nursing homes statewide, according to a Buffalo News review of federal data.

But fewer than half that number of Father Baker Manor residents actually had Covid, according to Catholic Health, the facility’s owner. 

Four other Erie County nursing homes also are in the top 25 in the state for total confirmed coronavirus cases: Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in East Aurora; Harris Hill Nursing Facility in Lancaster; Garden Gate Health Care Facility in Cheektowaga; and Beechwood Homes in Getzville. They each reported 112 or more total confirmed Covid-19 cases among residents at their facilities through Nov. 15, the latest data available from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Covid-19 at nursing homes across the country – including 617 across New York State and 70 in Western New York – is being monitored weekly by the federal agency, which in May began requiring nursing homes to report coronavirus data.

There were 14,982 nursing home residents statewide who had the virus; another 7,786 were suspected to have contracted Covid-19. In Western New York, 1,963 nursing home residents were confirmed with Covid-19, 13% of all confirmed nursing home cases in the state. 

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“Is the Grand Rabbi Going to Be Responsible?” Covid-19 – Dov Hikind [VIDEO]

“In this case, it is the leadership in Satmar making this wedding.”

“They are literally endangering the lives of people.”

“What kind of Judaism is this?”

“This is beyond comprehension, beyond understanding.”

“It is not sanctifying G-d’s name. It is desecrating His name.”

November 18, 2020 Monsey, NY Massive Wedding – Covid-19 – non-Viznitz be Damned

GRAND RABBI OF VIZNITZ CELEBRATING THE WEDDING OF HIS GRANDSON 11/18/20 MONSEY, N.Y.

The lack of care for the potential spread of Covid-19 is staggering. The optics are stunning in their selfish and almost malicious disregard for the potential to spread Covid-19 beyond the walls of the Atrium in Monsey, New York. This is or should be labeled a form of bio-terrorism.

7000 People at Religious Wedding – Covid-19 and Shreimels in the Numbers

Just to throw a few numbers at you – 7000 Men = between 140 and 350 Covid-infected men in one place for hours, dancing and singing shoulder to shoulder

7000 people – 2% Infection Rate = 140 infected people best case scenario

7000 people – 5% Infection Rate = 350 infected people – conservative estimate

Here’s for the humor (or not)

7000 men (and children) = Approximately 5000 Shtreimels

1 Shtreimel = approximately $3,000

5000 Shtreimel = $15,000,000 – There is about $15M in Shtreimels at this wedding

Updated to reflect comments 12.1.20:

1 Shtreimel = 500 Minks; 1 Shtreimel = 36 Minks or 1 Shtreimel = 300 Minks

5000 Shtreimel = between 18,000 and 2,500,000 minks – There are somewhere between 18,000 about 2.5M minks attending this wedding – depending upon who’s explanation of Shtreimel making is accepted.

Some of the Countries Represented at Wedding:

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Sanctity of Life, Nah. Gov. Cuomo, Giant F-U! KJ Wedding and Covid-19

New York Tries to Shut Down Potential Superspreader Wedding

KIRYAS JOEL, N.Y.—Plans for a huge, rule-busting Hasidic wedding here were thrown into question Monday after the state sent a cease-and-desist order to the synagogue that was hosting it.

But as of mid-afternoon, the scene outside Congregation Yetev Lev synagogue on Garfield Road did not exactly suggest the community was throwing in the towel.

A steady flow of bearded, black-hatted people going in and out of the enormous synagogue were all unmasked. Large white tarps stretched from the overhang at the top of the stairs down to the floor, blocking passersby from seeing inside the venue.

Around the back, several workers were bringing pallets of bottled water into the space, along with stacks of banquet chairs and assorted staging materials. A number of rolling metal racks for holding food trays sat nearby.

An hour after The Daily Beast published a story about the Monday wedding plans, the state health commissioner took the first step toward nixing them by issuing an order to Congregation Yetev Lev in Kiryas Joel, a spokesperson for the Orange County Health Department said. A spokesperson for the State Department of Health subsequently said that the order, a copy of which was obtained by The Daily Beast, called for the congregation “to cancel the wedding ceremonies unless they can be held in strict adherence with safe social distancing protocols.”

“In the event that the ceremonies are not canceled, the order requires that social-distancing and face-covering protocols be enforced,” the spokesperson continued. “With respect to the two receptions, it requires that they be limited to 50 people or canceled.”

An invitation being widely circulated had beckoned members of the Satmar community to the village an hour north of Manhattan for the Monday evening union of two members of prominent ultra-Orthodox families.

Continue with The Daily Beast, click here.

Maskless Giant Kiryas Joel Wedding – Flouting Laws with Impunity Covid-19

HUGE SECRET SATMAR WEDDING TONIGHT IN MONROE, NY

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A huge Satmar wedding expected to draw ten thousand Satmar Hasidim in Brooklyn was scaled down to a virtual wedding back in October after Governor Mario Cuomo was informed about it. Cuomo reached out to the Hasidic voters who put him in office and they agreed to scale it down. A huge Satmar wedding expected to draw ten thousand Satmar Hasidim in Brooklyn was scaled down to a virtual wedding back in October after Governor Mario Cuomo was informed about it. Cuomo reached out to the Hasidic voters who put him in office and they agreed to scale it down. 

Last night I received a wedding invitation for a giant secret, maskless wedding to be held tonight in Monroe, New York on Garfield Road in Kiryas Yoel, a township run by the Satmar Hasidim. I was honored to receive a wedding invitation joining two prominent Satmar families. The wedding is being held on land owned by Sholom Weiss, a financial fraudster and money launderer who is doing 835 in the Otisville medium. His original sentence was 845 years but he appealed it and got ten years knocked off. I never met Weiss when I was locked up in Otisville. The camp criminals were not allowed to fraternize with the real criminals in the medium.

The wedding invitation I received states the following: “I would like to invite our family, friends and followers to the wedding of my grandchild the great scholar the groom who is filled with Torah and the fear of G-d Rabbi Levi Yitzchak, should he live a long life, the son of my son in law the great scholar Rabbi Shimon Zev Meizlish, the rabbi of Yismach Moshe in Kiryas Yoel, the son of my majesty in law the great Rabbi of Seagate, to the respected bride Henny Zisel, the daughter of Rabbi Aron Shimon Taub, the Kalover Rabbi in Boro Park, the son of the holy Grand Rebbe of Kalov, may he live a long life and son in law of the holy Grand Rabbi of Zichron Mayer in Bnai Brak.”

I am hesitant to RSVP as I have yet to find a ride to Monroe, New York. Apparently there are no subways that run from Brooklyn to Monroe. Plus I don’t have a streimel. You need not wear a mask to this wedding but streimels are required. If you don’t wear a streimel the Satmar police will lock you up and water board you in the mikveh. If you have an extra streimel that I could borrow and would like to drive me to Monroe tonight in order to join in the maskless festivities please RSVP Larry Noodles ASAP. I would hate to miss this simcha filled with holiness, joyousness and germiness. Is germiness a word? Ay gevalt!

From the blog of Larry Noodles. For the link to the original article click here.

