Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots


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Traces the author's upbringing in the Satmar Hasidic community in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, New York, describing the strict rules that governed her life, her arranged marriage at the age of seventeen, and the birth of her son, which led to her plan to leave and forge her own path in life.

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Feb 4, 2013


A little slow in the beginning but absolutely worth your time! It's hard to imagine there are groups like this in the USA.. I was amazed by her courage in leaving the sect and striking out on her own. Would love to know how she's doing now.


Mar 29, 2012

"Unorthodox..." is excellent!

Deborah Feldman has written a thoughful and enlightening book about her heritage and the reasons she had to leave. Having lived in Brooklyn, near the Williamsburg neighborhood for 20 years, I found her imagery spot-on. This book was riveting, and I have already shared it with two friends who have raved about it, as well. I admire her for making the decision to change her life and for being willing to share it. I hope she writes more in the future!

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