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Video: ‘Former Hasidic Jews Reveal Hidden World’ on NBC

The fun part is that they're still stuck with their heavy, Jewish accent.
Former Hasidic Jews

A rare look inside the community of about 300,000 Brooklyn Hasidic Jews whose members strive to keep out all secular influences and remain isolated while living in the middle of America’s biggest city. But what happens when some of their followers want to see what’s on the outside? NBC Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman follows the experiences of four people who left the community.

The wedding images didn’t strike me as belonging to Satmar Chassidim – more a mix of Lubavitchers and Litvaks. But I think in today’s language, “Hasidic” means the folks in dark suits and hats.

The four people being interviewed are not part of God’s gift to scholarship and articulate thinking – the fun part is that they’re still stuck with their heavy, Jewish accent.

One of them left the fold because of his first encounter with a dinosaur in the museum.

Still, a thought provoking piece, despite all the many—and they’re truly numerous—misunderstood and misrepresented facts. It’s an uneven piece, and very much biased in favor of leaving the religion. But if you catch a glimpse of yourself here – say hi.


About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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3 Responses to “Video: ‘Former Hasidic Jews Reveal Hidden World’ on NBC”

  1. Anonymous says:

    There are extremists in every walk of life. Accordingly as here, the norm is not properly represented. I guess it doesn't make good news that there are actually observant Jews who experience authentic joy. I'm having difficulty believing the stories of the young people. More attention should be given as to if and why this problem exists. It always seems to be a 'slam fest' on observant life… when truly observant life is intended to be a life filled with joy. Something is wrong.

  2. Sherree Belsky says:

    This was a very one sided biased program. Most of the Rabbi's important comments and explanations were excluded. If you are dissatisfied with your life and want to explore more options about the world and education go speak to a therapist, walk into a shul that is not your normal shul, talk to others your own age, don't go to Footsteps it is a missionary for atheists. They will divest you of all thoughts and feelings of faith in God until you believe as they do that God does NOT exist. There are many people, programs and organizations that can and do guide individuals in improving their lives no matter where they come from. Why must a Frum Jew no matter what Chassidik background they come from give everything up to be helped by Footsteps? Why is the story the same for all those emerging from this club? They don't help them succeed in life? Their goal is to help them walk away from their religion. Those are the footsteps they are talking about. They are there to guide them off the path of their religion and they use education, job opportunities and dating in their repertoire of alluring possibilities. Well guess what? You can still be religious and still have those opportunities. So how do we combat this cancer in our midst?

  3. Anonymous says:

    for these 'young Jews' to discuss publicly in the manner is loshon hora.

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