Ultra-Orthodox object to tight New York synagogue restrictions – The Jerusalem Post (social politics over religion?)

Tuesday evening saw mass protests by members of the ultra-Orthodox community against the new regulations, with huge crowds gathering in Borough Park without masks and in defiance of those regulations.  Thousands of ultra-Orthodox protestors took part in the demonstrations set at least one fire and burned masks.  A Jewish individual who sought to photograph and document the mass violation of the new regulations was severely beaten by some protestors and required hospitalization.  Video footage of him being harassed and apparently beaten was published by the New York Post.  Also on Wednesday, evidence emerged that the Satmar community in Kiryas Yoel and other parts of New York state do not intend to abide by the new regulations for the upcoming Simchat Torah holiday that takes place this Friday night and Saturday.  The ultra-Orthodox Israeli reporter Yisrael Cohen published an image of a leaflet on Twitter written in the name of Rabbi Aharon Teitelbaum, the grand rabbi of one branch of the Satmar hassidic sect, in which it was written that the traditional, mass celebrations which take place on Simchat Torah will go ahead as usual.  “I take responsibility that anyone who comes to rejoice with the Torah will not be harmed and will not fall ill,” said the grand rabbi, who himself contracted COVID-19 in New York’s first wave, along with his wife and brother who had severe cases of the disease.

Source: Ultra-Orthodox object to tight New York synagogue restrictions – The Jerusalem Post