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All Who Go Do Not Return

☆ All Who Go Do Not Return ☆ Shulem Deen ☆ All Who Go Do Not Return ☆ Shulem Deen - All Who Go Do Not Return, All Who Go Do Not Return National Jewish Book Award WinnerA moving and revealing exploration of Hasidic life and one man s struggles with faith family and communityShulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are

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  • Author: Shulem Deen
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☆ All Who Go Do Not Return ☆ Shulem Deen, All Who Go Do Not Return, Shulem Deen, All Who Go Do Not Return National Jewish Book Award WinnerA moving and revealing exploration of Hasidic life and one man s struggles with faith family and communityShulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous As a member of the Skverers one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US he knows little about the outside world only that it is to be shunned His marriage at

All Who Go Do Not Return

☆ All Who Go Do Not Return ☆ Shulem Deen ☆ All Who Go Do Not Return ☆ Shulem Deen - All Who Go Do Not Return, All Who Go Do Not Return National Jewish Book Award WinnerA moving and revealing exploration of Hasidic life and one man s struggles with faith family and communityShulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are All Who Go Do Not Return

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  1. Shulem Deen might be the star of OTD writers, but what struck me in this book was how little of it can actually be said to be the telling of an OTD narrative It read so much like a Chasidic coming of age story, the story of almost every boy or girl growing up in such community There s not one element of the story that any average Chasidic man over thirty can t identify with Every single part of it And can perhaps be applied even universally, although I have little knowledge or experience of th [...]

  2. The author of this book would probably be flattered to know that he shook my faith in G d a little bit and because of that, I consider his book somewhat dangerous I have no doubt that it is being banned in many Orthodox Jewish circles, and I can understand why But I think it s worthwhile to hear the criticisms of people who left the path, and since this book is quickly gaining a reputation as the most eloquent ex Orthodox memoir around, I figured it was a good one to start with Aside from that, [...]

  3. Inside the American Shtetl Captivating Most people outside of New York City will not know anything about the various Orthodox Jewish communities that thrive there and in its hinterland And even most New Yorkers will not know that the primary purpose of these communities is not just to re create the physical mode of living of the Eastern European shtetl culture which was annihilated by the Holocaust, but importantly to re create the essential ethos of this culture the continuous recognition of a [...]

  4. I wondered about that circle of hippies and my odd attraction to them, and I realized, after a time, what it really was what I longed for was not the tisch of my past but a return to a time and place when ideas moved me even if they didn t make perfect sense, a time when I allowed myself to be fired up with passion for something, anything, because it held a truth that had made itself evident during a moment of inspired consciousness page 299

  5. This book is heartbreaking Shulem is in a league of his own He s funny and emotional and well spoken Or rather, written, throughout A worthy read.

  6. I m a bit concerned about writing this review because I don t want to cause any further harm to the author on the off chance he s actually reading this and if you are Shulem, know that as I was reading your story, especially the period when you were newly alone and broken, I wanted nothing than to offer my friendship and support my criticisms are not personal they are directed at the way certain facts were presented but here it goes I will tread cautiously.About two years ago, I read an article [...]

  7. All Who Go Do Not Return will be read two hundred years from now, just as Solomon Maimon s memoir is still read than 200 years after its publication Its value lies in its honest portrayal of struggle posing the question most are too afraid to ask themselves what do we do when we exercise the right we are told we have to ask questions, and when do we do when we find that right denied us And what do we do when the stakes of asking those questions are so high Asking those questions will result in [...]

  8. One of the most highly anticipated memoirs in the OTD sphere, All Who Go Do Not Return is a memoir by celebrated blogger, heretic, and all around righteous dude Shulem Deen For many years, Shulem has been a fixture in the nouveau boho exChusid scene, which auxiliarly includes formerly Modernishes such as me.My first exposure to Shulem was an article in the Village Voice, The Sharer of Secrets This was in the summer of 2003 I was working a McJob working a concession stand at Giant s Stadium for a [...]

  9. This autobiographic account of an Orthodox Jewish man s crisis of faith and his subsequent departure from his culturally isolated Hasidic community was fascinating to me as I possessed virtually no knowledge of this community Deen does a fantastic job painting the picture of his upbringing, relationships within the community, inclusion in the extremist sect that he personally chose, and eventual questioning and departure from it all The most prominent notes what struck me the most was the commun [...]

  10. This is a fascinating and well written memoir of the author s life within and after leaving an extreme sect of Hasidism From other reviews, I see that there is a whole subgenre of ex Hasidic memoirs, which is news to me I can say that this one is accessible even for those who know little about Judaism, much less Hasidism.Shulem Deen joined the Skverers as a teenager, having grown up in a somewhat less restrictive family in New York City He reluctantly agreed to an arranged marriage, and soon had [...]

  11. Heart breaking At First I wanted to know about the Hasidic life, all the different sects But when Shulem started his quest for the outside world, I was going to give up Really this book was emotionally draining and struggling for the family And all the lives involved But I find Shulem to be an amazing father, husband, son, brother and friend to all he meets Very interesting book

  12. This is an amazing book Terribly bittersweet but really worth reading Cults are scary.It amazes and saddens me that there can be such enormous differences within types of Judaism.

  13. As someone who has left the Hasidic community and continues to be fascinated by how much nuance this insular community hides, I m especially interested in literature that comes from insiders and often, of course, they will have the bias of those who left I read this book at about the time of its initial release, but didn t analyze it too closely Now, after some time and having heard many people base their knowledge of the Hasidic community on this book, I thought it s time for a second, critica [...]

