Shulem Deen


Who Says Hasidim Have 'Dead Eyes'?

By Shulem Deen

Hasidim walk through Williamsburg / All photos courtesy of Mo Gelber Read More


The Secret Genius of Hasidic Fashion

By Shulem Deen

The Secret Genius of Hasidic Fashion
“The genius of the Satmar rebbe,” Williamsburg-based artist Michael Levin says of the late Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum, the post-Holocaust leader of Williamsburg’s Satmar Hasidic community, “was to say that if you wear a shtreimel and long peyes, everyone will be freaked out and hate you and stay away from you. But in the end, they’ll also respect you.”Read More


Williamsburg Bike Wars Provide Family Drama

By Shulem Deen

Williamsburg Bike Wars Provide Family Drama
The other day, just as I was coming up from the subway at Manhattan’s Herald Square, a Hasidic man in full attire — long coat and broad-brimmed hat, in 95 degree heat — rode right past me on a blue CitiBike. I kicked myself for not having a camera at the ready; it was a perfect example of a Hasid doing his thing without concern for the petty politics of his leaders. It was only later that I realized the timeliness of it: I was on my way to see the play “Division Avenue,” which is set against the backdrop of Hasidim vs. bicyclists in Williamsburg, and the political circus that has sprung up in recent years over the issue.Read More


Did Rabbi's Forged Letter Boost Anti-Draft Rally?

By Shulem Deen

Did Rabbi's Forged Letter Boost Anti-Draft Rally?
Was the weekend rally in New York against Israel’s plans to draft ultra-Orthodox Jews boosted by a prominent rabbi’s forged endorsement?Read More


Hasidic Women Feel Pressure for Children, But Fathers Fret About Providing

By Shulem Deen

Hasidic Women Feel Pressure for Children, But Fathers Fret About Providing
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.Read More






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