Crimes and Misdemeanors, Survival of the Frummest – Systemic Fraud [Opinion]


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Survival of the Frummest, Part 3 — Crimes and Misdemeanors –

One of the most troubling aspects of today’s ultra-Orthodox community is the systemic fraud perpetuated by so-called frumme Yidden. This fraud, aka geneivishe shtick, comes in many varieties and flavors, but the common denominator is that it’s all illegal. The most prevalent of these frauds are those perpetrated against government social welfare programs.To the extent that there is welfare abuse within the hareidi community, one may ask, what makes it systemic? The answer is simple: the various Hareidi community councils (BP, CH, Willie, etc.) actively encourage and assist community members to sign up for every welfare program available. Now, it is true that many of these individuals were eligible for the programs at the time they signed up, but as their income grows, they become ineligible. However, once a hareidi individual with little secular education is dependent on government welfare, he will be reluctant to give up welfare benefits.And this is precisely the Hareidi communities’ game plan from day one. In other words, the community consciously regards the government’s social safety net — food stamps, medicaid, wic, section 8, etc. — as part of their budget, not as a last resort for a few struggling individuals. Every year, hundreds of Hareidim get married with the intention beforehand of relying on government welfare to make ends meet. The Crown Heights Community Council and the various other Hareidi community councils in NYC were established with the purpose, among others, of filling out welfare forms for community members. Thus, to use yeshiva language, welfare for Hareidim is not a believed, but rather a lechatchillah.An integral part of the welfare fraud and abuse within the Hareidi community is the wide-spread phenomena of working off the books, or under the table. Without working off the books, families’ income may increase over time to the point of risking losing welfare benefits. This is the reason that most, if not all, yeshiva teachers, rebbes, and administrators work either completely off the books or half on and half off. By working off the books, the Hareidi community also ensures that their taxes will be lower than otherwise – or that they’ll pay no taxes at all. In short, as the Talmud teaches, aveirah goreret aveirah, a transgression brings another transgression in its wake.

This is how Hareidi welfare fraud leads to tax fraud.

One might assume that welfare fraud would be more likely to be committed by the 40% of Hareidim who live below the poverty line. But Hareidi fraud is not confined to the poor alone. On the contrary, as you climb up the food chain, the fraud only gets larger and more pernicious.

Rubashkin from Crown Heights and Samet from Kiryas Joel are perhaps the most colorful and well-known criminal defendants within the Hareidi community. However, the minyan at the Otisville Correctional Facility is large and ever-changing as new members join and old members leave .This is not to say there is no fraud within the Modern Orthodox Jewish community.

The implosion of Platinum Partners — the shady hedge fund run by Murray Huberfeld and Mark Nordlicht — is one example of fraudulent activity perpetrated by members of the MO community. Overall, though, MO fraud is not a community organized activity. An MO council to help individuals apply for welfare does not exist in Teaneck. The same cannot be said for the Hareidi community, where the fraud is wide-spread and systemic and where many members are semi-literate at best in English.

One may ask, how can systemic fraud be so prevalent in ultra-Orthodox communities? Aren’t they meant to be the ones upholding the Torah, which directly forbids stealing?

The answer is rather straightforward: stealing from the government, ie. gentiles, is not considered stealing. The logic behind this notion goes something like this: the Talmud rules that one need not return the lost object of a gentile or excess money paid for goods by mistake. Welfare benefits are akin to a lost object or excess money – and thus need not be returned. This is where racism also comes into play. Hareidim claim that welfare fraud is pervasive among other minority communities, so why shouldn’t we also get money from the government? At least we’re using it for Torah and Mitzvot!

It’s only a matter of time before the government wakes up and realizes the systemic nature of welfare fraud within Hareidi enclaves. When that time comes, which it will eventually, Hareidi society will have to begin preparing its youth for the real world. Until then, the fraud continues.

By: Rabbi Yossi N.

The Crisis of Authority in Haredi Ranks and the Void Left Behind – Covid-19

ORTHODOX JEWS IN BROOKLYN ON APRIL 29, 2020. SPENCER PLATT/GETTY IMAGES.

American Orthodoxy’s Twilight of Authority

When the established rabbis go silent, others, including civic-minded philanthropists and charismatic outsiders with inflammatory social-media presences, fill the void.

The events this autumn in Brooklyn’s ḥaredi (Orthodox) communities have been quite extraordinary, even revelatory. Contrary to popular hope, herd immunity to the coronavirus has not been achieved; the city government’s response to the new second wave has been heavy-handed and possibly discriminatory; and in turn its legitimate attempts to enforce closures, social distancing, and mask wearing have been spurned rather than obeyed, thanks in part to the emergence of the since-arrested agitator Heshy Tischler as an outspoken voice for what he hopes constitutes the silent majority of the ḥaredi world. That this convict-turned-politician-turned-radio-host-turned-riot-inciter has found significant—though by no means total or even majority—support for his combative message reflects important and overlooked changes in the ḥaredi community in recent years, most notably the appearance of a serious crisis of authority in its ranks. This is most revelatory of all. As America at large is dealing with the hollowing out of institutions and the rise of politicians with inflammatory social-media presence, the ḥaredi world is too, even if the institutions are rabbinic and the social-media platform is more likely to be WhatsApp than Twitter.

Ḥaredi attitudes toward leadership have long differed from those of their surrounding communities, Jewish or gentile. Much of the community subscribes to a theology of Daas Torah (“knowledge of Torah”), whereby leading rabbis—those with the greatest degree of Torah knowledge and therefore the greatest degree of insight into the divine mind—are empowered to make all major communal decisions. We see this approach very much in effect today in Israel, where the two senior rabbinic authorities—Rabbi Gershon Edelstein and Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky—are engaged in political negotiations through the ḥaredi parties, in determining when to reopen yeshivas, and simultaneously in messaging to their communities on how to proceed. The two rabbis having often been at odds with each other in recent months notwithstanding, the fact remains that the prevailing ideology of Daas Torah dictates that these rabbis (and their courts and handlers) make policy on nearly every issue for their ḥaredi followers. In America, a similar rabbinic seat of authority rests with the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, the council of great rabbinic sages, which is affiliated with the Agudath Israel of America. (The organization lost its leader, Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, “the Novominsker rebbe,” to COVID-19 in April, added several members in September, in a move towards relative youth, and lost Rabbi Dovid Feinstein, one of its elder statesmen, just two weeks ago.)

For as long as there have been rabbis, those possessing expertise in Torah knowledge have been consulted on issues large and small in their areas of training—Talmud and halakhah (Jewish law). Daas Torah goes well beyond that, into a presumption that their training in Torah qualifies leading rabbis as experts to be consulted on all worldly issues. There is some controversy as to when exactly the approach took hold. Lawrence Kaplan and Jacob Katz, two historians of Jewish law, have argued that this is an innovation of the modern period, possibly stemming from the 18th-century revolution of Ḥasidism. Others, like the rabbi Alfred Cohen, have argued for roots in the pre-modern period.

To continue reading in Mosaic, click here.

Berel Lazar, Chabad Russia in Kiryas Joel arranged by Chabad and Satmar?

Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar paid a visit to the Kiryas Yoel meat processing plant on Sunday, in a visit arranged by Chabad mechanech Rabbi Zalman Leib Markowitz. They were shown around by the Satmar Rebbe, Harav Aaron Teitelbaum, who also escorted them to other sites in the village.

Politics Makes For Very Strange Bedfellows…

Satmar Rebbe Escorts Rabbi Lazar on Kiryas Yoel Visit

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Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar paid a visit to the Kiryas Yoel meat processing plant on Sunday, in the town of Palm Tree, New York, in a visit arranged by Chabad mechanech Rabbi Zalman Leib Markowitz. They was escorted on their tour by the Satmar Rebbe Harav Aaron Teitelbaum.

