Thursday, June 21, 2018

Israel Cohen - 1912

......and JEWS started and controlled African Slavery for four centuries, NOT WHITES

Free Trade, Free Speech or just plain Freedom

Free Trade, Free Speech or just plain Freedom

There is a lot of chatter about Free Trade. But what does it all mean? 

It means nothing when invisible chains which bind free men and women continue to be forged in government brothels. 

Politicians make complicated rules governing how the product of our work can infiltrate another nation’s borders, and then employ double-speak to explain how the rules were agreed upon. The agenda is not about free trade but rather how globalist interests can best be served. We have reached an impasse because Trump is not a globalist.

G7 countries have employed propaganda and war to destabilize the Middle East and then turned the victims of war torn countries into free trade refugees. The refugee is part of the globalist free trade agenda to establish a One World Order. Borders create nation states but more importantly they help contain core ideologies. The invasiveness of free trade and foreign encroachment change the fabric of nation states. The nature of the intervention has a “mind altering” impact on everyone involved.

Trump is no aberration or anomaly but rather a prescription for our times. Universal consciousness has demanded that he be present in this confusion-filled world. Trump defines himself as a negotiator and real estate developer yet his actions unilateral and constructively deconstructive. Trump’s unorthodox behaviour is opening doors and shattering minds. As Gordon Clason explained:

……people can’t notice something until they have the reference point to understand what it is they are observing.

Canadians and the world are perplexed by Trump’s political decision-making style. This is simply his way of slowly lifting the veil of global deceit. What good is a world filled with free trade or one that is free of nuclear weapons when we have been imprisoned by lies? 

Our leaders present the illusion of seeking peace at all costs, yet they export destruction and then import the by-product of that destruction into our backyards. Truth and freedom are the only ideologies that collapse in this entire process.

The bottom line is that truth is absolute and provided to us by the Absolute. There is no lie, hate and artificiality in the truth. Those who seek to contain it are the puppeteers of chaos. For what is hate when our political and corporate leaders clandestinely commit murder and genocide on a grand scale, and do so without recourse? Those who are free to murder attend G7 meetings, and those who are not occupy our prisons.

A simple example of the above is the Balfour Declaration. It’s aim was simple and very specific, yet our political leaders continue to defend the unstated objectives of hate and ethnic cleansing for political unknowns. How could Justinian and Canadian laws possibly convict any Canadian of a hate crime when Trudeau and our legislators support Israeli Apartheid, genocide and ethnic cleansing?

Their actions, better yet their inactions, support criminal conduct.

Foreign Office, November 2nd, 1917 
Dear Lord Rothschild, 

I have much pleasure in conveying to you on behalf of His Majesty's 
Government the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist 
aspirations, which has been submitted to and approved by the Cabinet: 

"His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non- Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country." 

I should be grateful if you would bring this Declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation. 

Yours sincerely, 
Arthur James Balfour

In my view, Trump is absolutely correct in his approach to free trade and free trade is a national security issue, not because of the goods and services we trade, but rather for the covert ideologies contained in trade agreements. War is the largest free trade commodity for G7 countries and the only by-product is human tragedy. Every nation needs a Trump-et sounding the alarm and protecting the borders.

We allowed banks and corporations to transport North American capital into Asia and now Asia eats our breakfast, lunch and dinner. It just goes to show that trade is about maximizing shareholder returns not maintaining a nation’s productivity, jobs and supply chains.

Canada is now concerned about losing our competitive edge in the auto sector. If Trump places tariffs on vehicles manufactured in Ontario what should we do? I say stop importing German, Korean and Japanese vehicles. If the latter three want to sell vehicles in Canada, then build those vehicles in Canada. Will it upset the automotive franchise system? Yup, but who cares, because buyers will simply buy the vehicles built in Canada.

Trump is breaking the back of globalism. I think its time Canada visited a chiropractor. Justinian, in 2010 I wrote a poem about the elephant farting, I guess it just did.

