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Deborah Feldman was born and raised in the Hasidic community of Satmar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her marriage was arranged at the age of 17, and her son was born two years later.

At the age of 25 she published the New York Times Bestselling memoir, UNORTHODOX: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots (Simon and Schuster, 2012) and two years later she followed up with EXODUS, a memoir of post-religious alienation and identity (Blue Rider Press, 03/2014.)

Currently she is working in two mediums, film and writing, in an effort to learn more about women's relationships with their bodies and how they perceive themselves as influenced by the different cultures they were raised in. She is most interested in exploring the intersection between g
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Unorthodox: The Scandalous ...
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Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
"A fascinating insight into Hasidic Jewish life and it's repressive nature. While not always an erudite exposition, the human story that this book reveals is eye opening and well worth the read. "
Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
"Extremely well written expose of a world of,unimaginable restrictions and isolation. The fact that Hasidism is strictly patriarchiccal is a given to most goy, but the iron hand with which it is enforced was surprising. Individualiy, as the author..." Read more of this review »
Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
"This is a wonderful memoir. I was with Deborah all the way and admire her spunk and strength. Her criticisms of the Satmer community were righton and her story so heartfelt and honest. Very hard and sad but also inspiring."
Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
"I didn't think I would get so into this book, but I was at about 40% this morning and while it was spring break, I just couldn't stop reading. Learned a lot more about Hasidic Jews and looking forward to discussing the book in book club. "
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“The purpose of poetry is to remind us
how difficult it is to remain just one person,
for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors,
and invisible guests come in and out at will.”
Czesław Miłosz
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“Learning

To believe you are magnificent. And gradually to discover that you are not magnificent. Enough labor for one human life.”
Czesław Miłosz
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“I am hungry for power, but not to lord over others; only to own myself.”
Deborah Feldman

“I'd rather believe in reincarnation than hell. The idea of an afterlife is much so more tolerable when returning is an option.”
Deborah Feldman, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

“If my mind cannot be tied down, if my dreams cannot be diminished, then no amount of restraints can really guarantee my quiet submission.”
Deborah Feldman, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

“Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone.”
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“In a room where
people unanimously maintain
a conspiracy of silence,
one word of truth
sounds like a pistol shot.”
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“Learning

To believe you are magnificent. And gradually to discover that you are not magnificent. Enough labor for one human life.”
Czesław Miłosz

“The purpose of poetry is to remind us
how difficult it is to remain just one person,
for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors,
and invisible guests come in and out at will.”
Czesław Miłosz

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wfpoppet I just noticed that there is quite a long queue for your book in my city's library system - made me excited for you that there is such interest in your book!


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