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Outrage Over “Party” on Purim Eve

A “party” hosted on Purim eve was reminiscent of the party that was hosted by King Achashverosh, replete with mingling, food, live music and even a belly dancer, has drawn widespread shock and outrage – even forcing a Kashrus agency to rethink their policies for parties at venues they certify, and the venue to distance itself from the event.

by CrownHeights.info

Dubbed “Arabian Nights – Purim at the Persian Palace” the event, which took place on Purim Eve, the 28th of February, promised live entertainment, Arabian food, a hookah lounge and even a belly dancer in ‘Persian’ attire.

The event was organized by a number of Crown Heights and Chabad based establishments, clothing designers, hair stylists and social media personalities and was heavily promoted ahead of the event and was set to take place in Downtown Brooklyn at Bison and Bourbon, a popular restaurant and event venue.

And the party delivered all it promised, drawing vocal outrage and disgust.

Pictures on social media showed bearded men watching a scantly clad dancers, and videos showed unabashed mingling and mixed dancing, with no proper mechizta in sight. “It’s so ironic,” noted a social media commenter, “to hold such an event on Purim when the Jews were endangered for attending Achashverosh’s party. The food back then was also glatt kosher…”

An attendee, who declined to be quoted by name, said that friends invited her to a Purim celebration with good food. “When I arrived I couldn’t believe my eyes. The scene was completely lewd. I just got up and left” she said.

Photos and videos seen posted on various social media platforms by CrownHeights.info staff the night of the event have been meticulously sanitized and deleted. One angry community member alleged that “foreseeing the outrage from the Chabad community organizers instructed that attendees share photos on Instagram Story only.”

Instagram story is a social media post which gets automatically deleted after a set amount of time.

Curiously, nearly all promotion posts on social media have been removed by the party’s hosts and organizers.

In a statement the OK Kosher said:
“When we certify food service establishments we outline specific guidelines that must be followed, not only for the food but for a kosher atmosphere as well. Much to our dismay, we learned that our guidelines were not followed at this event. Going forward, we will review our policies and guidelines and make necessary adjustments to ensure that we can enforce our standards.”

Bison and Bourbon also released a statement vehemently distancing themselves from what took place. “It is very important, and we want to make it clear that we never would have done anything to bring shame like this to our business, community or to the OK,” they said in a statement. “In addition to this as soon as our staff saw this happen they stopped it from continuing. It is also important to know that we had no control of the advertising of this event and that none of the management of Bison & Bourbon took part of any decision that were made for this event.”

bison bourbon purim party letter

Some of the remaining posts on social media:

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#1 Comment By Not understanding On March 4, 2018 @ 2:36 pm

I don’t understand why all of a sudden people are up in arms these parties have been happening for the last couple of year and no one condemned them why now ?

#2 Comment By Rabbis wear sunglasses On March 4, 2018 @ 2:36 pm

It’s no surprise
Everyday there are plenty of “crown heights girls” walking with high skirts
And married women with no rings on
It isn’t a new concern
There’s Halacha and there’s Halacha
If I want to live in an environment where almost everyone is ultra orthodox per Halacha I wouldn’t choose crown heights
Period

#3 Comment By Mamash Achashvairosh On March 4, 2018 @ 2:58 pm

How about those lounge beds they set up? Suggestive much?

#4 Comment By Broken GPS On March 4, 2018 @ 3:01 pm

This is so outlandish that it’s comical. Have we lost all sense of morality? Of decency?

This is a direct result of delving in the pleasures of food, and blatant discussions of food, and the naming of our establishments after klipos etc.

My my have we lost our way.

#5 Comment By ehrlichen yid On March 4, 2018 @ 3:07 pm

this is what happens when you take G-d out of schools

#6 Comment By Amused Observer On March 4, 2018 @ 4:17 pm

Could you please tell me when this happened? I must have missed it.

#7 Comment By ehrlichen yid On March 5, 2018 @ 8:15 am

i saw it on hannity

#8 Comment By KN On March 7, 2018 @ 6:58 am

And Hannity is Emes.

