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Why Do “Air Raid” Sirens Blare In Williamsburg Every Friday?

Posted on 18 November 2014 by Josh Green

If you’re ever in Williamsburg ten minutes before the sun sets on a Friday night, you’ll have heard the eerie sirens that wail far and wide throughout the neighborhood. It isn’t a test or drill, it’s the warning that Shabbat will be starting soon, and it’s time to go home (if you’re Orthodox Jewish). It’s not just one siren, but several, installed on different Yeshivas in South Williamsburg, a neighborhood that’s predominantly ultra-Orthodox Jewi . >>> READ MORE ...

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Ignorance and Obliviousness

Posted on 01 September 2013 by Community Voice NY

The Political Pull of New York’s Ultra-Orthodox New York City’s mayoral election is approaching, and as the race heats up, more attention is being paid to the increasing political influence of the ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish sects of Brooklyn. Like their counterparts in Israel, New York’s Hasidim have rebounded from the decimation of World War II. They were nearly wiped out by the Nazi genocide, but their numbers have swelled in the generations since, due to religious and cultural teach . >>> READ MORE ...

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