Hasidic Neighborhoods in Brooklyn: What to See

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?

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?

The First Time I Encountered Hasidim

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


What is Hasidism in Judaism?

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?


Why Do Hasidic Jews Have Sidecurls?

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?


Hasidic Vs Orthodox: What’s The Difference?

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?