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Whatever Is Contained Must Be Released: My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist

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Growing up an Orthodox Jew in Brooklyn, Helene Aylon spends her Friday nights in a sea of extended family as the Sabbath candles flicker. She dreams of escape but marries a rabbi and becomes a mother of two. Suddenly her world splits apart when she is widowed at thirty. Aylon finds a home in the burgeoning environmental art scene of the 1970s—creating transgressive works t ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by The Feminist Press at CUNY (first published March 13th 2012)
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If you're a reader of all things OTD, especially of the recent onslaught of memoirs, you'll be bored with and exhausted by the familiar and now tedious cataloging and explanation of the Orthodox and Hasidic lifestyle which is nonetheless essential in all OTD memoirs which are marketed primarily towards outsiders. (yes, she mentions eating pork. yes, the mechitza plays a crucial role, as do ketubahs and tzitzus and all things-talmudical.) however, if you're an outsider with no prior knowledge of
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Please note the author's name is spelled Aylon.

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