YOU’RE NEXT: Senator Calls New York’s Attack On Yeshivas A Threat to All Religions

An Ultra Orthodox Jew walks by a Jewish school bus, which has a Yiddish sign on the front, in the Borough Park neighborhood of southwestern Brooklyn, New York City on January 1, 2014. Borough Park is home to one of the largest Orthodox Jewish communities outside Israel and one of the largest concentrations of Jews in the United States. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash 90. *** Local Caption *** ???? ???? ???? ??????? ??? ???? ??? ???? ???? ????? ????? ?????? ?????? ????? ???? ??? ??????? ????? ??? ??? ?????

New York State Senator Mike Martucci (R-42) didn’t parse words in describing the potentially disastrous effects of the NYS Board of Regents’ recent decision on updating substantial equivalency education standards.

“The move this week by the Board of Regents to allow local school boards to regulate the curriculums of private religious schools will have significant and negative impacts on the residents of Orange County,” the senator wrote in a Facebook post.

“Previously, private religious schools in the Hasidic community managed their own affairs and therefore had little reason to involve themselves in secular school board politics. However, with this change from the State Department of Education we will see a wave of Hasidic candidates running for school board seats in order to protect their first amendment rights to freedom of religion.

“This will not only lead to strife and conflict in our community, but it may also lead to negative educational consequences for children as it has already in the case of the East Ramapo School District in Rockland County. This action by the Board of Regents was a huge mistake. Simply put, parents should make decisions about what kind of education is best for their kids and private and public schools should manage their own affairs without interfering with one another. I call on the State Education Department and the Board of Regents to reverse this decision immediately because its wrong for our students and bad for our community.

“Remember today it’s largely targeted at Yeshiva’s- tomorrow it could be your local Catholic or Christian School that’s in the crosshairs. State Power has been misused again and again starting with dropping the religious exemption from vaccination. If we don’t start saying no this will never stop.”

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)


  1. “Freedom from religion” is the WOKE goal.
    We are simply the most vulnerable target.

    One should remember that the Nazis were against any religion in the Judeo-Christian tradition (the Nazis were neo-Pagans) but only after it was too late did the Christians realize they too were threatened (the famous line about not protesting since they were going after someone else, and by they time they came for the speaker there was no one left to protest). It is possible they will learn from past mistakes (miracles sometimes do happen).

    Unless the Federal government intervenes, or New Yorkers have a change of heart and vote the anti-religion bigots out of office, the frum community should probably find it expedient to move to friendlier jurisdictions in the foreseeable future.

  2. He’s only pro religion in this case because he knows that in heavily Jewish districts the Jews will take over the school boards
    It will definitely cause problems in many areas

  3. When the religious exemption for vaccines were removed you YWN were all excited… The “crazy antivax” warned at that time that it’s only a matter of time before YOU ARE NEXT! Didn’t take long Hashem brought covid and you all saw why can be done in the name of health… All for your safety.. Cause the state has to protect you.

    Now this, well you all brought it upon yourselves! If in ANY MATTER don’t care which side of the aisle you are for yourself. But if it’s state vs religion and state wins. You are doomed! Today this tomorrow that!

  4. english english english – how may jews cant speak english, only yiddish – too many
    dinei malchuse dinei
    math, math, math – how many jews cant do math – too many
    dinei malchus dinei
    no one is asking them to give up their religion, or even cut back on judaic studies
    just learn the basics in english and math – and everyone will leave you alone
    dinei malchuse dinei.

  5. Moishekapoieh:
    Please pull your ostrich head out of the proverbial sand.
    There are schools that teach the basics that are being targeted as well.
    The schools you are deriding are the entry point not the sole target.