Currently in New York for the Kinus Hashluchim, Rabbi Lazar decided to utilize his visit for kashrus purposes as well, as requested to personally check the shechita process in the Kiryas Yoel meat processing plant. Rabbi Lazar was received with great honors, and the Satmar Rebbe himself chose to don the protective clothing and headphones needed in a meat processing plant and show the Cheif Rabbi around himself.

The visit was arranged by Rabbi Markowitz, a leading Chabad mechanech and mentor, who had grown up in the Satmar community and had attended the Satmar yeshiva where Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum was the Rosh Yeshiva.

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Dan Gertler Speaks, Sharing with the Congolese People? Really…. Part I.

We leave this to our readers to judge for yourselves.

Please, as you consider his words, keep in mind that the Congolese people have received little or nothing from Dan Gertler’s mining activities in the DRC.

Dan Gertler has had kosher food carted by private plane from Kinshasa to his locale at a cost of upwards of $20,000/day if that number still stands.

Dan Gertler has been the subject of Magnitsky Act sanctions for bad acts and conduct, not for his alleged generosity.

Judge for yourselves.

Mis-Identification and Wrongful Conviction? – False Narratives.

Dear Reader:

As many of you know, I have been involved in litigation for defamation for upwards of 2 years and 3 months. The case should have been dismissed for Statute of Limitations reasons at the outset. For reasons of locale and G-d only knows, they were not. A blogger should never have been unmasked.

The current pleadings of the Plaintiff, filed last week, have basically asked the court to deny me a defense, having never provided me with any responses to discovery. Since I suspect, given the locale of the case and the course it has taken thus far, I may not be able to defend myself, I want to put this out there for readers, bloggers, journalists and anyone willing to listen.

THIS CAN HAPPEN TO YOU TOO!

The purpose of this post is to state clearly and unequivocally so that there is no further mis-identification that this blogsite and the associated blogger has/have nothing to do with WebActivism, a blogsite I know nothing about. I have never known anything about that site. I have never posted or reposted to that site. I have never directed anyone else to do so. If the Plaintiff needs to create a false narrative to win, it is not a win, it’s a cheat. And that’s not victory.

Any false indentification or association that would inherently be given credence, if Plaintiff’s motion is accepted, is false. It is the same as convicting a criminal on a mis-identification and should be understood in that light.

Facts cannot nor should they be engineered to create a dishonest narrative that is convenient, but little more than a lie.

Please be clear that this site has rested on its integrity, good faith, and attempts at honest opinions and analyses and will continue to do so until such time as a Court Orders silence or a decision is made by the blogger, me, to close up shop. Until that happens, I may need a break for some time but will not be silenced.

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Domestic Abuse Survivors and “Judicial Terrorism” – Legislation?

Dear Reader:

This is being written to you by the attorney, not the blogger.

Judicial terrorism is a term being coined for a situation when the courts are used by abusers against abuse survivors. The article below relates specifically to that use of the term.

Abuse victims and assault victims, who find the courage to seek legal assistance are by their very nature unique. The decision to confront an abuser is already crippling. And then when that abuse victim walks into an attorney’s office with an inherent feeling of being vulnerable and isolated and is told that he or she must come up with a huge retainer, which could, and does, skyrocket into exorbitant fees, it is a slap in the face. It is an untenable position to face.

When the courts then allow abusers to continue to litigate and re-litigate and engage in endless motion practice, it is not judicial adherence, it is terrorism. And it is judicially sanctioned. The court becomes a weapon, not the protective shield it was intended to be.

This blog was started, in small part, because an abuse victim came to me, a finance attorney, and asked for help, not caring that I had no idea how to navigate the family court system and simultaneously deal with domestic violence as an add-on. She said that those who specialize in abuse were too expensive and she knew I would do everything in my power to fight for her. She had been religious. She had many children and her abuser was denying her access to her children, one of whom was quite ill.

I could not help except to try and steer that client to someone who might assist as a pro bono matter or on reduced fees.

Since that initial client, multiple clients have come to me in the same or similar circumstances, some of whom I was able to navigate through the courts for, and some of whom I just could not help. What I have came to realize, however, is that Judicial Terrorism is not unique to the family/domestic violence context. It is an existential threat to our legal system in all areas of the law. While the below may be a step forward for abuse victims, judicial terrorism will continue to be a threat until judges decide that they are not going to continue to rule on meritless actions, in all areas of the law.

Advocates push to help domestic violence survivors through ‘judicial terrorism’

There is a new push to help survivors of domestic violence and raise awareness to a little known, but common, form of abuse that happens after the victim leaves.

It’s a tactic called judicial terrorism.

“It’s more about the non-violent tactics of abusive control – isolate, intimidate and invoke power within the confines of litigation,” said Donna King, director of Victims Safe Harbor.

Victims Safe Harbor is a nonprofit which specializes in court-sanctioned domestic violence, where an abuser uses the legal system to intimidate, harass and financially drain a survivor.

To continue in Westchester News 12, click here.

NY’s Covid-19 Rules – Not anti-Jewish, Fundamentally Misguided? Read On.

A man holds a sign as he joins protesters outside the offices of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in New York. Three Rockland County Jewish congregations are suing New York state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying Cuomo engaged in a “streak of anti-Semitic discrimination” with a recent crackdown on religious gatherings to reduce the state’s coronavirus infection rate. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Dear Readers:

The following is a small excerpt of an op-ed posted in Religious News Service by Rabbi Avi Shafran, director of public affairs of Agugath Israel. While our views are not necessarily aligned with those of Agudath Israel (and likewise the reverse is probably true), Rabbi Shafran’s comments here are worth a review.

Our objectives of keeping people safe do align, even if we do not agree with how strict restrictions should be or how they should be imposed and implemented. While we agree that there are many within the Haredi community that did follow the rules, those that chose to flout them did so with inglorious detail and the optics have been bad.

Like Rabbi Shafran, we have stated that we do not believe Covid-19 mandates to be anti-Semitic or anti-Jewish. However, we also do not believe them to be misguided.

New York’s COVID-19 rules aren’t anti-Jewish. They show ignorance of Orthodox Judaism

(RNS) — Rightly or wrongly, many in New York’s Haredi, or “ultra-Orthodox” Jewish, community have concluded that Governor Andrew Cuomo has not engaged in a good-faith effort to balance the needs of their families with his responsibility to keep them and all New Yorkers safe. 

Some members of Haredi communities, to be sure, have acted less than responsibly at times, but they are not alone, even among religious groups. Yet the governor (and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio) has repeatedly and exclusively focused on Haredi neighborhoods, saying things like: “What’s happening there is the rules were never enforced… they never followed the first rules.”

Most Haredim, like most members of other religious or ethnic groups, very much did follow those rules.

Anger at the governor’s statements has fueled two nights of loud protests in Brooklyn, which, along with a much-videoed rabble-rouser’s ugly words and threats, garnered national attention. 

The new rules, despite the governor’s claim, were widely perceived as an attempt not to protect but to punish. He shut down not only entire Jewish schools, but also, in some Haredi neighborhoods, limited houses of worship, no matter how large their space, to a 10-person maximum occupancy. 

However, establishing a limit of 10 people to all buildings used for a specific purpose, no matter how large they might be, is something short of scientifically sound. 

To continue reading in the Religion News Service, click here.

