A moving and revealing exploration of Hasidic life and one man's struggles with faith, family, and community.
Shulem 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 18 is arranged, and several children soon follow.
Deen's first transgression - turning on the radio - is small, but his curiosity leads him to the library and, later, the Internet. Soon he begins a feverish inquiry into the tenets of his religious beliefs until, several years later, his faith unravels entirely. Now a heretic, he fears being discovered and ostracized from the only world he knows. His relationship with his family at stake, he is forced into a life of deception and begins a long struggle to hold on to those he loves most: his five children.
In All Who Go Do Not Return, Deen bravely traces his harrowing loss of faith while offering an illuminating look at a highly secretive world.
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"very moving book"
this book was very insightful and moving. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to read it again right away.
For anyone who wants to embark on a insight journey of beliefs and doubts on who do we want to be
"lyrical, heartbreaking, understated"
Really lovely memoir about leaving the faith of his birth. Not only a story of leaving one's faith, but also a story of becoming a full time aware adult.
"5 stars plus"
One of the best books I've read in years. Recommended to everyone. Very well written and read. (Found through unorthodox podcasts).
I was captivated from the start. Loved the narration, the poetry of the writing stayed with me. I listened to passages over and over. Beautiful
Enjoyed this book and the very private insight into such a very secretive world. Disappointed at the conclusion - only because I had more questions than were answered.
"What a book"
This book was great on so many levels. Insightful, heart-wrenching, well-written. What a story.
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