Preview: Hasidic Style & What’s Behind the Mystery

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I have always been the rebel. So forget it when my parents wanted me to get a Bat Mitzvah or go to synagogue or anything that, to me, reeked of what appeared to be conformity. I ended up doing something called a confirmation (kind of weird for a Jew). But anyway, it consisted of a few weekend retreats where I spent time romping in the fields to rock n roll in some blissful altered state of my own, then, finally, reciting the Byrds’ “To Everything There Is a Season” on the pulpit. It seemed to add up to pretty much nothing, or at least so I thought…
 
Fast forward to now, where, after a career as a fashion editor and stylist, raising two kids, teaching yoga and meditation (something that turned me on greatly to spirituality), I jumped off of every predictable, safe gravy train and started from scratch at 50-years-old to lead a revolution with my daughter that gives a voice to all of those on the fringe.
 
Little did I know that following my passion for connecting people with seminal style would lead me right into the heart of my ancestors, where I would discover how much I was like them in style and in my absolute obsession with social justice, feminism (even though I don’t even know the real definition), and tribal values such as community, family, and reverence for the wisdom of elders.
 
“Can you celebrate non-conformity and also speak on the virtues of collectivism, they seem to be at opposite ends of the spectrum,” said one of our community members, Talibah, in response to the first of the weekly chat videos we posted on Monday. I responded to Talibah’s insightful comment and we feel that our Uniforms category provides a third response. The above video is a preview of our upcoming Uniform feature on the Hasidic Jewish community.  Blown away by their clothes and how they’re indelibly linked to their foundational values, I have spent all summer interviewing members from their community. The external expressions of the Hasids are identical, yet their internal expressions are diverse. As Moshe, one of the Hasidic men we interviewed, told us, “When you have a society of people that dress the same, it creates in opportunity for people to find their individuality beyond what they’re wearing, forcing them to ask themselves who they are on a deeper level.” Style as a bridge to awe-inspiring knowledge of who you are at your core. I am floored by the purposeful spirit of the Hasidic community, and I consider many of them to be my newest and most treasured friends. For me, they are the true authentics (due to misuse, this word has become hard to say, but I can say it confidently here) and nonconformists. In essence, they are some of the coolest people on the planet.
 
So, dad, how about a Bat Mitzvah now, but how about at the Wailing Wall?
 
xo,
Elisa

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The purpose of our uniform feature (and all of StyleLikeU) is to build bridges between our differences by connecting us through sharing personal, universal truths. All groups (just like the individuals who comprise them) are flawed and have imperfections with which we disagree, but that does not diminish the beauty and humanity that they often possess. Our passion is to show that no one group or human is perfect, but that there are positive qualities to be found in all of us. In addition, we hope that by breaking the chain of demonizing people who are different that we will bring a greater communication and understanding between all.

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This video was edited by Adaeze Elechi
Watch a quicker peak of our upcoming full-length feature.

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  • Brandon Acton-Bond

    AHHHHH SO EXCITED FOR THISSSS!!!!!

  • Stylista

    really looking forward to seeing this…

  • ezra

    right, as if all these hasidic people are so deep that they’re really dressing the same so that they can see individuality beyond the clothes… no sir, they all wear the same thing because they think this is how jews are supposed to look, it is a much greater stress on how people look than you can ever believe. take a decent religious jew who does not dress hasidic- no way he will ever be accepted in a hasidic community. whereas the opposite is true, that someone who shares nothing in common with hasidic ideals but yet wears the garb will be seen as one of their own… focus more on the giving, caring side of this community, as opposed to trying to make their intolerance to appearance seem more tame than it is.

  • Shevamyshtub

    This looks and sounds amazing. I cant wait to hear more. I was once too floored by these same ideas and that was 20 yrs ago , I have been living this life ever since.

  • Connie

    I really appreciate your open mind and lack of judgment. You’ll get plenty of negative comments, I’m sure. No community is perfect. You are looking through fresh eyes and that is to be respected.

  • Boruch Hoffinger

    ‘Pop Culture’: High divorce rate, mass murder, drugs, 30 million depressed Americans, suicide, theft, burglary, rape, instead of ‘The Great American Democracy’ leading to (about) 50 million abortions. Don’t read ‘abortion’ read ‘murder,’ (After 40 days.). $1.7 trillion per year America crime budget, each American pays $5,000 per year for crime, needlessly, Etc. You probably could fill in the blanks better than I.
    So go continuing to chose ‘Esav’s ‘Garden of Paradise’ instead of ‘Yaacov’s.’
    ‘Esav is a FOOL!’
    If we ‘engineered’ a rocket the way Americans ‘engineer’ their society we’d NEVER GET TO THE MOON!.
    Chose ‘Yaacov’s’ ’7 Noahide Laws’
    Chose CIVILIZATION over CHAOS.