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These Hasidic Legos Are Coming to a Death Star Shul Near You

By On April 25, 2017

The wonder of Legos is that you’re supposed to be able to build anything you can imagine. While sitting around their Baltimore Shabbos table, Tobey Finkelstein and family decided that what they wanted to… Read More

Torah Taxidermy in the Brooklyn Shtetl

Bizarre Torah Taxidermy in the Heart of Jewish Brooklyn

By On March 6, 2016

  Tucked away in a brownstone in the Brooklyn shtetl of Borough Park is a family-friendly attraction of almost Biblical proportions: Torah Animal World, or the “spiritual taxidermy center” of New York… Read More

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Why Hasids Celebrate Xmas Eve (Sort Of)

By On December 23, 2015

Christmas Eve has such a marked place in European Jewish history that it has its own name: Nittel Nacht. As a precaution against the violent acts by marauding Eastern European and Russian… Read More

When Bob Dylan Went Hasidic at a Chabad Telethon

By On October 28, 2015

Bob Dylan is a well-known iconoclast, from his combative tone with reporters (see this clip from the 1967 Dylan documentary Don’t Look Back) to his born-again Christian phase in the late 1970s… Read More

A New, True Story About Growing Up Hasidic and Leaving

A New, True Story About Growing Up Hasidic and Leaving

By On May 6, 2015

Ex-Hasidic narratives — they seemed to be publishing’s hot ticket for a few minutes, with Anouk Markovits’s I Am Forbidden, Leah Vincent’s Cut Me Loose, and others. But Unpious editor Shulem Deen’s new… Read More


When Falling in Love Means Leaving Ultra-Orthodoxy Behind

By On April 28, 2015

Meira is young, Hasidic, and miserable. She hides her birth control pills and her doo-wop records from her husband Shulem, roaming the wintry streets of Montreal just to get air. “Why are… Read More


The Other Kabbalah-Loving L.A. Musician

By On November 11, 2013

LA-based singer-songwriter Mikey Pauker’s inspirations come from across the map. From contemporary pop music to Jewish liturgy, hasidut, kabbalah, and his own Jewish experiences, Pauker skillfully combines upbeat folk songs with classical Jewish texts. Check out,… Read More


An American Folksinger With A Hasidic Twist

By On August 13, 2013

When you first listen to Levi Robin‘s tender, breathy vocals and hypnotic fingerpicking, what comes to mind is likely Iron & Wine or Bob Dylan. But if you close your eyes and listen to the lyrics,… Read More

Hasidic Boy Wins Chinese Dance Contest

Video: Hasidic Boy Wins Chinese Dance-Off

By On January 23, 2013

However did we miss this? Does anyone know who this boy is, and how he made it to this dance contest in Shenzen, China? We would really like to know.… Read More

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Video: Fake Hasids, Real Hasids

By On January 16, 2013

Hollywood has long been fascinated with Hasidic Jews. From A Stranger Among Us (1992) to New York I Love You (2009)—featuring Natalie Portman as a Satmar wife—to Madonna’s most recent film W.E. (2011), it’s not like we haven’t seen the ultra-orthodox… Read More


Mitzvah Tantz

By On August 20, 2012

The mitzvah tantz is one of  Hasidic Judaism’s most bizarre rituals. It takes place at weddings, when the leading members of a community–a prominent rabbi or the bride’s new father-in-law, or both–dance before her. According to the Talmud,… Read More


Chaim Potok and the Rebbe Walk into a Bar.

By On July 12, 2012

A farbrengen is a Hasidic spiritual gathering–it can be just a handful of people, or a few thousand. Stories and folktales are told, wordless niggunim are sung, and, more often than not, alcohol is consumed. At one such farbrengen (watch… Read More