Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

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Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

#1  Postby MoonLit » Feb 07, 2012 11:35 pm

Growing up, Deborah Feldman had to wear skirts that covered her ankles and high-necked blouses made of woven fabric so they wouldn't cling to her body. She wasn't allowed to read books in English because her grandfather, with whom she lived, said they were written in an "impure language." When she was twelve, she suffered a sexual assault, which she kept hidden because she had been taught that men's lust was ungovernable. This was supposedly the reason her world was segregated by gender.

At 17, Feldman's grandparents pushed her into an arranged marriage with a virtual stranger, but she had never even heard the word "sex" spoken or learned about the very basics of human reproduction. Once married, she was expected to shave her head and wear a wig—something she rebelled against after a year because she found it so depressing. Seven years later, despite the fact she knew she would be hated as a pariah, she abandoned her community and started life over.

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Found this lovely little article earlier today. The book sounds interesting; i pre-ordered the ebook version at B&N right after reading the article, it will be released on the 14th. :grin: Thought others might also be interested!
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Re: Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

#2  Postby Varangian » Feb 07, 2012 11:47 pm

It's hard to believe that there are people living in that kind of sects more or less right under the noses of modern, secular people. Yet another story that proves that (excessive) religion poisons everything.

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and you have a practical guarantee of dark morbidities." - H.P. Lovecraft
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#3  Postby j.mills » Feb 08, 2012 12:12 am

She says she is an outcast now and that her family sends her hate mail. "They want me to commit suicide," she told the Post.

Another loving, peaceful, morally admirable religious community then. :roll:
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