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  1. On Dr. Phil tomorrow: [quote name=from http://drphil.com/shows/]Pearl, a mother and wife-turned-model, says for six years she was trapped in an abusive, arranged marriage within an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, and now — five years removed from the community and battling for custody of her four children — she's speaking out. Pearl says past attempts to leave her husband were looked down upon, and fear of retaliation and losing her children kept her quiet for years. Are her worst fears about to come true? Now under fire from her former community for her new lifestyle, which includes wearing pants and acting in a manner the community considers inappropriate, will she lose her children? While she says she hasn't abandoned her Orthodox beliefs, Pearl says she won't conform to what she describes as its "cult-like" behaviors. Her boyfriend, Shauly, who also left that community, says he was forced to leave a child behind. Hear Dr. Phil's message to Pearl and to the father of her children. Plus, Orthodox rabbi, best-selling author and spirituality expert Shmuley Boteach and parents within the Orthodox community weigh in.
  2. figuring it out

    Hasidic Woman's personal exodus

    I read this stroy and thought of all the women we discuss here. It was interesting that she compared herself to women in the conservative christian movement. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/hasidic-je ... z5UbvGPWrk I was totaly disturbed that she was subtly handled during a ritual bath to ensure she was "pure"
  3. She grew up in the Williamsburg part of Brooklyn. She says she was raped at 12, forced into an arrange marriage at 17 to a man she knew for about 30 minutes, and was divorced at 23. Apparently after she and her husband consumated their marriage, he called their rabbi who called her "unclean." She also has family members telling her to commit suicide. ::SMH:: She had one son with her ex-husband and has primary custody of him. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/artic ... z1ljZXHGid
  4. Through (of all things!) Lina's blog I'd discovered the (genuine) Orthodox Jewish convert blogs Just Call Me Chaviva and Crazy Jewish Convert. I read them regularly now, since I've been fascinated by Judaism all my life and in some ways I feel it's the religion that would fit me the most (though certainly not Orthodox Judaism). Anyway it strikes me increasingly that Sklyar/Kochava from CJC paints a rather negative picture of Orthodox conversion, stressing a lot of the sacrifice it entails and almost none of the positive aspects. You have to accept double standards. You have to cut ties with your close family. You'll have to go nuts buying food and a new wardrobe. You're going to enter a culture that emphasizes marrying and having kids early, but won't be able to even date until you're fully converted. Recently she posted about the expenses of Orthodox conversion, listing some stuff that seemed sort of strained (I don't see how it's really so necessary, for instance, to spend a college tuition's worth for a wedding. Don't tell me it's against halacha or whatever to have a simple, frugal wedding). I understand that because she sees her blog as a kind of "how to" guide, she wants to warn people what they're getting into, but reading her makes you wander why she, or anyone else, would go through all this hassle. Chaviva's blog doesn't give this feeling at all.
  5. “Sorry folks, all you get is me … no alias,†he wrote on his website today. “When I started becoming religious 10 years ago it was a very natural and organic process. It was my choice. My journey to discover my roots and explore Jewish spirituality — not through books but through real life. At a certain point, I felt the need to submit to a higher level of religiosity … to move away from my intuition and to accept an ultimate truth. I felt that in order to become a good person I needed rules — lots of them — or else I would somehow fall apart. “I am reclaiming myself. Trusting my goodness and my divine mission.†He also said he uses hotel swimming pools as a mikvah! http://www.jewishjournal.com/hollywoodjew/item/matisyahu_shaves_his_beard_20111213h/ http://www.heyreverb.com/2011/12/13/matisyahu-shaves-beard/#9 I suspect he is leaving Hasidism and going Modern Orthodox.
  6. http://www.npr.org/2011/12/18/143709636 ... e-emt-unit They want female EMT's since Hasidic men and women are not allowed to touch unless they are immediate family.
  7. Guest

    Orthodox Jew

    Never mind. People just arent't getting it.
  8. LucySnowe

    Kochava's Shabbat toothbrush

    http://crazyjewishconvert.blogspot.com/2011/12/no-one-likes-holier-than-thou-guy.html A toothbrush only for Shabbat? Really? I mean, I don't care what anyone else does, so long as they aren't poking my eye out while they do it; it's more that I wasn't raised observant enough to worry about what one could or couldn't do on Shabbat (which was good, given that the Dukes of Hazzard was my childhood tv show of choice and was on Friday night), so I don't know if an Orthodox Jew [acknowledging the many variants of that description] is actually supposed to have a separate toothbrush for use on Shabbat, or if it's just a case of wanting something dedicated to Shabbat so that using it is special, or it is actually a joke (but the tags include 'confession' and 'crazy'), or other. (Yeah, I could leave a comment on her blog to ask, but you guys are fun to talk with.)
  9. google.com/hostednews/ap/art ... 2b0c845657 So it seems that the jewish community has their own EMTs and women would like to be a part to help other women in need. Sounds reasonable... so of course it wont work.
  10. I found this on the blog of a woman who left the Satmars. Her blog is super interesting and she has a book coming out in early 2012. She often posts pictures and such from her old neighborhood and I thought FJ might find this post interesting (not broken because she's not fundie and given that she advertises her book there I don't think she'd be unhappy with extra traffic): http://deborahfeldman.tumblr.com/post/1 ... en-to-step Obviously this is only meant for the Hasidic community there, since it's written in Hebrew, but how much of a "problem" must this be if there are many signs like this popping up on street corners?
  11. Interesting article. Using tourism to generate awarness of the community. http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/28/in-brooklyn-a-hasidic-walking-tour-opens-ultra-orthodox-jewish-life-to-outsiders/
  12. I'm not sure if this is being played up by the media or not, but the story was disturbing. I can't imagine being those girls. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15237018
  13. longskirts

    Jewish Dating and Engagement

    For anyone who wants to read about the more Jewish version of courtship, here's one woman's experience: outoftheorthobox.blogspot.com/2011/09/so-how-did-you-guys-meet.html I can't imagine getting engaged after just seven dates, but many people seem happy with the system.
  14. I was in wal mart today and to my surprise, turned around an Orthodox Jewish family. The father had his head covered, as well as the wife. She was wearing a long black dress that covered her arms and legs. On top of that she was wearing black stockings. The little girl was dressed similarly. Then I saw another couple, dressed the same way. Then another and they weren't speaking English, which is extremely rare here. Mind you, this is the middle of Vermont and I had never seen an Orthodox Jew in my life and then three families in one day!
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