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Shalom Rokeach is the grandson of the head of one of the largest Hasidic communities in Jerusalem, Belz Rebbe, and is expected to take his place as leader of the sect one day

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...p, the Belz Hasidut has grown from a few hundred families at the time of his accession to leadership in 1966, to over 7,000 families as of 2011. The largest number of Belzer Hasidim outside of Israel are living in the USA, mostly in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, which has eight Belzer synagogues and ten dayanim. Belz is the largest Hasidic community in Borough Park, followed...

The story behind Jerry Lewis departure from the MDA Telethon still remains untold

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...ength. He wanted to do it live; the MDA floated several pre-taped options — “all insulting,” Richard Belzer claims. “It’s as if they were trying to provoke him to leave.” In the end, he did. “It was a moral outrage, a PR nightmare and a sad commentary on this incredible philanthropic career,” says Richard Belzer. To be sure, dealing with Jerry Lewis, now 86, has never been a walk in the park. His...