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Hasidic Jews

An Unforgettable Evening with Shlomo Carlebach

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 01.02.2017 | Impact
Mitch Ditkoff

I am Jewish. My parents were Jewish. My grandparents were Jewish and all their parents and grandparents were Jewish. My father's father's name was "Ab...

What It Means To Be A Gay Teen In A Jewish Ultra-Orthodox Community

Leah Lax | Posted 08.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Leah Lax

LGBTQ+ kids in fundamentalist societies have secrets to keep from a young age. They feel different when everyone around them is supposed to be the same. They are often shy, insecure, and crave love, and have no one in whom to confide.

Why This Orthodox Jewish Indie Rock Band Only Performs For Women

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.27.2016 | Religion

This Hasidic indie rock band has lots of lady power. Perl is a Crown Heights, Brooklyn-based group founded by singer-songwriter Perl Wolfe and featuri...

Hasidic Jews See Fiddler on The Roof for the First Time!

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 02.03.2017 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Hasidic Judaism embraces joy and spirituality, yearning and learning, powerful singing, but most individuals in these communities do not own a televis...

A Conversation with Leah Lax, Author of Uncovered

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 10.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Leah Lax's extraordinary new memoir is Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home. Lax, who is a lesbian, presents a rare and intimate account of a woman's life among the insular Hasidim, the Jewish ultra-orthodox, where she had an arranged marriage and raised many children.

Stories Of Pain And Isolation After Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Judaism

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion

Shulem Deen had been a devout Hasidic Jew until he had a "faith crisis" that eventually forced him away from both the religion and his family, he told...

God, or Not, on the F Train

Mark Osler | Posted 07.24.2016 | Religion
Mark Osler

Back home in Minnesota, the lakes are sparkling, and throngs of people will soon be flying around them on bikes. How do these go together under one God, the horrors of Auschwitz and the comfort of this time and place?

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Sect Drops Its Formal Ban On Moms Driving

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect in London has backtracked on plans to ban moms from driving their kids to school, after news about the proposal sparked ...

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Sect Bans Women From Driving

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion

Leaders of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect in north London recently issued a statement to their community that bans women from driving. The letter, s...

Investigating Fundamentalism In The Jewish Hasidic Community

Religion News Service | Jay Michaelson | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Just a few miles north of New York City, an all-powerful religious leader controls every aspect of his followers’ lives. Accounts detail welfa...

This All-Women Hasidic Rock Band Wants Your Help

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion

Your favorite all-women, Hasidic Jewish rock band from Brooklyn needs your help. Throughout the last few years, Bulletproof Stockings have capture...

'I Grew Up In America And I Wasn't Allowed To Drive'

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.31.2015 | Religion

Frimet Goldberger grew up in Kiryas Joel, New York, an ultra-Orthodox Satmar Hasidic community about an hour's drive northwest of New York City. An ov...

Antonia Blumberg

The Hasidic Hipsters Of Zusha Are Here To Rock The World Of Jewish Music | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.26.2014 | Religion

The three members of Zusha were raised amid varying flavors of Jewish culture. But call Zusha a “Jewish band,” and the musicians will balk at the ...

What Happens After Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jews Break Away From Their Religion?

New York Magazine | Alice Robb | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion

The first time Lynn Davidman bit into a cheeseburger, she was worried for her life. “I was afraid some punishment by God might be imminent,” she r...

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Defend Right To Ritual Chicken Slaughter

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.03.2014 | Religion

Hundreds of Ultra-Orthodox Jews in New York City flocked together this week to perform Kaporos, the ritual slaughtering of chickens for Yom Kippur. ...

The First Hasidic Rock Band

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 10.13.2014 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

Dressed as their religion dictates, they set up their own equipment, they had no roadies, and from what I understand they couldn't play from sundown Friday to Saturdays because of the Sabbath.

New Tourism Initiative Brings Another Face to the Holy Land

Anav Silverman | Posted 06.05.2014 | Travel
Anav Silverman

In a kitchen in Mea She'arim, stands an unlikely group of people: a Christian from Texas, a Muslim Arab from the Mount of Olives, and a Christian Arab from Jerusalem. Even more unusual is that the group is learning how to bake Challah -- the special sweet bread baked for the Jewish Sabbath.

City Settles Lawsuit Over Dress Codes At Hasidic Stores

Posted 01.25.2014 | New York

If you walked around the Hasidic section of Williamsburg in Brooklyn last year, you might have seen signs like this in the windows of several storefro...

Soy Sex Story: Atrocious 'Reporting' on Insular Religious Groups

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Sloppy reporting doesn't only damage the credibility of the news outlets, it creates tolerance for a lack of intensive investigation, diverts attention from legitimate news, and can unfairly malign largely defenseless insular religious groups.

What You Don't Know About Hasidic Jews | Posted 01.20.2014 | Religion

You may not think of religious communities as fashion-centric, but talking about identity and appearance with these Hasidic and Orthodox Jews is fasci...

Lhota Stands By Orthodox Synagogue That Refused Female Reporters Entry

The Huffington Post | Jane Janeczko | Posted 10.17.2013 | New York

During a walking tour of the Borough Park section of Brooklyn Tuesday, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota took some time to stop at the orthodox S...

Chicken Suffering Bigger Than Jewish Kaparot

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Although this is a relatively obscure ritual performed by mostly Hasidic Jews, this practice has garnered national controversy with PETA calling for the banning of the practice and many rabbis even criticizing it, encouraging the use of money as an alternative to chickens.

'I Didn't Love My Wife When We Got Married'

Elad Nehorai | Posted 11.11.2013 | Weddings
Elad Nehorai

Now that I've tried to change the way I look at love, the more I become shocked at the messages of love I had gotten when I was younger.

WATCH: The Hasidic Jew Serving 103 Years For Sexual Abuse

Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion

Nechemya Weberman, an esteemed religious counselor in New York's Hasidic Jewish community, was sentenced in January to 103 years in prison for sexuall...

4 Lessons Science and Religion Both Taught Me

Elad Nehorai | Posted 10.13.2013 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

The more I learn about science, and the more I learn about religion, the more I feel like the two so beautifully complement each other. The more people debate and argue, the more I see the commonality between the two.