Agony of Orthodox Jews caught between two worlds

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12/02/2018

childhood friendship between two women deepens into first love, passionate and consuming. But in a north London Orthodox Jewish community, it is illicit, an abomination, against the strict codes that govern their lives. Religious and sexual identities cannot be reconciled; a painful choice must be made. This, in essence, is the story of Disobedience, a film starring Rachel Weisz that has just had its UK release. It is based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman, but is also, in essence, the true story of Emily Green*, who left an ultra-Orthodox community in 2012 with her five children after years of conflict and guilt. She now supports others who are considering a new life outside the insular world into which they were born.

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