WHAT DOES YOUR FATHER’S NAME MEAN TO YOU?

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Apparently nothing if you live in Israel. All my life I’ve always heard the religious “patronymic” name called in synagogues as the name_ben or bat_father’s name_and_mother’s name. I have seen on old gravestones the use of only the name of the same-sex parent (as well as the use of the Aramaic “bar” instead of the […]

FREUNDEL SENTENCING MAY 15

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The former Washington DC Rabbi who pleaded guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism is scheduled to be sentenced on May 15. The prosecutors and the attorneys for Freundel have submitted to the court their sentencing memos, which are basically what they think the sentence should be and why. Prosecutors have asked for 17 years and […]

Pt. – 5 – COVERAGE OF THE COVERAGE

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The only news organization doing any real reporting on this matter has been Washington Jewish Week, and a little bit Religion News Services, LLC. The Forward and JTA just copy and paste blurbs from the AP. The one thing the Forward has done is publish numerous “opinion” pieces on the subject, most of them sympathetic […]

Pt. 4 – CAMPAIGN TO REMOVE JUDGE ALPRIN FROM THE FREUNDEL CASE

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It was reported in the Washington Jewish Week on February 19, 2015 that during the hearing in which Fatso pleaded guilty to 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism, the presiding Judge Geoffrey Alprin, who is scheduled to preside over the sentencing hearing on May 15, addressed the defendant as “Rabbi”. “Rabbi” is not a legal form […]

Pt. 3 – WHO DO YOU BELIEVE, KESHER OR YOUR LYING EYES?

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One of the most nebulous issues in the unfolding of the case has been Fatso’s supposed refusal to leave the synagogue’s residence. According to several news organizations, Fatso refused to move out by January 1st, 2015 and Kesher sent an e-mail to it’s members on January 29th claiming to have brought a case against him […]

NON-KOSHER SEX IN THE CAPITAL CITY – Pt. 2 – SHARON FREUNDEL SPEAKS

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Rebbetzin Fatso, aka Sharon Freundel, gave a public lecture on March 22, 2015. This was her first public appearance since Fatso’s arrest in October of 2014. Several newspapers, such as the Washington Post and the Washington Jewish Week, reported on the lecture. The lecture addressed the issue of “suffering” and “post-trauma” without directly addressing her […]

NON-KOSHER SEX IN THE CAPITAL CITY – Part 1

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This is the first in a series of posts about the conviction of Kesher Israel’s Rabbi Barry “Fatso” Freundel in Washington D.C. for furtively recording women undressing in his mikveh. In an attempt to put context into the occurrences, I will provide some background into the Washington D.C. Jewish community in this first post. In […]