Boys on Steps
The Satmar Hasid community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is the most dominant and extreme of the various Hasid sects. I’m drawn to this group of people partly because of my own heritage. As a child I had relatives that lived in Williamsburg and on the infrequent occasions when I visited the community with my parents I was fascinated by their unfamiliar way of life.
The dialectical nature of life intrigues me. The people who live in Williamsburg are frequently described as unfriendly and harsh. I have wanted to understand the seeming incongruence of how these very serious and private people can in an instant burst into spirited and sometimes rapturous celebration.
The dichotomies of the Hasid Williamsburg community are reflected in how it’s people live. The community minimizes contact with the external world while simultaneously cherishing and celebrating family ties and worship. The insular and restrictive lifestyle is maintained as a way of preventing the dilution of religion and traditions through contact from outside influence. The old and strict traditions may seem oppressive and exclusive from the outside, but for most Hasids their religion and the codes they live by are a work of love and a source of great joy.
Peyes (Traditional Hasidic Sideburns)
Man At Carnival Rides During Passover
Tank Ride At Carnival During Passover
Father With His Children
Pre Yom Kippur Kapparot Ritual (Jewish Custom Of Transferring Sins To Sacrificial Chickens)
Boys During Pre Yom Kippur Kapparot Ritual (Jewish Custom Of Transferring Sins To Sacrificial Chickens)
Hasidic Neighborhood In Brooklyn, Williamsburg, NY
Men Watching Fire Rescue
Boys Reacting To Photographer
Boy And His Mother
Girls Taking A Break During Shabbat Service (Saturday Morning)
Woman Waving Chicken Above Her Head Pre Kapparot, Jewish Ritual Sacrifice Of Chickens During Yom Kippur
Boys With Bicycle
Boys Returning Home After Saturday Morning Shabbat Service
Girls Playing On A Fire Escape