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Deborah, Golda And Me Book Review

On the surface, religion and feminism seem to be at odds with one another. Among the world’s major religions, women are often seen as secondary to men. Feminism demands that women be treated as equals to men.

Letty Pogrebin‘s 1992 book, Deborah, Golda And Me, is about Ms. Pogrebin’s journey as she reconciles her faith with her feminist beliefs. Raised in an observant home, she lost her mother as a young woman. Traditional Judaism states that only a man may say kaddish (prayer for the dead). Unable to say kaddish, she drifted away from traditional Judaism. In time, she found a way to mingle Judaism and feminism. While some of the book focuses on the author’s personal journey, other chapters discuss topics such as feminism from the perspective of Black and Jewish women and feminist attitudes in South Africa.

This book is a groundbreaking work of non fiction. While it is not a light read, it is a book that every Jewish woman should read.

I recommend it.

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The Critics Were Wrong-A Stranger Among Us

Among the secular population, there seems to be a fascination with the orthodox and ultra orthodox groups of the world’s major religions who choose to isolate themselves and live only by the commandments of their faith.

In a A Stranger Among Us , Emily Eden (Melanie Griffith) is a police officer who is very good at her job.  When a Hassidic businessman is murdered, Emily goes undercover as a ba’al teshuva (someone who re-embraces their Jewish faith at an Orthodox level) to find the killer.

Were the critics wrong? I think the question should be, would this actually happen in real life? Probably not, but this is a work of fiction. I don’t think the critics were completely wrong, but there is something about this movie that isn’t quite right.

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