#9 Comment By Completely Inappropriate On March 4, 2018 @ 3:07 pm

I am very “modern Chabad”, and even I was shocked at the atmosphere featured at that Purim party. What was ironic about it, is that this party literally brought to life Achashveroshes party… taking place in “Persia”, with inappropriate belly dancers, mixed dancing, alcohol in excess, married couples getting very cozy on low couches while sharing hooka, dim romantic lighting, with ladies dressed extra provocatively.. I mean, this was essentially a club, with kosher food, and frum attendees. It signified the very opposite of what we should have learned from the story of Purim.

#10 Comment By Anonymous On March 4, 2018 @ 3:18 pm

The owners new nice and well what was gonna go down they where inviting people please they act so innocent

#11 Comment By Spell Check On March 5, 2018 @ 2:55 am

it’s spelled “were” not “where”. Also, learn punctuation.

#12 Comment By I blame the snags On March 4, 2018 @ 3:25 pm

The snag-agenda has turned our beloved children against yiddishkeit. Just look around you. Fake eruvs. Hedonistic “Purim” parties. Wasabi herring. Have they no shame?

#13 Comment By Chabad-lite On March 5, 2018 @ 2:56 am

The eruv is real! Just because you cease to believe it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. I cease to believe that you have a brain because it is not in plain sight.. does it mean that you do not have one?

#14 Comment By The kangeroo On March 4, 2018 @ 3:25 pm

Vow it looks like a great party! I guess i do not subscribe to the right social media.Seriously, chabad has to establish a board of Rabbis.that would set standards etc.

#15 Comment By defining crown heights On March 4, 2018 @ 3:34 pm

yes yes yes crown heights SHOULD BE THE DEFINITION OF E V E R Y O N E BEING ULTRA ORTHODOX A L P I H A L A C H A. it hurts that you live here because you think its acceptable to compromise integrity. it feels like you are comfortable in your complacency and do not even feel a desire to raise your standards.

#16 Comment By ok On March 4, 2018 @ 3:35 pm

OK has such high standards i am shocked

#17 Comment By R’DJL & KW On March 4, 2018 @ 5:28 pm

clearly the letter is factually inaccurate… and if the OK didn’t as of yet take the Certification off it’s clear they instructed B &B what to write… to “justify ” keeping it on…

#18 Comment By Andrea Schonberger On March 4, 2018 @ 3:36 pm

This sounds weird so before jumping to conclusions I wonder if this is a belated Purim joke.

#19 Comment By whos? On March 4, 2018 @ 3:41 pm

U sure this was Achashvairoshs party and not vashtis?

#20 Comment By Truly flabbergasted On March 4, 2018 @ 3:49 pm

Thank you Crown Heights Info for reporting on this. I am thoroughly disgusted by what I’ve read but it’s important for the community to know what’s going on. I see someone blamed the Snags for this and frankly I think that’s only part of the problem. The other day, I was having a snack at one of those new hippie/hipster restaurants when a woman walked in pushing a stroller dressed like she was going to Studio 54 in Manhattan! I mean the whole deal–tight blouse, tight skirt, high boots. My dear son tells me that there’s a word for women like this: h-t Chani. Let me tell you something I said, there is nothing so-called “hot” about such an immodestly dressed woman. Truly flabbergasted.

#21 Comment By Enactment On March 4, 2018 @ 3:52 pm

about time someone reenact the Megilah story as Achashveiroche’s Ministers hoped to see.

so Achashvairoch Sitting with his ministers drinking and partying they get tipsy and talk about …. women each brags about his lady and Achashvairoch pledged to show His Queen so his ministers dare him to show his lady pure as a New Born ………..

#22 Comment By Fake news On March 4, 2018 @ 3:54 pm

I find it interesting that both COL and CH.INFO both have the same article supposedly written by their reporter. Who is protecting their behind the OK or Bison?

#23 Comment By what?! On March 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

one site took the liberty of public shaming and this one was careful in highlighting a travesty without violating more halachos… how do you compare the two?

#24 Comment By Coincidence? On March 4, 2018 @ 3:57 pm

Is anyone surprised that 2 days after this event we had the worst snowstorm of the YEAR which totally surprised even the weather experts??

#25 Comment By Fake news On March 4, 2018 @ 6:02 pm

Both sites should add a name to the so called reporter who wrote the article.

#26 Comment By Anonymous On March 6, 2018 @ 9:36 am

What?!

