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  • Shomrim vs. Shmira (and the NYPD)

    The NYPD is trying to bring two rival Jewish security patrols in Brooklyn, the Shomrim and Shmira, under one roof, the New York Post reports: The NYPD is trying to settle a long-running dispute between two rival Orthodox Jewish patrol groups – and keep them from taking the law into their own hands – by… More ▸

  • Monkey business

    Rabbi Avi Shafran of Agudath Israel of America rings the alarm about the Spanish parliament’s recent vote in support of extending the right to life and freedom to apes: That vote has no force of law at present – and, in any event, it has been several centuries since anyone has entertained the notion that… More ▸

  • Ronn’s rabbis

    After my earlier post on Ronn Torossian, he and I went back and forth over his interest in representing hip-hoppers and traditionalist/hawkish Jews. Here’s what he sent me for the record: I grew up in the Bronx passionate about a lot of things – Judaism and hip-hop amongst them. Today, I personally remain passionate about… More ▸