Sunday, February 21, 2016
Uncovered How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home by Leah Lax
This is a very interesting story about how Leah joined the Hasidic community when she was a teenager, married at age 19 and had 7 children, then, gradually, found her way out of the legalism and into the real world. As a former reading teacher and current assistant librarian, I love that part of what helped her to change her views was reading books in the library and taking writing classes. Like Leah, I also grew up in the Jewish community in Dallas, and although I am a bit younger than she is, and I was not very aware of Hasidism during my Reform Jewish childhood, I enjoyed reading about the same places and community that I grew up in. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I recommend it to others.