Joseph Pede

Sunday, September 19, 2010

When The Elephant Farts

A nation of pygmies should be concerned when they neighbour a political giant
Everything looks fine when you are oblivious to the rules of back-door compliance
The Elephants and Donkeys have transformed America into a third world country
Senate Bill 510 now means ordinary citizens cannot harvest the crops of their very own bounty

Six million home foreclosures and another four million pending
One in seven people have reached the poverty line and thus no more spending
Ten million unemployed graduates have accumulated a trillion dollars in debt
Tempering the nerves is very difficult when you can no longer afford a simple cigarette

Real unemployment numbers, plus or minus, hovering around seventeen percent
Another four hundred banks in bankruptcy and more forecasted consumer discontent
The national debt is rising and now approximates fourteen trillion
Add State and Local and the total amount owed, sums to a quarter quadrillion

The primary mission in Iraq was to steal the ancient Sumatran tablets
The secondary mission was for oil and to make sure the army dispensed more bravery epaulettes
The primary mission in Afghanistan was the control of opium for the “cee eye a”
The other to keep Russia and China from accessing all that oil for a rainy day

Two wars not enough for this military industrial complex of Satanic proportion
Drone attacks in Pakistan meant to instigate war and political distortion
Never count out American attempts to anger a very well connected Persian Priest
Iran appears now to be in control of the entire Middle East

Let’s start in Yemen and then with good fortune we will be in North Korea by half past eleven
The Yankees are very upset that China has ascended to the stock market heaven
Russia watches calmly with vodka in hand
The American scarecrow hangs shredded by its own incestuous stand

Canadians be weary of our southern belle now transformed to infamous tart
The winds of prosperity may change to storm when the elephant farts
America is the stage for a play that was written so long ago
Should the act end with a standing ovation the whole world may go.

Thank you,
Joseph Pede

Monday, June 18, 2018

Jordan Peterson: ‘Dangerous people’ are ‘indoctrinating’ your children at university

Jordan Peterson: ‘Dangerous people’ are ‘indoctrinating’ your children at university

Dorothy Cummings McLeanDorothy Cummings McLean

TORONTO, June 15, 2018

 (LifeSiteNews) – Canadian free speech hero Jordan Peterson is warning parents that their children are being brainwashed into accepting "murderous notions" at liberal-controlled universities.  

“You may not realize it, but you are currently funding some dangerous people,” he said as an introduction to a five-minute video created by PragerU. “They are indoctrinating young minds across the West with their resentment-laden ideology.” 
The professor of psychology, who earned a Ph.D. at Montreal’s McGill University, has done post-doctoral research at Harvard University and taught at the University of Toronto since 1998. He says that there is a cabal of university lecturers who are determined to undermine western civilization as we know it. 
They regard our civilization as “corrupt, oppressive, and patriarchal.”
“If you’re a taxpayer or paying for your kid’s liberal arts degree, you’re underwriting this gang of nihilists,” Peterson warned. “You’re supporting ideologues who claim that all truth is subjective, that all sex differences are socially constructed, and that western imperialism is the sole source of all Third World problems.” 
“They’re the post-modernists pushing progressive activism at a college near you,” he continued. 
Peterson blamed academic ideologues for mobs that violently shut down campus speakers, language police who enforce new transgender pronouns, and campus administration who strive to root out discrimination “where little or none exists.” 
The problem began in the 1960s and 1970s when young radicals became the professors that teach today. Now students wrack up enormous student debt, not to become educated, but to become acolytes of their mentors. As Peterson observes, it is now possible to earn a degree in English Literature without reading the work of “dead, white, male” William Shakespeare. 
“To understand and oppose the post-modernists, the ideas by which they orient themselves must be clearly identified,” Peterson said.  
First, they include an “unholy trinity” of buzzwords “diversity,” "equity," and “inclusion.” 
Diversity does not apply to opinions, but to “ethnicity, race, and sexual identity.” Equity is no longer about equal opportunity but about “equity of outcome." Inclusion involves the use of quota systems. 
“All the classic rights of the West are to be considered secondary to these new values,” Peterson said. Freedom of speech is particularly despised.  
Second, the ideologues also oppose the free market. 
“They won’t admit that capitalism has lifted up hundreds of millions of people, so they can for the first time in history afford food, shelter, clothing, transportation, even entertainment and travel,” stated Peterson.
Thanks to capitalism, today even many we consider poor are able to meet their basic needs. The true is not the same for such socialist holdouts like Venezuela.
Third, they traffic in politics of identity. Disregarding the uniqueness of an individual, they see him or her as an “exemplar” of his race, sex, or sexual preference or, even more limiting, as either a victim or an oppressor. 
“...Ideas about victimization do nothing but justify the use of power and engender inter-group conflict,” Peterson says.  
The post-modernists’ values originated with Karl Marx, whose economic and political theories caused several economies to fail and tens of millions of people to perish. 
“We fought a decades-long Cold War to stop the spread of these murderous notions,” he said, “but they’re back in the new guise of identity politics.” 
Instead of being consigned to the trash can of history, Marx’s ideas are being kept alive by the institutions that should be passing on the riches of western achievement to every generation, he added. 
“Unless we stop, post-modernism will do to America, and the entire western world, what it has already done to its universities,” he concluded. 
Prager University, or PragerU, is the brainchild of talk show host Dennis Prager. Founded to counter the Left’s stranglehold on American universities, the media organization produces one thought-provoking digital essay a week. 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Hasidic Jews - An Expose

