How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home, A Memoir

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In Uncovered, Leah Lax tells her story--beginning as a young teen who left her liberal, secular home for life as a Hasidic Jew and ending as a forty-something woman who has to abandon the only world she's known for thirty years in order to achieve personal freedom. In understated, crystalline prose, Lax details her experiences with arranged marriage, fundamentalist faith, and motherhood during her years with the Hasidim, and explores how her creative, sexual, and spiritual longings simmer beneath the surface throughout her time there. The first memoir to tell of a gay woman who spent years in the Hasidic fold, Uncovered is the moving story of Lax's journey toward finding a home where she truly belongs.
Publisher: Berkeley, California : She Writes Press, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781631529955
Characteristics: 348 pages ;,22 cm


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Dec 23, 2018

Sadly, this book is another misrepresentation of God. The author was clearly caught up in a cult: that of the Hasidic Jews. A cult is any sort of "spiritual" following that demands complete obedience to endless laws/rules. It sees curiosity and questions as evil and dangerous. Unfortunately, the author did not have the wisdom to seek for the difference between serving God as a religious duty (full of meaningless and rigid rules) and following Him out of love and gratitude.

She is so fed up with following rules and more rules that she assumes anything to do with God and the Bible is slavery. Consequently, she mistakenly assumes that following her heart to becoming a Jewish lesbian is freedom.

What the author failed to see is that God is asking for us to have a relationship with Him. One where we seek Him, pour out our heart before Him, read His thoughts and character through the Bible and really get to know His heartbeat. Instead, she accuses God of all her misery, as if He came up with the one billion rules she had to follow.

I feel this author has a genuine story (a sad one), but why blame it on God and assume He does not exist, when she made the choice to follow hundreds of rules that God never asked her to. No one wants to give God glory when everything works out, but as soon as there are problems and evil, everyone turns to blame God.

Nov 22, 2016

A beautifully written, lyrical, memoir - and this is very much a memoir, strictly of Leah's life, ideas, and conflicts - full of heartache and naked truth.

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