#27 Comment By Rabbis wear sunglasses On March 4, 2018 @ 4:01 pm

It’s no surprise
Everyday there are plenty of “crown heights girls” walking with high skirts
And married women with no rings on
It isn’t a new concern
There’s Halacha and there’s Halacha
If I want to live in an environment where almost everyone is ultra orthodox per Halacha I wouldn’t choose crown heights
Period

#28 Comment By a tale of two On March 4, 2018 @ 4:07 pm

When Basil did construction work on Shabbos they immediately lost their hechsher, here we see a shameful purim party hosted and what? nothing?

#29 Comment By Milhouse On March 5, 2018 @ 10:45 pm

Basil lost its hechsher because there was an unsupervised goy on the premises with full access to the kitchen, and the restaurant refused to remain closed until the OK could review the surveillance tape to make sure he didn’t do anything. How could it guarantee that the kitchen was still kosher? Nothing like that happened at Bison & Bourbon, so there’s no reason to doubt the continuing kashrus of the kitchen.

#30 Comment By Anonymous On March 4, 2018 @ 4:15 pm

Thank you Crown Heights.Info for your fair and non loshen horah filled article on this event. I find it extremely shocking and shameful that the article on another well know Chabad site shamelessly named the names of the organizers involved – absolutely shameful of them and I hope they will alter their article.

#31 Comment By Anonymous On March 4, 2018 @ 9:44 pm

We most know Which business to boycott…

#32 Comment By Why dont rabbaim say something! On March 4, 2018 @ 4:28 pm

Why dont the rabbaim say something! Do we not have anyone to stand up for the rebbe’s shchuna! What has happened to everything the rebbe stands for! So ironic they imitated the party of achasverus on purim. So sick that i read this has been happening before this too. Definately the terrible sudden storm 2 days later sounds like a warning. I remember the way crown hts community was with the rebbe’s fabrengens and i shudder

#33 Comment By Chabad-lite On March 5, 2018 @ 3:02 am

What rabbonim?? the ones who are constantly fighting? Time to pass the torch to the younger generation.

#34 Comment By Moishe pipek On March 4, 2018 @ 4:53 pm

A ship of fools { except those that made money on the deal}

#35 Comment By Anonymous On March 4, 2018 @ 5:09 pm

this is loshen horah legamri this is doing what the yiden did in ninvey just because a few people did something wrong dosnt mean it has to be blasted so now what the entire lubavitch knows , dont you know taht loshen horah kills 3.

#36 Comment By Yankel On March 4, 2018 @ 8:10 pm

1. When done this public, it does not fall in the categoty of loshon hora.
2. If no one calls this out, it will normalize immorality in the community C”V.
3. Imagine the Rebbe’s reaction. And the Rebbe has brought up issues at farbrengens that were far less contentious.
4. If you truly have Ahavas yisroel, you would also jump to help these actions. Notice that CH.info didnt post names. So its not about the people rather an outcry for this behavior.
5. And yes, it behooves us as chassidim to stand up to such behavior.

#37 Comment By How much lower? On March 4, 2018 @ 6:48 pm

Ad mosai! How much lower can we keep getting? We want Moshiach now!

#38 Comment By Definitely wrong…and On March 4, 2018 @ 7:16 pm

We shouldn’t hang our dirty laundry in public…

#39 Comment By Thinking Chosid On March 4, 2018 @ 7:22 pm

Real question: What was the mashgiach doing during the belly dance show? If he was watching carefully – can we trust such a madhgiach?

#40 Comment By Mashgiach On March 5, 2018 @ 7:25 am

the Naked Meat was definitely under rabbinic Suppervision.

#41 Comment By Hashgocha Elyona On March 5, 2018 @ 9:37 pm

It was all okay under the supervision of the OK. The mashgiach had “super vision” of all the entertainment and frolicking.

#42 Comment By Milhouse On March 5, 2018 @ 10:48 pm

The mashgiach’s place is in the kitchen. If he’s out on the floor, who’s making sure the food is kosher?

#43 Comment By Thinking Chosid On March 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

Milhouse, you are WRONG to say “The mashgiach’s place is in the kitchen”! That is SILLY! If the mashgiach is locked in the kitchen then OUTSIDE food and wine can be brought in and all the dishes and cutlery can become treif! NO! A mashgiach must be vigilant of what is happening EVERYWHERE in the establishment! He was watch the kitchen AND the dining-room! He must keep an eye on the food and the patrons to make sure they don’t mess up the kashrus of the place.