Fox News - The problems Hasidic Jews bring to the U.S. communities they enter

Published by Carolyn Yeager on Tue, 2018-06-12
Elizabeth Llorente is Senior Reporter for, and can be reached at 
Some members of the East Ramapo (NY) Central School District Board of Education on which Orthodox Jews are a majority. (AP)

By Carollyn Yeager
FOX NEWS PUBLISHED ON MONDAY THE first of three articles promised on this subject that I have covered extensively in around 10 or so articles. I give it high marks for a mainstream source. Written by Fox senior reporter Elizabeth Llorente, it doesn't flinch or back down from most of the touchy issues associated with Orthodox Hasidic Jewry. I encourage everyone to read it hereThere are a couple of worthwhile videos you can watch too. And the comments are of course interesting.
However, it's suspicious they came out with this on the day of Trump's North Korea summit meeting, meaning it's already pushed completely out of the headlines. The Jewish Lobby has no doubt been at work to minimize its impact. Still, I'll play it up here and you can do the same wherever you can find space to give a link to it.
The article begins by observing that unusually large family size is a distinguishing mark of Orthodox Jewry—with 10 children per family not being unusual. Combine this with a poor secular education, early marriage and the tradition of young men remaining in full-time religious Talmudic study until their Thirties, and you get communities with the highest rates of welfare assistance, subsidized housing, food stamps and Medicaid. Indeed, the all-Hasidic village of New Square, north of New York City has 77 percent of residents receiving food stamps in order to eat, the highest rate in the U.S.
Poverty rates in communities with concentrations of Hasidic Jews
District                   Pop.         % in poverty      Median h/h income
Borough Park, NY .. 105,913   20.6% ….....      $36,893
Lakewood, NJ …....  100,758   31.5% ….....      $42,993
Spring Valley, NY …  32,603    26.4% ….....      $45,355
New Square, NY ….... 8357     70% ….....         $21,773
Kiryas Joel, NY …....  23,094    55.7% ….....     $26,341
Williamsburg, NY …...17,965    53.2% ….....     $23,188
Percent households receiving food stamps/SNAP in the past 12 months: US: 13% ; NJ 9.3%; NY 15.4%
Median household income in 2016 dollars: US $55, 322; NJ: $73,702; NY: $60,741

Isaac Abraham, advocate for Hasidic communities, says those who complain about the Orthodox are "none other than racist low-life bastards." (Photo:Benjamin Nazario)

The article does point out that the biggest culprit in allowing this to go on are politicians who know these groups' power to deliver huge, uncontested blocs of election-altering votes.
Naftuli Moster, a reformer who grew up in a Hasidic home as one of 17 children, said that “for the sake of votes, too many political leaders have turned a blind eye” to the problems caused by these communities as well as the problems within them.
“They know how to game the system,” said Samuel C. Heilman, a sociology professor at Queens College of the City University of New York.  “They know the ins and outs, or they get professionals and find out how to apply for things like Section 8 housing subsidies. It's usually done legally."
Heilman also said, “They’ll do what rabbis tell them to do because they’ll get assistance.
Gentile groups who go up against the Orthodox Jews never seem to win. The charge of racism, antisemitism and religious intolerance is usually used against them.The answer given by Isaac Abraham, an advocate for the Hasidic community in Williamsburg, is that others should accept that the group is growing and will look out for its own best interests.
"If these little towns want to putz around with racism, no problem," Abraham said. "We have and we shall overcome them. ... They'll be running for cover, because the lawsuits will be coming."

Community in Conflict: Hasidic Jews & Tech

Part 2: Many Hasidic Jewish communities in New York and neighbouring New Jersey forbid the use of smartphones, social media and technology. Why? The answer may come from a watershed moment in the Hasidic culture, where ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders held a summit in Citi Field to condemn technology.

