Israel's ultra-Orthodox Were Part of Society. Then the Satmar Rabbi Showed Up

The extraordinary story of the Satmar rebbe, who transformed a small Hasidic court into an ultra-Orthodox powerhouse, helps explain the growing extremism of today's Hasidim around the world

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Avi Garfinkel
Avi Garfinkel

Many times drafts of articles and other texts are tossed out or forgotten. But it’s already possible to say with a high degree of certainty that whatever is being written these days about the attitude of ultra-Orthodox society to the coronavirus pandemic will not suffer either of those fates.

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