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Brooklyn, NY - Photography Project Turns Into Lesson In Orthodoxy

Published on: July 5, 2013 02:04 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - A local photographer shooting a series called “Touching Strangers” for an upcoming book learned a valuable lesson the other day when he was forced to relocate to Crown Heights after being unsuccessful in finding an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man willing to pose with a complete stranger in Williamsburg.

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The NEW YORK TIMES (http://nyti.ms/13pKLWg) reports that the photographer, Richard Renaldi, stopped in Williamsburg as part of his project that attempts to have complete strangers pose together with their bodies touching as if they are intimately involved.

After hours of rejection from Williamsburg ultra-Orthodox, he was informed by a kindly ultra-Orthodox man that “imaging” is frowned upon and that he’d be better off trying Crown Heights or Borough Park where Orthodox Jews are “more open.”

Upon landing in Crown Heights, the first Orthodox Jewish man he asked, 24 year-old Yeshiva student Shalom Lasker, agreed to pose for the picture.


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 Jul 05, 2013 at 02:12 PM brooklyn mom Says:

thank you, Chabad, for your continuing kiddush Hashem

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 02:15 PM bored Says:

Well the guy in the picture does look very religious. The other one in the black hat too.

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 02:18 PM birgas Says:

I think he should go to Sdom & Gomorrah to try his noble acts. This is getting crazier by the minute.

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 02:32 PM ShmutzVesh Says:

Gotta love em lubabs!

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 02:45 PM Facts1 Says:

"complete strangers pose together with their bodies touching as if they are intimately involved."

Huh? You call that "open minded"?

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 02:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Interesting. Where does it say in Halacha we can't take images?

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 02:53 PM TheRealJoe123 Says:

AWESOME...

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 02:55 PM yaakov doe Says:

Strangers touch strangers every day on the NYC subway system so maybe he should take his camera there.

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 03:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Facts1 Says:

"complete strangers pose together with their bodies touching as if they are intimately involved."

Huh? You call that "open minded"?

I agree... nothing to do with "Orthodoxy" - I would never pose intimately with a random stranger.

Especially one that is probably "carrying".

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 03:14 PM Mark Levin Says:

No thats not the reason. They didnt want to have a picture with a mishigina!

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 03:15 PM bored Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Interesting. Where does it say in Halacha we can't take images?

The chazon ish didn't like having his picture taken and said whoever doesn't think it's a problem doesn't understand what tzelem elokim means. As reported by r' Aron rotter michaber of shaarei aharon, who served as the chazon ish's gabai in his later years. Not saying I understand, but you asked so I'll pass it along.

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 03:28 PM enlightened-yid Says:

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Facts1 Says:

"complete strangers pose together with their bodies touching as if they are intimately involved."

Huh? You call that "open minded"?

Get your mind out of the kosher gutter. It's not that type of intimacy the artist is describing.

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 03:55 PM AlbertEinstein Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Interesting. Where does it say in Halacha we can't take images?

It doesn't. It is a minhag accepted by some. And it has bases in niglah and nistar.

Do you not respect minhagim? The photographer does.

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 03:56 PM berelw Says:

I like how the yeshiva bochour says sure. its a kidush hashem..

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 04:02 PM Realistic Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Interesting. Where does it say in Halacha we can't take images?

Who said the Halacha doesn't let?

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 04:03 PM Realistic Says:

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brooklyn mom Says:

thank you, Chabad, for your continuing kiddush Hashem

What's the Kiddush Hashem in complying with the Meshugaas of others?

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 04:27 PM A Says:

What garbage is this about "imaging"? I'd like to see someone spew that nonsense to one of the photographers at a Satmar wedding.

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 04:39 PM c Says:

Intametely does not connotate a sexual reference. Intamacy is euphemistically used to denote sexual relations but it is not it's true meaning. So people can stop thinking that the Lubavitcher agreed to pose in a sexual manner with another man. Since your obviously online and have access to Google, you may want to look up the definition before displaying your ignorance.

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 05:23 PM Shmuli Says:

1 - Funny that people associate Chabad with taking pictures, the Lubavitcher Rebbe for many years did not agree to have pictures or videos taken of himself until someone told him that Chassidim need to see pictures of the Rebbe to better connect with him.

2 - the most shocking thing about this article is the bochur in the picture. I have never seen him away from his sforim, other than when he goes to the dorm late at night.

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 06:17 PM IJK12 Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Interesting. Where does it say in Halacha we can't take images?

Your so funny! Not everything is black or white! Certain things are just feelings, get it!

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 06:21 PM Anonymous Says:

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A Says:

What garbage is this about "imaging"? I'd like to see someone spew that nonsense to one of the photographers at a Satmar wedding.

the Satmar Rebbe always begs people not to take pictures at his weddings

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 Jul 05, 2013 at 09:25 PM Anonymous Says:

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AlbertEinstein Says:

It doesn't. It is a minhag accepted by some. And it has bases in niglah and nistar.

Do you not respect minhagim? The photographer does.

So there are no pictures at Williamsburg chasunahs?

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 Jul 07, 2013 at 01:13 AM top bochur Says:

I know this bochur in 770, excellent bochur who's a masmid, always learning.

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 Jul 07, 2013 at 10:40 AM I_Am_Me Says:

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Realistic Says:

What's the Kiddush Hashem in complying with the Meshugaas of others?

It is a kidush Hashem. Hashem wants others to know we are the good guys & by accepting to do this we are showing we are the good guys, Hashems chosen & we are kind to everyone. Simple enough?

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