Chosen: Crimes and Misdemeanors

By Shmarya Rosenberg

The Weekly Blotter

Post-blizzard of the decade, a Satmar hasidic newspaper based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn longs for the day when Black slaves shoveled snow for whites. (Failed Messiah)

Israel’s Supreme Court allows gender-segregated buses, as long as that separation is “voluntary.” (Ynet)

Orthodox teens and young adults  are filled with “self-loathing” and “sexual guilt,” a new study finds. (Ynet)

An Israeli court found Israel’s Interior Ministry illegally tricked an African refugee into accepting deportation.  (Ynet)

Former glatt kosher meat king, Sholom Rubashkin, filed an appeal of his 2009 conviction and 27 year sentence for 86 fraud-related felonies. Rubashkin is claiming prosecutorial misconduct and  judicial misconduct. (SourceMedia Group News)

Download the entire appeal. (Failed Messiah)

Rubashkin’s attorney, Nathan Lewin, intentionally attributes a quote that could be construed as support for Rubashkin’s claims to the judge who tried Rubashkin’s case – even though the quote is actually from a federal agent. And this is not the first time Lewin has done this. (Failed Messiah)

Racist quotes attributed to Israeli MK Yaacov Katz (and reported here last week) turn out to be false. A malicious prankster created a fake Facebook page for Katz and then posted the quotes. The Israeli media  – and yours truly – bought the scam hook, line, and sinker. (Serugim / Failed Messiah)

Shmarya Rosenberg publishes His reporting has been cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Columbia Journalism Review, Ha’aretz, Jerusalem Post, Forward, JTA and many other publications. He was named to both the Forward 50 and the Heeb 100 in 2008.

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Shmarya Rosenberg

Shmarya Rosenberg has been published in Newsweek/The Daily Beast, Moment Magazine, the Forward, Tablet, StarTribune, Jewcy, Sh'ma and Heeb, and was profiled in the New York Times, Ha'aretz and the Jerusalem Post. His work has been cited in dozens of newspapers and broadcast media sources worldwide, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, New York Observer, AP, Des Moines Register, Ha'aretz, Jerusalem Post, and CNN and CNBC's America Greed. He is the publisher and editor of

One Response

  1. jewdar

    The caption in the Satmar paper doesn’t actually say what Shmarya thinks it says, and is more a bad play on words about snow than anything else: “When the world was world, African-Americans were slaves, and “the black” cleaned “the white”
    A bad joke, but not much more.


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