In Mile-End, a centrally-located and increasingly trendy residential area, competition for housing between various social groups is related to recent squabbles involving Hassidic
communities; indeed, the neighborhood is engaged in a process of gentrification with many professional couples or individuals (from various cultural backgrounds) moving in and attempting to rehabilitate housing and the local environment.
Who could have imagined in the middle of the twentieth century that Orthodoxy, which had been written off as a fossil, would regenerate with such dynamism and increasingly come under the sway of haredi and Hassidic
groups, rather than the modern Orthodox?
He even went to a Hassidic
wedding, where he saw a comedian do a bit of tomfoolery with an empty wine bottle, balancing it on his head as he danced.
The emotional intensity and longevity of Robeson live and the recorded rendition of "The Hassidic
Chant" raise the question of "ownership." Does it belong toits author, the Hassidic
eighteenth-century Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev, or to the twentieth-century black American activist and star performer who infused it with an experience that was historically alien to that of the chant's progenitor?
In one instance, I saw a 22-year-old Hassidic
Jew who was very seriously disturbed and could not "recover" from some minor sexual and drug indiscretions in which he had engaged 2 years before.
Jew with his tall hat and curls watched her go.
runs through appropriate references in Christian, Hassidic
, Buddhist, and Hindu literature.
And in that respect it doesn't disappoint, upping the comedic ante with his increasing infatuation with the bride-to-be and a trip to her Hassidic
New York family where the hunky brother confides his own sexual inclinations to Simon, unaware that he's gay.
Freespirited Jewish student Chaja takes a job as a nanny to a Hassidic
family to earn some much-needed cash.
Again, in a mildly contemptuous treatment of Singer's vegetarianism, Hadda ignores "The Slaughterer," where the demented shokhet Yoineh Meir obviously has the author's sympathy when he screams, "I have more compassion than God Almighty." If Singer's fideism would never let him openly abjure the faith of his Hassidic
father, Rabbi Pinkhes Menakhem Singer, neither could he ever convincingly affirm anything supernatural except the omnipresence of demons.
Michael Taub of SUNY Binghamton's Jewish studies department views Peretz's rewriting of Hassidic
stories as an attempt to strike a compromise between love of the past and the need for reform." Michael Steinlauf of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.
Jews, for example, obey and revere their leader, limit outside contact, run their own schools, and even dictate what their kids may eat.