Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey Among Hasidic Girls

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NYU Press, Aug 6, 2004 - Religion - 255 pages
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From the ardently religious young woman who longs for the life of a male scholar to the young rebel who visits a strip club, smokes pot, and agonizes over her loss of faith to the proud Lubavitcher with a desire for a high-powered career, Stephanie Wellen Levine provides a rare glimpse into the inner worlds and daily lives of these Hasidic girls.

Lubavitcher Hasidim are famous for their efforts to inspire secular Jews to become more observant and for their messianic fervor. Strict followers of Orthodox Judaism, they maintain sharp gender-role distinctions.

Levine spent a year living in the Lubavitch community of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, participating in the rhythms of Hasidic girlhood. Drawing on many intimate hours among Hasidim and over 30 in-depth interviews, Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers offers rich portraits of individual Hasidic young women and how they deal with the conflicts between the regimented society in which they live and the pull of mainstream American life.

This superbly crafted book offers intimate stories from Hasidic teenagers' lives, providing an intriguing twist to a universal theme: the struggle to grow up and define who we are within the context of culture, family, and life-driving beliefs.

 

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Review: Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey Among Hasidic Girls

User Review  - Lily - Goodreads

Paperback: 255 pages Publisher: NYU Press (August 6, 2004) ISBN-10: 0814751970 Author: Stephanie Wellen Levine Cover art: I like the simplicity. Obtained: Bought Overall rating: **** out of 5 stars ... Read full review

Review: Mystics, Mavericks, and Merrymakers: An Intimate Journey Among Hasidic Girls

User Review  - gwen - Goodreads

A quick, easy read and a good look into the world of Orthodox Jewish girls, but it felt pretty superficial. The author's analysis at the end overlooked a really negative point to me -- sure, maybe ... Read full review

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Contents

What I Sought What I Found
1
The Community A Cultural and Psychological Tour
27
The Cast
67
Esther Estie Gutman Wild Times and Holy Designs
73
Rochel Lehrer Evolving Not Rebelling
87
Nechama Dina Dini Rockoff Chutzpah and Holiness
107
Chaya Jacobson Strip Clubs and SoulSearching
124
Gittel Kassin Medicine and Marriage
139
Malka Malkie Belfer Miniskirts and the Messiah
158
Leah Ratner Mystic and Maverick
175
Into the Future Adulthood and Insights from the Hasidim
191
Notes
231
Selected Bibliography
235
Index
241
About the Author
255
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Stephanie Wellen Levine teaches at Tufts University.

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