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A Brooklyn rabbi is under investigation for allegedly arranging marriages between children as young as 15 years old.

The Forward reported Thursday that the New York Police Department and Administration of Child Services are looking into the accusations against Yoel Roth. He runs Yeshiva Tiferes Hatorah in the Williamsburg neighborhood as well as a community in upstate Liberty, where many of the young couples he allegedly has married off now live.

Roth’s secretary, Shaul Indig, denied the claims to the Forward.

Twin brothers from Brooklyn are among the creators of Duolingo’s first-ever Yiddish course. 

The online language learning platform launches its Yiddish course on April 6. Isac and Israel Polasak, 22, who were raised as Satmar Hasidim, are part of a development team that also includes Meena Lifshe Viswanath, a civil engineer whose aunt is editor of the Yiddish Forward newspaper.

As part of the launch, Duolingo is teaming up with Katz’s Delicatessen, which is offering a free bagel and a schmear to customers who attempt to order in Yiddish on April 6 from 8 am to 11 am. Duolingo says more than 9,500 people are on the waitlist for the course.

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The anti-Semitic man who fatally shot three people at two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites in 2014 wants his death sentence overturned.

Some of the very last Jews in Yemen were recently taken out of their homes by Houthi rebels and delivered to a UN refugee agency in another country.

Jewish Twitter disapproved when a Christian lifestyle coach posted pictures from her Passover “Seder” featuring a challah braided into the shape of a cross.


Morris Dickstein, the literary critic, cultural historian and City University of New York professor, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 81. Dickstein grew up in a five-story walk-up on Henry Street on the Lower East Side, where he attended the Rabbi Jacob Joseph School. He flourished at Columbia College. “College set me on a path I continue to pursue. Not many stay on the same path. I remained in the university world,” he told The Jewish Week in 2015, upon the publication of his memoir, “Why Not Say What Happened.” He taught at Queens College and at the Graduate Center at CUNY, most recently as Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and Theatre, and wrote the acclaimed cultural histories “Gates of Eden” and “Dancing in the Dark.”

Marianne Steiner, a refugee from Nazi Germany and benefactor of the Leo Baeck Institute of German-Jewish history, died on Feb. 26 at a hospital in Manhattan from complications of COVID-19. She and her late husband, publisher Paul Steiner, were also avid art collectors.

Streaming Today

Volunteers for Israel presents Prof. Erez Ben-Yosef of Tel Aviv University discussing results of recent excavations in the ancient copper mines of the Timna Valley (southern Israel) and how they shed new light on the mystery of King Solomon’s legendary mines, including rare evidence of the use of garments dyed with royal purple (argaman). Register here. 2:00 pm.

Join the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue for a flourless cook-off. Participants will learn new Passover recipes for sweet and savory Passover sides. Register here. 6:00 pm.

The Jewish Week and JTA present the North American launch of “Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth,” by Israeli actress, producer and writer Noa Tishby. Join us for a conversation with Tishby and Gideon Raff, the creator of the Israeli series that was adapted as the hit Showtime series “Homeland.” Moderated by Andrew Silow-Carroll, editor in chief of The Jewish Week. Register here. April 6, 4:00 pm.

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