This fall there has been an influx of posters from Israeli Haredei activists who are pushing back against the Israeli draft of Orthodox youths. There is no knowing how interested local New York Hasidim are in these issues, but the Israeli activists sure have been churning out posters. I find this poster particularly illustrative for its shocking use of the holocaust...

It’s really a question of: if the NYC Department of Education cares, what can they do? Hasidic groups have a long history of fighting changes to their education, going back to the nineteenth century Europe. As soon as modernity reached Europe, Jewish “reformers” tried to urge the government to intervene with the lifestyle of these “unwordly” Jews and to demand certain...

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...

Translation: The Committee for Saving Williamsburg; Notice and Warning: It has come to our attention that a resident of our city has sold 2 properties on 176/178 Division Avenue to someone from outside "our city" for a high price, which puts the project in danger of being built for artists, god-forbid. The rabbis have written in their proclamation on the first of cheshvon 5764: “We...

Some collectors amass interesting collections of stamps or antiques, this is the beginning of the collection of something different: wall posters from the Williamsburg streets. The signs that are taped to walls and street lamps are usually in Yiddish and Hebrew, and address a wide range of issues relevant to the community. Often the messages in them are demands for...