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Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey among Hasidic Girls / Edition 1
     

Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey among Hasidic Girls / Edition 1

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by Stephanie Wellen Levine, Carol Gilligan
 

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ISBN-10: 0814751970

ISBN-13: 9780814751978

Pub. Date: 08/06/2004

Publisher: New York University Press

Winner of the 2004 Moment Book Award.

From the ardently religious young woman who longs for the life of a male scholar to the young rebel who visits a strip club, smokes pot, and agonizes over her loss of faith to the proud Lubavitcher with a desire for a high-powered career, Stephanie Wellen Levine provides a rare glimpse into the inner worlds and daily lives of

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Winner of the 2004 Moment Book Award.

From the ardently religious young woman who longs for the life of a male scholar to the young rebel who visits a strip club, smokes pot, and agonizes over her loss of faith to the proud Lubavitcher with a desire for a high-powered career, Stephanie Wellen Levine provides a rare glimpse into the inner worlds and daily lives of these Hasidic girls.

Lubavitcher Hasidim are famous for their efforts to inspire secular Jews to become more observant and for their messianic fervor. Strict followers of Orthodox Judaism, they maintain sharp gender-role distinctions.

Levine spent a year living in the Lubavitch community of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, participating in the rhythms of Hasidic girlhood. Drawing on many intimate hours among Hasidim and over 30 in-depth interviews, Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers offers rich portraits of individual Hasidic young women and how they deal with the conflicts between the regimented society in which they live and the pull of mainstream American life.

Perhaps counterintuitively for those who envision meek, religious girls confined within very structured roles, Levine finds that on the whole, these young Hasidic women seem more confident and have a greater sense of self than many of their mainstream peers. Levine explores why this might be the case, and what we can learn from their example for girls' positive development more generally. Along the way, she provides a fascinating portrayal of day-to-day life in the Lubavitch community.

This superbly crafted book offers intimate stories from Hasidic teenagers' lives, providing an intriguing twist to a universal theme: the struggle to grow up and define who we are within the context of culture, family, and life-driving beliefs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814751978
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/06/2004
Pages:
255
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Forewordxi
Introduction: What I Sought, What I Found1
1The Community: A Cultural and Psychological Tour27
2The Cast67
3Esther (Estie) Gutman: Wild Times and Holy Designs73
4Rochel Lehrer: Evolving, Not Rebelling87
5Nechama Dina (Dini) Rockoff: Chutzpah and Holiness107
6Chaya Jacobson: Strip Clubs and Soul-Searching124
7Gittel Kassin: Medicine and Marriage139
8Malka (Malkie) Belfer: Miniskirts and the Messiah158
9Leah Ratner: Mystic and Maverick175
10Into the Future: Adulthood and Insights from the Hasidim191
Notes231
Selected Bibliography235
Index241
About the Author255

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Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey among Hasidic Girls 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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This book was very well written and well researched. I enjoyed this immensely-- funny, heart warming, interesting book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome.....could not put it down. A wealth of information for anyone looking for answers to the 'seemingly hidden' lives of Hasidic/Orthodox Jewish girls...