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An Ex-Hasidic Woman Shares Her Story: “All Societies Have Faults”

Many think they know about Orthodox Judaism thanks to TV shows like “Unorthodox” and “My Unorthodox Life,” a.k.a. media that shows off the community in a negative light without any sort of context that these are dysfunctional families. But where are the stories of inspiration? Where are honest, nuanced alternative narratives to balance that out? […]

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The Nuanced Take On Monsey That “My Unorthodox Life” Got Wrong 

Julia Haart, star of Netflix’s My Unorthodox Life, became infamous in religious Jewish circles after she publicly badmouthed Monsey, the community she was raised in, on the show. The picture she painted was that of an ignorant, monolithic, extremist community. While numerous friends of hers have discredited many of the facts she presented, Haart obviously […]

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What Julia Haart’s Second Divorce Makes Clear

When “My Unorthodox Life” came out on Netflix last summer, Julia Haart became the latest spokes- woman for the Orthodox world — and not in a positive way. She spoke openly about how she left an ultra-religious community plagued with fundamentalism and oppression — that she wasn’t allowed to be educated, seen, heard, or even choose […]

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Jew in the City Featured in CNET on My Unorthodox Life

Since Netflix released the reality series My Unorthodox Life this past July and renewed it for season two this month, Jew in the City has been at the forefront of defending the image of Orthodox Jews in spite of their unlikeable depiction on the show. Haart’s assertion that, “The women in our community are second-class […]

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Taking Back Our Orthodox Life Story

Last week, Julia Haart appeared as a guest on the Tamron Hall show and when asked about her divorce, she sighed and replied that her divorce took eight years. She segued into a description about the laws of Jewish divorce where a women in “her world” have to ask their husbands for a gett in […]

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