Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Purim Shpiel: A Jewish Girl Goes On A Mission To Buy A Talmud

Genre: Sci-fi thriller.
Actors: Surie Berkovic plays the role of A Jewish girl named Deborah Feldman; An older man who shall remain nameless plays the role of a frail bookstore owner.
Setting: A Jewish bookstore store in midst of dangerous world of the Hasids, where parents slaughter their boys as a punishment for masturbating and girls get thrown into jail for going out after dark.
Plot: Deborah Feldman forms a secret plan to sneak into a Judaica store, buy a Talmud, and hopefully make it out of there alive. Deborah comes up with a cover story that she is buying the Talmud for her cousin. Problem is that her nervousness betrays her and she is nearly caught by the religious police. Miraculously she escapes uninjured but now comes the most dangerous part of her mission: getting back home safely through the streets filled with black-clad men and kershief-wrapped women who would who would shoot her point-blank without a trial, if they would find out what she is carrying in that suspicious-looking package. But even after arriving home danger still lurks, and...

OK. It's too much for me. If I don't stop now I will throw up. Read for yourself. Page 26 of Unorthodox:

Explosive: Court Documents Undercut Core of New Best Selling Book

By: Yossi Gestetner

Court documents dated late 2003 which followed a custody request, challenge the authenticity of the recently best-selling memoir, “Unorthodox,” which was authored by Ms. Deborah Feldman.

In the book, the author fails to mention that her mother, who according to the book left the Hasidic Community latest 1990, actually gave birth to another girl in November 1994. When challenged as to why she omitted the existence of a younger sister that was born to the same set of parents five years after the mother ‘abandoned’ the family, the author responded (in a March 2nd blog post) that her sister is still a minor and therefore she did not mention her.

This feeble answer left many people wondering why the author didn’t allude to this fact by simply stating in the book, “I have a younger sister that (until several months ago) lived with my mother.”

Well, the reasons for this omission are surprising:

1)    The author notes (pg. 4) that before writing the book, she asked her mother why she did not take her to live with her after she left. The author laments that the mother said “she had no money [to fight] and my father’s family threatened to make her life miserable if she tried to take me away.” This is contrary to what happened with the author’s younger sister who did live with her mother until late 2011. Had readers been aware of this little fact, they would wonder how Deborah’s mother had money to fight for her younger sister and not for Deborah and why the father’s family “threatened to make her mother’s life miserable” only if she fights for Deborah and not her younger sibling. By avoiding to mention a sister, Deborah paved the way to create falsehoods as to why she did not leave to live with her mother and to paint her family as radically anti-women; who suppressed a lesbian-woman who chose to leave for freedom.

2)    By omitting the existence of a younger sister that was born in late 1994, Deborah can perpetuate the all important component of a drama story: The mother ‘abandoned’ the family when Deborah was a mere toddler, which is to say latest 1990. But of course, with a sister born when Deborah was seven-eight, the falsehood flies out the window. Besides, Deborah’s mother attests in an internet post in the summer of 2010 that she left the family “seven years ago,” which is to say in late 2003 when Deborah was sixteen. Finally, how did Deborah show up in this photo at age seven standing in front of smiling parents if her mother had “abandoned” her a few years earlier?

3)    Most explosive of all are court papers dating back to late 2003, signed by now-former Judge the Honorable Paul Grosvenor. It shows clearly that the mother who – according to Feldman ‘had no money to fight’ – actually dragged the father to court asking for custody of BOTH children! This means, she had money to fight; and to fight for both, and was not an ‘abandoning’ person to begin with. After back-and-forth proceedings, both sides came to a court-approved agreement which stipulates that the Zaidy and his son, the father of Feldman, got the two things they wanted: a) The younger sister, then only nine years old, should continue attending a Jewish school and b) that the father should have visiting rights. The mother as part of the willful deal agreed to both, but as for the latter, she wanted a third party to supervise the visitations. The third party was to be… The Zaidy! Apparently, the mother had no issue that the Zaidy, this supposed abuser who ‘threatened to make life miserable,’ should be the one overseeing the visits.

