klwoodsy asked: Deborah, your book has just come out and i've already read it twice. I'm such a big fan! Are there more works forthcoming? Also, i'm nervous for you. Do you have concerns about your safety? I know how difficult it can be to leave a fundamentalist community. I too left in a community in my early 20's. That was 20 years ago. There's NOTHING like freedom!
The Algemeiner accuses me of starting another... →
Great interview by Tom Blunt in XO Jane →
Some excellent questions are answered about Unorthodox and the controversy it’s attracting
Jacob Gluck writes an incisive article on the... →
Anonymous asked: I have a highly trivial and superficial question. I have had numerous interactions with Hasidic Jews who are American born but speak with a heavily accented English. Your English sounds SO middle of America-no trace of Brooklyn? No Yiddish lilt and a fluency that I have never seen with Hasidic Jews. How?
I received a heartbreaking letter from a fan...
Hi, I just wanted you to know that I read your book in a single sitting and it was amazing. I work as an FDNY paramedic in Bed-Stuy and Williamsburg on a unit that patrols the area you were raised in, and for years have been frustrated by our interactions with the Hasidic community. Your book shed a lot of light on things I had long wondered about concerning that very insular society, and it...
A mother is set to lose custody of her four... →
Anonymous asked: Hi Deborah! I have plenty of questions I would like to ask you since I've read an interview with you. I also read first few pages of your book. I've got the feeling you left the religion/community you've grown in because you wanted to get away from the way you've grown up and from a broken family that you have. I didn't see word GOD or BELIVE or FAITH... My question is...
Anonymous asked: How Hard was it to make non Hasidic friends once going to school and leaving the community, especially given that hassids are told not to trust mon Jews.
Anonymous asked: What do you answer to everyone claiming inconsistencies??
Anonymous asked: Hi Deborah, is your resentment toward just the satmar sect? or the entire Jewish orthodox communities. And what are you looking to accomplish with your book?
Anonymous asked: I'm sure you've answered this a million times but do you consider yourself religiously jewish, whether it be orthodox, conservative, reform, etc?
Anonymous asked: I am what a call a "off the derech" aka "ugafuren" and know many guys / girls who are dreaming to do what you and I did and your book will help many start a new sane life. I got a kick out of what I read about the principal and the slap, didnt know it was like that for girls, growing up it was normal to get spanked in school, (rabbi yelled "lyed dich ariber") thats...
Anonymous asked: I know how hard fundementalist religeon is, coming from the Islamic Republic of Iran, religeon is shoved down your throat from thefirst grade. But don't you agree that religeons are "all or nothing" and as intelligent human beings we should go with nothing as it is the mor logical thing to do?
Anonymous asked: Have you seen or care to see Oprah's interview she gave with Chabad regarding Judaism and our culture?
Anonymous asked: Do you wish you had been brought up in a more open minded Hasidic sect so that you could have stayed, rather than uproot everything familiar to you, and yet have room to explore and learn?
Anonymous asked: where can i get your book?
An in-depth review of Unorthodox, by Elaine... →
Lovely NY Times mention of Unorthodox in Sunday's... →
Click here to read a terrible story of a young... →
Anonymous asked: You are incredibly brave and I admire you. I hope that your book sells very well and that you are able to set up a foundation with some of the proceeds to help other women like yourself.
The Truth Hurts some and liberates others (namely...
There’s an internet frenzy around my book now, and a large part of it is fueled by the angry comments of Hasidic Jews, bent on intimidating me into submission. In the face of this backlash, I am reminded of the Old-Testament nature of my people; the all or nothing attitude, the total and absolute condemnation of anything or anyone that fails to bend, to obey. Once again, I experience relief...
My interview with the NY Post answers some... →
Anonymous asked: do you still go vist your grandparents? does your family and your exknow what you do?