#44 Comment By There is a boss On March 4, 2018 @ 7:29 pm

This smells of the OK being blackmailed by… Forcing the owners to post a statement..

Would love to know who was the black mailer?

#45 Comment By Oy On March 4, 2018 @ 7:53 pm

While I am careful to wear a sheitel and tznius clothing, I have children, who rachmana litzlan, dress not tznius and have been willing to go to such a party.
I pray every day for them to be yirei Shomoyim. Moshiach now, please!

#46 Comment By Yea lets plaster the streets On March 4, 2018 @ 8:46 pm

We should plaster the schuna and shame them publicly. We should also find out the names of people who attended and post it publicly.
Each and every person who was there should be made known ASAP!!!!!

#47 Comment By Seriously? On March 5, 2018 @ 2:58 pm

I personally did not go to the event and don’t necessarily agree with it. But do you think the Rebbe would publicly shame people for their wrongdoings? You may think you are better then these people but shaming people in public is a new low.

#48 Comment By Milhouse On March 5, 2018 @ 10:50 pm

Absolutely. You seem to have no idea who the Rebbe was or how he operated. He repeatedly made public protests when wrong things were done, even inadvertently. There is no question that were he still farbrenging there would have been a sharp sicha about this, and heads would have rolled.

#49 Comment By Moishe pipek On March 4, 2018 @ 9:40 pm

#34 How about the pictcures of the belly dancers this those who could not go there would not lose.

#50 Comment By SHame the promoters?? On March 4, 2018 @ 10:28 pm

If they had shame, they wouldn’t make such a party???

#51 Comment By same On March 4, 2018 @ 11:05 pm

these are the same seeds that gave us chevra ahavs yisroel, the eruv…

#52 Comment By CL On March 5, 2018 @ 3:04 am

both A+ establishments

#53 Comment By inaction On March 4, 2018 @ 11:06 pm

while our children are being corrupted en mass we cannot figure out what is wrong…

#54 Comment By the symptoms On March 4, 2018 @ 11:08 pm

these hedonistic partys are just symptoms of the terrible situation we all find ourselves in. all this icky delving into food… taivos… noga… and celebrating it so brashly… wine… meat… LOOK AT ME’ness is the crux of it all.

have we lost our erlichkeit? our minds?

#55 Comment By Lawrence On March 5, 2018 @ 2:28 am

It has nothing to do with children
21 yrs of age is hardly below age of consent
Judgmental is easy
Jealousy even more profound
If OK caves in to presssure on grounds unconnected to the strict Kashrus one demands on dining out then intelligent kosher-keeping individuals should stand behind the restaurant management and support them WHATEVER supervisory body they are compelled to approach to carry on their superb culinary experiences offered to the Religious Community

#56 Comment By Milhouse On March 5, 2018 @ 11:04 pm

The strict kashrus one demands on dining out is not limited to the food. A hechsher on a restaurant means that a Jew may eat there without breaking the law. If the kitchen is kosher but the chairs are shatnes, you cannot give the restaurant a hechsher, because it is forbidden to eat there. (You could certify take-away meals and deliveries only.) Nor can you give a hechsher if the entertainment is such that it is just as forbidden to watch it as it is to eat pork on Yom Kippur.

That we’re talking about adults is irrelevant. The Torah is not an a la carte menu, and it is not a matter of choice. A Jew, whether under or over 21, has no right to eat treif, or to break Shabbos, or to watch treife entertainment, any more than he has the right to rob a bank. And the hechsher’s role is to guide him so he doesn’t end up breaking the law inadvertently.

#57 Comment By Lawrence On March 5, 2018 @ 2:32 am

Number 14 might just be right !!!
If so
Chofetz Chaim shiurim in all sheiblich would not be amiss

#58 Comment By Yid from Cleveland On March 5, 2018 @ 6:09 am

This makes me STEAMING mad!!

