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What if openly questioning your religious faith would mean losing your family and the only way of life you have ever known? In Hidden Heretics Ayala Fader tells the fascinating and often heart-wrenching stories of married ultra-Orthodox Jewish men and women in New York, who surreptitiously break commandments and explore forbidden secular worlds in person and online. The anthropology professor and Mitzvah Girls author discusses the results of her five years of fieldwork in this secret world with lecturer and coach Adam Taub.
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Ayala Fader is professor of anthropology at Fordham University. She is the author of Mitzvah Girls: Bringing Up the Next Generation of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn (Princeton).
Adam Taub studied Natural Sciences and Law. He practised in the field of intellectual property before giving up the law, much to his grandmother’s concern. He now coaches senior executives for key presentations. He has been a lecturer at the London School of Jewish Studies for 20 years and is the co-founder of a charity called Etgar that aims to inspire a love of Jewish learning in young Jewish students.