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Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
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Jan 04, 13

bookshelves: judaica, set-aside

I'm almost halfway through this book, but it's my last-resort book when I'm tired of the other books I'm reading at the same time. It's not that it isn't a good read. It mostly is, though it's written in a pretty basic, I-wrote-this-in-college-English-class kind of style. The real problem is if you've read one I-escaped-ultra-Orthodox-Judaism book, you've kind of read them all. Unchosen (Hella Winston) was this book about a male Satmar Hasid done much better. And it's kind of a shame the message of these books is that ultra-Orthodox life is, for the most part, negative and toxic. For some, perhaps. But I don't think generalizing from the awful experiences of a few people can paint an accurate picture. A devout Hasid would probably find my devout liberal Jewish life distasteful. That would be a totally fair opinion on their part.
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