. Unfortunately, Leah seemingly does everything she can to perpetuate these stereotypes. Now, Gingy returns with her fifth illustrated treasure, The Smartest Woman I Know—a tribute to the insightful woman who raised her. Through Leah’s eyes, we confront not only the oppressive world of religious fundamentalism, but also the broader issues that face even the most secular young women as they grapple with sexuality and identity. It’s about providing our children with the tools they need to survive in our world but also outside our world. When Leah is able to succeed in her new world, we all breathe a collective sigh of relief. Reading this wry, bold and compelling memoir, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and when you’re finished, you may also have a sudden craving for chicken matzo ball soup—kosher, of course. Leah Vincent is a good girl who loves her rabbi father. Incredibly, this is despite the fact that most yeshivish people actually live very much in the secular world. In this honest, daring, and compulsively readable memoir, Reva Mann paints a portrait of herself as a young woman on the edge—of either revelation or self-destruction. . In the frum community we know where to go to ask a question about halacha. The reader cheers for her when she finally escapes the prisons built by the various institutions she grew up with.” —Kerry Cohen, author of Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity“The voice Vincent has claimed is unflinchingly honest and incisive. We are experiencing technical difficulties. And by attention, we mean love. To read on e-ink devices like the Sony eReader or Barnes & Noble Nook, you'll need to download a file and transfer it to your device. Sign up today. Fast-paced, mesmerizing, and brutally honest, Cut Me Loose tells the story of one woman’s harrowing struggle to define herself as an individual. The one thing outside the book is the inevitable backlash. I recommend this book because we need to tell those who have left three of the most powerful words in the English language: ”I hear you.”. This is a unique feature of the yeshivish community. It became a bestseller and inspired the hit Off-Broadway play by the same name. In her Yeshivish community—a sect within ultra-Orthodox Judaism—she’s a girl “who would never sneak a kosher candy bar that did not carry the extra strict cholov Yisroel certification. “Visceral and uplifting.” — The Daily BeastA raw and electrifying memoir about a young woman’s journey from self-destruction to redemption, after cutting ties with her ultra-Orthodox Jewish family For fans of the television series Unorthodox and Shtisel, this brutally honest memoir tells the story of one woman’s quest to define herself as an individual. But still, people will say Leah is a liar. There was one line in the book that gave me chills. The latent criticisms in the book are coming from a place of yearning and disappointment, not from a place of hatred and resentment. Visit Chrome.com to get the fast Chrome browser for Windows. We mean care. She spent the next few years using her sexuality as a way of attracting the male approval she had been conditioned to seek out as a child, while becoming increasingly unfaithful to the religious dogma of her past. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. But they already know Leah and her story. That would be so much better. We hear their criticism. Defenders of her family and especially of her father are expected to come to their defense. For some, it just becomes their guide map as they clumsily plod along in a new world. These knee-jerk reactions will come from two seemingly opposite camps. Whether it’s victims of abuse or any other reason, or even without a reason, there will always be questions of mental health in all communities. Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood - Ebook written by Leah Vincent. As immature as it might be to seek attention with immature behavior, it’s at least as immature to think that if someone is doing something for attention then I am not obligated to give them any love or care. Too much of our education relies upon demonizing the outside. This has many negative consequences. The words of this author reflect his/her own opinions and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Orthodox Union. I disagree. Rabbi Sacks serves as a profoundly eloquent… https://t.co/AdmAFaewyz, 1/2 The Orthodox Union, Yeshiva University, and the Rabbinical Council of America are calling upon the broader Jewi… https://t.co/wOD4hlgIvF. If you’re wondering, why I would recommend, or even acknowledge Cut Me Loose please read on. Buy, May 12, 2015 Simply the acknowledgment that there are challenges and pain can mean everything to those dealing with these issues. A book like Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood by Leah Vincent is going to elicit predictable reactions. As the daughter of an influential rabbi, Leah and her ten siblings were raised to worship two things: God and the men who ruled their world. Too many things in our community are brushed aside because authority figures are not concerned enough with mental health. I recommend Cut Me Loose for adults who read secular novels. We may not be able to fix their pain, but we must acknowledge it. As she navigates her new life with the man she loves and the faith she also loves—surviving several awkward moments, including when the rabbi calls to tell her that she accidentally served unkosher food to her Shabbat guests—Gruen brings the reader right along for the ride. It’s impossible to read Cut Me Loose without considering how we can do better. Whatever the reason, we should do as much as we can to prevent our children from having to face the demons that Leah had to defeat. But for those who live on the outside of that world, a world devoid of the familiar structure and markers of success, it can sometimes take more to live a proud, gratifying life. Sometimes the best thing we can do is tell those who have left that we hear them. But I also think such discussion is irrelevant. This is what separates her tale from most…Orthodox memoirs: it’s as thoughtful and heroic as it is gripping and tragic…It’s the finest example of this sort of memoir yet.” —Flavorwire“Wrenching … Her book should be read, not just as a warning of the very real dangers of the world, but also of the price to be paid when, in the name of religion, people forget humanity.” —The Wall Street Journal“A sometimes-sweet, sometimes-harrowing memoir by a smart, passionate ultra-Orthodox girl.