Fox News Gives Orthodox Jews The Voice That The New York Times Denies Them

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A new, 6-and-a-half-minute Fox News documentary—which Kassy Dillon reported—turns the camera on Orthodox leaders and scholars.

“We resent that the Times are engaged in what appears to be a crusade,” Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, an Orthodox rabbi and executive vice president of Agudath Israel of America, told Dillon. “A crusade to get people to consider chassidic Jews in a negative light.”

Zwiebel added that the Gray Lady’s reporting on Orthodox Jews is “not only troubling, but even dangerous to a certain extent.”

He has not seen any change in Times coverage after meeting with the newspaper, and he hopes those stuck in traffic near the Lincoln Tunnel, adjacent to the Times building, in Times Square or in other Manhattan locations see Agudah’s billboards, which state, “Dear New York Times, words do break bones. Please stop attacking our community.”

Moshe Krakowski, a Yeshiva University professor who is an expert on Chassidic education, told Dillon that Orthodox Jews “feel demonized, justifiably, and would like people to get another side of the story since nobody else is actually articulating the other side of the story.”

For those who want to know that story, Zwiebel has some advice, and it isn’t to just read about Orthodoxy in the paper of record. “Get to really know us,” he said. JNS


  1. Rabbi Dovid Hofstadter and his Dirshu organization seem to have influence on many especially related to issues of concern to Jews. As such, one wonders if he could colloberate with other Jewish organizations thus creating a more powerful voice


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