78-year-old rabbi Eliezer Berland is a fugitive on the run from Interpol has issued a death threat against the chief rabbi of South Africa, Warren Goldstein. The threat, has rattled the South African Jewish community. South African Police Service officers, acting on a request from Interpol, 10 days ago raided a hotel in Samrand, north of Johannesburg, where Berland has been staying on and off for five months with a number of his disciples.
Berland, one of the leaders of the Bratslav Hasidic movement in Israel and head of Yeshivat Shuvu Bonim in Jerusalem —and considered a holy man by his followers — has been on the run since 2012 when allegations were made by female followers in Israel that he had sexually harassed or raped them. Continue reading →
A sick new ‘game’ making its rounds on social media inspired a group of young teenagers to assault a 13-year-old Jewish girl in Crown Heights. The name of the game is ‘What the hell are they?’
The game’s objective is as follows: If someone is wearing nicer shoes than you, you must hit them on their feet or legs, shout “what the he** are they” and run away.
The incident occurred yesterday, Tuesday, October 28, at around 5:00pm.
The victim, a 13-year-old student of Beis Rivkah, was walking along Lefferts Ave. when three young teens – two girls and a boy – approached her. One of the girls shoved and kicked her, then shouted the game’s mantra.
The victim did not immediately understand what they said to her, but later on, when police explained the ‘game’ to her, she recalled that it was indeed what had been said.
A passerby witnessed the assault and immediately called Shomrim. Others joined in and chased the assailant, who fled down Brooklyn Avenue, then down East New York Avenue and into the Public Library on New York Avenue and Maple Street. There she remained in an attempt to hide from police.
Police arrived shortly thereafter, and after Shomrim brought the witness – another young Jewish girl – the assailant was identified and taken into custody. She was discovered to be ‘only’ 12-years-old, and her parents were called down to the precinct. Continue reading →