NYS Steps to Review Private Education

New York state takes next step in reviewing private school education, including at yeshivas

The state has set a series of virtual meetings as it again looks to update century-old education requirements for private schools, an issue raised by activists critical of academic instruction in some ultra-Orthodox yeshivas.

Former state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia started a review in 2016 of the state’s enforcement of a long-ignored law requiring that secular instruction in private schools be “substantially equivalent” to what public schools teach. By the time the state proposed new regulations for enforcing the law in 2019, though, the issue had become perhaps the most contentious in New York education.

The Orthodox Jewish community, along with groups representing Catholic and other private schools, assailed the state’s efforts as government overreach. More than 140,000 comments were submitted to the state before the state Board of Regents decided to reopen discussions with private schools about state oversight.

The scheduled virtual meetings are intended to drive that process. Five of the meetings will be regional, with one aimed at the Hudson Valley: Dec. 7 from 10 a.m to 1 p.m.

To continue reading in Lohud, click here.

Trump Super PAC Scandal, Lev Parnas Partner Correia Pleads Guilty to Lying

Lev Parnas partner David Correia pleads guilty to lying about donation to Trump super PAC

David Correia, a business partner of Rudy Giuliani’s former associate Lev Parnas, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and to making false statements to election officials about a donation made to a group that supported President Donald Trump.

Correia admitted in Manhattan federal court Thursday that he conspired with Parnas to defraud investors in their would-be fraud protection business, which was called Fraud Guarantee.

Giuliani, who is Trump’s personal lawyer, reportedly received $500,000 to work on behalf of Fraud Guarantee.

KEY POINTS CNBC click here.

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Correia, 45, admitted in Manhattan federal court that he conspired with Parnas to defraud investors in their would-be fraud protection business, which was called Fraud Guarantee. The plea hearing was conducted virtually over videoconference and phone lines because of the coronavirus pandemic.

CNBC, click here.

Correia and Parnas previously were charged in 2019, along with two other men, with conspiring to violate the law banning political donations by foreigners.

Last month, when a superseding indictment was filed against all four men, FBI Assistant Director Bill Sweeney said of the charges against Correia and Parnas, “We couldn’t say it better ourselves – the behavior alleged today is indeed fraudulent – guaranteed.”

Parnas, Fruman and the fourth co-defendant, Andrey Kukushkin, have all pleaded not guilty in the broader criminal case.

CNBC, click here.

Giuliani received $500,000 in 2018 for work for Fraud Guarantee, which he has described as “a combination of business advice and consulting, consistent with what my company does, and legal advice.”

Parnas and Fruman had worked with Giuliani on an effort to collect damaging information about the Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, and about his son Hunter Biden, in connection with the younger Biden’s board position at a Ukrainian natural gas company.

CNBC, click here.

“Like All Sugar Highs, Euphoria Wears Off” No Jew Should Vote for Trump: [Opinion]

The following opinion piece was posted to The Times of Israel, Marc Shulman blog. We have reposted some of this opinion. To read it in its entirety, click here.

Why No Jew Should Vote For President Donald Trump: Take Two

Exactly four years ago, I reluctantly wrote take one of this article. As a historian who maintains a website that includes a section chronicling the history of American Presidential elections, and a book with the same title, and as someone with a regular column in Newsweek, called “Tel Aviv  Diary,” I had attempted to remain non-partisan. Over the years, I have largely succeeded in maintaining objectivity regarding American politics. But, at that moment, when it had become clear that the election of President Donald J. Trump was a real possibility, I felt I had no choice but to speak out against what I saw the genuine danger to Jews and the State of Israel, not to mention to the United States, and the world-at-large.

Now, four years later, unfortunately, much of what I predicted has happened. Again, like last time, I will not touch on all of the areas that have made Trump the worst President in United States history, or all of the harm he has done to the world in this article. I’ll leave that for my history website. Instead, I will focus on the ways in which Trump has been bad for Israel, and why he has been bad for Jews, through my lens as an American-Israeli.

Let’s start with the Jews in America. In 2016, I wrote that I did not believe Trump himself to be an overt antisemite — still true. Although I asserted: “However, as a result of the nativist, racist, xenophobic rhetorical approach of his campaign, Trump has unearthed a level of overt antisemitism in America that I thought would never return.” 

Sadly, the nativist, xenophobic rhetoric never ended. Trump stayed in campaign mode throughout his Presidency. The Anti-Defamation League’s most recent Audit of Antisemitic Incidents in the United States recorded more than 2,100 acts of assault, vandalism, and harassment; representing a 12% increase over the previous year. This constitutes the highest level of antisemitic incidents since ADL’s tracking began in 1979. 

The antisemitism that re-emerged incited both the Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation shooting in Pittsburgh, as well as the attack in the Poway, California synagogue. Trump’s rhetoric never changes. He has failed to condemn QAnon (a clearly antisemitic ideology), which has become nearly mainstream in the Republican Party under Trump. Another four years of Trump will see more oil thrown on the extremist fire; fomenting even more antisemitism in the US. Will antisemitism disappear if Trump is defeated? That is not likely. But without the President of the United States stoking the fires, perhaps surging antisemitism can be brought back under control.

Now let’s turn to Israel. There is no question that Trump has been the most pro-Israel President in US history, in the short term. And Israel, like someone on a sugar high, has adored Trump’s love. However, like all sugar highs, the euphoria slowly wears off. Four years ago, I wrote: “A person who does not comprehend that US alliances have been the key to world peace for the last 70 years, and refuses to understand there is a price for that affinity, weakens the United States”.

The Times of Israel, Marc Schulman blog, click here.

Why Orthodox Rabbis Should NOT be Supporting Trump [opinion]

Dear Reader:

The following is an Opinion that was posted in Haaretz. It is posted behind a paywall so we will only post a few excerpts. It is worth the read.

The inevitable conclusion of the Opinion is that Donald Trump shares no values at all with Orthodox Jews (and we would comment he shares none with secular Jews either). To support him is to support, if not be complicit with the many atrocities of Donald Trump. The author maintains that as Jews, we should know this.

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Donald Trump and Orthodox Jews Share No Values at All

Backing Trump is a morally disastrous decision for Orthodox Jews, and for Orthodox rabbis in particular. He stands against everything we believe in   

Daniel Landes

A ‘rediscovered’ student of many years past caught me recently in a chance encounter. “As an Orthodox rabbi living in Israel – I imagine that you are supporting President Trump,” he stated.

But no, I immediately responded: as an Orthodox rabbi, I am compelled to vote him out. He stands against everything we believe in.

As a covenanted people, our theological DNA affirms the holiness of all human beings, while Trump makes common cause with racists and white supremacists; we have always allied ourselves with the best findings of scientific investigation and Trump ridicules that process and the scientists behind it; we believe in the preciousness of human life, while Trump indicates that as long as he is healthy, the rest of the country be damned.

The list goes on. I do not like to identify myself as a rabbi in political matters. I have seen both in the U.S. and in Israel the terrible damage of theocrats who push their religious agendas into every aspect of social and personal life. But facing the potential of four more years of terrible social strife and climactic cataclysm, we all need to speak from the deepest part of our knowledge.

In this case it is not only the holy books that speak to us, but our experience as a people. We know what it means and what can happen when democracy is eroded: public rallies based on hate; the deriding of a free press; the effort to deny voting; the imputation of wild conspiracies; and the refusal to accept a peaceful transfer of power when one loses an election.

