Lynn Rita Davidman

May 12, 2016

Becoming Un-Orthodox

Stories of Ex-Hasidic Jews

Oxford University Press 2015

purchase at In Becoming Un-Orthodox: Stories of Ex-Hasidic Jews (Oxford University Press, 2015), Lynn Davidman, Robert M. Beren Distinguished Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at the University of Kansas, utilizes interviews with more than forty individuals who have left their Hasidic communities to vividly document the ways in which these men and women grapple with questions of faith, ritual, and communal authority. In addition to sharing her subjects' journeys to find themselves and a place within the broader world, Davidman recounts her own experience in leaving Orthodoxy behind as a young adult, and highlights the challenges of testing the boundaries of individuality, community, and gendered expectations of behavior.

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