March 2nd, 2012
10:44 AM ET

Inside the world of Satmar Jews

(CNN)–Deborah Feldman, author of "Unorthodox," explains to CNN's Soledad O'Brien the culture of the Satmar Hasidic Jewish community.

Read more about Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien here.

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  1. Yakov

    He is not a real rabbi . This is an Arab dressed as a Chasidic person. He is not speaking Hebrew, he is speaking Arabic.
    Just Arabic propaganda. Arabs are the true occupiers in the middle east . They don't tolerate anyone else . Ask the Kurds.
    There are 50 millions Kurds and they don't have there own country. Jordon is the true Palestine homeland.

    March 20, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  2. Yakov

    He is not a real rabbi . This is an Arab dressed as a Chasidic person. He is not speaking Hebrew, he is speaking Arabic.
    Just Arabic propaganda. Arabs are the true occupiers in the middle east . They don't tolerate anyone else . Ask the Kurds.
    There are 50 millions Kurds and they don't have there own country. Jordon is the true Palestine homeland.

    March 20, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  3. stupid people believe what they don't understand because they don't read, or don't know how - which is worse?

    I may be cruel, but you shall love me as God. In the word of God. Praise be to God. And all that mumbo jumbo. Thanks be to me for reminding you that even God hates you. So smile and remember, under his tyranny you will never be free! Quote any part of the Bible you like, it will make no difference. If you believe in God then the history of God is your basis for belief. How can one make claims to without full knowledge of? With full knowledge how is it that any believe unless they already harbor hatred for a great many? Answer – most have never read the Bible. Those who have made one of two choices – ratiionalize it and believe based on interpretations or deny it and not believe. What do you get from this?

    March 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  4. Kebos

    Just one more club to belong too. Religions and their offspring sects are a dime a dozen limited only by mankind's imagination.

    March 3, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Kebos, let me guess ... Folks continuously striving to live righteously leaves bad vibes in your being. Get a life Kebos.


      March 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • WRG01

      Religion serves its purpose...and sometimes the results are for the worse, sometimes the better. I am an atheist, but have no quarrel with any faith follower that lives and lets live. They have their opinion(s) and I have mine.

      March 5, 2012 at 10:09 am |

    smartmouth jews?

    March 3, 2012 at 5:57 am |
    • Rajesh

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      April 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  6. B(iraq) Hussein Osama

    that must have been a REAL WEIRD conversation with her future husband.
    like, duh. "dude we have nt even sha gged and we are getting married."
    HOW WEIRD!! like i must be the only jewish-christian woman in america who did that.
    like duh?

    March 3, 2012 at 5:30 am |
  7. EvolvedDNA

    Bo explain the false concept of religion that atheists come up with..you do not even know for sure which god you believe in is it Thor or Ra and if not why not?

    March 3, 2012 at 2:19 am |
    • HeavenSent

      EvolvedNot, we know you atheists worship yourselves. It's the why, that's anyone's guess. LOL.


      March 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      heaven sent..what do you mean by we worship ourselves...? and if we did so what? you worship an . alien you have never seen, never touched, only been told about and live in fear of. Once you use your intellect you can understand the truth, but I am not sure you could handle it... so best stay with your version.

      March 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Evolved, you worship men (meaning women too) that taught you what you've been writing. If you state not, then I am to guess you concocted all your writing on your own (LOL). You're conditioned to play the game of man.

      March 3, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • apostate

      Atheists don't worship anything. The very idea of worship is dumb. A god that is so insecure he needs worship.....pathetic.

      March 4, 2012 at 3:17 am |
  8. God

    I don't exist

    March 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      And yet...it is written.

      March 3, 2012 at 8:31 am |
  9. Deborah from judges

    That was a very good interview with very good insight into the call for modesty.
    Excellant! Thanks!

    March 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
  10. Samuel


    March 2, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
  11. Iqbal Khan


    March 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Ummm..... no

      This "rabbi" is speaking Arabic. Unless he is Sefardi, which I doubt (though it is possible), the video is a fake.

      March 31, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
  12. sk

    [Quran 3:6] He is the One who shapes you in the wombs as He wills. There is no other god besides Him; the Almighty, Most Wise.
    [Quran 67:2] The One who created death and life for the purpose of distinguishing those among you who would do better.* He is the Almighty, the Forgiving.
    [Quran 82:7] The One who created you, designed you, and perfected you.
    [Quran 6:116] If you obey the majority of people on earth, they will divert you from the path of God. They follow only conjecture; they only guess.
    [Quran 40:62] Such is God your Lord, the Creator of all things. There is no god except He. How could you deviate?

