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Elad Nehorai
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Elad Nehorai is a writer living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Five years ago, he became a religious Jew in the Chabad Hassidic community and has since written about his experience extensively, most recently in his blog Pop Chassid. You can find him on Twitter as @PopChassid and Facebook.

Entries by Elad Nehorai

Why My Skin Color Means I'll Never Feel Like I Belong

(4) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 8:55 AM

"Terrorist."

That was a word I heard a lot in high school.

I'm a sephardi Jew (three-quarters of me is, genetically speaking) and I was living in a very white (but Jewish) area near Chicago.

And so the people made jokes, they made jokes in the way guys make jokes...

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Why The 'Sleeping Stranger Subway Picture' Matters

(7) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 4:53 PM

On Friday of last week, I saw a picture posted on Reddit that warmed my heart.  It was an image of one man sleeping on another man's shoulder on the subway.  The story that accompanied it was so small and beautiful that I just had to share it with the...

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I Didn't Love My Wife When We Got Married

(618) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 4:27 PM

I'm a ridiculous, emotional, over-sentimental sap.  I guess that's why I told my wife I loved her on our second date.

I had tried really hard up to that point to hold it back, honestly.  I wanted to tell her on the first date, but I knew that would probably...

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4 Lessons Science and Religion Both Taught Me

(190) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 12:48 PM

I remember once being in a philosophy class.  It was a winter "enrichment" course for 7th graders like me who didn't have friends to hang out with during winter break.  It was our last day.  Everyone was telling the class what they gained out of it.

Some people said it...

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Are We Afraid Of Talking About G-d?

(154) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 11:29 AM

It was my last year in Arizona.  I had begun to slowly get introduced to the idea of being religious at my college Chabad house.  I had always been spiritual on the inside, but I never felt like anyone really shared the way I looked at things.  But now I...

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Stop Forgiving the Boston Bombers

(55) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 12:28 PM

It's gone too far.

It's just gone too far.

For the last few days, ever since they caught Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second Boston bomber, there's been a phenomenon sweeping the nation. Not everyone to be sure, but enough.

Look on the HuffPost Religion section, and you will see articles...

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How My Near Death Experience Taught Me to Deal With Tragedy

(2) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 10:43 AM

I died once.

Well, I don't know if it was technically death.

But it was one of those things they call an NDE: a near death experience.

I was going through a manic episode. It happened before I knew I was bipolar, so it crept out of nowhere.

And so,...

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Why Religious Folks Need To Stop Fighting Gay Marriage

(1250) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 5:47 PM

Ever since I wrote a blog post about gay marriage, one question has been roiling my brain.

What would I do if my child was gay and he or she wanted to get married?

It was comparatively easy...

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How My Christian Friends Turned Me Jewish

(63) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 9:21 AM

I remember when I looked at him and I argued, the way he looked at me, almost like he was sad. And I remember thinking, how dare you, how dare you be sad for me.

I was a secular guy in college, and I had spent the last few months...

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Why A Jew Won't Find Truth In India

(37) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 11:19 AM

I remember when I discovered Taoism. It was the most mind-blowing philosophy I had learned until that time. I remember how during freshman year my professor asked us to read the entire Tao Te Ching, and how it so deeply affected me.

Almost immediately afterward, I decided that I was...

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Eric Harris, Adam Lanza and Evil

(34) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 11:10 AM

This is the second in a series comparing the attacks on Columbine and Sandy Hook.  Read the introduction here.

As reports of Columbine spread around America and soon took it by storm, the country began a process of investigating...

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It's A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad World

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 9:43 PM

"Oh, it's just such a beautiful world, isn't it?"

There are a group of shiny, glowing, blond people that want us to believe this line. They want us to look at the world, to look at the trees and the stars and see how great and amazing everything is.

I...

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How to Live the Life You Are Meant to Live

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 3:20 PM

*Click*

*Whirl*

"Dear me. This is me. I just want you to know something. You're ugly. Also, you don't work hard. You're irresponsible."

*Click*

Somewhere in the world there is a person with that recording playing. Playing constantly in their head.

That person, he or she doesn't even know that...

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America's Obsession With Grammar and What It Means

(7) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 11:40 AM

America has a surprising obsession.

Ever since the internet has come about, it seems, and especially since the widespread use of Facebook, grammar has suddenly exploded on the scene as a cool new passion.

The class that everyone seemed to hate in middle school has now become cool. Facebook pages...

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The Problem Politics Can't Solve

(16) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 12:49 PM

It's that time of every four years again.

The time when the politicians come out of the woodwork to say hello to us normal folk.

They're out on the stump, they call it.  Giving speeches, having conventions, telling us all how they're going to make our lives better.  How they're...

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How Blurry Glasses Are Revealing Mainstream Hate of Ultra-Orthodox Jews

(58) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 1:44 PM

Recently, some articles have come out reporting that some Haredi or "ultra-Orthodox" Jews in Mea Shearim, the most religious area of Jerusalem, have started selling glasses that blur their owner's vision. The goal, apparently, is to help men who might be tempted by women dressed immodestly on the street...

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7 Things That Blow My Mind

(8) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 4:12 PM

Life can seem so boring sometimes. We spend most of our waking hours doing routine tasks. Going to work, paying bills, watching TV, whatever. Life is full of the routine, and very rarely has the exciting, the deep or the incredible infused in it.

It's no wonder, then, that so...

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Don't Call Me an Orthodox Jew

(14) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 12:15 PM

I hate the word orthodox.

Ever since I became a religious Jew, I remember feeling uncomfortable with being labeled as orthodox. 'Orthodox' implies rigidity, implies rules imposed and abided by without question, implies being judgmental and biased.

The truth is that, for me, becoming an "orthodox" Jew meant the exact...

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Why Religious Jews Have So Many Children

(17) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 10:30 AM

We live in a world, where, on the face of it, having children, let alone a lot of kids, seems to make no sense. Why tie ourselves down, spend money and lose our freedom?

It's only after I became a Hasidic Jew and had my own child that I've really...

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Matisyahu's Public Transformation: What The World Doesn't Understand About Religious Jews' Reaction

(147) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 1:12 PM

Six months ago, Matisyahu shaved off his beard. And while it made headlines in the mainstream press, few realized how much this seemingly simple act had rippled through the religious Jewish community. Jewish blogs, newspapers and more buzzed with the news of what Matisyahu had done.

Now, Matisyahu has done...

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