Shpitzle is the pseudonym for the blogger and cartoonist Frieda Vizel, who wrote under this pen name when she lived in the insular Hasidic community of Kiryas Joel. Frieda grew up in a very large pious family where secular education was minimal and marriages were arranged. When she was twenty-one years old and already a mother to a baby boy, she began a blog about the life of Hasidic women and adopted “shpitzle”, the name of her scarf headgear, as her nom de plume to guard her identity. Eventually, she felt she could no longer live within the constraints of the community and after a lot of struggle, left the community with her son in tow. Frieda is now a full time mom and part time graduate student and compulsive doodler.
Click here to connect with Frieda via Facebook.
Click here for Frieda’s guided tours of Hasidic Williamsburg.
A bit more about Frieda in Tablet magazine: Breaking From Hasidism, Online