Within this deeply religious community, families send children to yeshivas, where they are taught traditional religious texts. Yeshiva expulsion – virtual excommunication - would bring intense shame to a Hasidic family.
“It’s the Vaad. They don't let you have smartphones, computers, laptops, DVD players," said the man, a Kiryas Joel resident who spoke to Fox News on the condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. "I wasn't even saying anything bad on social media. I was asking a question. But you are not to question anything" concerning Hasidism.
In many Hasidic enclaves, such as this one in Brooklyn, signs warning about smartphones and the Internet are common.  (Benjamin Nazario)
Many Hasidic communities, though not all, are highly insular, determined to shut out as much of the outside world and its perceived deviancy as possible. Education at yeshivas emphasizes the Torah and other religious teachings, particularly for boys, who are being prepared for possible futures as rabbis. This faith-centric instruction doesn't leave vast amounts of time for math and English.
For the rabbis, who can wield enormous influence over the smallest details of followers' lives -- including such intimate matters as the use of contraceptives, which is nearly always prohibited -- technology is a threat: It enables personal connections and access to views and information from non-Hasidic sources.
Five years ago, a rabbinical group, Ichud Hakehillos Letohar Hamachane, sponsored a seminal event for ultra-Orthodox Jewish men at Citi Field stadium in New York that drew tens of thousands of people. Speakers emphasized the “filth” and “evil” of the internet.
The spokesman for the event, Rabbi Eytan Kobre, told reporters at the time that the internet and smartphones posed “the most difficult spiritual challenge” for Orthodox Jews, not just those who are Hasidic.
Part 1: Some Americans may not realize that Hasidic Jews shun many common secular practices widely accepted across cultural and national borders, including the basics of education. For example, there are several yeshivas, or Hasidic Jewish schools, in the New York area that only teach subjects in Yiddish. Previous yeshiva students share the impact of these practices in their lives.
Watch: Community in Conflict: Hasidic Jews & Education
Kobre, who is not Hasidic, told Fox News in a recent interview that quite simply, to Orthodox Jews, there is no need to surf the Internet or explore a marketplace of ideas, because the truth is right there in the Torah.
Kobre said that technology is “doing damage to relationships, privacy, human dignity, the ability to succeed in school and at work.”
Orthodox Jews of the Satmar Hasidim crowd bleachers near a bonfire as they celebrate the Jewish holiday of Lag Ba'Omer, which marks the anniversary of the death of Talmudic sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai approximately 1,900 years ago, in the village of Kiryas Joel, New York, U.S., May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTX2ED4K
Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic sects typically see technology and electronics as doorways to destructive behavior and forbid their practitioners from having such things as television, smartphones, and computers.  (AP)

