Ep. 36: Part I- Understanding Haredi and Hasidic Jewish Identity

When Dr Heather Munro initially approached me about her research on Haredi and Hasidic identity in London, New York, and Israel, I completely underestimated the complex web that makes up the ultra-orthodox community. To ‘simplify’ her work (although I use that term lightly) we decided to break apart her research into two parts with this first part examining the background history of the Haredi and Hasidic communities. 

The goal with this episode is to better understand the roles that Haredi/Hasidic men and women play within their own environment so that we can discuss in Part II some members’ responses to the anti-vaxx movement within the Haredi community.

Listen here:

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Show notes (additional readings, movie suggestions, etc.):

Wiki facts:

Haredi Judaism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haredi_Judaism

Hasidic Judaism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasidic_Judaism

Documentaries/ short videos/ TV series:

What is Hasidic Judaism? A Brief History of the Movement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SX_TjEG4i4

One of Us- Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBPn5oQNutI

Trembling Before G-d- Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3O8RHyYvE4

City of Joel- Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXBnyz2m5Dg

Shtisel- Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nxm5ZNCcIsQ

Unorthodox- Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nixgq1d5J7g

Fill the Void- Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGcy-M46BA8


‘Living a Jewish Life: Jewish Traditions, Customs, And Values For Today’s Families’ by: Anita Diamant

‘The Talmud: What It Is and What It Says’ by: Jacob Neusner

‘Hasidic Commentary on the Torah’ by: Ora Wiskind-Elper

‘Who Will Lead Us?: The Story of Five Hasidic Dynasties in America’ by: Samuel C. Heilman and Ken Heilman

‘American Shtetl: The Making of Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Village in Upstate New York’ by: Nomi M. Myers and David N. Stolzenberg


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