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Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
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Mar 03, 2012

it was amazing
Read in March, 2012

This book was rather eye opening to me and I read it in two sittings. While my parents did not actively practice their Jewish faith in our home (save the High Holy Days), they were both raised in Orthodox homes that kept kosher. I was not expecting to read about behaviors (particularly my father's) that had to have been influenced by their upbringing. From the lack of loving gestures and words to the deeply rooted ideals regarding what women and men's roles were, I found myself remembering and reliving some uncomfortable memories. I also did some thinking about how my mother's depression and stifled anger about her life had to stem from this in some way. It is no wonder that I have distanced myself from the Jewish faith completely, considering as a child I was for a time forced to attend Hebrew school and practice rituals of the faith.

I am glad that Feldman had the guts to write and publish this book and also to speak out in behalf of women suffering extreme religious oppression. I would high recommend anyone from a Jewish background read this, if for no other reason than to get the same acknowledgement I did in that what I believed was off balance truly was as evidenced by the words of this text.
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