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:


18 comments:

  1. and all over a schottenstien talmud???

    "hansel and gretel" is more believable!
    im surprised she didnt sit down on her "lumpy mattress"....after all she gives EVERYTHING ELSE a description!!

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  2. its was mistam a mesechtes nidah

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  3. I have sent my daughter at least twice, if not more, into Lishkas Hosofer to get my son his Gamura! What's the big deal if a girl is on the Boro Park bus with a Sefer? Is she for real? She knows it, she just wants the readers to KNOW she's NUTS!

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  4. Why would a Satmar person have a problem with the Talmud?? Deborah, I hope you're reading this because I don't know what you were or weren't subjected to growing up but let me tell you, you threw the baby out with the bathwater!!! If you weren’t happy being Satmar you could have kept the beautiful parts without throwing it all away!! Plenty of happy Jewish religious people who don’t live with all the Satmar restrictions and go to college and have great jobs and great lives and happy homes filled with the joy and laughter of lots of yummy kids. This video almost made me cry – this is what you threw away! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KxEeL-HcIY
    Unless you were just dying to eat crabcakes

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  5. http://www.frumsatire.net/2012/03/04/dear-deborah-feldman-it-took-your-lies-to-realize-my-truth/

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  6. B"H it seems that her books has fallen off the Amazon 100 list

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  7. Before my facebook page closes down for good, which is immanent, being that it takes 14 days to do so, I would like to end off with a few words. After reading all of the many posts for and against Deborah/Suri and walking around, watching everyone shop for Purim, and wondering, are the Chassidik Frum families even aware of this woman's existence, do they know that she wrote a stupid "novel"? The answer is NO! Thousands upon thousands of Frum people, Chassidish and just regular Orthodox Yiden, all over the world, have know idea that there was even book written, and they don't care either. She is not the first OTD who has done such a thing and she won't be the last, and it should NOT have any type of influence over anyone, in any way, because we are, after all, Frum Yidden by choice (I hope), and just because someone has their "opinion" about something doesn't make it OUR opinion. She can eat Treif, not keep Shabbos, and wear what ever she wants, it has no baring on the beauty of Yiddishkiet, and we should not have to defend any of OUR beliefs to anyone. Being Frum has many levels, and if someone is not comfortable with the level they are at, then change, up or down, to a level YOU feel you can handle truthfully. But giving up Everything is a "cop-out", and it means that they have no interest in working on themselves. Please pass this message on to ALL of your friends who are shocked and broken over Deborah Feldman's "book", or even the friends who think that these type of people will affect the Frum world. Let me remind you that 75-80 percent of the Frum and Ultra Frum people, all over the world, DON'T care what an Ugerfuriner (OTD) woman has to say anyway, they/we are much too busy preparing for Pesach! Chag Sameach everyone!

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  8. Hmm i am not aware of a judaica store on new utrecht ave!!

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  9. Me thinks you doth protest too much. All of your moaning and groaning and constant accusations only reinforce the stereotypes which Conservative Jews like myself think about you: hypocritical, pompous and holier than thou. Literally. You can argue the details of Unorthodox all you want but you only reinforce the beliefs the rest of us have about you.

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  10. No Elroy. I don't feel the orthodox, frum, satmar community is saying anything wrong. I feel the book gave alot of description for her early life but when talking about why she left, what happened,she rushed over. Everyone is entitled to live the lifestyle,culture and religion they want and I feel Deborah being abje to write a book is utterly ridiculous. Just because she came from a broken home doesn't give her the right to bash a whole community.

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    1. I agree, I wanted more info on her changeover, whether or not she still keeps in touch, whether Eli sees Yitzy. Didnt she say in cases like this the father keeps the child? FWIW I didnt think the Satmar community was bashed. She may have embellished things a bit but all deeply religous communities are by nature restrictive. I liked the book.

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    2. Also I feel she said many positive things about growing up Satmar. fyi I am Jewish, although not particularly observant. I loved learning about some of the rituals.

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  11. This entire blog is one long ad hominem. I came here hoping for some better criticism of Debbie Feldman, but apparently you don't have any.

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