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#1 Savannah

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 07:18 PM

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Inside the closed community of Borough Park, where most Chassidim live, the rules of life are very clear, determined by an ancient script written thousands of years before down to the last detail—and abuse has never been a part of it. But when thirteen-year-old Gittel learns of the abuse her best friend has suffered at the hands of her own family member, the adults in her community try to persuade Gittel, and themselves, that nothing happened. Forced to remain silent, Gittel begins to question everything she was raised to believe.

A richly detailed and nuanced book, one of both humor and depth, understanding and horror, this story explains a complex world that remains an echo of its past, and illuminates the conflict between yesterday's traditions and today's reality.

About the Author
EISHES CHAYIL (a pseudonym meaning "woman of valor"; pronounced AY-shis CHEYE-el) was raised in a world of Chassidic schools, synagogues, and summer camps and is a direct descendant of the major founders and leaders in the Chassidic world. She holds a masters degree in creative writing and has worked as a journalist for several international Orthodox newspapers. She lives on the East Coast with her family.



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Posted 20 June 2010 - 07:21 PM

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 07:27 PM

I wonder if there is a single clause here that is true.

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 07:33 PM

I wonder if there is a single clause here that is true.

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 07:46 PM

I wonder if there is a single clause here that is true.

I thought the same thing. First of all, how many thousands of chasidim live in other parts of New York and Israel? Second, the rules of life are not necessarily clear at all. Third, there is no one script and chasidism only started a few hundred years ago.

I love how secular Jews and non Jews seem to think that Chasidism is one monolithic thing and is the "original" and most "authentic" form of Judaism - the way it was practiced thousands of years ago. What a laugh.
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Posted 20 June 2010 - 07:46 PM

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 07:53 PM

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 08:02 PM

EISHES CHAYIL . . . was raised in a world of Chassidic schools, synagogues, and summer camps and is a direct descendant of the major founders and leaders in the Chassidic world. She holds a masters degree in creative writing and has worked as a journalist for several international Orthodox newspapers. She lives on the East Coast with her family.


What's her h.com screenname?

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 03:04 AM

"Hush" review

Interesting article even if h.com is called "ultra-Orthodox-run discussion board"

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 03:15 AM

I thought the same thing. First of all, how many thousands of chasidim live in other parts of New York and Israel? Second, the rules of life are not necessarily clear at all. Third, there is no one script and chasidism only started a few hundred years ago.

I love how secular Jews and non Jews seem to think that Chasidism is one monolithic thing and is the "original" and most "authentic" form of Judaism - the way it was practiced thousands of years ago. What a laugh.


I am getting SO tired of repeating that there are other parts to the Chassidic world than NY and Israel.
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Posted 09 November 2010 - 07:18 AM

"Hush" review

Interesting article even if h.com is called "ultra-Orthodox-run discussion board"

Don't forget "snotty". But thanks for posting.
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Posted 09 November 2010 - 07:21 AM

Don't forget "snotty". But thanks for posting.

Doesn't that go without saying? :glasses:

On a more serious note, the situation she described from the book where a teacher is threatened for attempting to bring the issue to light and the offender is moved to a different yeshiva is unfortunately all too believable.

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 08:59 AM

At least the SEO is working :pardon:
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Posted 09 November 2010 - 09:13 AM

h.com is called "ultra-Orthodox-run discussion board"

Don't forget "snotty". But thanks for posting.

I'm pretty sure the intended implication here was that we were being snotty because we were part of the problem and unhappy with the "exposure" of the internal problems. It was the article's author's desire to pretend to do a little of her own investigation journalism and find that "oh look, this ultra orthodox board is unhappy with this book being published."

Hello Lady writer and anyone who finds this thread from that article - we'd be the FIRST to talk about this kind of stuff.

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By the way. That's "Razie" ... Spelled "R ... A ...Z ... I ... E" :p Thanks. (even people on this board can't get it right. I blame their inadequate ultra-orthodox educations)

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 09:14 AM

"Hush" review

Interesting article even if h.com is called "ultra-Orthodox-run discussion board"

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 09:20 AM

I'm pretty sure the intended implication here was that we were being snotty because we were part of the problem and unhappy with the "exposure" of the internal problems. It was the article's author's desire to pretend to do a little of her own investigation journalism and find that "oh look, this ultra orthodox board is unhappy with this book being published."

TBH, I don't think the author was trying to imply anything; she was just describing how she perceived the thread, and she correctly noted that we were not discussing the book, but the book's description.

famously snotty!

Actually, I'm not the one who was being snotty, though I did approve of others' snottiness. :p

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 09:48 AM

The thread, not the site.


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