About Shmarya Rosenberg

Shmarya Rosenberg is a writer who blogs at FailedMessiah.com

What’s the Difference Between an American Life and an Ultra-Orthodox One?

By August 28, 2008

Joel Teitelbaum, the Rebbe of Satmar and the most coercive of all modern day ultra-Orthodox leaders, passed away 29 years ago this month.  A vociferous anti-Zionist, Teitelbaum is known for having exhorted his followers to stay in Europe.  Later, as … Read More

The Heretic: Kosher Food Fighting is a Weapon in the Settler’s War Against Peace

By August 21, 2008

Did you know that the little kosher symbol on your food may have a geopolitical, rather than strictly religious, purpose – especially if you live in Israel? Some Orthodox rabbis in the Holy Land use that symbol to reduce the … Read More

The Heretic: Exploiting Undocumented Workers Exploits Judaism

By August 14, 2008

Undocumented workers, always one phone call away from deportation and a moment away from being summarily fired, are afraid to object to abusive working conditions. This makes them ripe for exploitation, as has been amply documented, and is one reason … Read More

The Heretic: Modesty Patrols and Vigilante Violence

By August 6, 2008

Not too long ago, a woman sat in the ‘wrong’ section of a public bus. A group of men asked her to move to the back. She refused. The men became more insistent. She still refused. Infuriated, the men punched, … Read More

The Heretic: How the Law of Lashon Hara Has Been Dangerously Perverted By Ultra-Orthodox Rabbis

By July 30, 2008

A young boy is called up to his teacher’s desk in a yeshiva grade school. “Stay after class, Shmuley. I want to talk to you.” Shmuley stays, frightened that he has done something wrong and his teacher will punish him. … Read More

Most Wanted: The Big, Bad Butchers and Bullies of Agriprocessors

By July 24, 2008

On May 12, 2008, 900 federal and state law enforcement personnel raided Agriprocessors, the country’s largest kosher slaughterhouse. They arrested almost 400 illegal alien workers and had outstanding warrants for hundreds more. On the day of the raid, more than … Read More

Kosher-Keeping Vegans Go Undercover To Break The Biggest Case Of Animal Cruelty In American Jewish History

By July 2, 2008

Philip and Hannah Schein are the Rina Lazarus and Peter Decker of American vegans. This husband and wife team – Philip is forty-three; Hannah, ten years younger – are undercover investigators for the animal rights group PETA. Over the past … Read More

Haredi’s Most Wanted: The 5 Worst Offenders

By June 19, 2008

Israel has no civil marriage or divorce, which means that every Jewish Israeli is at the mercy of the state’s rabbinic courts. During the past decade, ultra-Orthodox rabbis have wrested control of those state rabbinic courts from their more moderate … Read More