People were antisemitic, until they saw these videos.
As part of our "Creator of the Week" series, get to know the honest and unapologetic Dani and Raizel Namdar, also known as "That Jewish Family."
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The Internet is ripe with “beautiful insights” about Judaism and, on the other hand, “a lot of defensive responses from the religious community” — but “nothing out there actually shows how we live,” according to Raizel Namdar, a Chassidic (ultra-Orthodox) Jew.1
Together with her husband Dani, the couple makes raw, honest, and highly personal video blogs about their ultra-Orthodox life, such as traveling the world, raising their young children, playing pranks on people, and managing to be ultra-Orthodox Jews while living a nomadic life.
“We’ve had people write that they were antisemitic, up until they saw our videos,” Dani said.2
Known as “That Jewish Family” on their social media accounts, Raizel and Dani are passionate about educating people on Jewish topics and customs that have been inaccurately portrayed in the media and pop culture. They don’t try to convert anyone and, instead of focusing “on the rules,” Raizel and Dani “focus on the game.”3
Often traveling from one country to another while keeping their belongings in storage, the backdrop of their videos includes Iceland, Sweden, Australia, Hungary, and the United States. In one video, Dani sarcastically says that since they don’t have a home, they can opt out of cleaning for Passover, a common housekeeping tradition among observant Jews.
In another video, the couple discusses how they were set up by a Jewish matchmaker in New York City. Both of their mothers already knew each other and wanted their children to meet, but after Dani proposed, Raizel went off to Ukraine for Passover and ended the engagement. They joke that the only “drama” in their relationship is being engaged twice.
As our Creator of the Week, we’re excited to share with you some of the most popular videos from “That Jewish Family” including:
How and Why Orthodox Jewish Women Cover Our Hair
Intimacy and Relationships in the Orthodox Jewish Community
Why Religious Jews Have So Many Kids
Main Street in a Chassidic Jewish Community
Our Chassidic Jewish Wedding Explained