For Ultra-Orthodox Women In Israel, Losing Their Religion Can Mean Losing Their Children

Rivka says she gave up a lot more than she bargained for when she swapped her heavily cloistered ultra-Orthodox lifestyle for a non-believing life in an Israeli coastal metropolis a few years ago. Read more

Hasidic ‘Silent Night’: No Torah and No Sex

Christmas is a day like any other in most Hasidic neighborhoods in New York: Children go to school, shops are open, and tinsel and holly are nowhere to be seen. Read more

I Left Hasidism To Become A Woman

A man who descends from a Hasidic “dynasty” is transitioning into a woman — enraging members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community she left behind. Read more

Hasidic Drivers Get Less Tickets So They Vote For De Blasio

Cops doled out fewer tickets to bad drivers in Williamsburg’s Hasidic neighborhoods because the de Blasio administration covets their votes and needs to keep them happy, a source said. Read more

Matisyahu Struggles With Leaving Orthodox Identity Behind

With his clean-shaven face and hip clothing, it’s easy to forget that Matisyahu was a Hasidic icon before he was just a Jewish one. Read more

Attack Leaves Montreal Chasidic Man In Critical Condition

A young Hasidic man who was severely beaten after leaving a bank in Outremont Thursday evening is in intensive care in hospital, Montreal police say. Read more

New Jersey – Sketchy Hasidic Real Estate Tactics Cited By Proponents Of Tighter “No Knock” Regulations In Jackson

Jackson, NJ – On Tuesday, the city council in Jackson is expected to take up a measure aimed at tightening regulations surrounding the town’s “no knock” ordinance. Read more

Hasidic Pilgrims and Ukrainian Sex Workers: Prayer and Pleasure In Uman

Yitzhak, 35, a father of three, first visited Uman three years ago. He prostrated himself at the graveside of Rabbi Nachman, the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement, for the sake of spiritual enrichment and for the mitzvah, hoping to secure a good living, answers to his problems, and a happy life. Read more

How Luzer Twersky Escaped Hasidic Judaism

In June 2008, exactly three years after I got married, I decided to get a divorce. I didn’t fall out of love with my wife. In fact, I never fell in love with her in the first place. Read more

Belz Hasidic Group Reverses on Expelling Kids of Women Drivers

A letter issued by rabbis of the Belz Hasidic group in London saying that the children whose mothers drive them to school will be banned was not approved by the schools’ board of governors. Read more