Becoming Un-Orthodox: Stories of Ex-Hasidic Jews

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Becoming Un-Orthodox: Stories of Ex-Hasidic Jews

Becoming Un-Orthodox: Stories of Ex-Hasidic Jews

  • Title: Becoming Un-Orthodox: Stories of Ex-Hasidic Jews
  • Author: Lynn Davidman
  • ISBN: 9780813563954
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Hardcover
Becoming Un-Orthodox: Stories of Ex-Hasidic Jews By Lynn Davidman,



Leaving a religion is not merely a matter of losing or rejecting faith For many, it involves dramatic changes of everyday routines and personal habits Davidman bases her analysis on in depth conversations with forty ex Hasidic individuals From these conversations emerge accounts of the great fear, angst, and sense of danger that come of leaving a highly bounded enclaveLeaving a religion is not merely a matter of losing or rejecting faith For many, it involves dramatic changes of everyday routines and personal habits Davidman bases her analysis on in depth conversations with forty ex Hasidic individuals From these conversations emerge accounts of the great fear, angst, and sense of danger that come of leaving a highly bounded enclave community Many of those interviewed spoke of feeling marginal in their own communities of strain in their homes due to death, divorce, or their parents profound religious differences experienced sexual, physical, or verbal abuse or expressed an acute awareness of gender inequality, the dissimilar lives of their secular relatives, and forbidden television shows, movies, websites, and books Becoming Un Orthodox draws much needed attention to the vital role of the body and bodily behavior in religious practices It is through physical rituals and routines that the members of a religion, particularly a highly conservative one, constantly create, perform, and reinforce the culture of the religion Because of the many observances and daily rituals required by their faith, Hasidic defectors are an exemplary case study for exploring the centrality of the body in shaping, maintaining, and shedding religions This book provides both a moving narrative of the struggles of Hasidic defectors and a compelling call for greater collective understanding of the complex significance of the body in society.


Recent Comments "Becoming Un-Orthodox: Stories of Ex-Hasidic Jews"

Disappointing on many levels.I think many people can benefit from a rigorous, scholarly analysis of why people leave Orthodox Judaism Sociologists and anthropologists can study self reinvention and the coming out process for individuals who are reinventing themselves in a variety of social contexts Orthodox educators and leaders who are concerned about disenchantment and disengagement from the religion would do well to study rigorous and enlightening research about some of the contributing facto [...]

For a book clearly written for an academic audience, this was extremely readable In this book Davidman brings together overarching themes from over 40 interviews she has conducted with ex Hasidim over the years Overwhelmingly, she writes, the act of being Hasidic, the act of thinking about leaving, and the actual act of leaving the community are all played out in and on the body Orthodox Judaism is a very physically bounded religion and the extreme sects of Hasidism, Satmar and Lubovitch even [...]

3.5 starsThank you to NetGalley and Oxford University Press for this advanced copy In exchange for a pre publish copy I am giving an honest review What an interesting read I am always intrigued by people who make a choice to take off their old skin and put on new skin, so to speak What keeps a person in a community The people of the community The rituals and or traditions of the community The religious beliefs All of the above None of the above One of the above And when a person makes a choice t [...]

Offers sympathetic insights into the mindset and motivations of those who leave the faith Although there is no one pattern, they seemed to share common threads disturbed or non normative homes, faulty or simplistic educations, feminism, personality issues Some were simply attracted to the glamor and freedom of the outside world, which might have highlighted the severity or poverty of their own homes All this made me wonder if it was Charedi society, than Torah Judaism, that led these people to [...]

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley I give this book 4 stars for content for the narratives of the people the author interviewed Their lives and struggles are fascinating and Davidman conveys many details that capture the similarities and differences between their stories Any book I have read dealing with the defection of Hasidim from their communities is usually about women It was therefore especially interesting to read about both men and women, and their d [...]

Good thought, poor execution I was hoping for lengthly and descriptive essays from those who had chosen to leave their religious communities The author, rather, chose specific excerpts from the contributors to reinforce her points and then provided analysis that was so repetitive that it was almost insulting like we readers are too thick to get her thesis the first ten times she mentions it Her analysis was also choppy and inconsistent She would talk about how excited and exhilarated someone was [...]

Davidman provides a clear and insightful analysis of the process of leaving an enclave community The book is easy to ready and thus accessible to a wide audience This study provides a fascinating glimpse of Hasidic society showing the appeal of an Hasidic lifestyle and its drawbacks from the point of view of exs All in all, a great read.

As a child of fundamentalist Christians, I relate strongly to the experiences and emotions of these ex Hasidic Jews as they separated their identities from their communities of origin, and began to make choices that differed from those they had been conditioned to accept as inevitable Multiple types of fear based fundamentalism present critical problems for all of us in today s world, and overcoming the kind of conditioning that produces those limited worldviews is an unending task This book is [...]

Seeing the common themes that those who are leaving Orthodoxy encounter helped me process my own journey I saw myself in these stories A very valuable book, both for those who left and those who are still Orthodox.

This book is a scholarly discussion of why and how people leave ultra Orthodox a term not embraced by those who are Haredim Judaism The author, a professor at the University of Kansas, interviewed 40 people who had formerly been in Hasidic or Yeshivish communities but who had left Davidman does a creditable job finding themes among those she interviewed and grouping their stories into those themes She includes excerpts from the interviews to illustrate their stories, both the commonalities and d [...]

The author of this book analyzes why and how a variety of people left the Hasidic faith She explains that the clothing, speech, food and other outward signs were large parts of their faith and what they symbolized and how changing these outward things showed how the people were changing inwardly She also explains that no matter how much they change, their background and childhood in the Hasidic faith affects them for their entire lives I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

I had such high hopes for this book The author would have done better to just string the anecdotes and personal stories together The book is choppy and the narrative between stories serves no purpose but to reintroduce the subjects If you feel you must read this, skim the book and read just the italic sections.

I liked reading the stories but the author s interpretation was repetitive and not particularly illuminating.

intersting, but a bit repetitive This would have a been great if written as a long magazine article.

Would have made a better article, needed editing.


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