Although the media portrays Feldman as an anomaly, she uses archetypes to create a real-life fairy tale familiar to any Sarah Lawrence student who has asked to bum a cigarette outside of the library, or had to explain to their Facebook friends that they aren't gay.
All my life I had worked to build my confidence as a member of the LGBT community. And here was a man from halfway around the world whom I had never met before telling me whom to sleep with. This man whom I worked so hard not to stereotype was proving to be ever so stereotypical.
Our country is pure, and raw and passionate, and all the same structured, and ordered and cultivated. So too, should all real individuals be. And only a man with a beard can combine the bohemian and the bourgeoisie in a manner that we can read upon his face.
Novelists' works are often inspired by the need to expose certain society failings and like Esther in Jerusalem Maiden, author Talia Carner's grandmother was not allowed to develop her artistic talent.
The crisis in orthodoxy today is the practice of Jewish ritual to the exclusion of Jewish values. And in no area is this more evident then in the increasingly shallow dating values that are betraying our community.
Sunset Park is one or two subway stops further away from Manhattan than Park Slope, so it's gentrifying accordingly. It is a less pretentious area, but, then again, it has less to be pretentious about.
Unlike any Jew in the world, regardless of their human quality, that can set foot in Israel and welcomed with bells and whistles, kids who were brought to life here are being deported because they are not, simply put, Jews.
One cannot help but note an eerie similarity between the birthright debates raging in the US and the State of Israel. Both nations are badly in need of resetting their immigration policies in the face of a rapidly globalizing planet.