The following is a letter to Deborah that we received from a reader:
Hi Deborah! I have a few points to address regarding your interview in the post. First, you seemed most upset about the extremes in the " farfrimteh satmareh" community in the interview, not the hassidic lifestyle in general. Yet your only option was to throw Judaism out the window? The blatant lies in the article make it hard for people to give you the credibility and validation you are looking for. I'm frum, orthodox, hassidic, yet I had no idea what the hell you were talking about with curfews, woven blouses, bathing suits etc. Couldn't you have just moved to Boro Park or Flatbush? The fact that you threw yiddishkeit away completely speaks volumes. Plenty of us frum hassidic people have great careers, aren't raped by our cousins, and have awesome sex lives (with the lights on and the nightgown off!) You will always be a Jew and we will always be there to welcome you back home.
Of course I'd love a response!
A fellow Jew
For those who don't know, the whole story that she ran a way from Williamsburg is a total lie and one of her enormous amount of fabrications. Deborah Feldman was raised in Williamsburg but lived in Airmont, NY before she left judaism. Airmont is one of the most liberal Chasidic Jewish neighborhoods in the world! Airmont is the antithesis of Williamsburg. There is no dress code over there whatsoever, to say the least. Most of the kids in that neighborhood don't attend Satmar schools or any school that has a close resemblance to Satmar. She had the choice to live wherever she wanted and that's exactly what she did.
Enough for now. More later.