I knew Malkie in college! Sinai the real one The red sea crossing the real one Evidence of Noah's Ark not in the traditional place Evidence of the flood historical and scientific The shipwreck of Paul off the island of malta. In her new Preface, Winston discusses the passionate reactions the book has elicited among Hasidim and non-Hasidim alike. Winston blends her academic knowledge of hasidic history and development seamlessly with the narratives she's telling. Levine's Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers. In her new Preface, Winston discusses the passionate reactions the book has elicited among Hasidim and non-Hasidim alike.
The author, a secular Jew whose mother is a Holocaust survivor, wanted to talk to them for her doctoral dissertation in sociology. While several Jewish journalists and scholars have produced largely admiring books describing the Lubavitch way of life and that group's outreach efforts to unaffiliated Jews, very little has been written about the many other Hasidic sects in the United States. Honorable Mention in the 2012 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism Honorable Mention in the 2012 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism When Hella Winston began talking with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn for her doctoral dissertation in sociology, she was surprised to be covertly introduced to Hasidim unhappy with their highly restrictive way of life and sometimes desperately struggling to escape it. Community leaders should likely revies the matchmaking process. I will post additional links. As a nonobservant Jew with little prior exposure to the Hasidic world, she never could have guessed what would happen next-that she would be introduced, slowly and covertly, to Hasidim from Satmar and other sects who were deeply unhappy with their highly restrictive way of life and sometimes desperately struggling to leave their communities. There are already set-in barriers to discourage leaving, along with other unwanted behaviors.
People are terrified of getting bad shidduchim for themselves and their relatives, for example. However, many of the members of these communities chafe against the life style and restrictions. That phrase fits Unchosen just as well. In those cases, the rebel has much to deal with -- e. Thus the rebel has to consider the cost of his decision onto those he loves. The emotional turmoil drips from every page. Hella Winston has written an engaging book about people that are unhappy in, or have left their Hasidic communities.
That the Holocaust was the Jews' own fault and the punishment no different from the flood that wiped out civilization except for Noah and the inhabitants of his ark. It betrays a narrow-mindedness that is quite frightening. What the heck are you talking about? I had prior knowledge that the Hasidic community is very insular and of themselves. His grandmother called Winston for help and vague negotiations began regarding how to care for the grandson on the sabbath. Yossi's efforts at making such a life, however, were being severely hampered by his fourth grade English and math skills, his profound ignorance of the ways of the outside world, and the looming threat that pursuing his desires would almost certainly lead to rejection by his family and friends. I could certainly find things to criticize about this book. Although almost every character she introduces could well become a chapter - or three - of their own, Winston skillfully avoids doing this, instead she keeps things simple and moving right along.
On the flip side, any deviation from the lifestyle is not tolerated. From what I observe it is an emotional and difficult journey that is filled with many issues. But I am glad that I read it and it has contributed enormously to my perception of Hasidic Jews and the way that they live. Doubt it, since the Torah expressly forbids such acts. But the content presented is on-target and provocative.
On one hand, to live in a closed community can seem so appealing. Such a feeling may be more widespread that anyone realizes. Her story of courage and intellectual rebellion will inspire anyone who has ever felt like a religious outcast. I had prior knowledge that the Hasidic community is very insular and of themselves. Yossi's efforts at making such a life, however, were being severely hampered by his fourth grade English and math skills, his profound ignorance of the ways of the outside world, and the looming threat that pursuing his desires would almost certainly lead to rejection by his family and friends. One of those biases is the repeated rebuke of the premise that Hasidim who leave will get into drugs, alcohol, and promiscuity.
In her new Preface, Winston discusses the passionate reactions the book has elicited among Hasidim and non-Hasidim alike. She views defectors from the Hasidic world-Hasidic misfits-who seek greater personal freedom, harbor religious doubts, or claim the need to escape from physical or sexual abuse, and she is blinded by her own skewed understandings i. While an examination of the outliers in these communities might seem interesting prima facie, the very fact that those interviewed were outliers means that hearing their stories will likely not present an accurate view of what life in a Hasidic community is like. First there was Yossi, a young man who, though deeply attached to the Hasidic culture in which he was raised, longed for a life with fewer restrictions and more tolerance. I have also worked with and purchased goods from adherents of the Hasidic faith.
Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. I would reply to this criticism by saying that it could very well be that this may very well be somewhat common. Someone else introduced Winston to Steinmetz, a closet bibliophile worked in a small Judaica store in his community and spent his days off anxiously evading discovery in the library of the Conservative Jewish Theological Seminary, whose shelves contain non-Hasidic books he is forbidden to read but nonetheless devours, often several at a sitting. It's never easy to become an adult but these folks have a much steeper climb than most. Ultimately we are born with innate freedom of choice.