Wednesday, November 09, 2005


In English class the Professor asked, "Why do teenage Orthodox girls rebel?" He explained that he sees many Orthodox girls in his class carry a grudge aginst Judaism. He asked if it is because we supress the outside culture too much and that causes them to seek outside influences and role models. What could the community do to keep them from experimenting and seeking ways that are contrary to the mores of the community? What if it were my daughter who was disobeying and testing the limits of Judaisim, what measures would I take?

I was stumped.


Blogger Littleredridinghoodie said...

I had a classmate who's father used to shower with her when she was 5 and told her all she needs to know. She is happily married to a really frum guy (unlike her father) she rebeled the other way...

1:36 AM  
Blogger Semgirl said...

I would comment on this , but I couldnt really do the subject justice. Maybe I will do a post about it on my blog..

Also, you deleted my comment on your last post.. Whats up with that ?

12:45 PM  
Blogger Moiy-rah said...

well, i think its because these girsl are just not happy with themselves (with the person they are) so they take it out on judeaism.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Daphna said...

It could be that the professor is meeting a certain subset of girls (namely, those who go to a non-frum college). For their part, it is entirely possible that these girls are quite happy with themselves, but for whatever reason Judaism has come to represent something coercive, restricting or otherwise negative. Remember, women have an entirely different experience within Judaism than do men, and in particular within Orthodox Judaism. You may not understand, but then, why should you?

5:51 PM  
Blogger Masmida said...

Girls leave Orthodoxy for as many reasons as their girls, but most of all because they probably never felt accepted. The children of BT's get this alot. Trapped between the devotion of their parents and the less than enthusiatic reception of themselves into the charedi world.

I ended up going to the 'bais yaakov' school b/c i visited and found a place where the seniors actually talked to you, instead of treating you like roadkill, and the girls were nice to each other.

otherwise i might have been that girl complaining about the restrictions of orthodoxy.

11:39 PM  

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