The Black Orthodox

Joeseph David Savoy: The Black Orthodox

The Black Orthodox: Joseph David Savoy

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“I moved to New York in 2007, and in Crown Heights the Jewish community has been wonderful. But from African-Americans, every day I get looks and stares. I’ve had people yell “Heil Hitler.” One guy threatened to stab me. If there are people behind me and I turn around, they’ll literally jump like they’ve seen a ghost.”
“I come from a very dysfunctional family. My dad killed his stepfather and then served four years in prison. I was born in controversy—like in the Bible when Jacob married two sisters, my dad impregnated two sisters. People feel it’s extreme to be Hasidic, but I just think, Are you kidding me? Considering what I was born into, it’s pretty normal. It gives me structure and focus and order. I feel at peace finally after all these years.”
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Emerson Swift Mahon:  A Canadian Jew

By: Eiran Harris – Canadian Jewish News

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Emerson Swift Mahon

In 1912, a young black man left Grenada in a quest for learning. His voyage led him to Canada and conversion to Judaism
“May you be written in the book of life in the New Year,” says the greeting in Yiddish on the back of a photograph of a black man in a broad-brimmed hat.
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