  14. What happened That is the question Shulem Deen was asked whenever he had to show his ID, and the bank teller or highway patrol officer did a double take the ID photo showing a Skverer Hasid beard, payot, and beaver hat versus the clean shaven, bare headed guy in jeans who over time lost his faith in his community and even in God.Deen s memoir is the answer to that question, and it is deeply engaging, sometimes funny, and increasingly sad As someone who grew up secular and wrestled for a good few [...]

  15. Despite his protestation, Shulem s story is a fight for a narrative There s a clear audience for this book, and that is his estranged kids In it you can read the makings of the man, what caused him to have a family in that senseless world, and what caused him to walk away from it or in his narrative, forcefully removed from it Reading it will certainly gain sympathy from humanity, and perhaps even fair judgment from acquaintances However, as the modern Jew knows too well, sympathy is for losers [...]

  16. I ve read several books about individuals leaving the Hasidic community but All Who Go Do Not Return by Shulem Deen was by far my favorite in this genre Perhaps it is because I live fairly close to New Square in Rockland County Although I was aware that the people residing in New Square were fanatical than those living in Monsey and certain places in Brooklyn it still surprised me to learn the many details of life there Shulem Deen did an excellent job of opening my eyes to the life a Hasid liv [...]

  17. Powerful memoir, written masterfully Shulem Deen lets you into his head for his journey, and it s a harrowing, fascinating ride More generally, this book makes you think about the ethics of memoir The people he wrote about are out there, being affected by what he writes and affecting him in turn, and he wrote delicately, yet still revealed much.

  18. A deeply thought provoking memoir Deen was raised as a Hasidic Jew, in the Skverers sect, in the village of New Square, New York thirty miles outside NYC Deen gives the reader a critical view into the customs, culture, religious beliefs and ancient rules of the Hasidics In many ways the archaic traditions and beliefs enforced in the Hasidic community and faith is similar to the rules imposed in the Mormon faith and in the Mormon compounds with multiple wives where the young men are forced out to [...]

  19. Shulem Deen found his home among the New Square Hasidim in his teens.They provided him everything a good Hasidic boy wants acceptance, family, guidance, home But not answers Moving into adulthood, embracing an arranged marriage and a lifetime of Torah study, he found millennia old dogma unsatisfying And when modernity intruded upon his obstinately unchanging community, his boyhood faith slipped away So one day, amid ordinary ritual and family life, Shulem Deen found himself expelled.Hasidim, lik [...]

  20. All Who Go Do Not Return A Memoir by Shulem Deen is an excellent look inside the world of the world of Hasidic Jews, the extreme Ultra Orthodox version of Judaism This is not the world of all Jews The biggest difference that stuck out to me was the issue regarding questioning your faith or anything about it From what I know about being a Jew, you want to question It s okay to doubt and wonder and debate the fundamentals of what you do or do not believe To not question and blindly do as you are t [...]

  21. As usual for my reviews, I won t detail the plot you can get that from the other reviewers What I can tell you is that this story is both exquisitely written and unbearably sad I read it in one sitting, hoping against hope that things wouldn t go wrong for Shulem If you are like me, and prefer books with happy or at least satisfactory endings time is too short and there are enough depressing things I can read in the newspaper , don t read this one What a tragedy for this naive young man spoiler [...]

  22. Beautiful, painful, and evocative all at once Deen is a gifted writer whose story will resonate with anyone who has ever questioned his or her faith, or who fears extremism of any kind I was riveted by the story and turn of events, and how, in Deen s quest to find himself, he loses all that he once loved I would remember the words of Reb Hillel, and wonder if indeed something was changing, and I would realize that Gitty was right Something was being lost, an innocence slipping away while I stood [...]

  23. For one not schooled in secular subjects Shulem Deen certainly overcame that omission to become a very fine writer The story he tells of his growing away from the Chasidic life he was immersed in to the secular life he now leads is one of bravery as well as extreme sorrow The loss of his children will be pain that he will never get over Very good book

  24. I respect Shulem Deen for the way he tells his story simply, honestly, and without pointing fingers or laying blame on others It shows remarkable restraint and maturity He s a skillful writer, and I couldn t put this book down until I had finished the very last page.

  25. Most fascinating This book fulfilled the wow factor hopefully attained by reading all books the ability to transfer the reader into a world previously unbeknownst so oroughly This story of an amazing transformation was intimate and compelling Great great writing.

  26. Mixed emotions Well written but dragged towards the end Sadness mixed with happiness for the author s choice and the hardships it brought upon him Intriguing glimpse into the world of New York s Haredi community Wondering how it reads to non Jews.

  27. Moving and unlike a lot of memoirs of people who have left their ultra orthodox lifestyle He doesn t bad mouth anyone He just goes through his struggles and does it in a moving way.

  28. Oh, how I loved this memoir It s the story of Shulem Deen, a Hasid of the Skverer sect his choice, at age 13 , and how he was raised in the faith and then how, ultimately, he lost his faith and family and regained self authenticity It s beautiful and painful and very relatable.I first learned of Shulem Deen a month ago, when John Dehlin linked to Shulem s most recent Facebook post about having seen his two oldest daughters for the first time in 8 years It was so moving, so heartbreaking, that I [...]

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