Dangerous Reunions

Book Review for "Run you Down" by Julia Dahl. The sudden death of Pessie Goldin never received any publicity, despite her being a young mother. That's mostly because she's a member of the ultra-orthodox (Haredi) community of Roseville, and they officially declared it an accident. However, her husband Levi is suspicious about the circumstances, and … Continue reading Dangerous Reunions

Abandonment and Devotion

Book Review of "Neither Here Nor There" by Miriam Drori. Esty is 19 and unmarried, and that's practically an "old maid" in Jerusalem's Haredi (ultra-orthodox) community. However, the reason she hasn't agreed to marry anyone is that she knows the Haredi life is not for her. Once she's married, she might be trapped forever. Gathering … Continue reading Abandonment and Devotion

Beneath the Black Hats and the Wigs

Book Review of "Invisible City" by Julia Dahl. The police just found a naked woman's body in a Brooklyn scrap yard, and that's news. So the paper sends their newest stringer, Rebekah Roberts, to get the story. When she gets there, she finds herself in the midst of the exact same Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community her … Continue reading Beneath the Black Hats and the Wigs

An Intimate Look at the World of London’s Ultra-Orthodox

Book Review of "The Marrying of Chani Kaufman" by Eve Harris If Chani Kaufman doesn't find a husband soon, it may be too late. Although she's only 19, that is a fact of life in the ultra-orthodox Jewish community! But so far, no one thinks she's suitable, mostly because of her outspoken curiosity, which has … Continue reading An Intimate Look at the World of London’s Ultra-Orthodox