Deborah Feldman




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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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I have been asked, in various ways, by various outlets, to share my thoughts about Faigy Mayer’s sudden, tragic death. The truth is, I don’t feel comfortable expressing them through the filtering lens of journalism. I think the best place for my personal feelings and opinions are here on my own blog.

My first, reflexive response to news of her death was not what you’d expect, I guess. I was imp...

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Exodus by Deborah Feldman
"Really enjoyed it! A fascinating, engaging read, and Feldman wrote about things - feelings and ideas - that left my mind spinning even after I put it down. (Which I only managed to do once before finishing it because I was so engrossed.) And right..." Read more of this review »
Exodus by Deborah Feldman
"I love the way she writes, and I love the way she sees and talks about heritage, identity, womanhood, and being a 20-something."
Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
"An incredible read about an amazingly strong woman who knew from the start the world she was born into was not the world she wanted to navigate through. This book describes the emotional pain and loneliness one must endure living in a fundamental..." Read more of this review »
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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.”
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“I am hungry for power, but not to lord over others; only to own myself.”
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“I'd rather believe in reincarnation than hell. The idea of an afterlife is much so more tolerable when returning is an option.”
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“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.”
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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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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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