The Secret Life Of Hasidic Sexuality 02/21/2012 11:18 am ET Updated Apr 22, 2012 Though I am not entirely sure why, people seem just plain fascinated by the (supposedly) cloistered communities of black clad Jews who briskly swarm -- entourage and side curls in tow -- through the streets of Brooklyn, the Diamond District and Old Jerusalem. A Satmar woman had seen the bandanna covering my hair, my tweed coat, and my long skirt, and must have made the swift judgement that I dressed oddly but was one of her own. Frimet Goldberger grew up in Kiryas Joel, New York, an ultra-Orthodox Satmar Hasidic community about an hour’s drive northwest of New York City. Jewish clothing is rather different from the clothing that people of other religions or confessions wear normally. I had heard it said that each of the Hasidic "courts" -- Lubavitch, Satmar, Ger, Bobov, Belz, and many others -- wear distinctive hats and that, therefore, it is possible to tell to which court an individual adheres by the style of hat he wears.
See all the pictures. Given the emphasis laid by the faith on the soul rather than external looks, Orthodox Jewish clothing is dominated by modesty rather than striking appearances. An overwhelming majority of the village’s 22,000 residents live below the federal poverty threshold, according to The New York Times. The Satmar Hasidic sect, which was headquartered in Satu Mare, Hungary, before WWII, is one of the largest and most influential Hasidic sects in the world. There are differences on the clothing rules for men and women, being rather tight with regard to the latter.
The Hats of Borough Park. Some months ago I became interested in the hats worn by the (male) Hasidim of Brooklyn.