Intro note: to understand what restrictions there are on the internet for Hasidim, you have to understand how restrictions work in the Hasidic community. Unlike, say, in China, where the government can point-blank block domains, Hasidim who live in New York City cannot simply physically be blocked from using the internet. Instead, customs are enforced among Hasidim through a combination...

Someone just sent me a message through my business website. They apologized that they are not exactly messaging about my services (walking tours / food tours). But: could I help them find an apartment in Hasidic Williamsburg? This. This is what I occupy my time with. And requests from photographers to photograph Hasidic kids. I get asked to be connected to Hasidim...

A photo of a March 2017 poster asks people to notify the "Organization of Technology" if they have any information with regards to women (using the language "mothers") who have smartphones. ​Here's the announcement with translation: NOTICE As during these days the "Vaad Hatechnelogia" (Organization of Technology) is finishing to eradicate the smartphones owned by the mothers of students of our holy schools- It...

I’ve worked in the Hasidic (Satmar) community since I was seventeen. Not to give my age away, but that’s some fifteen years and counting. These are all the Hungarian Hasidim from Williamsburg and sattelites; not the more Americanized ChabadHasidim. There are some Hasidic men with whom I’ve had a professional relationship for my entire adult life, and yet I’ve never had a...

A screenshot taken from a Whatsapp group titled in Yiddish "Satmer Worldwide" is circulating on Whatsapp, the social media platform of choice for many Hasidim. It suggests that as part of the ongoing campaign amongst Hasidim to limit their use of internet and smartphones for non-commercial ends, the focus has now turned to the widespread use of Whatsapp and Whatsapp-groups. ​This...