Ami (magazine)

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Ami
Publisher Rabbi Yitzchok Frankfurter
First issue November 2010
Company Ami Magazine
Country United States
Based in Brooklyn, New York
Language English
Website http://amimagazine.org/

Ami (Hebrew: עמי‎‎, "My people") is a news magazine that caters to the Orthodox Jewish community. It is published weekly in New York and Israel. The magazine was launched by the husband-wife team of Rabbi Yitzchok Frankfurter and Rechy Frankfurter, former editors at Mishpacha.[1] Since its debut in November 2010, it has become one of the three leading magazines in the New York City Orthodox community, alongside Mishpacha and Binah.[2]

Coverage[edit]

Ami has featured interviews with Republican political figures such as Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and George Pataki.[3][4] Ami also featured reporting from inside the United States Supreme Court during the announcement of the "Obamacare" ruling.[5]

Ami's political correspondent, Jake Turx (a pseudonym), became the magazine's first member of the White House press corps with the start of the Donald Trump administration.[6] During a February 16, 2017 press briefing, Turx began asking a question about the government's response to antisemitic threats across the United States, but was stopped in mid-question by Trump, who felt he was being personally attacked and denied being antisemitic or racist.[6][7][8]

The publication will occasionally address provocative issues, such as child abuse in the Orthodox community[9] and religious vigilantism.[10] A January 2012 cover story on antisemitism had photoshopped the White House draped with swastika flags while stormtroopers marched across the South Lawn. That issue drew harsh criticism from readers and elicited public and print apologies by the publisher.[11] Ami was censured by Satmar rabbis in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn after the magazine published a piece about extremism gaining leverage in the Edah HaChareidis organization; Ami later published a retraction.[10][12]

According to the journalist and a frequent critic of Ami Magazine Yair Hoffman,Ami has presented controversial readings of Talmudic texts. In one issue, the editor cited a teaching of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov that one of the Rabbis in the Talmud suffered from depression and was in need of a form of "existential psychotherapy" administered by Rabbi Yochanan, that Yair Hoffman alleged pushed the boundaries of Orthodox Judaism.[13]

In April 2014, Ami reported that the Quebec-based Lev Tahor cult was being "persecuted," and that its leader Shlomo Helbrans was "an impressive talmid chacham and has a thirst for knowledge."[14][15] As a result of the backlash from readers, community leaders and former members[16] on the article, the magazine published a clarification in the following edition. "It should be noted that defending people's fundamental rights is by no means an endorsement of their way of life. For example one may be highly critical of some of Lev Tahor's teachings or dress code while at the same time insisting that they be treated humanely, pursuant to the dictates of both Torah and common law."

Ami also produces a women's magazine called Ami Living, and a tween magazine called Aim!. The magazine adheres to a strict interpretation of Tzniut that prohibits photographs of women on its pages and website.

Staff[edit]

  • Rabbi Yitzchok Frankfurter, publisher
  • Rechy Frankfurter, senior editor
  • Yossi Krausz, regular contributor
  • Jake Turx, political correspondent
  • Rafael Medoff, columnist
  • John Loftus, regular contributor
  • Rabbi Moshe Taub,[17] rabbinic editor and weekly contributor
  • Rabbi Shais Taub, weekly advice columnist
  • Dina Neuman, regular Aim! Columnist, short story writer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adlerstein, Yitzchok (February 28, 2011). "Reading, Writing, and a New Periodical for the Jewish Home". Cross-currents. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ Berger, Zackery Sholem (August 8, 2012). "Haredi Women's Lit Explodes". Tablet Magazine. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ Frankfurter, Rabbi Yitzchok (1 February 2012). "Can Newt Gingrich Save America?". Ami. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Turx. "What Makes Ron Paul Tick?". Ami. 
  5. ^ "Ami Goes Inside the Supreme Court for the Obamacare Ruling". Yeshiva World News. July 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Goodstein, Laurie (17 February 2016). "A Jewish Reporter Got to Ask Trump a Question. It Didn't Go Well.". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Oppenheim, Maya (18 February 2017). "Donald Trump accuses Jewish reporter of lying and tells him to 'sit down' in response to anti-semitism question". The Independent. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Trump shouts down ultra-Orthodox reporter who asks about anti-Semitism". The Times of Israel. 16 February 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  9. ^ Kadinsky, Sergey (November 23, 2011). "Psychologist, editor clash over going public with accusations". The Jewish Star. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Hoffman, Rabbi Yair (July 16, 2012). "Op-Ed: On Vigilantism And AMI Magazine". Vosizneias. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ Ain, Stewart (January 24, 2012). "Depicting Nazi Flag-Draped White House Was 'Insensitive At Best'". The Jewish Week. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Holier Than Thou – 16 Satmar Rabbanim Ban Frum Magazines". On This and On That. January 22, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  13. ^ "A Response to Ami Magazine’s Assertion that an Early Amorah Was Mentally Ill". www.theyeshivaworld.com. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  14. ^ Frankfurter, Rabbi Yitzchok (April 9, 2014). "J'Accuse!". Ami Magazine. Retrieved May 29, 2014. 
  15. ^ Hoffman, Rabbi Yair (May 1, 2014). "Cults and the War of the Jewish Magazines". Cross-Currents. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  16. ^ Marcus, Mendy (April 18, 2014). "Mendy Marcus' Response To Ami Magazine's Lev Tahor section". YouTube. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Rabbi Moshe Taub". Buffalo Vaad Hakashrut. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 

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