Orthodox rabbis know all this, so why are they silent, or even complicit?

To continue reading in Haaretz, click here.

Flouting Covid -19 Rules, Monsey, NY – A Subtle form of Bio-Terrorism [video]

Police Officers Enter House to Find Large Gathering, Monsey, NY Where Numbers are Rising

This is not anti-Semitism. It is an understanding that every sick person has the power to infect others. Private homes, public gatherings, these are spreading events. There should be some accountability, particularly in areas where the numbers of sick to healthy are legitimately rising.

Targeting violators within the religious community

Ghislaine Maxwell & Epstein Deposition Public, and The Men in Her Life [videos]

NBC News
CBS News This Morning

https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/07/25/nbc-archive-footage-shows-trump-partying-with-jeffrey-epstein-in-1992.html

Donald Trump and Ghislaine Maxwell.
Forbes Photo from here

Here’s Every Time Donald Trump And Ghislaine Maxwell Have Been Photographed Together

Topline: During a Tuesday coronavirus briefing, President Trump offered well-wishes to Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime confidante who now faces multiple federal charges related to Epstein’s alleged sex ring. In the 1990s and early 2000s, all three traveled in the same social circles, and Maxwell was photographed with the future commander-in-chief multiple times. Here’s every photo of them we could find:

Elsewhere:

A photo of Trump and Maxwell at a “hookers and pimps” themed party was published by the Daily Mail in December 2019. Maxwell sports a blonde wig and a leopard-print trench coat, while Trump wears the same business suit he’s typically seen in.

Another image of Maxwell wearing a green outfit and posing with Trump and an unnamed third woman has been posted multiple times to social media, but it’s unclear when the photo was taken, or where.

Crucial quote

“I’ve met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach,” Trump told reporters Tuesday. “I just wish her well, frankly.”

Big number:

At least 15 years. In July 2019, and after Epstein was arrested on federal sex trafficking charges, Trump said he hadn’t spoken to the disgraced financier—who he once called “a terrific guy”—for 15 years. “We had a falling out,” Trump told reporters, adding he “was not a fan.”

To continue reading in Forbes, click here.

Journalist at the Center of a Storm, His Public Service and Covid-19

theJC.com

Charedi reporter at centre of a storm

There are two men at the centre of the febrile Brooklyn street demonstrations by strictly Orthodox Jews, protesting against a coronavirus crackdown by the Democratic governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, and his mayoral colleague, Bill de Blasio.

One is homegrown local Harold “Heshy” Tischler, host of a populist pro-Trump radio programme, now facing a court case on charges of inciting a riot and unlawful imprisonment.

And the other, improbably, is a softly-spoken Orthodox Jew, Jacob Kornbluh, born and brought up in Stamford Hill, London and now a political reporter for the Jewish Insider website, a national Jewish publication rather than a Charedi, local, one.

Since the beginning of the pandemic — and Kornbluh himself fell victim to the disease early on — he has been one of the loudest voices calling for the strictly Orthodox community to observe the rules of masks and social distancing. He has lost both relatives and friends to the virus.

But last week matters turned ugly when a crowd of mainly young men and boys — apparently urged on by Tischler — turned on Kornbluh and began screaming “moiser” — “traitor” — in his face. Though there was no actual physical violence, Kornbluh, 39, requested and received a police escort to his home in the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Boro Park, where he lives with his wife and five children.

He and his family now have to deal with intimidation on the street and on social media, directed at Kornbluh for apparently “siding” with the mayor and the governor, and for pressing charges against Heshy Tischler. “As a reporter, I never want to be the story”, says Kornbluh, “I always want to be the one presenting the accurate facts, the government guidelines and so on. Unfortunately there’s so much misinformation and miscommunication”. He is as critical of the mayor and governor for “failure to reach out to the community and educate about the virus”, as he is of the community for flouting the regulations.

Public service is central to Kornbluh’s family. His father, Isaac, ran for local council in Stamford Hill and was one of the founders of the area’s Hatzolah and Shomrim groupings, forming tight bonds with police and hospital authorities. Jacob, the fifth of seven siblings, told a Haaretz webinar this week that his memories of home life included his father “being almost never there” on Shabbat or even seder night, because of being on call for emergencies. “My father was always pretty vocal about his core mission, to save lives”, Kornbluh told the JC, “that’s how I grew up, and that’s how I feel”.

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Hershy Tischler defying social distancing and mask mandates
Covid-19 Cluster Crackdowns and Heshy Tischler
Heshy Tischler Confronts Jacob Kornbluh

Frum Watch: People are Wondering it and Not Saying It – Covid-19 and Hareidim

***Journalist, governments, secular Jews, and non-Jews the world over are all wondering the same thing:Why are the coronavirus case counts higher in hareidi neighborhoods and communities?

Reposted with Permission of Frum Watch

Some like to point to the difficulty practicing social distancing with large families in cramped quarters, while others like to point to the lack of science education and general secular knowledge. Still others point to the hareidi communities refusal to put on hold its communal way of life. We would like to share with you the real reason behind the lackadaisical commitment to, if not outright rejection of, the social distancing guidelines in the hareidi community.

The answer is one word – WORK (or the lack thereof).

Let us explain. Never before in the history of the Jewish people has a Jewish community rejected the notion of the male members of the community working for a living. From the Bible to the Mishna to the Talmud — through the times of the later codes of Jewish law — husbands and male members of the Jewish community always have worked to support themselves and their families. In ancient times, some chopped wood, some made clothing, while others were shoemakers and blacksmiths. The Jewish marriage document, the Ketubah, itself attests to the importance and obligation of the husband and father of the household to support his wife and children.

However, this all changed when Rabbi Aaron Kotler, a Lithuanian yeshiva dean, arrived in the US and founded the Lakewood yeshiva and kollel in 1943. Rabbi Kotler believed and Rav Karelitz, the Chazon Ish, in Israel agreed that the secular work place was no place for a frum hareidi male. The temptations were too great; kefirah (heresy) was rampant – and besides, the hareidi world needed Torah scholars, not Torah businessman. This Torah Only theology spawned what we now know as the “kollel for life” model, where the male members of the community learn Talmud for life, while their wives and daughters support the household.

This new order is unprecedented in the annals of Jewish history. For the first time ever, we now have in Lakewood, Bnei Brak, and Jerusalem entire communities of men who don’t work for a living. Naturally, without working men, the community ultimately has become reliant on the income of the wives (usually working part-time), government welfare, and gemachim (community charities).

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More Problems for Jews, Islamophobia Masquerading as “Chabadnik”

Yochanan Avraham: An Islamophobic Embarrassment for the Jewish People

By: Andrew Karshan – Submitted to LostMessiah for Publication

John Way Jr. aka Yochanan Avraham is a maybe Jewish or maybe not Jewish. Nobody is really sure. He claims he converted. But nobody really knows if he ever did or who converted him. He lives in Roslyn, NY, outside a Jewish community, and spends his time posting Jewy and political YouTube and BitTube videos.

His Jewy YouTube channel is a mixture of interviews with eccentric characters, John’s attempt to teach “Torah” to viewers as he stumbles through the Chabad.org website, and John posting himself trying to do various Jewish rituals which often looks like Jewish bloopers. He also does right-wing political videos promoting hate groups such as the Proud Boys and lots of pro-Trump propaganda, videos attacking people he disagrees with, and Jewish news (which he also stumbles through). In addition to that, there’s plenty of Islamophobic and anti-Christian material on his channels cause John loves to bash other religions. He puts down Jesus and Mohammed using very obscene language. Many times he posts videos and then deletes them after people criticize his videos.

