The media likes to call ’em “ultra-orthodox”. Others like to call them crazy. Some people try to put them in a box and call them the Jews who refuse to serve in the IDF.
Everyone seems to have their own views of the way we should interpret lives of Hasidic Jews, and, often, all we see is the most extreme examples of these people because that’s what gets hits and attention and continues to perpetuate stereotypes.
This image post is more about showing subtle moments in the lives of Hasidic Jews. As one of the most diverse group of Jews, they deserve to be shown in a more complex light.
1. Mitzvah Tantz At Hasidic Wedding
This image is actually from an amazing series in the Daily Mail, which is full of more beautiful photographs. Definitely check it out.
2. Hasidic Welder In Israel, 1952
Taken by the great photographer, David Seymour aka "Chim”, this photograph beautifully depicts the eclectic nature of the populace of Israel, especially around the time of its founding.
3. Instagrammed Hasidic Boy
Speaking of the eclectic nature of Israel, this photo, by Chana Blumes, one of my favorite Jewish photographers, just so beautifully depicts Jerusalem, and especially Nachlaot, in all its diverse glory.
4. Father And Children Gather Palm Fronds For Sukkot
5. Hasidic Couple Teaches Yoga
These two special Breslov folks were featured in Haaretz for bringing Yoga to their Hasidic community in Ramat Beit Shemesh. This photograph is just too awesome for words.
6. Burning Chametz/Being Cool
7. Hasidic Girls Being Even Cooler
This isn’t necessarily the most professional image here, but there’s something about this image that so perfectly depicts the life of some Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn. Half in, and half out of the world around them.
This deeply moving image has circulated quite a bit since the tragic deaths of Nachum and Raizy Glauber, who were 10 Images That Will Change The Way You Look At Tefillin