    [Quran 22:74] They do not value God as He should be valued. God is the Most Powerful, the Almighty.
    “They even attribute to Him sons and daughters, without any knowledge. Be He glorified. He is the Most High, far above their claims.” Quran [6:100]
    “The example of Jesus, as far as GOD is concerned, is the same as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him, "Be," and he was.” Quran [3:59]

    Thanks for taking time to read my post. Please take a moment to clear your misconception by going to whyIslam org website.

    March 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      There is no God.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Irian of Way

      There is no you.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      I cannot disagree.

      March 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      sk...The mental state of the human race is in the balance, society is being attacked by alien worshippers and you think that your book has any meaning except being for being antihuman. I hope for your mental heath and the rest of society that you grow the logic part of you brain removed by Imans and religious study and can see the real beauty of the world before your cohorts destroy it.

      March 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

      Matthew 5:5


      March 3, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Heaven sent " the meek will inherit the earth"....The Meek are an alien race from the other side of the milky way..how come you did not learn this?

      March 4, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
  13. Ungodly Discipline

    I smell a movie deal with lots of extras in funny hats and curly sideburns!

    March 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  14. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 2, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • Ykcyc

      A concept about "God" is not God. Most talk themselves into believing only because there is something they can get out of it. Just because people keep asking for things and sometimes get what they want, means only one thing – people are lacking and unhappy. Most are miserable.
      There are only two ways to be unhappy:
      1 – Not to get you we think we "want".
      2 – To get you we think we "want".

      March 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Jesus

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      It's Ground Hog Day!

      March 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • just sayin

      Don't study studies,studies have been proven false, study God

      March 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Pat

      "Don't study studies,studies have been proven false, study God"

      Studies are the foundation of research without it we wouldn't have the knowledge that we've acquired. What an idiot.

      March 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • just sayin

      The studies in question have been proven inaccurate

      March 2, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things

      March 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Pat

      "The studies in question have been proven inaccurate"

      No they have not.

      March 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • just sayin

      Yes they have, sorry Pat but you can be wrong if you want to be.

      March 2, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • Pat

      "Yes they have, sorry Pat but you can be wrong if you want to be."

      You are such a liar and if you had proof it's wrong then post it. Otherwise shut up.

      March 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Just sayin The bible has to be studied because it has to be adapted yearly to fit its inaccuracies into known facts.and to make it look like a serious book rather than a Monty Python publication

      March 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
    • just sayin

      Not so, archaeology is constant confirming the accuracy of the Holy Bible and recent discoveries of ancient copies are shown to be accurate to the texts we have today. Paraphrases are not meant to be accurate translations, but there are several good Bibles wherein scholars of ancient languages have gone back to the oldest known texts for translations. Even so, Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic do not always translate easily into English.

      March 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Just sayin..give me an example please of this confirmation..you cannot or have you given it before and no one has seen it?.

      March 3, 2012 at 2:10 am |
    • just sayin

      Seen, acknowledged, debated. No need for redundancy. You responded at the time. Sorry about your short term memory loss but that's not my problem.

      March 3, 2012 at 4:30 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Justsayin.. as I had predicted.. no evidence from you again..If you had such a victory last time why not an encore...I know and so do you..If you have to lie for Jesus, he has some explaining to....

      March 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Colossians 2 is being blocked for whatever reason I don't care to investigate what words are not liked by the search engine ... still a good read for any atheist in this debate.


      March 3, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • just sayin

      You are declaring your own victory?Try that in Vegas and let us know how you make out. There is no victory for you, you are one of life' losers.

      March 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Just sayin again no answers..you have none ...still waiting ..but I guess you are use to waiting for the second coming so it could be never.

      March 4, 2012 at 1:58 am |
    • EvolvedDNA

      heaven sent...not sure what you think you can achieve by posting words from the man written texts you hold dear..how does any of this relate to real life and the human condition?

      March 4, 2012 at 2:04 am |
    • apostate

      @just saying

      Archeology doesn't have a lot to say, key stories like the Exodus never happened. If mentioning and existing place is proof then I guess the folktales of Greece and it's cities prove the Greek Pantheon exist....and so your argument fails. You have no originals of anything in the Bible. The earliest manuscripts all conflict with one another and have discrepancies. Bibles are best guess work of these manuscripts. Keyword.....GUESS. Again, we have no originals, and we have no idea who even wrote the gospels.