The likely reason why Deborah’s mother did not put up much of a fight for Deborah is she was sixteen-seventeen at time of the court proceeding with a mind of her own. But more importantly is an event which dates back to the second half of the 1990s when Deborah was 10 or 11: Her mother hit her so severely that she ran down the flight of stairs to Bubby and Zaidy’s who lived on flight below. Deborah resolutely stated that she does not want to go back to her mother. Her extended family, which was always there for her, took her in to live with them. From then on, Deborah did not have much to do with her mother except for when her mother came down from the above apartment to check on Deborah and to visit the husband’s extended family.

This undisclosed fact of Deborah life at age ten likely also explains why Feldman conspicuously starts detailing her memoir only from when she was age eleven: It a) permits her to omit the real reason why the family got involved in her life and how she landed up in the care of Bubby and Zaidy, and b) by omitting life before sixth grade the author can sell a narrative of being raised in an extreme Satmar family who wanted to control her and thus the aunt placed her into Satmar school to ‘keep tabs’ on her.

However, as class photos prove, the author actually attended two different schools before her aunt took her into Satmer. She attended Adas Yereim, the most liberal Hasidic school in Williamsburg, and then, until age ten, she attended Bais Yakov of Lower East side, a non-Hasidic Orthodox Jewish school outside of Williamsburg. No extreme Hasidic family sends their kids to either of these schools. Deborah landed up in there because her family is of the most liberal in Williamsburg, and the only reason she ended up in Satmar is because she was likely expelled from both schools. As a result, Satmar the school where her the ‘bad’ aunt was the long-time principal, was the only school willing to accept this troubled girl into their system under the wings of the aunt.

By omitting these important details, Deborah successfully distorted history to suit her needs. Indeed, no good deed goes unpunished.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

A Peek Into Deborah Feldman's School Records

We were given the opportunity to see Deborah Feldman's school records from the years that she spent in Satmar. This is what we saw:

She came into Satmar for school year 1998.

Her first tuition payment was made 10/9/97.

Her name: Surie Berkovic.

Surie was, apparently, a bright student. She was considered a good writer and she was a very happy girl.

She was a troublemaker though and was fighting with teachers. Eventually she had to change class during secular studies. (Yes, she did get a secular education as well, as opposed to her blatant lies.)

On the intervention of her aunt, the principal, she became a teacher in Satmer Williamsburg on 9/1/03.
She left her teching job 4/15/05.

The evidence that Deborah Feldman didn't attend Satmar

We were the first to reveal to you, our dear readers, that Deborah Feldman, didn't attend Satmar for most of her childhood. Now Shmarya brings you the evidence that "she attended a much less strict haredi school," before she went to Satmar.

Here is a picture of Surie (AKA Deborah) Feldman in 3d grade, at the Bais Yaakov school:

Shmarya also has the proof that "she may have been happier at home and in school than she wrote in her book."

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Flashback: Barbara Walters and her Co-hosts Engage in Antisemitism

The entire Jewish world reacted with shock, disappointment and anger after the hosts of the view gave Deborah Feldman a platform from which to spew her anti-Semitic poison, without challenging her on her outright lies and contradictions.

But this was not the first time that this ABC daytime talk show has engaged in open anti-Semitism. On January 21 these same co-hosts laughed and made fun of Jewish woman on a level unheard of. Barabra Walters and the other ladies were laughing their guts out while discussing Jewish ladies.

For more read this story:

