Unorthodox- Right Here In the US

A new book came out yesterday, called Unorthodox, The Scandalous Rejection of my Hasidic Roots.  It’s a memoir from Deborah Feldman, a young woman who grew up in a religious Hasidic Jewish community in New York.  I haven’t read it, but it sounds interesting, and a little frightening that someone in the US could grow up in such a repressive atmosphere.  Of course, that’s what religious freedom is about, isn’t it?  The right of a group to be repressive, if that’s what they believe is right…  Sorry, I digress.

The link below tells you a little bit more about the author and about the book.  It looks very interesting, and I’m going to try to find it at the library.  When I read it, I’ll review it, but with the way I don’t tend to read new books, that could be a year or two from now.


4 comments on “Unorthodox- Right Here In the US

  1. lol – your funny. Well, hopefully I’ll get to catch your review when you get around to it. 🙂

  2. abe a. says:

    Heres my review, like it or not: ; )

    So she gets to wear sequined minis and has a more varied menu than those in the Orthodox community do, she enjoys fantasizing about a salacious blissful love life, and has lots of publicity in her life right now, with everyone famous calling to interview her, due to her using her overabundant energy to blacken her very own ancestors and very own blood relatives and making them all out to be foolish robotic dodos.

    Had she been using her overabundant energy to become a doctor or inventor of some kind to make lives easier, or to encourage education, or had she taken on any noble cause, without the negativity and ridicule she employs, I might have been able to understand her, and find some redeeming qualities. But no, all she wants to do is defame the religious practices of her forefathers, instead of just living a normal accomplished, less religious or even totally irreligious life, privately without negativity and finger pointing.

    Had she at least attempted to balance her negativity by pointing to some of the many virtues and benefits existing in her former lifestyle and admit that even though she doesn’t agree or believe or doesn’t have innate discipline, there’s beauty in this lifestyle and it has many gainful attributes, she might have deserved some respect. After all even a broken clock is right twice a day. Orthodoxy has to be good in at least some ways, even to those who choose not to practice.

    No such thing. In her eyes, the Orthodox lifestyle is all nonsense and shes the brilliant enlightened heroine who can transform the lives of everyone who is religious and naive, if they’d only experience the sweetness of her freedom. She has the key to the door of true happiness. While feasting on crab sandwiches and sending her child to a Modern Orthodox school, she feels she has the recipe for happiness and freedom. It’s not, it’s a recipe for confusion. I pity her for her pain and confusion and newfound aimless free fun, but I pity her son more, for having to live with and learn life’s lessons from a hateful, guiltless, vengeful person, who smugly chooses to mock and ridicule. With all this she hopes to come out looking like a saviour for her efforts. A modern day saint.

    Shes having fun and enjoying popularity with her mission now. She’s a conversation piece at the moment. What will she do for excitement next, when the buzz wears down? Who really respects her for her cheap and nasty mud slinging? So people are getting an enjoyable read. How long will the media be interested in her? Not one second longer than the next scandalous book gets published.

    For all those who dont realize the far reaching negative effect of her book, I located an Anti-Semitic blogger who uses her book as proof that the Zionists control the media!
    He says how else would the world constantly be bashing the inferior treatment of women in the Arab world, if women in the Jewish world are treated no differently, and it rarely reaches the media? He gives examples of this inferior treatment taken from her book.
    Does she care how she has blood on her hands for the way she publicly bashes her former life?
    The fact remains- if Anti-Semites come to power, she and her innocent son will be among those considered Jewish, whether she likes it or not, and will suffer equally. Her disgusting book wont save her and her son. She and her son have Jewish blood and thats enough to make her deserving of torture.
    Kardashian she’s not. No beauty. Not her fault, not her choice.
    Einstein she’s not. No genius. Not her fault, not her choice.
    Joan Rivers she’s not. No comedienne. Not her fault, not her choice.
    Just a babbling buffoon, a seethingly hateful person whose uppermost goal is fun.
    And that IS her choice.
    She is an example of what not to become, what not to aspire to be, capitalizing on hate, mockery, meanness and exaggeration. Becoming irreligious is the very least of it.

    • doreeweller says:

      So, in your opinion, is it important to be fair and balanced in a memoir? I haven’t read the book, so I don’t have an opinion yet, but do you believe that Ms. Feldman is cultivating fame by making things sound worse than they are, or does it not matter to you if she believes what she wrote?

      • abe a. says:

        Lots of people believe lots of “interesting” things, some true, some false, some somewhere in between. If that wasnt the case, psychologists and psychiatrists wouldnt have the clientele that they do.

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