#59 Comment By The Culprit On March 5, 2018 @ 7:28 am

Shalom Mordechai said its all the smartphone’s Fault

#60 Comment By Lawrence On March 5, 2018 @ 7:36 am

Thinking choson at 32 is far from
Mashgiach is in kitchen !!!
Fat lot of good if he was hanging about the dining area
Pure and utter nastiness without any correlation what so ever

#61 Comment By Lawrence On March 5, 2018 @ 8:05 am

Sorry my mistake. Thinking Chosid at #35
Excuse me

#62 Comment By Hashgocha Protis On March 5, 2018 @ 6:01 pm

A mashgiach needs to have some yiras shomayim to have credibility on the food he supervises. If he watches the belly dancer – he may be a good “mashgiach” overseeing on the entertainment but is disqualified to be trustworthy on the kashrus of the food. Is a michalel shabbos qualified to be a mashgiach? That is not “acting all frummie” but rather a basic job qualification to be a mashgiach.

#63 Comment By Milhouse On March 5, 2018 @ 11:06 pm

All the yiras shomayim in the world won’t help if the mashgiach is not in the kitchen!

#64 Comment By Crownheightser On March 7, 2018 @ 2:02 pm

The mashgiach must also supervise the dining room and make sure no outside food or treif wine is brought in. He can’t just stay holed up in kitchen and ignore what goes on in the eating areas (where the entertainment takes place)!

#65 Comment By Boycott On March 5, 2018 @ 8:14 am

i will NEVER eat at bouf and bun again!

#66 Comment By Milhouse On March 5, 2018 @ 11:05 pm

Um, why? What have they got to do with this?

#67 Comment By The truth On March 5, 2018 @ 8:18 am

Funny the OK cares so much, years ago, le Marais was rented out for the night for a bachelor party, (back when under ok hashgocha). There was going to be adult bachelor party entertainment. The mashgiach told the OK he could not work such an event, the OK told him ” we give hashgocha on the food, not the entertainment” and since he said he would not work the event they fired him.

#68 Comment By Yudi On March 5, 2018 @ 9:25 am

If this is what Chabad looks like 25 years after the Rebbe’s passing, what do you think it’s going to look like in another 25 years?
Something to think about.

#69 Comment By Chabad fan On March 7, 2018 @ 9:53 pm

There is so much beauty in Chabad, especially Toiras Chabad. 25 years after the histalkus of the Rebbe, the beautiful Toiras Chabad is stronger than ever, sadly, there is hardly any leadership, and unfortunately, very little direction.

#70 Comment By Chaim On March 5, 2018 @ 9:38 am

“The pit is empty, there is no water” (בראשית לז:כג-כד)
“והבור ריק אין בו מים”
Rashi: There was no water, but snakes and scorpion’s there were.

The pit is the head, water is Torah. When there is no water/Torah in the head, there is snakes and scorpion’s.

#71 Comment By bzz bzz On March 5, 2018 @ 9:55 am

I saw the ad for the party on FB. Since I am a single it didn’t look very appealing and did not attend. I got the impression it was for married couples only – so a party was organized under the guise of a “purim party”. Very smart indeed. Additionally, I don’t believe the owners didn’t know what was going on there. Total lies. They are just worried about losing $$ and trying to cover their butt now.

#72 Comment By cnl On March 5, 2018 @ 10:13 am

To #53

THEY ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT BOUF AND BUN.
THE PARTY TOOK PLACE AT BISON AND BOURBON!

BUSHOS!

#73 Comment By The kangeroo On March 5, 2018 @ 11:01 am

A SHIP OF FOOLS1

#74 Comment By Lawrence On March 5, 2018 @ 11:20 am

On other site much has been made of Mashgiach’s responsibility etc
That is pure nonsense and since my posts get published here but are censored there I deem it-my duty to repeat what I said in #51
The post blaming mashgiach is incendiary to influence OK to remove Hechsher in retribution
Mashgiach in an establishment has no authority to meddle in matters unrelated to direct Kashrus related matters. Kashrus as related to food production and the service thereof
Don levy would unceremoniously sack any mashgiacch acting all frummie

#75 Comment By Get some Snags to give mussar in Crown Heights On March 5, 2018 @ 11:38 am

Or some Chasidim from Williamsburg/Kiryas Joel.

#76 Comment By SAD!!!!! On March 5, 2018 @ 11:46 am

THE ONLY THING THAT HURTS THE MOST IS THE BAD NAME THAT THIS WILL GIVE TO OUR REBBE.
THE REBBE WORKED SO HARD AND SENT SHLUCHIM TO BRING BACK YIDDEN TO BE PROUD TO BE MEHUDAR!!!
HOPEFULLY ALL YOU WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS PARTY WILL ALSO COME TO REALIZE THAT THE SHTUS IN THE WORLD IS JUST THAT SHTUS!
ONLY MITZVOS ARE REAL!!!!

