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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...

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.

One Rabbi's Uphill Battle Against Sexual Abuse

Shawn Ahmed | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Shawn Ahmed

As the New York Hasidic community faces increasing criticism in the wake of this scandal, this gay Muslim in Bangladesh hopes others show the Hasidic Community the same compassion, empathy, and understanding that one ultra-orthodox Hasidic rabbi once showed me.

Popcorn Preview: Fill the Void

Leslie Sisman | Posted 07.26.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Fill the Void (Lemale et ha'halal) (2012) Cast includes: Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein (Policeman), Irit Sheleg (Night Terrors), Chayim Sharir (Res...

PHOTOS: Orthodox Jewish Wedding Attracts 25,000 Guests

Posted 05.22.2013 | Weddings

If you thought it was tough to organize a couple hundred guests at your wedding, imagine if 25,000 well-wishers decided to drop by. A wedding betw...

WATCH: 'Unite The Beards' Connects Hipsters, Hasids

| Posted 07.21.2013 | New York

By Meredith Hoffman WILLIAMSBURG -- A new campaign aims to bring hipsters and Hasids together by pointing out one thing they have in common: beards...

Hasidic Rebels

Baruch Sterman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Baruch Sterman, Ph.D.

When the Hasidim of Kotzk prayed, they did not move. Any external sign of piety was deemed pretentious. The story is told of a great student, who after one prayer session -- though someone observing from the side would not even have noticed that he was praying -- was bathed in sweat and had actually cracked two of his teeth.

Two Kinds Of Jews: Ashamed And Proud

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

My father grew up with little to no Jewish tradition. No Shabbat. No Menorah. No Kosher. He spent much of his life searching for an identity. Eventually, he discovered and embraced his Jewish heritage at an Oglala tribal meeting on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Kicking The Box Open, Defeating Orthodox Labels

Chava Tombosky | Posted 06.12.2013 | Religion
Chava Tombosky

More than anything, I hate the box. The stuffy, claustrophobic, choking box that others in the media create with their own assumptions of how I must conform in order to observe the beauty of Hasidic life.

Crossing Your Own Red Sea: How Will You Get Through?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

Life is designed to test us in many ways. Sometimes the tests are small and seemingly inconsequential. At other times, the significance of the test is obvious and terrifying.

Chaim Potok's Asher Lev Still Lives

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 05.07.2013 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

Did I mention that he is a Hasidic Jew? Asher Lev makes Matisyahu look like beat-boxing was never meant for anything more racy than a bar mitzvah.