Unchosen: The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels

Unchosen: The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels


By (author) Hella Winston

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  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • Format: Paperback | 190 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 13mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 15 November 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0807036277
  • ISBN 13: 9780807036273
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 291,814

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Honorable Mention in the 2012 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism When Hella Winston began talking with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn for her doctoral dissertation in sociology, she was surprised to be covertly introduced to Hasidim unhappy with their highly restrictive way of life and sometimes desperately struggling to escape it. "Unchosen" tells the stories of these "rebel" Hasidim, serious questioners who long for greater personal and intellectual freedom than their communities allow. In her new Preface, Winston discusses the passionate reactions the book has elicited among Hasidim and non-Hasidim alike. Named one of "Publishers Weekly"'s Ten Best Religion Books of 2005.

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Hella Winston is pursuing her Ph.D. in sociology at the Graduate Center for the City University of New York. She lives in New York City.

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& quot; Dives fearlessly into a fascinating topic . . . Winston channels the exhilaration of her subjects& #39; newfound freedom, without losing all compassion for the disappointed& mdash; even angry& mdash; community they are leaving behind.& quot; & mdash; Holly Lebowitz Rossi