If you’re looking to get a taste of the various Hasidic neighborhoods in Brooklyn, here’s where I’d go.
Do Hasidic Jews use smartphones? The answer: some Hasidic Jews do, particularly those that work in business. Although, it's important to note that as a general rule, the Hasidic community frowns upon Internet and Smartphone use. Hasidic leaders see Internet and smartphones as dangerous for many reasons. Two reasons that come to mind immediately: The … Continue reading Do Hasidic Jews Use Smartphones?
I remember the first time I ever encountered Hasidim. I was ten years old and I was staying in a hotel in Boro Park with my parents. We were in town for a family wedding in Flatbush. I grew up in the Midwest and I’d never been to a hotel with a Kosher breakfast. It … Continue reading The First Time I Encountered Hasidim
I recently visited Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where 770, the world headquarters of the Chabad Lubavitch Hasidic sect is located. Here are some photos I took:
Hasidism is a sect within Orthodox Judaism that emphasizes fervent prayer, maintaining a deep connection with a grand rabbi, insularity, and strict adherence to Jewish law. The sect was founded by the Baal Shem Tov in 18th century Poland. Today, Hasidic Jews primarily live in New York City, London, Antwerp, and all throughout Israel. Hasidism … Continue reading What is Hasidism in Judaism?
Hasidic Jews wear sidecurls or "peyos" to differentiate themselves from others, as a stringency in Jewish law, and as a mystical/kabbalistic practice. Unsure what I mean by sidecurls? Here is a picture of a Hasidic Jew with sidecurls: Now, let's dig a little deeper to truly understand the three primary reasons why Hasidic Jews wear … Continue reading Why Do Hasidic Jews Have Sidecurls?
I've gotten a few messages from readers wanting to learn more about women in Hasidic life and Hasidic women rules. So I decided to write a post about the "takanot" or decrees in the Toldos Aharon sect that relate to women. All of the takanot in this post can be found in the sefer Takanot Vehadrachot. This is … Continue reading Hasidic Women Rules – Toldos Aharon Takanot For Women
Hasidic Vs Orthodox. What's the difference? Let me get right down to it: Hasidic Jews are a sect/movement within Orthodox Judaism. All Hasidic Jews are Orthodox, but not all Orthodox Jews are Hasidic. There are various sects within Orthodox Judaism and the Hasidic movement is only one of them. If you are not very familiar … Continue reading Hasidic Vs Orthodox: What’s The Difference?
This post is primarily based on the sefer Neitzutzei Tomer, which is a compilation of quotes and stories from Reb Yoel Teitelbaum, the founder of Satmar chassidut. The sefer is broken up into various subjects such as chassidut, Torah learning, holidays, education, shabbat, etc. For those of you that are more visual, here's a picture of … Continue reading Education In Satmar
In my last post I discussed the Sefer Takanot Vehadrachot, which essentially serves as a sort of life guidebook for Toldos Aharon Hasidim. The Sefer includes a compiled list of the main takanot (decrees) that they must live by to stay part of the sect. Now, let's discuss a few takanot: 1. Every Hasid (that lives in Jerusalem) must … Continue reading Toldos Aharon Takanot – Prayer