Disobedience

Disobedience

Book - 2006
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"In suburban north-west London, where leafy avenues wind into the countryside beyond, the Orthodox Jewish community of Hendon quietly conducts its daily life. Hidden from the gaze of outsiders, the faithful live, work, love and pray, with little concern for the sprawling metropolis outside." "But then a beloved rabbi dies, and his passing brings his wayward daughter home. For the past ten years Ronit has been living the life of a modern New York woman; returning home, she's looking forward to catching up with old friends, perhaps settling old scores. But it soon becomes clear that Hendon and Ronit don't fit. Her home has become a more unsettling place than she had anticipated. And when she is reunited with her childhood girlfriend Esh, who has taken a very different path in life, it's not long before the two women are forced to confront their pasts - and to examine the difficult choices they have made." "Disobedience is a novel that illuminates a culture that has existed in Britain for centuries, yet remains almost entirely hidden. Naomi Alderman offers a contemporary take on the search for love, faith and understanding in a world filled with conflicting moral and sexual ideals."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006
ISBN: 9780743291569
0743291565
Branch Call Number: FIC ALD
FIC ALD
Characteristics: 227 p. ; 25 cm

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May 19, 2017

I found this an interesting reflection on God and his relationship with man. The only creature to be given choice, man has to struggle with obedience and the lure of disobedience. Ronit has lived in New York for many years, happy as a non-observant Jew, when she is notified that her estranged father, Rav Krushka, has passed away in his Orthodox Jewish community of Henden in London. Reluctantly, she returns to England to tie up his estate. Here she confronts her past and her relationship with her father and her ancestral faith, and the strictures she escaped when she went to America. This glimpse into the life of the rigorous Orthodox Jew reveals traditions that mainstream Jews have long given up. I liked and appreciated the construction of this novel. We have the thoughts of Ronit, then her childhood friend Esti, and then we are presented with Biblical verses and their interpretations. Those verses and the thoughts on them gave me a sense of what it must be like for students of the Torah as they debate the meanings of each word. Interesting stuff.

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