Hasidic Jews

Religion

Leaving the Hasidic Community Is Only Half the Battle

We talk to the filmmakers behind the powerful new doc 'One of Us.'
Ethan Sapienza
10.19.17
THE LOOKING GLASS ISSUE

Seventy-Two Hours at the Hasidic Burning Man

Redeem your soul, stock up on groceries, or simply dance, dance, dance to the ecstatic music proclaiming God's—and Rebbe Nachman's—eternal greatness.
Ross Ufberg
4.3.17
News

How Mentally Ill Hasidic Women Slip Though Cracks in the System

Isolated from secular society and often at the mercy of unlicensed therapists who can do more harm than good, it can be nearly impossible for women in New York's ultra-Orthodox world to find the help they need.
Allie Conti
8.15.16
NSFW

Who Is Watching All the Porn Marketed to Orthodox Jews?

"Frum porn" features supposedly Orthodox women in ankle-length skirts and head scarves having sex. But are ultra-religious Jews actually watching it?
Arielle Pardes
9.16.15
News

We spoke with Mindy Pollak About Being Montreal's First Female Hasidic City Councillor

Pollak is working hard to create inter-cultural and inter-faith bonds in her Montreal neighbourhood.
Neha Chandrachud
3.31.15
Photo

Ultra-Orthodox Anti-Zionist Jews Held an Israeli-Flag-Burning Protest in London Yesterday

Mainstream Jews are worried that the protest against Israel might stoke anti-Semitism.
Graham Lanktree
3.6.15
Interviews

The Trials and Tribulations of Matisyahu

Strap on your tie-dye shorts, Matisyahu is back.
Jonathan Peltz
12.2.14
Stuff

A Visit to Torah Animal World, the Largest Hasidic Taxidermy Museum on Earth

The first thing I noticed when I walked into Torah Animal World was the giant moose head on the front of the building. This is just one of the many strange and incongruous things I saw at this "spiritual taxidermy center" in the orthodox Jewish...
Laura Feinstein
5.2.14
Stuff

We Spoke to Deborah Feldman About Her New Memoir 'Exodus'

'Exodus' continues the story Deborah Feldman began in 'Unorthodox' about her escape from the Satmar Hasidic community.
Christina Crawford
4.26.14
News

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Are Refusing to Join the Israeli Army

Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews crowded into the center of Jerusalem on Sunday to protest against mandatory armed service. As things stand, they are exempt from being drafted into the military so that they can pray a whole bunch, but a...
Daniel Tepper
3.5.14
Travel

Celebrating Hasidic Mardi Gras in Crown Heights

The Orthodox Hasidic Jewish lifestyle seems grim and austere, but for a day during the weeklong harvest festival Sukkot, the streets of Crown Heights run wild with throngs of be-hatted and bearded Hasids drunkenly dancing in the street.
A.M Gittlitz
10.3.13
Fashion

Western People Appropriate the Shit Out of Everything

You know what's cool? Disrespecting someone by wearing their cherished, centuries-old culture as a fashion accessory. With that in mind, here are a few ways in which Western culture has made a complete ass of itself by re-appropriating cultures and...
Lore Oxford
8.21.12