      March 4, 2012 at 3:24 am |
    • just sayin

      Dead Sea Scrolls. I st to 3rd century B. C. complete texts of the Old Testament lacking one book.

      March 5, 2012 at 7:16 am |
  15. Meir Weiss

    Reblogged this on Meir Weiss' Blog.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:43 am |
  16. HotAirAce

    I watched the two videos/interviews on CNN's website. Great to see yet another cult exposed. I'm sure the author will now be attacked...

    March 2, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • Brian

      The very heart of your writing wshlit appearing reasonable initially, did not really settle properly with me personally after some time. Somewhere throughout the paragraphs you actually managed to make me a believer but only for a very short while. I however have got a problem with your jumps in logic and you might do nicely to help fill in those breaks. When you can accomplish that, I could definitely be fascinated.

      April 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  17. Ykcyc

    Enjoy your time in the Sun. We mortals, only exist, because conditions are right for a split moment in an Eternity. All conditions will change. Change is the only constant. We do not know, with any degree of certainty, if our whole known Universe is not just a spec in some cosmic petri dish. So, it is possible that we don’t exist at all, because there is probably no microscope powerful enough, on that level. Galaxies will collide. Our Sun will die. And like this post, all our ideologies, ideas, thoughts, opinions, believes, laws, struggles, etc., are meaningless. All will pass into oblivion. We don’t like to admit, but we (God’s people) are not much different from yeast, just before the fermentation process had reached 12% alcohol level. Be grateful and content in this moment. Enjoy your time in the Sun.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • William Demuth

      So true, and thankfully so.

      Oblivion is preferable to an eternity of subservience!

      Revel in reality while it lasts!

      March 2, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Bo

      @ William: I wonder what your conception of subservience in eternity might be like that it would be so disagreeable; although, unless there is a change of belief, you really have nothing to be concerned about. In fact, I wonder where any of the false concepts of any religion come from, which atheists come up with. Some of the stuff I just pass off as sarcasm, but I can only answer for Christianity.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      She danced
      Each jewel on her gown flying outward
      Perhaps never to return
      Each shiny gem in a cloud of total darkness
      She danced and she sang
      Her gown twirling like a pinwheel faster and faster still
      Soon to become many
      And many to become light
      And that light to become trillions of sparkles
      Still she danced
      And now the swirls were as giants dancing
      And the dancing giants would collide in beautiful confusion
      And forever the spinning would last
      Until it stopped.

      March 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Ykcyc

      @ Ungodly Discipline
      Nice poem. Is it about the Andromeda?
      She will embrace with Milky Way in a few split seconds.
      What a ride!

      March 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Not specifically, but that fits in nicely. Thank you for the complement.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @Ykcyc- I think Ecclesiates says something on our time in the sun.

      March 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • Ykcyc

      @Uncouth Swain
      Thank you, for that informative remark. Billy from Brooklyn was saying something in 3rd grade, if I am not mistaken, but for the life of me, I can't remember what it was. Can you please ask Ecclesiates to repeat what it is he was saying, especially if it would help me getting more than 12% alcohol from fermentation, before all yeast is dead? Pretty please?

      March 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      Guess reading a small book from the Bible is too much for you. Such a pity.

      March 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • Ykcyc

      @Uncouth Swain
      Don't fret, my friend. I read all kinds of fairy tales. Oblivion does not care one way or another. Don't make any plans; we came out of it for a split moment and we'll go back for the rest of Eternity. It is the womb we came out of. It is not so bad, no one ever came back and complain about it. Enjoy the ride!

      March 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @Ykcyc- "I read all kinds of fairy tales."

      I'm sure you do..I have no doubt of it in fact. On the topic of Ecc., some would consider it a book on philosophy or theology. It doesn't tell a tale little one.

      "Oblivion does not care one way or another."

      But you seem to for some odd reason.

      "Don't make any plans;"

      So...I shouldn't plan on your responding to this?

      "..we'll go back for the rest of Eternity."

      But what is eternity? If their were no witnesses. does eternity still exist?

      March 2, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Uncouth...you came into existence from a universe that was in existence eons before anyone was conscious to see it...yet we are here. Do you remember the long period before you came into being? that is your fate again ....The universe is not eternal..it may take an unimaginably long time to disappear but it will evaporate back into radiation..last thing to go would be the smallest micro black holes.... and then it may start again....Enjoy you fun in the sun...

      March 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
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