By Shmarya Rosenberg
The Weekly Blotter
Dov Lior, a leading Zionist rabbi in the West Bank, said that, “if a child is born without a father, he cannot be 100% normal.” He claimed rabbinic literature defines children born to single mothers as “criminals and subjects of other negative phenomena.” Lior also said gentile sperm leads to “barbaric” offspring. (Ynet)
Sarah Palin’s Jewish group’s website, JewsForSarah.com, has foreign private domain name registration that shields the site’s true ownership. The public head of JewsForSarah is “Benyamin” Bertram “Buddy” Korn, Jr. a Chabad hasid from Philadelphia. Korn appeared on Lawrence O’Donnell’s MSNBC show defending Palin’s blood libel remark – minus his yarmulke and hat, perhaps to hide his ultra-Orthodox affiliation. (Failed Messiah)
Leading ultra-Orthodox rabbis visited convicted child rapist Rabbi Yisroel Weingarten in federal prison last week. The rabbis declared Weingarten’s innocence, disregarding the testimony of his daughter, who was raped by Weingarten over many years as a child; the testimony of his brother Lipa “Leo” Weingarten, who as a child was molested by his older brother; and the findings of the federal court. (Failed Messiah)
Daniel Freedman says former glatt kosher meat king and Chabad hasid Aaron Rubashkin’s life of crime began when Rubashkin stole Freedman’s grandfather’s business. (Forbes)
The most liberal Orthodox rabbinic group voted to exclude women from membership. (The Jewish Week)
Shmarya Rosenberg publishes FailedMessiah.com. His reporting has been cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Columbia Journalism Review, Ha’aretz, Jerusalem Post, Forward, JTA, Village Voice and many other publications. He was named to both the Forward 50 and the Heeb 100 in 2008.