Unorthodox

Unorthodox: A New Film Explores Gap Year Journeys

The gap year in Israel is a phenomenon that has sprung up in recent decades in most Modern Orthodox communities. The idea is simple: 18-year old boys and girls who have just graduated high school spend a year of intensive study in yeshiva or seminary in Israel before they return to attend college. It is intended to be a year of reflection and growth, and it is not uncommon for many participants to return more religiously connected and observant than when they left.

Deep prayer, and light. Nadja Oertelt and Anna Wexler

‘Unorthodox’ With The Facts?

03/06/2012
Associate Editor

Is Deborah Feldman’s “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots” the publishing world’s latest fraudulent memoir, on par with James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces?”

Or has the 25-year-old Williamsburg native simply exercised a little poetic license in crafting her tale of growing up Satmar?

Deborah Feldman: Credibility questioned, Satmar memoir still selling well.

‘Unorthodox’ Author’s Claim Of Cover-up Is Countered

Coroner’s report lists 20-year-old’s death in Kiryas Joel as suicide, not murder.

02/21/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

With allegations of communal cover-ups involving child sexual abuse dogging the haredi community over the past several years, it may not be much of a stretch for some readers to believe a gruesome story that appears in a new memoir about growing up in, and leaving, the Satmar community.

Deborah Feldman’s book about her departure from haredi life includes the account of a Satmar man’s suspicious death.
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