On today’s edition of the anti-male hag-fest, “The View,” Barbara Walters and her fellow co-hostesses engaged in a vile, anti-Semitic discussion with actress/comedienne Susie Essman. The stuff they said about Chassidic Jews–calling the women ugly, saying they have bad taste in clothing, have “weird,” “bizarre” customs–would never be tolerated if they substituted the word “Muslim” or “Black” for “Chassidic Jew.” I am not a Chassidic Jew–but since most Chassidic Jews do not own TVs and don’t waste their time watching this mindless garbage, I am the only one who noticed apparently.
The discussion took place in a segment featuring unfunny comedienne and actress Susie Essman, who appears in HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” She was on the show to promote her appearance in an upcoming CBS movie, “Loving Leah,” about a Lubavitch Chassidic Jewish woman who marries her late husband’s brother, a handsome cardiologist. (It stars Ricki Lake, so you know it’s gonna be awful.)
Essman–who is nominally Jewish, like Sarah Silverman–began the discussion by saying that being in the movie she learned that Chassidic Jewish women have terrible taste in clothing, that they’re “weird” and practice “bizarre” old religious customs, and that they cover up and they’re ugly. “Have you seen what these women look like?”
... Barbra Walters said, “The way they dress, that’s related to Islam, right?” Hilarious. Um, the Jewish religion was around for centuries before Islam ripped off its rules from Judaism and Christianity. I suppose we got the Bible from the Koran, too. What a dummy. Remember this, the next time she does another one of her cockamamie religion specials (in which she sympathizes with HAMAS homicide bombers).
Sherri Shepherd, Whoopi Goldberg, and ... Elisabeth Hasselbeck laughed at her comments and agreed with them, saying nothing like, “Hey, stop your bigotry.” Walters didn’t object either.
To her credit, the only one who kinda sorta defended Chassidic Jewish women was Joy Behar, though she calls them “wacky.” “Well, they’re just like every other group of women–some aren’t pretty and some are.” To this, Susie Essman responded with a face and a noise indicating she thought they were all ugly.
It's no wonder that The View had the honor to be the first TV show to interview Deborah Feldman.

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Deborah Feldman With a Brand New Murder Fantasy

Her crazy mind works wonders. She has difficulty distinguishing what she dreams at night from what's actually happening. Not that she imagines things, no, she just can't remember which was which....

Here is her most recent murder story:
"Rumors emerge of life-insurance murder in Satmar Williamsburg that implicate Hershel Klar. Hope someone gets to the bottom of this soon."
Simon and Schuster, eat it. You fell for this craziness. Now you are going to have to deal with this embarrassment daily until you pull the books off the shelves.

The NY Daily News: Unorthodox is a Novel and not a Memoir

I told you a couple of days ago that Deborah Feldman definitely didn't have the last laugh, and I'm happy to report that another respected newspaper, the NY Daily News, runs an article today, suggesting that Deborah Feldman is a liar and a fraud.

It's even more interesting that the News compares Deborah Feldman to James Frey, an American writer who was the subject of a big scandal when it was discovered that major elements of his so-called memoir were fabrications and lies.

In that case Oprah Winfrey, who at first believed that liar, invited him back to her show and confronted him why he had lied to her and her viewers. Oprah had the courage to admit that she was fooled by that person, who mostly lied about himself, not about other people.

For some reason I don't expect that the anti-religious Barbara Walters will do the same and publicly admit that she was duped by Deborah Feldman. I hope I'm wrong.

From the News article:

Most aspiring writers would murder to publish with the kind of publicity Feldman has received.

The problem is that much of her memoir may not be true, according to ardent critics. These include family members, neighbors and even New York State authorities.
In the book, Feldman charges her mother – who was apparently burdened by the pressures of Satmar life – with a “mysterious disappearance” when Feldman was a toddler.
In fact, it takes about 30 seconds to find Shoshana Berkovic on both Twitter and Facebook. She is a science teacher at New Utrecht High School and does not appear to have ever left Brooklyn. She did divorce her husband, as court records indicate. But that was in 2003, more than a decade after Feldman accuses her mother with leaving her behind. (Shoshana Berkovic / Facebook)

Feldman leaves out another relevant fact about her family – that she has a sister, now 17 and living with her mother. For reasons I cannot quite fathom, she entirely deletes her sister’s existence from what is supposed to be a truthful account of her life.

And while Feldman waxes poetic about how she had to sneak  secular literature (“Reading an English book is…a welcome mat put out for the devil”), neighbor Pearl Engleman distinctly remembers Berkovic taking both of her daughters to the public library on Fridays. “Flat-out lies” is what Engleman calls  Feldman’s description of her family life.

Feldman writes in great detail about her strict religious education in Williamsburg. But she fails to mention that she only attended the supposedly restrictive UTA for four years – and that only after being kicked out of a much more lax yeshiva in Manhattan, Bas Yaakov of the lower East Side. A cousin says that Feldman was expelled for making comments about sex.