This is the second of a three-part series on insular enclaves of ultra-Orthodox Jews, the struggles they face and the controversies that follow them.
The father of five was summoned to a meeting with leaders of his ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish sect in Kiryas Joel, N.Y., a village of some 22,000 about 50 miles north of New York City.
The Satmar Hasidic leaders, a council known as the Vaad -- wanted him to understand they knew he was on the internet, even though he was posting messages under a fictitious name.
The point: No matter what he did, the Vaad was on top of it. The father got a warning familiar to many in Hasidic communities: If you do not abide by the rules governing nearly every facet of your life, your children will be denied enrollment in our private Jewish schools (yeshivas).
“The environment of the digital age is far more conducive to addiction than anything humans have experienced in their history,” said Kobre, who writes about the issue for Mishpacha magazine, a leading publications for Orthodox Jews worldwide.
As a result, many Hasidic communities have developed rules specifically banning the possession of electronic devices, making exceptions only under special circumstances – like, say, needing these tools in order to run a business. Even then, use is tightly restricted and closely monitored.
Take smartphones, for instance: These handhelds are allowed for men as long as they are inspected by rabbis and registered by what some call, with sarcasm that is considered a major act of insubordination, the "technology police" or "thought police."
Women are allowed to have “basic” or flip phones, but not smartphones.
The Vaad deactivates web browsers and installs filters on phones to inhibit access to such things as Google, YouTube, many Wikipedia pages and porn websites, among other content.
"It's like we're in North Korea or China," said the Kiryas Joel resident, who has a second phone that Vaad enforcers do not know about.
On at least one occasion, in 2015, rabbis from Kiryas Joel sent parents a contract to sign, declaring that their phones “are in accordance to the rules of the community and yeshiva,” and adding, “We also confirm that we do not possess in our home another cellphone/smartphone, except for the ones mentioned above.”
Another nearly-all Hasidic town, New Square, N.Y., makes parents vow to obey bans on technology in writing when they register their children for school.
Hasidic communities' tech limitations are not just in small towns like Kiryas Joel and New Square that are situated far from big cities, though.
In Brooklyn, for instance, posters blamed "mothers with smartphones" for teens who have strayed from Hasidic life.
Of the more than a dozen Hasidic rabbis and yeshiva officials Fox News reached out to for comment, none responded. One man,  working at a front booth at a small building in Kiryas Joel where smartphones and other gadgets are checked for compliance with the restrictions, took a message from a Fox News team that made a personal visit. But there was no subsequent call or email message.
Orthodox leaders outside the Hasidic enclaves have defended the consequences that schools impose.
“They consider technology to be an area of danger which requires limits and standards,” Kobre, the rabbi, said of the school leaders. “If we just limit the availability of technology for students, and say, ‘You can’t have a smartphone but your folks can have them,’ what are we really saying? Do as we say, not as we do? It would be educationally inappropriate. It would backfire.
"We have to have the appropriate home environment, otherwise we’re setting ourselves up for failure and hypocrisy.”
He rejected any suggestion that enforcing standards --whether they be about dress codes or having a television set or the internet -- are oppressive. Critics, he said, seem to want "educational anarchy."
Another rabbi who is Orthodox but not Hasidic said avoiding temptations that lurk on the internet is best accomplished by not wading into the technology pool at all.
“It’s not easy for us, it’s a sacrifice,” said the rabbi, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “We’re holding on tight; we have to have the moral courage" to steer clear of tech.
“Whatever I don’t want to do, I’m going to leave out of my arm’s reach, I’m going to remove the temptation,” he said. “As far as our community leaders, they feel an enormous responsibility to use the wisdom that they have, and which guided Orthodox Jews for thousands of years, to see through this infatuation with this untested medium.”
Nuftuli Moster, who grew up as one of 17 children in a Hasidic home in Brooklyn and now advocates for more secular studies in Hasidic schools, said the perceived overreach by community leaders stuns even him.
"I myself am taken aback," Moster said, adding that he gets calls from parents who have received letters, delivered to them by their children, informing them that having internet access on their computer, or a telephone without the filter, puts the youngsters' yeshiva enrollment at risk.
"They force you to use their filtering system. They make it challenging for parents, they have a grip on them when it comes to the children and schools. Parents say the [leaders] sent them a letter that said they don't have a filter on their phone.”
"Parents ask me: 'How do they know? What do I do?'"
Moster, who founded Young Advocates for Fair Education (YAFFED) six years ago to push for more secular studies in yeshivas, said: "It's ridiculous how far they go with it. They know how to manipulate people and force them to do what they want."
Technology’s numerous and alternative sources of information threaten the nearly absolute power that rabbis and the Vaad are accustomed to having, experts say.
“The internet poses an unprecedented challenge,” said Samuel Heilman, chairman of Jewish studies at Queens College in New York and author of "Who Will Lead Us? The Story of Five Hasidic Dynasties in America.”
“But this is violated all the time,"  he added. "It’s like the three staircases in the Jewish play ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ where one staircase was just for show but went nowhere.”
Heilman said that many Hasidic people have a rabbi-approved phone "for show," but also an unfiltered one they regularly use. He also said he has often seen Hasidic men in public libraries going on the internet or reading books that are forbidden by their religious leaders.
“When I walked in, they quickly look at me to make sure I am not someone spying on them.”
For Kobre, an ordinary ride a few days ago on a New York City train summed up the perils of technology.
The rabbi stood in the crush of humanity on the packed train and looked around him.
“Every single person, without exception, whether they were sitting down or standing, was looking down at their devices,” Kobre recalled. “For me it was a scene out of a horror movie, a zombie movie. What could they possibly be looking at that is more important than their own thoughts, about their families, their life goals?”

Community in Conflict: Hasidic Jews & Defection

Part 3: When you are born into the Hasidic Jewish community, you are born a Hasid for life. However, if one does choose to leave the community, they risk being an outcast in not just the Hasidic community but the secular community as well. Three Hasidic Jews who left the community reveal why they made the decision to cut their ties.
This is the last of a three-part series on insular enclaves of ultra-Orthodox Jews, the struggles they face, and the controversies that follow them.
Chaim Fishman had all the requisite markers of a devoted Hasidim – the payot (side locks), the black hat, the white button-down shirt under the black frock.
Growing up, his home was devoid of television, music, the Internet, the Harry Potter and Roald Dahl novels likely to sit on the bookshelves of other kids.
When he reached his early teens, the Brooklyn-born youth said he barely knew English or math beyond the rudiments.

