Unchosen: The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels

By Hella Winston

Honorable point out within the 2012 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism

When Hella Winston begun speaking with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn for her doctoral dissertation in sociology, she used to be stunned to be covertly brought to Hasidim unsatisfied with their hugely restrictive lifestyle and infrequently desperately suffering to flee it. Unchosen tells the tales of those "rebel" Hasidim, severe questioners who lengthy for larger own and highbrow freedom than their groups permit. In her new Preface, Winston discusses the passionate reactions the ebook has elicited between Hasidim and non-Hasidim alike.

Named certainly one of Publishers Weekly's Ten most sensible faith Books of 2005.

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