As a young dad in the Skverer sect, Shulem Deen took the one job open to him: teacher. He was shocked to find that punishment was the bedrock of education at the New Square Yeshiva.
It’s goyish for men to push baby strollers — or at least, that’s what a Hasidic newspaper ad wants Jews to believe. Shulem Deen explains why the ban will never stick.
Why are Hasidim expected to greet every gawking tourist with a smile? Shulem Deen slams a psychologist who describes them as ‘dead-eyed’ and ‘creepy.’
It’s debatable whether the Satmars have gained the respect of the world. But their rebbe’s ideology of separatism has proven effective at preserving the Hasidic lifestyle — and attire.
‘Division Avenue’ is a play about the battle over bicycles in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg. It’s also about the fight between Hasids and hipsters as gentrification meets the urban shtetl.
It’s not just Hasidic women who feel trapped into having many children. Shulem Deen recalls being forced by Halacha — and his wife — to have more than he had any hope of providing for.
A former yeshiva student in New Square weighs in on what’s behind the recent attempted firebombing that left a dissident member of the community with severe burns on more than half of his body.