Weird History

Ridiculously Repressive Rules From Hasidic Judaism

Hasidic Judaism is a sect of Orthodox Judaism with Eastern European roots, a distinct type of dress, and rules that set them apart from the rest of the world. Like many small religious off-shoots, Hasidic Judaism can seem curious to outside observers. Founded in the 18th century, Hasidism emphasizes piety as well as joy and happiness, especially in religious worship and religious life. Men and women's roles are clearly defined and fundamental beliefs form the core of all actions and relationships.

Some of the traditions and practices of Hasidic Jews may seem oddly repressive, but it's not like there aren't plenty of Muslim, Hindu, or Catholic beliefs that seem absurd to non-believers. It doesn't make Hasidism wrong, just different. If you've ever wondered what goes on during a Hasidic wedding night or why Hasidic women's hair has to be kept covered, read on and learn about the very specific traits that help define this religion.