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Bad Things

Rick Schwartz | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Rick Schwartz

Finally, the day I'd always feared arrived. An email from a childhood friend with a link to a story in a Jewish paper: investigations into murky events from many years ago involving rabbis and young boys at an Orthodox school, long-ago complaints and hushed-up dismissals. These were my peers. This was my neighborhood... This was my Rabbi.

In the Garden of Good and Evil: I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 07.01.2012 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

By avoiding the easy cliché of the cold arranged marriage, Markovits intensifies the emotional heft of the story -- and forces the reader to be moved by the characters' fates.

Unorthodox? Try This: A Young Hasidic Wife Breaks With Her Tradition, Writes Tell-All Book

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 04.25.2012 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

"I had to believe everything I was taught, if only to survive," she writes. And what was she taught? In the slow-track classes for girls, nothing very academic, for a girl could realistically have no higher destiny than marriage at 17 and motherhood a year later.