But there came a day when Fishman, for all that devotion and strict adherence to his faith, did something utterly unthinkable to so many others in his tight-knit community. He questioned his cloistered life. By extension, that meant questioning the fundamentals of Hasidic Judaism, which views many of the staples of modern life as toxic,  and the outside world as morally compromised.
His father played a pivotal role. He'd begun to push the boundaries himself, surreptitiously reading books about such secular subjects as science and history and sharing his newfound knowledge with Fishman.
“I was getting into trouble for asking questions,” Fishman, 20, said, recalling the reaction from relatives and yeshiva officials. “We don’t talk with anyone; we believe once we start talking to other people, we will assimilate to their ways and lose our traditions."
"It’s heresy.”
Fishman left the yeshiva despite the objections of his mother, who had divorced his father over the rift that opened with the violation of Hasidic teachings. He went to live with his dad. Along the way, he began to shed the side locks and other trappings of Hasidism, replacing them with jeans and T-shirts.
Going 'OTD' brings liberties and shunning
Fishman ultimately became what Hasids call “OTD,” or “off the derech.” Derech means “path” in Hebrew.
Chaim Fishman and Bina Aaron.  (Benjamin Nazario)
OTDs often find they are shunned by the community, and even by their siblings and parents. To become an OTD is to almost certainly bring about the end of a marriage, which is frequently arranged at a young age.
Those suspected of wayward thoughts could also find themselves summoned by the Vaad, community leaders who are empowered to enforce norms and rules.
"The group was known to resort to extreme measures," Frimet Golberger wrote about these "enforcers" in an essay in The Forward. She recalled the tumultuous events leading to her leaving the community, "such as slashing car tires, when warnings and threats did not work to restore modesty."
Hasidic and other Orthodox rabbis told Fox News that families generally are encouraged not to disavow children or other relatives who leave the community, or the religion. 
“I don’t know the extent of the OTD phenomenon, but any Jew who has become disillusioned about his or her Jewish community is one too many," said Rabbi Avi Shafran, the director of public affairs for Agudath Israel of America. "And I have great sympathy for those who have felt unable to live the lifestyle of the community of their birth."
He continued: “All the rabbinic authorities I know of who have addressed the question of how observant Jewish parents should treat family members who have given up observance have counseled parents to in no way reject the child, but rather maintain good relations with him or her. Those rabbis say that rejecting a Jew, especially one’s own kith and kin, is, in our world, counterproductive and improper.”
"I had never been on a date. I had never heard of the Beatles. And I thought 'May the Force be with you' meant 'May God be with you.'"
- Shulem Deen, author of "All Who Go Do Not Return"
Other members of the community said they were familiar with -- and have strongly condemned -- reports of intimidation or violence directed at people rumored to be deviating from the teachings or considering becoming OTD.
Watch: Community in Conflict: Reporter’s Notebook Senior Reporter Elizabeth Llorente reveals the journalistic challenges of reporting on the insular Hasidic Jewish community for the three-part Fox News Digital series, "Community in Conflict."
"There were issues years ago -- there are hooligans in every community," Rabbi Joseph Kolakowski, who is Hasidic, told Fox News. "There are idiots, but they are vigilantes who take things into their own hands. It was not an organized thing. There are people who do things. It's their personality that is fundamentalist, not the religion that is fundamentalist."
Many who have left the community say they find the transition to life outside Hasidism awkward -- and terrifying. Some find themselves adrift in a world whose culture and language they barely understand. They say they struggle to pay bills, lacking even the rudimentary skills required to get and keep jobs.
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A sign at the entrance of the Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel in New York informs visitors of the dress code and gender separation rules.  (Benjamin Nazario)
“Often they don’t have the tools,” said Samuel Heilman, a sociology professor at the City College of New York and an authority on Hasidic Jews. Hasidic leaders, he said, "do their best not to teach males secular subjects -- this renders them unfit for many jobs. They grow up speaking only Yiddish. They’re functionally illiterate.”
And there is also the social emptiness that accompanies their departure from the Hasidic path, particularly if, the rabbis' statements to the contrary, they are shunned by the community they left behind, cut off from a network in which neighbors and strangers come to your aid as a sort of extended family.
“They lose the feeling of family,” he added. “It’s a lonely life when they leave.”
To help, a sort of support system has emerged for those who have left the community. 
Take, for instance, an array of blogs and social media pages, as well as support groups such as the New York-based Footsteps. Its Twitter profile says it “provides social, educational, and vocational services to people grappling with the consequences of leaving their ultra-Orthodox communities.”
