Part Three of The Current
Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
We started this segment with the theme from the 1981 movie The Chosen, based on the best selling book of the same name. The book chronicled life in the Hasidic Jewish neighbourhood of Williamsburg, in Brooklyn. The Chosen is a work of fiction, but Williamsburg is very real.
And Deborah Feldman grew up in its restrictive ultra-Orthodox Satmar community. It was the only life she ever knew, populated with the only friends and family she had. She nevertheless found it so oppressive, she rebelled.
Her book about the community and her decision to leave is: Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots. Deborah Feldman joined us from New York.
This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.
Last Word - Escaping Rwanda Promo
The massacre that became known as the Rwanda genocide left as many as 800 thousand people dead. A crime that vast can still terrify -- not only in Africa but in Canada as well. Legal exonerations often don't mean much once accusations are made.
The Current's producer Ellen Saenger is working on a story for tomorrow about people still trying to escape the long shadows of Rwanda. She gets the last word today.
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