18 October 2019

Published October 16, 2019 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Fiction

Word Count: 100

STATE OF ISRAEL

A cool breeze ruffled Shlomit’s hair. How different from her previous life when head-coverings symbolized her devotion to Adoshem and Avi.  

            Avi Weinstein, zealous for Torah. His parents’ only son. The perfect husband.  

            After her seventh miscarriage, he beat her.  

            Even now her footsteps pounded out his accusations along the cobblestone Jerusalem street. “Murderer! Mother of death.”  

            Three years ago Avi died, leaving no heirs.

            Shlomit fled the Hasidim and their restricting laws.  

            Beside her Elan squeezed her hand. No side-curls. Colorful clothes. Her devoted Jewish husband.

            Avi’s hateful words faded. Elan patted her swollen tummy. “Beautiful mother of life.”

***

While I didn’t see the women flashing their the Haredim, I did witness the demonstration of these men and boys storming the streets of Jerusalem yelling, “Shabbos!” firsthand.

And here’s the link to another video about the state of Israel. It’s kind of long so it’s up to you to watch or not watch. 😉 Like anyone else, I have my opinions but I’ll not share them here. I do wish we could all celebrate each other’s differences.

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88 comments on “18 October 2019

  • A lovely story, Rochelle and well written as always. It’s probably for the best her first husband didn’t have a child to help raise. He might have passed on the meanness of his nature. Some people seem to have a mean streak they give in to. It was great she found what some would call her soul mate. —- Suzanne

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  • Lends a whole new perspective to the phrase ‘holier than thou’. I once worked closely with a Jewish girl, and while she was quite laid back about her faith, her mother was not. I saw the tensions that erupted on a regular basis within that family. I was happy for your main character. Well done.

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    • Dear Sandra,

      While my mother who was raised Orthodox wasn’t observant, she was less than pleased with my choice of a gentile husband. And there have been tensions with my own children over religion…I’ve been less than pleased with some of their choices. I think those differences have been settled. At any rate, I’m not a fan of extremism. 😉 In any event, I’m glad you liked the outcome of my story. Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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    • Dear Björn,

      What’s with that suppress the women thing? If we’re supposed to be merely submissive property then why did the Creator give us talents and intelligence? Are we not supposed to use those? Thank you from the top of my uncovered head.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Every religion, and non-religious people have their extremists. I long for a world that accepts everyone for who they are. I have traveled the world and find that the majority of people all want the same things. Good snapshot of life and well written.

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  • It is a story that could be real, and I would suspect has been real for some, perhaps to the detail. Thank you for sharing it, in compassion and spare yet deep critic of extremism and the cruelty it normalizes; along with the possibility of hope and rebirth.
    I left my story with the froggy before I read yours (I read others’ only after I write mine … a ‘thing’ of mine). Naturally I knew immediately where you took the photo. Thank you for that.
    XOXO
    Na’ama
    https://naamayehuda.com/2019/10/16/lost-halos/

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    • Na’ama Y’karah,

      Your comment on this particular story means more to me than the others combined. I don’t want to step on toes, but at the same time, the more I learn about the Haredim, the less impressed I am. Have you read Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman? Again, thank you for your kind and affirming words.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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      • I am glad my comment was meaningful. It IS a tricky place to be: to respect tradition and yet not have much respect to all the elements of what is included in that tradition … It share some of your concerns and feelings about many of the practices, and in general about the radicalization of faith into shaming compliance and built-in hierarchies.
        I’ve no issue with faith, or religion, or ritual, or boundaries within communities. It is the rigidity-in-the-name-of-purported-piety that I have a big problem with …
        I hadn’t read that book but have heard of it. I think a lot of it will be recognizable as the realities of life in people I know.
        Hugs
        Na’ama

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  • Smashing story, Rochelle. You had Avi say “Mother of death” to Shlomit; that’s such a clever insult because it sums up years of verbal harassment and psychological abuse. I’m really glad Shlomit was able to relax enough to trust Elan and find fulfilment with him.
    Shalom
    Penny

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  • I agree that we should learn about and celebrate each other’s differences. The problem is we can’t even celebrate our similarities. I watched the video. It featured four different types of Jewish “tribes.” They couldn’t find common ground is a shared ancestry or country. It’s like America. We’re supposed to be the “melting pot,” but there’s always some reason, skin color, ethnic background, politics, religion, taste in entertainment… that we find to disagree. Humanity seems to always look for reasons to hate instead of love.

    Another excellent, thought-provoking, emotion-stirring post, Rochelle.

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    • Dear Nobbin,

      I felt the same consternation and despair as I watched the documentary. There’s an old saying that if you have two Jews you have three opinions. If we’re honest, this pretty much covers the Human Race, doesn’t it? Thank you for your affirming comments.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • I won’t pretend my experiences are anything close to as severe as someone like Shlomit’s, but I do know something of the relief and pleasure in being able make decisions as feels right to you.

    My uncovered hair in the wind moment was walking down a street in a sleeveless dress that showed my shoulders and realising nobody cared. I’ll treasure that particular moment my whole life, I think.

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    As per, you have taken a subject and brought it to life. I have so much trouble with extremists of any sort, but more so with the religious ones. Well done!

    Shalom and lotsa love,

    Dale

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  • felt the continuation and change –
    and the video with the bras – too funny – but you would think the women would have upped their game a bit and wore their better bra options (kidding, but a couple of them looked tattered)

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  • Thanks you for the link – what a fascinating insight into the Israeli state and something I’d been largely ignorant about. Of course, I knew that there were Orthodox and secular citizens but didn’t realise how divisive the issue is. I can see it’s a difficult issue to reconcile for all sides. There could be no compromise on some of the specific issues concerned, gay marriage was on of the ones mentioned. But a mix of groups – Orthodox, secular, Arab – as one of the speakers said, is something the state and its people must come to terms with or split itself apart.
    As always, you humanised a complex issue so clearly. Beautifully done. Rochelle.

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    • Dear Laurie,

      There are many stories out there like Shlomit’s, which of course is fictitious 😉 Which isn’t to say there aren’t people, women included, who are content with their restrictive lifestyle. It isn’t one I’d want either. Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Such a sad tail of an abusive husband. Why didn’t he call the police for the abuse? I would never have put up with it even one time. Poor woman. I’m glad she outlived the monster Avi and found a loving husband who fathered a Holy Child instead. Wow!

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    • Dear Dawn,

      In the very closed and self-entitled Hasidic community (particularly in Israel) calling the police wouldn’t have done Shlomit any good. The other men would’ve covered and protected Avi. I’m personally happy to see her (fictitious though she is 😉 ) get away from the monster. However, there are true stories such as this one. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. 😀

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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