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Manhattan rabbi is a Bitcoin guru • Monsey rabbi abets Holocaust deniers • NYC’s election debacle
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Manhattan rabbi is a Bitcoin guru • Monsey rabbi abets Holocaust deniers • NYC’s election debacle

WATCHING AND WAITING: Members of United Hatzalah, Israel's national community-based volunteer EMS organization, on the scene of the building collapse in Surfside, Florida, June 28, 2021. Rescue crews continue to search through the rubble for survivors. (Courtesy United Hatzalah)
WATCHING AND WAITING: Members of United Hatzalah, Israel's national community-based volunteer EMS organization, on the scene of the building collapse in Surfside, Florida, June 28, 2021. Rescue crews continue to search through the rubble for survivors. (Courtesy United Hatzalah)

 

Good morning, New York. Your Hebrew phrase of the day is “kham v’lakh,” or hot and humid.

TOP STORY

New York City’s voting debacle has put a huge question mark over the mayoral and comptroller race.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK 

A rabbi at Maimonides Hebrew Day School in Manhattan has become a guru for people seeking advice on the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

  • Rabbi Michael Caras, a follower of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, doles out advice on Twitter and WhatsApp and has written a children’s book on the subject.
  • Quotable: “Hopefully, the majority of the time, we use this technology for good,” he tells our colleagues at JTA. “That’s what I like to encourage people to think about.”

A Monsey, N.Y. rabbi obsessed with assimilation says that 5 million of the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust were “total goyim.”

  • “The truth, I am telling you, is that not even one million Jews were murdered,” Yosef Mizrachi, a teacher at the Ohr Yeshiva, says in a video posted online. In his fictitious version of the Holocaust, 80 percent of Europe’s Jewish victims were children of interfaith marriages.
  • Reaction: “He is doing two despicable things: He’s warning Jews that lack of observance could cause another Holocaust. He is also mocking Jews who are not religious,” Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Israel office, told the Times of Israel.

Gwen Goldman, a retired social worker from Westport, Conn., got to be a Yankees’ bat person on Monday night at age 70 — a full 60 years after the team turned her down because she was a girl.

  • Reaction: Asked what it felt like to throw out the first pitch as well as stack bats in the dugout, she responded, “Dayenu.”

BEYOND THE BOROUGHS

After 10 years of sobriety, a rabbi in southern New Jersey opened up to his congregationand our colleague Shira Hanau — about his experience with substance abuse.

Yale’s student council approved a statement accusing Israel of genocide, ethnic cleansing and apartheid.

Long Island’s Nassau County will officially recognize the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism, earning praise from some Jewish groups who call it an important tool for monitoring antisemitism.

BUT SERIOUSLY, FOLKS

The Funniest Jewish Comedian Contest returned to Broadway Comedy Club, proving that wife jokes and prostate gags are their own Jewish tradition.

  • Sol Auerbach, 36, a funeral home worker from Far Rockaway, won Monday night’s contest, which has been around in one form or another for 23 years.
  • The compiler of today’s Jewish Week/Daily update came in third in 1999, launching a career not in comedy.

WHAT’S ON TODAY

Join My Jewish Learning, the Jewish Week’s partner site, for a virtual tour of the Libertad Synagogue in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Register here. Noon.

“Here We Are,” a new film from Israeli director Nir Bergman, the creator of the award-winning TV series “In Treatment,” will be screened in the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s Edmond J. Safra Hall. Tickets are $5 each for Museum members or $10 each for the general public. 4:30 pm.

Join Atlas Obscura and James Beard Award-winning culinary historian Michael W. Twitty on a three-part whirlwind tour through the meaning, migrations, and mishegaas of global Jewish food. $100 for three weekly sessions. 7:30 pm.

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