My Hasidic Education

My Hasidic Education

I recently shared a YouTube video and did a live YouTube discussion about my schoolwork in a Hasidic all-girls school in Kiryas Joel, where I grew up. Hasidic education is a frequently asked about and frequently discussed topic, so I wanted to compile the posts I’ve made on the topic here, for you to peruse.

Here is the original video on my Hasidic education:


And here is the livestream I did as a follow-up to answer your questions:


This post details the subjects my son learned in public school versus those I learned in Hasidic school, and even shows some of my schoolwork.

My Hasidic report card versus My son’s public school version

This post also borrows from the infamous maroon binders to demonstrate the censorship present in our schoolwork. You even get to guess what parts have been crossed out.

Hasidic schoolwork—censored!

This post looks at some of my creative writing and the decorative notebook. The story about the plum might seem to be a bizarre piece of fiction, but it’s an example of an essay about looking out for other girls who don’t have friends.

Hasidic Satmar creative writing

In this post I write about how the censors would cross out the Bible and God, presumably because the holy subjects should not be mixed with the secular curriculum.

Censoring the Bible and God

Here I write about the very inconsistent, confusing history I learned in my schooling:

Hasidic kids learn an incoherent world history

I also wrote a post about my sewing class. Mind you some years during sewing we worked on whole outfits with patterns, as well as on embroidering a beautiful coverlet to go over the home phone for shabbes. It was the size of a medium home phone and said something like “for the holy shabbes” and we embroidered the words and candles and flowers.

Sewing classes; Satmar girl’s school

I have many more blog posts in my archives on boys education, on the education controversy, on the economic outcome of the education system and on premarital education. Make sure to look at my posts in the education category if you’re interested in learning more!

  • Joan
    Posted at 20:56h, 17 June Reply

    Can you add me to the list.

    • Frieda Vizel
      Posted at 21:42h, 17 June Reply

      Joan, an error occurred with my notification list and I lost the whole list. So if you want to be notified when I put up something new, it’s best to follow me on instagram. Thanks!

  • Birgit
    Posted at 07:35h, 09 July Reply

    Hi Frieda, thank you so much for your super interesting and very fair and balanced blog posts. I read Unorthodox when it came out and it seemed so unfair to the community she left; surely not everybody was a monster or totally brainwashed? Your blog does a good job of showing people as people, not as monsters out to suck the life out of one unhappy bride. 🙂
    I am Austrian and have always been interested in Middle/Eastern European history and had to read your blog before realizing that “Satmar” comes from “Satu Mare”, oh the shame for not realizing by myself! 🙂
    If I go to New York I will definitely book a tour if you still offer them.

    Be well,

    • Frieda Vizel
      Posted at 12:28h, 09 July Reply

      Hi Birgit – thanks for your comment. There’s actually a bit of a debate/misunderstanding that Satmar comes from Saint Mary — but as you noted, the group’s name comes from the Hungarian/Romanian city! 🙂 Perhaps I’ll see you in New York one day! 🙂

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