Date(s) - Sunday, December 27, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
BOOK DISCUSSION ON ZOOM – The Book of Separation
This Sunday we will discuss the book “The Book of Separation” a memoir by Tova Mirvis. The struggle to fit inside takes up much of this book, which skips from the aftermath of Mirvis’s divorce from her husband and her faith back to the genesis of that faith, and of her marriage. Mirvis’s tale is one of privilege — a prosperous Memphis upbringing, college at Columbia, graduate school in creative writing — run through with a red thread of anguish. She attended an Orthodox school, studied Jewish texts for a year in Israel, got engaged at 22 to an Orthodox man after 12 weeks of dating and lived under the watchful eye of a tight-knit, conformist community. The choking tangle of laws that dictate how to handle everything, from dishware to vaginal discharge, was stifling. Orthodox Judaism, unlike other forms of American fundamentalism, largely avoids the question of belief; steadfast, granular obedience to the 613 commandments of the Torah, and the embrace of the community, preclude the question. The journey toward leaving is a slow awakening to her own suffering, and then a sudden leap to cut its bonds. Other similar works, such as the book/Netflix miniseries “Unorthodox” by Deborah Feldman and the movie “Disobedience” can also be discussed. “Let’s Talk About It!: Discussions for Baby Boomers ++” is a Jewish (yet all interested persons are welcome, regardless of religious affiliation) mostly singles group 50+ which meets twice monthly on Sunday mornings. We talk about either a topic, movie, or book in the context of concerns that affect our lives. Our dialogues afford participants the opportunity toget to know one another and make new friendships.
Contact: Jay Doniger at: [email protected] if you want a Zoom invitation
Time: 10 AM until NOON
Cost: discussion is free of charge.
Location: On Zoom.