Several defectors have written books about their experience, with titles such as the best-selling memoir “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots,” by Deborah Feldman, “All Who Go Do Not Return,” by Shulem Deen, and “Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood” and “Legends of the Talmud” by Leah Vincent.
Deen wrote that he often felt clueless when listening to his non-Hasidic friends chat: “I had never been on a date. I had never heard of the Beatles. And I thought ‘May the Force be with you’ meant ‘May God be with you.’”
Shafran put it this way: "Insularity is, by necessity, part of Orthodox Jewish life, as the surrounding society is saturated with much that is anathema to observant Jewish life."
Fishman has adjusted with help from his dad, who lent moral support and guidance.
Fishman pushed to fill in the gaping holes in his education, leaving the Hasidic high school he attended after one semester to go to a modern Orthodox school where half the day focused on nonreligious subjects. Still, he felt he lagged others his age.
He transferred to a public high school that had a program for gifted students. After some help from a grandmother who, though concerned about his leaving Hasidism, helped him with math, he ultimately graduated near the top of his class. And he's now wrapping up his freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania. 
When he returns to his childhood community, he dons the yarmulke (skull cap) and black frock out of respect, he said. But his siblings don't walk alongside him in the street. And Fishman laments the lost and frayed relationships with friends and relatives, particularly his mother.
“It’s incredibly hard for her,” he said. “We were fighting all the time” when he challenged Hasidic tenets.
Their rabbi, and some relatives, assured his mother he’d return to Hasidism. “They said that I went crazy,” he said, “and that I would be back.”
Bina Aaron ran afoul of yeshiva administrators over her use of an unfiltered iPad.  (Benjamin Nazario/Alex Vros)
Fishman knows there are other groups, such as the Amish, whose social structure is built around very insular communities.
“But the Amish are on farms, they live isolated,” he said. “We are living like this right in the middle of New York City. We’re in the middle of New York City and we don’t know other cultures, other people. My Hasidic friends don’t know English.”
An iPad? An expulsion
Bina Aaron, who grew up the oldest of nine children in the Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, relished accompanying her grandfather to his job in Manhattan's diamond district when she was about 12 years old.
“I was introduced to the outside world when my grandfather took me to work,” said Aaron, who is now 21. “I saw there was another way of living.”
She started questioning the rules of the community. And little by little, she came to rebel. Maybe it was as small and subtle an act as leaving the top button of her blouse undone. Or as bold a statement as speaking to classmates about menstruation, a taboo. She refused to wear thick black stockings like others in the community. Instead, she spun visions of herself in blue jeans.
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With money earned as a baby sitter, Aaron even bought an iPad -- a window onto the wider world. She took the tablet to a corner near Chinatown to get a Wi-Fi signal, and stayed there for hours. 
Officials at her religious school found out, though. They told a friend to stop walking home with Aaron from school every day, she said, and to cut off communication with her.
“She stopped talking to me, I felt betrayed,” Aaron said. “I was very close with her.”
One day, when Aaron was 14, school officials summoned her to a meeting. It was about that iPad, Aaron recalled.
“They said I had two options: Either put a filter on my iPad or not come back,” she said.
Her decision? “I didn’t return.”
Aaron learned of a park where other Hasids considering defection gathered, and she started going there. A few years later she left home to live with her boyfriend, also a former Hasidim She took remedial classes, obtained her GED and now majors in neuroscience at Amherst College in Massachusetts.
“In the community," she said, "women are stuck in this position where you have to take care of nine to 12 kids, take care of your husband, and your husband works." 
“Now," she continued, "I can create my own career path, I can learn anything that I want. I can make my own decisions."
'Family, nachas, joy'
Many Hasidic Jews take exception to descriptions of their life as unhappy and oppressive. "It's a community where most people want to work for a living," said Kolakowski, who said his children attend yeshivas in the Orange County, N.Y. village of Kiryas Joel and in Bloomingburg, and are getting a strong education. 
Kolakowski said there's little interest in the community in changing the religion-focused nature of their schools. He said many people go on to work in their community, or for fellow Hasidim, and the education and skills they cultivate are adequate.
Many also say that their communities have benefits that are lacking elsewhere: tight family units, and a network of people ready to come and help a stranger, among other things.
Even those who have left take pains to note the positive aspects of Hasidic communities. And it's not uncommon among those who've left to reflect wistfully -- if fleetingly -- on the sense of community and tranquility that can come from having everything planned out.
"For those who were born and bred into the Hasidic community and never questioned the basic tenets or oppressive lifestyle, it works," Goldberger said. "They would not trade my freedoms for their predetermined lives."
