Ever eager to find the good in our fellow Yiddn, Jewdar has gone back and forth on the Satmar community. On the one hand, not a big fan of the whole rabidly anti-Israel schtick they’ve got going for them; on the other hand, loooooooooove the Satmar rugelach bakery on Lee Avenue. The moral teeter-totter has just tottered over on the anti-side of things with this week’s New York Magazine feature on a particularly revolting bit of chasidic chicanery (feel free to pronounce that any way that makes it alliterative)–the kidnapping of a girl from her ex-Satmar mere.

Pious fraud that Jewdar is, we, like Rabbi Meir in the Talmud, pray for our enemies to do teshuva. Failing that, however, we would like somebody to get Biblical on their asses (it’s like getting medieval, but even more hardcore). No permanent harm, but we wouldn’t mind some pain and blood. And repentance, of course. Lots and lots of repentance.

What do you think?

About The Author


The Tel Aviv-born, Milwaukee-bred Jewdar has a bachelors' from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters from NYU, and an Honorable Discharge from the US Army, where he spent two years as an infantryman in the 101st Airborne Division. He's the co-author of "The Big Book of Jewish Conspiracies", the Humor Editor of Heeb Magazine, and a watcher of TV. Smarter than most funny people, funnier than most smart people, he lives on the Lower East Side with his wife and two sons.

8 Responses

  1. Puck

    Very disturbing read…extremism in any religion is never a good thing.
    Here’s hoping she gets her kid back before the cult has totally mindwashed her (or married her off).

  2. Puck

    Yes, seems a bit contradictory for such a ‘religious’ group to be telling lies of that magnitude.

  3. mrnhghts

    Heeb is actually in the photo slide show part of the article. Photo number five. Jewdar should have noted that, but perhaps Jewdar did not want to hat tip.

  4. jewdar

    Hilarious! I actually didn’t check out the slideshow, but mrnghts is correct; on her nightstand is a copy of the love issue. Perhaps a new slogan–Heeb Magazine: Find it Wherever Hasidim Rebel.


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