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Tenement Talks – Mitzvah Girls: An In-depth Look into a Closed Community

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Ayala Fader, author of Mitzvah Girls: Bringing Up the Next Generation of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn, will be at the Tenement Museum for Tenement Talks this Thursday to discuss her book with NYU Professor of American Jewish History, Hasia Diner. Jeanne Vaccaro writes about the book on the blog, Feminist Review, “Looking into the Hasidic world from the outside, I confess that it’s quite easy to judge, to assume that these women are victims.

Mitzvah Girls challenges that assumption, and Fader’s in-depth study foregrounds Hasidic women’s agency. She demonstrates how young women and girls negotiate the secular world, its modern temptations, and even feminism. Mitzvah Girls is an extraordinarily fascinating read.” You can read more about the talk on the Tenement Musuem’s blog, as well.   FREE // 108 Orchard St. // 6:30pm

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