Chabad: Oprah explores Hassidic life in Brooklyn

TV personality Oprah Winfrey toured the neighborhoods of Crown Heights, Borough Park and Brooklyn Heights on Wednesday for a rare glimpse at the lives of Brooklyn’s Hassidic Jews, the Chabad organization’s website announced on Wednesday.

The segment, set to air next week on Winfrey’s new show Oprah’s Next Chapter, featured a discussion with Hassidic women about the ultra Orthodox community’s lifestyle as well as a trip to a mikveh (Jewish ritual bath).

In an exclusive interview for the organization’s video site, Jewish.TV, Winfrey told Chabad Rabbi Motti Seligson, “I’ve, you know, walked down the street and seen Hassidic Jewish men in particular with the peyot [side curls] – now I know that’s what they are – and the yarmulkes and oftentimes with wearing the hats and the long beards and I’ve always found it somewhat formidable or intimidating,”


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