The Jewish community has called him out for his Islamophobic videos. So far he has on YouTube done a Draw Muhammed Day, burning of the Quran, using the Quran as a doormat, using the Quran as a cutting board with bacon and peeing on the Quran. Some of these videos have been deleted.

But the Jewish community was very scared about the backlash that these videos might cause because John is representing himself as a Jew, and looks like he is a Lubavitcher to someone who doesn’t know any better. And there was a fear that someone might get angry from the hate that John is spitting out and take it out on Jews. Many Jews have denounced his behavior. And my understanding is that he hasn’t been welcomed in Jewish communities that are familiar with who he is because they know he is a troublemaker.

I mentioned earlier that he makes videos about people with who he has conflicts with. When John got angry at me he made 4 BitTube videos about me including one called “The Simcha of Burning Andrea Karshan” where he burned a picture of me while playing a festive Hasidic song and wearing a Jewish Lives Matters T-shirt and one where he claimed I called my children mamzerim (I would never say that about my own children.) He also made a YouTube video about me. Some of these videos have now been deleted.

Andrea Karshan Blog, click here.

Hareidim – A Primer – “Fundamentalism is a Recent Creation”

This is being reprinted with permission from the administrators of the “Frum Watch” Facebook Site. It speaks to the differences among various Jewish sects. For Additional Reading we invite you to also consult a site called “Rationalist Judaism with other notes by Rabbi Dr. Natan Slifkin.

The Hareidim – a Primer

In light of the recent civil unrest and civil disobedience displayed in hareidi communities the world over, we bring to you a short primer on the Haredim. Hopefully, this brief outline will afford our readers a better understanding of the nature and composition of the community.

Not all haredim are hasidic, but all hasidim are haredim. In general, the hareidi community comprises two distinct communities, hasidim and non-hasidim. Both are ultra-Orthodox Jews, also known as frum Jews, hence the name of this Facebook group. The hasidic community contains multiple sects, such as Satmar, Chabad, Ger, Belz, and many others. For the most part, all the hasidic sects are at odds with each other, with some also at war. The reasons for this division and rancor are varied, some are battles over turf, others battles over ideology and influence. For example, the Satmar and Chabad sects have been at war for the better part of the past 50 years. However, of late, they have agreed upon a cold truce. This detente was due to the joining of forces to repel the treif influence of the internet and other evil secular influences.

Hasidic sects, except Chabad and Breslov, are led by a living rebbe, or admor (grand rabbi). Chabad is still in the throes of its failed messianic experiment, which collapsed with the death of M.M. Schneerson, their rebbe, in 1994. Unable to accept their leader’s failure to bring the messiah, Chabad leaders have refused to appoint a rebbe in his place. Most Chabad followers recognize their rebbe’s death and burial in Montefiore Cemetery, Queens; however, some still refuse to accept that he is no longer among the living. This extreme Messianic faction controls the main 770 synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. They believe the rebbe is the long awaited messiah and, though we can’t see him, is still alive.

The case of Breslov is somewhat similar to that of Chabad in that a new leader was never appointed after Rebbe Nachman’s (their founder) death in 1810. Breslov, too, is a fervently messianic group. However, Breslov has never officially proclaimed Rebbe Nachman as messiah, but instead insisted that his light will burn until the messiah’s coming. Breslov hassidim place great importance on praying by Rebbe Nachman’s grave in Uman, Ukraine, on Rosh HaShana.

The non-hasidic hareidim, aka Litvish, aka yeshivish, Jews, mostly hail from the area of pre-war Lithuania and live in the Flatbush/Midwood section of Brooklyn and Lakewood, N.J. They are led by the non-hasidic faction of Agudas Israel of America. Agudah, for short, is the leading umbrella group of American ultra-Orthodox Jews. Agudah not only protects the interest of the non-hasidic community, it also tries to cover up the misdeeds of the hasidim. For this reason when the New York State Education Department ordered hasidic yeshivas to teach their students the mandated minimal secular subjects, it was Agudah who sued them in Federal Court. It was this same Agudah who recently sued Governor Cuomo when he ordered the shuls in Boro Park and Flatbush closed for Simchat Torah.

A third group of hareidim, that of Sephardi and Mizrachi Jews, also exists. This group is much more prominent in Israel, where their political party, Shas, holds 9 seats in the Knesset. Hareidi Sephardi and Mizrachi Jews are primarily found in the US in the Syrian community of Brooklyn.

All hareidim are suspicious of secular authority, scientific knowledge, and anything “modern.” They feel that they must reject secular authority whenever it infringes upon their Torah lifestyle. It is this rejection of secular authority that is behind all the ills in the hareidi community. For example, cheating on one’s taxes is legitimized because leading a Torah lifestyle is expensive and very costly — from private school yeshiva tuition to the price of glatt kosher meat. Working off the books and not paying taxes is the only way for many frumme to get by. In addition, cheating and scamming the welfare system is also legitimized on this account. How else is a frum family of 10 living in a 3 bedroom section 8 apartment going to survive?

The rejection of civil authority is also behind the widespread disregard of social distancing guidelines currently wreaking havoc in hareidi enclaves the world over. They believe, as the Belzer rebbe made clear, that they cannot allow the guidelines to interfere with their day-to-day Torah lifestyle. If people have to die, so be it, the Torah lifestyle must go on.

We must emphasize that the extreme fundamentalism of current hareidi practice, theology, and philosophy is a recent creation. In earlier times, observant Jews had a healthy respect for science, doctors, and civil authority. Whether on account of the Holocaust, the creation of the State of Israel, or otherwise, the hareidi community’s rejection of civil authority is unprecedented in the annals of Jewish history.

Please note that, though the demographics are not in their favor, there still exists a substantial group of Modern Orthodox (or MO) Jews. Modern Orthodox Jews are generally college educated professionals and businessmen. While ritually observant, this group is familiar with contemporary culture and respects the rule of secular law.

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New Square Celebration – Covid-19 Defiance in Rockland County

Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, Medical Pioneer, Covid-19 Defiance, Anti-Semitism

Yehuda Mesh-Zahav (Courtesy of Zaka to The Times of Israel)

Haredi health pioneer: COVID-19 defiance fuels anti-Semitism, sullies God’s name

An ultra-Orthodox health pioneer has expressed intense frustration at coronavirus disobedience, and said it’s bringing hatred on his community and fanning the flames of anti-Semitism.

Yehuda Meshi-Zahav hauls body bags of the COVID-19 deceased, but even the warnings he delivers after carrying out this gory work fall on deaf ears, he said.

His organization ZAKA, a medical aid and rescue nonprofit, has helped some 1,800 God-fearing Diaspora Jews killed by the coronavirus to fulfill their dying wish, transferring them from planes for eternal rest in Israel’s sacred soil, he said. He also personally retrieves bodies of Israelis who have died.

But he is astounded that nothing he can say or do — whether talk of the body bags, Israel’s dizzying coronavirus stats shared in Yiddish, or personal stories of those who died — can convince the slice of the Haredi community that is insistently noncooperative in the battle against the coronavirus to change its ways.