#77 Comment By shame On March 5, 2018 @ 1:56 pm

Mimulo, the frock like Matisyahu before them and Shlomo calbach before them and many others in between used the Chabad community to build themselves into a brand of half Hasidic half cool and open minded which the people who originally follow them think is cool and amazing only to realize that all these people want is money and fame. Shame.

#78 Comment By Amused On March 10, 2018 @ 9:18 pm

Naming people is one thing. Grouping people together and explaining all of their motives as one, is humorous.
Reminds me of a joke: What is the simularity between Smokey the bear and Alexander the Great? They both have the same middle name.

#79 Comment By make lubavitch great again! On March 5, 2018 @ 2:51 pm

lets sign a petition requesting the mosdos to expell the family’s of the organisers, and in the future of attendees.
the only way to get our community back!

#80 Comment By Chabad-lite On March 5, 2018 @ 5:02 pm

Expel “them” from where exactly? We don’t go to your schools, we don’t daven in your shuls, and we have every right to live in Crown Heights. You want to live a sheltered and restricted life, go live in New Square.
We are the new face of Crown Heights.

#81 Comment By Lawrence On March 5, 2018 @ 6:05 pm

#65
How hateful is that ?
Where is all this indignation coming from ?

#82 Comment By Lawrence On March 6, 2018 @ 1:42 am

Again apologies renumbered so it is #67 upon which I commented
Really nasty comment. Let’s build not destroy !!!

#83 Comment By Anonymous On March 6, 2018 @ 12:28 pm

All this is free advertising for the establishments. Those that participate know it’s wrong, and choose to go anyways. Those that are against this stay far away. So all these articles and hype are accomplishing is enticing the young and naive and those on the fence. The following on social media of these establishments will now grow in popularity. They are thrilled, they don’t have a moral compass to care what upstanding people say about them. They don’t care about the Rebbe and yiras shomayim. They are seeking to destroy. You are all strengthening the negative.

#84 Comment By orshm On March 6, 2018 @ 12:58 pm

very unfortunate.
people can come up with something which is tznius and very creative.
But
someone needs to be clever and creative.
nevertheless, its incredible that this would happen in the Rebbe’s shechuna. We have to get back to the ikkar.

#85 Comment By Moishe pipek On March 6, 2018 @ 1:06 pm

How does one become a member of Chabad – Lite?

#86 Comment By Lawrence On March 7, 2018 @ 2:20 am

Do you really think that Brocho comes from trying to destroy parnossos?
Do you really think that success we all so want for our children to be Mazliach in school, in limudim etc comes from destroying such possibilities for children of those we perceive, from our lofty perch, to be inferior to us and ours?

Enough now!

#87 Comment By Fiona On March 7, 2018 @ 4:10 am

Move to Norfolk ; make a difference

#88 Comment By Sam the Troll On March 7, 2018 @ 3:47 pm

I think the saddest thing here is the name – “Arabian Nights – Purim at the Persian Palace”. Anyone with a minimum amount of education with the most cursory understanding world affairs knows that Arabs and Persians have entirely different cultures, past and presently. The name makes no sense.

This means that a bunch of Ohalei Torahniks who think Persians are Arabs organized this embarrassment, which is just sad. They wasted their lives at Ohalei Torah, and now have neither Torah nor an education …

#89 Comment By Moishe pipek On March 7, 2018 @ 4:14 pm

Move to Norfolk, join the navy and see the world.

#90 Comment By A simpler time On March 8, 2018 @ 2:14 am

#91 Comment By Fiona On March 8, 2018 @ 7:44 am

Sadly Sam the Troll demonstrates his literary ignorance
Had he attended a top grade JEWISH school where Judaism plus secular subjects were taught simultaneously he would not have made such a sad comment
Wonders I if he even knows what “Arabian Nights” is!!

#92 Comment By meir rhoodes bat ayin israel On March 9, 2018 @ 12:43 am

what would Shimshon Stock [ah] have said? for those who don’t remember him , he was a voice of tolerance and love. the outrage expressed is understandable however bringing another jew to yiddishkite is our way! instead of 42nd st. , the jew is our next door neighbor. so folks , there’s work to do in the hood!