Vogue’s Modest Mode & Other Orthodox Jews in the News
World’s Oldest Man, Holocaust Survivor Yisrael Kristal, Dies One Month Shy of His 114th Birthday
Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor who was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the world’s oldest man and one of the ten oldest men who ever lived, passed away today in his home in Haifa. He was one month shy of his 114th birthday, having been born in Maleniec, Poland, on September 15, 1903. His father was a Torah scholar, and Yisrael was sent to the Cheder when he was three, to follow in his father’s footsteps.
The Kosher Beef Riots: When NYC Housewives Led a Weeks-Long Protest Over Costly Meats
One warm May day in 1902, the frugal housewives of the lower East Side discovered that the price of kosher beef had suddenly soared from 12 to 18 cents a pound. “The Revolution of the Women” is what the New York papers dubbed what followed, and it went on for weeks — an uprising that spread from tenement to tenement, from street to street, from lower Manhattan to Brooklyn, Harlem and the Bronx and then on to Newark and Boston. Before it was over, tens of thousands of otherwise perfectly nice Jewish ladies had rampaged through the city, smashing windows, wrecking stores, overturning pushcarts, belting cops and smacking anyone who got in their way with shoes, dishes, broomsticks, bricks and big slabs of raw liver.
This Startup Founder Will Change the Way You Think About Modest Fashion
Modest clothing—often, but not always, worn for reasons of faith—has lately become a focal point within the fashion industry. Dolce & Gabbana launched its own line of hijabs and abayas last year; hijab-wearing model Halima Aden, a Somalian refugee, walked the runways of New York and Milan this past January; and Orthodox Jewish, Brooklyn-based labels such as Mimu Maxi and The Frock NYC have long been catering to a long-sleeved, maxi dress–donning clientele.
An Inside Look at Lakewood’s Orthodox Ambulance Squad
Abe Muller is one the approximately 70,000 Haredi or ultra-Orthodox Jews living in Lakewood and is one of 3 captains of its 90 person Hatzolah Ambulance Corps. “We’re very American in that way. We volunteer. We love our community and we’re very involved in our community, like everyone else.”