Meshi-Zahav spoke to The Times of Israel on Sunday, at the end of the Jewish holiday season, amid numerous reports that mass gatherings had taken place among Israeli Haredim in defiance of coronavirus rules.

These included celebrations for Saturday’s Simhat Torah festival, held despite statistics indicating that ultra-Orthodox Israelis, around 12 percent of the population, are catching the virus out of proportion to others. Hospitals are heavily populated by Haredim, while some members of the community are being treated by a program to give breathing support at home, without knowledge of the authorities.

“I explain to people that others are looking at them, and saying that we’re in this situation because of Haredim, and that the 12 percent is infecting the 80-plus percent, and that ‘you’ are ‘stealing’ the breathing machines,” Meshi-Zahav said. “And I say that this hatred is terrible, but what people see is the continuation of singing, dancing, public prayers, and simchas [celebrations] — as well as continuation of protests.”

The Times of Israel, click here.

Disobedience born of poor leadership

It’s a misconception to assume that Haredi refusal to follow virus rules is driven by disrespect to others, he said, arguing that it stems from a misguided desire to retain religious routine at all costs. In his view, strong and determined leadership could fix this with a clarion call insisting that the religious imperative to save life comes above all, but there is no such leadership on the horizon.

He said there are large parts of the Haredi community where coronavirus rules are carefully followed, and there are rabbis who encourage this. And he stressed that disproportionately high virus rates among Haredim don’t reflect disobedience alone, but to a large extent also circumstances, like large families and cramped conditions.

Yet he is worried that a notable minority is breaking rules, which causes infection to spread, and lamented: “People don’t understand we’re all in the same boat. It’s like the story of the people who drill a hole under their seat in boat, saying it’ll only affect them, but of course, it affects everyone.”

Meshi-Zahav is particularly concerned by the fact that Haredi disobedience has an international element. In New York’s Haredi community, where virus rates have been high, there have been some very visible expressions of disdain for restrictions, including angry protests against coronavirus shutdowns.

The Times of Israel, click here.

shutdowns.

Groups of protesters gather in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park to denounce lockdowns of their neighborhood due to a spike in COVID-19 cases on October 7, 2020 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP)

Fueling anti-Semitism

And he believes that the situation in Israel and New York is playing into the hands of anti-Semites. “If Jews are saying the things I mentioned about each other, of course others will say them,” he said. “They will take the symbol of a man in Jewish dress, and connect it to the coronavirus

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NYC – “Test and Trace” – Covid-19 and NYC Partnerships

Agudath Israel Files Suit Against Governor Cuomo and Loses – Covid-19

WILL THE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY ABIDE BY THE JUDGE’S RULING AFTER A 2-HOUR HEARING AND A LENGTHY REASONED ARGUMENT?

Dear Readers:

On October 8, 2020, Agudath Israel of America, along with other Plaintiffs filed a law suite against Governor Andrew Cuomo:

asking for a temporary restraining order to bar the State of New York from enforcing its limits on house of worship attendance in certain areas of the state. The limits, announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo just two days ago, would cap Shul and other houses of worship attendance in so-called “red zones” to ten individuals.”

Yeshiva World News, click here.

In short Plaintiffs,

argue[d] that the Executive Order’s restrictions unconstitutionally discriminate against religious practice while simultaneously permitting comparable secular conduct. Moreover, the restrictions violate Free Exercise rights because they appear to target conduct due to their religious motivation.

Yeshiva World News, click here.

The filing requested that the court – in light of the holidays beginning [today] – immediately grant a temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing the state government from enforcing the new limits, as well as declaring the executive order unconstitutional.

Yeshiva World News, click here.

In a hearing held by video and audio, which listed 1492 participants at one point, Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto gave a significantly thorough and well-reasoned review of the issues raised by Agudath Israel as well as the counter arguments by Governor Cuomo’s attorneys, who were asked specific questions for points of clarification.

The main question at hand was whether or not the Governor’s recent Executive Order placed a disproportionate and undue burden upon the religious rights of one particular group of people to freely practice religion under the Constitution.

The final ruling was that the current public health emergency, the rise in cases of Covid-19, and the health threat it presents outweighs the rights of any one religious group. In a well-reasoned and lengthy discussion, Judge Matsumoto ruled against Agudath Israel. She came to the conclusion that the health and safety of the population at large trumps any single religious group’s religious freedoms.

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The Covid Conspiracy? Or, a Group That Believes Itself Immune?

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WHEN IT COMES TO REQUESTING CHARITY TO ASSIST VICTIMS OF COVID-19, THE PANDEMIC IS REAL. WHEN IT COMES TO COMPLYING WITH GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS, IT IS NOT REAL. SO, WHICH IS IT?

There is no shortage of video currently available with endless clips of non-socially-distant religious Jews who are not wearing masks and flouting safety precautions. They seemingly do not care about one another in that regard nor do they care about those outside of their community who may be adversely affected by their actions.

Many assert, like President Trump who has proudly proclaimed that Covid-19 is a “gift from G-d” or just a “flu” that Covid-19 is not a major health threat. Many believe that Covid-19 is a conspiracy imposed upon the people [religious Jews] for the purposes of mind control, limiting religious belief or some other absurd assertion. Many within the religious Jewish community believe themselves immune, either because G-d will step in “B’Ezrat Ha’Shem” and provide assistance, because they have already reached “herd immunity” or because the “others” are not worthy of their consideration or concern.

But the great irony is that there are also no shortage of requests for financial assistance, “chesed” charity to families of people suffering from Covid-19 or families of people who have died. When will the reality jive with the illusion that Covid-19 restrictions are not an anti-Semitic approach to a public health threat, but rather, a means to keeping everyone safe.

Covid-19 is a hazardous virus that presents a major health threat. Those members of the religious community who do not comply with strict requirements of social distancing and mask-wearing present a public health threat, not only to themselves but to others. Covid-19 is killing people. Those who are not adhering to law are committing acts of bio-terrorism.

It is about time that the non-civil law adherent Jews within the religious Jewish community at least begin to adhere to Jewish law “Pikuach Nefesh” which holds human life to be paramount.

Mayor De Blasio “I’m Coming For You.” Heshy Tishler Threats – Covid-19 SHANDA

Heshy Tishler –

TO OUR READERS: THIS IS NOT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE. THIS IS BIO-TERRORISM! THIS IS A SHANDA OF EPIC PROPORTIONS!

[SELECT QUOTES FROM VIDEO]

“I’m Coming for you Mr. Mayor.”

“We will not listen to you, Mr. Mayor.”

“Come and Help us, Mr. President.”

“My name is Heshy Tishler and I am running for City Counsel. – My first piece of legislation will wipe out the tickets of anyone who got a fine at this time.”

“They Can’t Arrest all of Us.”

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Feeling Targeted? Are Religious Jews Committed to Protecting Everyone? Covid-19

From the files of First Amendment Activist

Is this discrimination or is the uptick in Covid-19 cases within the ultra-Orthodox Community in the United States and in Israel a numerically quantifiable increase Covid-19 activity and spread that requires taking immediate and unequivocal action?

This man from Borough Park is well-spoken and wearing a mask He claims anti-Semitism and discrimination. However, it is our opinion that he is mistaken given the video footage available from the Spring, the Summer and now the Fall of the ultra-Orthodox community NOT abiding by Covid-19 restrictions, social distancing or keeping out of packed shuls.

