How a Catholic Photographer Penetrated a Hidden Hasidic World

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An ultra-Orthodox bride walking through a narrow alleyway.
An ultra-Orthodox bride walking through a narrow alleyway with her family, in Jerusalem.Credit: Agnieszka Traczewska
Naama Riba
Naama Riba
Naama Riba
Naama Riba

When you talk with Polish photographer and producer Agnieszka Traczewska, you get the feeling that she’s an inseparable part of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish world – even though she’s Catholic.

My conversations with her, like the text that accompanies the photographs in her new book, “A Rekindled World,” are peppered with Jewish vocabulary. She knows when to say “chagim” (holidays), “Shabbat shalom” (good Sabbath), “tzni’ut” (modesty), Hasidim, “baruch Hashem” (thank God) and even “refuah shlemah” (best wishes for a full recovery).

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