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Oprah Chats With Hasidic Families

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Back in October, The Shmooze mentioned that Oprah Winfrey had been sighted visiting a mikveh in Brooklyn. Now, this coming Sunday, we will get to see exactly what she was up to amid the Hasidim. That is when the “First Look: America’s Hidden Culture” episode of the “Oprah’s Next Chapter” show will air on Winfrey’s OWN network.

“For the first time ever, Oprah travels to Brooklyn, New York, to meet two Hasidic Jewish families, who lift the veil, revealing the secrets to their usually private and mysterious way of life,” the episode’s promo tantalizingly tells us.

According to the clip, Oprah digs deep to find the answers to questions like:

“What does ‘Hasidic’ mean?”

“Can there really be African-American Hasidim?”

“Are women valued in this relationship [presumably Hasidic marriage]?”

“Has no one around this table ever watched television?”

No, the family with whom Oprah is seen sitting around the table probably hasn’t watched TV, but someone they know must be media-savvy enough to have convinced them to roll out the red carpet for the Queen of Talk.

Watch a Sneak Preview of Oprah’s Visit to Brooklyn:

First Look: America’s Hidden Culture, Part 1

For the first time ever, Oprah travels to Brooklyn, New York, to meet two Hasidic Jewish families, who lift the veil, revealing the secrets to their usually private and mysterious way of life. Tune in Sunday, February 12, at 9/8c to watch the all-new episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter.


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