Is also quite tragic that this man seemed okay with a group beating up a “Moser” [snitch] which is the tragedy within this community. There seems to be a line drawn between the acceptable and the unaccepted.

This is posted, however, with respect and admiration insofar as the speaker who is being respectful and, as already stated, is wearing a mask.

He also may very well be accurate regarding the safety of walking around in his community late at night (so long as you are not a “Moser”).

The tragedy is that his views are shared by much of the community that feels the good it does exempts it from the necessity of compliance and “civil justice” appears to be okay.

We hold that religion does not exempt the community from being respectful regarding Covid-19 a threat to everyone.

Haredistan and the Militancy of the Ultra-Orthodox Response to Covid-19 Rules

This is being reposted from a Facebook Group – Frum Watch. It is being reprinted in its entirety with permission from the author, Rabbi Yossi Newfield.

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Haredistan – What Went Wrong?

From Bnei Brak to Boro Park, the haredi community has had higher case numbers, higher hospitalization rates, and higher deaths rate than the surrounding areas. The question is why? We believe the very nature of the haredi community is the cause.

Inevitably, wherever there is a critical mass of haredim, the community feels that it can disregard secular laws and norms. Sometimes this is done openly; other times there is a great deal of dissembling, with community apologists such as Avi Shafran working overtime. Before the coronavirus pandemic the disregard and rejection of civil society may not have been as pronounced, but it always lurked just below the surface, waiting to raise its ugly head.

An example of this is the haredi (especially hasidic) self-ghettoization and their rejection of state mandated minimal secular education standards. The resulting intellectual isolation of their communities is considerable and it is accompanied by severe side effects, such as systemic fraud, rampant sexual abuse, and poverty.

But so long as the harm was confined to the haredi community itself, the civil authorities from Israel to London to New York looked the other way. They reasoned that if a community wants to stay ignorant, poor, and a refuge for sexual predators, so be it. It’s not our problem.

However, the moment the pandemic struck, these same civil authorities began demanding that the haredi community abide by the social distancing guidelines promulgated by their respective health departments.

To their shock and amazement, they were surprised to learn that haredi society was not willing to curtail their communal way of life, even in the face of a once in a century world-wide pandemic. But we were not surprised in the least. Once a society is allowed to disregard civil laws and norms for decades, it is no wonder that they will not become normal law abiding citizens overnight.

Let’s look at how things progressed:

At first secular society convinced themselves that the haredim in Israel were trying to follow the guidelines, but they just couldn’t on account of their large families and crowded living conditions. Then came the grand wedding in Belz. The Belzer rebbe brazenly ordered that his grandson’s wedding continue as planned, covid be damned. Thousands of men packed together to witness the chuppah. At that point, it became clear to the rest of Israel that the disregard of the guidelines was pre-meditated and intentional.

Why?

The Belzer rebbe decided that his sect would not follow state mandated guidelines out of fear for the spiritual welfare of his flock or out of fear of the breakdown of communal life. Pick either reason. In haredi eyes they are one and the same.

But Belz is not alone. The haredim in Bnei Brak, Meah Shearim, Boro Park, Williamsburg, and Crown Heights have all made the same decision. They will not follow the guidelines because the guidelines disrupt their daily prayer and torah learning schedule, tisches, weddings — their communal life and routine.

This disregard for coronavirus guidelines does not only jeopardize the health of haredi communities, it puts the surrounding non-haredi communities in grave danger. The haredim are either so used to getting their own way or so insensitive as to be unaware of the reaction that’s bound to come.

Back to the present, in New York Governor Cuomo ordered the shuls in Boro Park and Flatbush closed for Simchat Torah because of rising Covid-19 case numbers. Instead of accepting the executive order, Agudas Israel sued him in Federal Court. This is the same Agudas Israel who sued the New York State Education Department for having the nerve to order hasidic yeshivas to teach the English language!

The chickens have come home to roost. Even before the virus escaped from Wuhan, the haredi community was on a dangerous and unsustainable path. Covid-19 just made this apparent for all to see.

While a last minute correction of course by haredi communal leaders may avoid total disaster, we are afraid that this will not occur and we will all suffer because of it.

By Rabbi Yossi Newfield

Heshy Tischler Runs for Office and Incites Violence and Lawlessness – Covid-19

ARE WE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE A “LIGHT UNTO THE NATIONS?”

This Behavior is Pure Darkness.

The Earth Shattering Savagery of NY Jews Beating a”Moser” “Snitch” – Covid-19

In one Brooklyn ZIP code, 18 per cent of everyone who has gotten a coronavirus test since October 1 has tested positive, compared with a rate of about 3.9 per cent citywide, according to city data

Jewish man is left critically injured after being branded a ‘snitch’ by ultra-Orthodox rioters in Brooklyn who attacked him and a photographer for recording COVID-19 violations amid spike in coronavirus cases

Mordy Getz said his brother, Berish Getz, 34, was ‘critically injured by anti-mask Hasidic rioters’ during a protest in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Tuesday night

Victim was reportedly recording video of crowd, when some called him a ‘snitch’ and demanded that he stop; eventually they caught him and assaulted him

Mordy Getz said his brother was critically injured and taken to local hospital   

Meanwhile, near the same area, photographern Bruce Schaff was chased down

He said Orthodox Jewish protesters punched and kicked him for taking photos 

Schaff said he managed to escape before being seriously injured during incident

Protests erupted Tuesday night following Gov Andrew Cuomo’s new restrictions on nine mostly Jewish neighborhoods where coronavirus cases have surged  

The restrictions were placed on schools, businesses and religious gatherings 

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Providing an Explanation on How to Disregard the Laws in Place for Covid-19

Expressing a Complete Disregard for Civil Law – “Not Going to Cooperate”

HESHY TISCHLER – CAMPAIGNING FOR HIS RADIO SHOW –

CAMPAIGN OF DISOBEYING CIVIL LAW

This is a flagrant disregard for the dangers these types of gatherings pose for the rest of civil society. This is a complete and utter disregard for the optics which will only increase anti-Semitism and rightfully so. These are not victims to a society that wants to limit social gatherings. This is a group of people victimizing everyone else around them.

But the reality is we cannot completely blame this group when our government is actively proposing that Covid-19 is nothing more than the flu. Why should a religious group listen to anything more than the United States President, Donald Trump? If he is unwilling to accept the dangers than we cannot really argue that his flock of sheep do not accept the dangers.

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Governor Cuomo- Orders Lockdown – Flouting Laws Part IV – Covid-19

This is Crown Heights on October 5th or 6th, 2020 – This is after being order to wear masks and avoid crowds

A BRAZEN FLOUTING OF LAWS.

The people in this video are brazenly avoiding abiding by the laws. The Police Department in Crown Heights, New York is doing very little to break this up, though that may be an impossible task given the sheer numbers.

The people in this video are NOT guided by the notion of the sanctity of life. Like our US government’s leadership, they feel themselves impervious and are putting every New Yorker, Israeli (many go back and forth) and every person who might disburse to another country at risk.

This is not about religious freedom, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly. It is about protecting the sanctity of life of every New Yorker. But, if our government does not lead by example, there is little hope that the people in this video will stop putting theirs and others’ lives at risk.

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Governor Cuomo Goes Up Against the Bloc and they Flout Part III

Listed as a drive by….

If this was, indeed, a drive-by, we will retract our comments. There are other videos that have since been removed from YouTube indicating that this was a huge event.

Simchas Torah – The Narrative that Somehow they are exempt