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Rabbi Leib Glanz, a leader in New York City’s Hasidic Satmar sect, told a meeting of New York Democrats last year that he saw God’s hand in the elevation of David Paterson to the New York governorship following the fall of Eliot Spitzer.  “God works in mysterious ways,”  he said to the black pols, according to the New York Times.  Either this humble man of God is mistaken (but how could that be?) or God is (but how could THAT be?), because Paterson is suffering from some of the lowest approval ratings in New York history. 

Last year Glanz muscled through a lavish Bar Mitzvah in a New York City jail for the son of an inmate, an ex-fugitive financial fraudster.  Glanz, who was a part-time jail rabbi, regularly arranged for such preferential treatment for Jewish inmates, in contravention of the essential anti-corruption principle that no inmate or group of inmates receive special benefits.  Following the expose of the Bar Mitzvah by the New York Post, Glanz has resigned his jail chaplaincy.  But the preposterously disproportionate influence that the Hasidic Jewish community wields in New York politics continues unabated.


  • Author comment by David Hume · June 22, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Heather, are you sure this is safe? You do live in New York…. 🙂

  • Don Kenner · June 23, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Wow. This is one of those crazy situation that this humble Texan can barely get his mind around. Could we put this on the New York City Bus Tour?

  • Ken_K · June 24, 2009 at 8:34 am

    I would assume this power comes from the fact that the Hasidim vote as a block in a quid pro quo manner as directed by the rabbis? Or are they back to slaughtering sheep & goats for divine favor? Just askin’. 😉



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