Unorthodox: the Scandalous Rejection of my Hasidic Roots

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Click for availability and more information Unorthodox: the Scandalous Rejection of my Hasidic Roots , by Deborah Feldman
 
Deborah Feldman, in her first book Unorthodox: the Scandalous Rejection of my Hasidic Roots, gives a fascinating and very personal account of her childhood and adolescent life as a member of the extremely Orthodox Jewish Hasidic Satmar sect of Brooklyn, New York. Her very early life was shaken by both her mother and father's leaving her. Her father was mentally unable to deal with parenthood and her mother chose to leave the Satmar sect. Thus, Feldman was raised by her paternal grandparents, who both adhered to the strict Hasidic creed of living as a truly-religious person. Yet, early on, Feldman escaped the intellectual and social confines of the Satmar community and found refuge in a local library, where she became a voracious reader of any books she could find. The detail of the life she led in her early years gives the reader an extremely interesting insight into the rigors and total-control exerted by this community over its members. Her deeply-felt feelings of being totally dominated and isolated by the rules of life in the Satmar community as a younger person are strikingly recounted. Feldman marries and 17 and experiences many problems adjusting to married life within her community at such a young age. Eventually, she builds the strength to leave the Satmar community with a determination to live a productive and stimulating life totally separate from the Hasidic world. Her story is an endlessly fascinating tale of not only life within a confining world totally absorbed with living according to Hasidic principles, but also how one person, at a very young age, grew determined to leave it by relying on her belief she could live life freely without the binding dictates of religion. Unorthodox is highly recommended.
-Roy

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