"Their lives are filled with family, nachas, joy, from the children and grandchildren, weddings and holidays. There is much beauty in these tight-knit communities — in a life with a seemingly greater purpose."
"There is beauty and peace of mind in that lifestyle, and there's also tremendous oppression of individual liberties," Goldberger said, "because no one has much agency over themselves and their decisions in life. These two are not mutually exclusive."
Weighing the OTD choice
Several Hasidim in the community who spoke to Fox News said they were unhappy with the various constraints under which they live, and would like to be OTD -- but they're afraid.
“What we in sociology always know is that whatever deviance exists in a society is only a fraction of what is really going on,” said Heilman. “You can double or triple the number of people you know about. There are thousands of people who want to break out.”
Footsteps staff members said they have about 1,400 members, with the number of people who turn to them growing by 10 percent each year. Those who take the step of reaching out, and actually moving toward an exit from their community, are among the most daring and strong-willed.
"Whatever you see, it's not really what people are feeling," said a Hasidic man from Kiryas Joel, an almost entirely Satmar Hasidic community that is one of the strictest. "They're like herds, where someone is telling everyone what to do and think and they follow blindly."
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The man, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said he wants to leave Kiryas Joel for a less-oppressive environment.
But he doesn't want to jeopardize his marriage. He said his wife tolerates his criticisms of Hasidic restrictions, but does not share most of his views and doesn't want to leave Kiryas Joel. 
They both have cellphones that have not been inspected and fitted with Hasidism-approved filters. And he secretly teaches his young children topics like advanced math and geography.
He is careful, he said, to tell the kids not to mention their illicit education. At the same time, he tries to explain that they're really not doing anything wrong.
While he is much bolder than other Hasids who are unsettled by the rules imposed by leaders of a religion many otherwise view fondly, the father harbors anxiety about repercussions because of his defiance.
"Every day I think about how something might happen because what I'm doing is illegal," he said nervously. "They have called me, and another time my wife, to say they heard we had a cellphone we weren't supposed to have."
Departures from the community have become such a concern among Hasidic leaders, as well as leaders of other Orthodox Jewish groups, that Agudath Israel of America held a session on the issue at one of its national conventions.
Shafran, who has met with former Hasidim, urges those who are disillusioned to consider other sects, noting that some may find one that is more suitable.
"There are degrees of insularity, and many Orthodox communities, even Haredi ones, offer an environment that many who have fled very insular communities would be comfortable in," Shafran said. "I pray that such people explore that wider Orthodox world rather than throwing out a precious baby with what they consider the bathwater."
Black hats and suits
Frimet Goldberger left Kiryas Joel about 10 years ago.
She was banished after being summoned by the Vaad, which told her she was violating modesty rules. The community leaders had suspected she was not adhering to the rules, interrogating her on various occasions, for instance, about whether she was shaving her head as required.
"From an early age, we intuitively knew that head-shaving is the only way a married woman could carry herself," she said. "We were taught that growing one's hair after marriage is the worst sin, and as I later learned, a reason to be expelled."
Goldberger and her husband were outwardly adhering to the norms, but at home those norms were bent -- by watching TV with the shades drawn, taking unapproved vacations, growing her own hair under the wigs she wore.
"I felt immense guilt at the thought of condemning my family to hell, and the feeling followed me like a haunting shadow," she said.
Lightning struck with a letter from the Vaad in the mailbox. "The letter was curt and stated unequivocally that because of my failure to dress in accordance with the stringent tznius -- modesty rules of the holy shtetl -- our 3-year-old son could no longer attend school," she wrote in her essay.
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She went to the meeting with the Vaad with her husband. "At the table were eight middle-aged men in black hats and suits; they sported long gray-and-white beards," Goldberger recalled in her essay. "I sat with my trembling hands folded on my lap and adjusted my long black skirt — part of the uber-modest ensemble I had carefully chosen hours before — for the umpteenth time, and awaited the storm."
The men said they could not abide her violations of those modesty rules -- they'd heard she let her hair grow.
"How did the Vaad Hatznius find out?" she wondered. "I knew that the Vaad Hatznius was going to catch on to my secret at some point, and now it had."
"The next morning, we decided to leave the community for good," she said. "We no longer felt capable of maintaining an extreme Hasidic lifestyle."
She maintains ties she had when she was in the community, but notes that in the aftermath of her exit, “they are strained.”
"It's not easy, especially when I have siblings and family whom I love dearly in the community," Golberger said. "These are only people I ever knew — my life, from cradle to grave."