Monday, September 17, 2012
Franciscan Lay Apostolate: Hasidic Franciscans?
With their distinct dress, Hasidic Jews are pretty hard to miss, and that’s part of the point. They believe their faith separates them from the general population and that their style of dress should reflect this distinction. It’s also an expression of their commitment to tradition, as their dress today was typical for Ukrainian Jews 250 years ago. Male Hasidic Jews also sometimes sport long beards and curled sideburns called payot, based on a biblical commandment barring men from shaving the sides of their faces.