(Im)modest rebellion

In the week since her book was published, Deborah Feldman’s account of growing up and rejecting her hassidic roots is already causing a stir.

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February 23, 2012 17:37
Deborah Feldman

Deborah Feldman 521. (photo credit: Ben Lazar)

 
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In this modern age, it is unusual for a personal memoir in book form to garner major media attention. But that is exactly what New York author Deborah Feldman has succeeded in doing.

Over the past two weeks, even before Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots was officially released, the story of how Feldman broke free from the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Satmar Hassidic community in Williamsburg has spawned a media frenzy.

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