Friday, September 2, 2016

The comments that follow the story

Jewinthecity- Earlier this week, in Howell, New Jersey, a four month old baby girl was left in a parked car in 90 degree weather with the windows rolled up, while her mother shopped in Kohl’s with her other children. Thankfully, two good Samaritans heard the wailing child, shattered the car’s window, and rescued her. The mother, who was clearly dressed in Orthodox-attire and hails from Lakewood, New Jersey, was arrested when she returned to her car. A picture and description of the event was posted on the News12NJ Facebook page by one of their fans with a demand that the story be covered, noting that the family shouldn’t get any “special treatment.” From there, the comments (over 1400!) erupted into a slew of anti-Semitic and anti-Orthodox vitriol.
“I’m going to make a petition to pour light onto the messed up things HASIDIC JEWS get away with. It’s foul and inhumane!” wrote one commenter. (By the way, the mother, living in Lakewood, almost certainly is not Hasidic.) Another one then said: “I guarantee there are very few baby boys left in cars in that community.” Little does she know that religious Jewish children grow up learning about how when Pharaoh decreed that all the Jewish baby boys be thrown into the Nile and Moses’ father, Amram, who was the leader of the community, told the couples to separate so babies would stop being born altogether, his young daughter Miriam corrected him. She explained that while Pharaoh’s decree would only kill the boys, her father’s decree would stop the girls from being born too (whereby Amram followed his young daughter’s advice and told couples to reunite). And then of course, there were the comments that were straight out conspiracy theories, evocative of good old-fashioned blood libels, though this time, the dead kids were Jewish ones: “I absolutely know that there are probably hundreds of children being killed this way on [sic.] that community and no one knows because they keep that under wraps. It’s disgusting.” (P.S. The highest rates of heatstroke deaths in children actually take place in the South.) Some people tried to fight back, but one woman, named Lisa Bertone, went one step further and contacted us. She wrote “I am Catholic, but grew up in Boro Park and have very near and dear friends in the Orthodox community…I am writing to you because there are a series of disturbing threads on Facebook if you go to the News12NJ and see the story about a baby left in a car in Howell, the mom who is Orthodox was arrested, the comments that follow are nothing short of disturbing…how can all these misconceptions and lies be stopped somehow? Read more at the


  1. What is more upsetting are the comments on Vosisneias or VIN who bashed the lakewood community and the Kollel system. Mayor Miller was silent so we're other community spokesman. How any frum organization can advertise there is mind boggling.

    1. They advertise there because YOU and thousands of others browse there.

  2. I really don't think those comments represents the majority opinion from those I have met. The online comments are skewed to those that have strong opinions, and virtually all were just concerned that the baby was OK. B'H baby was saved.

  3. Rabbi schnall will issue a statement on the poop. Be patient.

  4. And of course the self appointed spokesman for Lakewood.... The Vaads rabbi zev weisberg

  5. Some of the worse the worst anti Semitic comments were on "frum" websites like VIN and Imamother.Only VIN went out of it's way to say the women is orthodox.

    I am Catholic, but grew up in Boro Park and have very near and dear friends in the Orthodox community

    I wonder how many Catholics who grew up in Lakewood feel that way about our community.

  6. I assumed it was a mistake and she came back to car cuz she realized, why does everyone say she did it on purpose? No normal person would do it on purpose.