If “Unorthodox” Gets Something Right, It’s That the Exotic Jew Is Always a Hot Commodity

Released in March, the Netflix miniseries Unorthodox tells the story of a young ḥasidic girl who runs away from her community, and her marriage, in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn to start a new life in, of all places, Berlin. The show, based loosely on Deborah Feldman’s memoir of the same name, has received fawning reviews in the Washington Post and the New York Times, and much discussion in the Jewish press. A scholar of Jewish literature and herself a former Orthodox Jew, Naomi Seidman derides the “baselessly confident judgments” of those who praised Unorthodox for its supposed accuracy, and compares the show to some of its literary antecedents:

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More about: Hasidim, Solomon Maimon, Television

What Palestinians Want

July 10 2020

In an extensive report on a major survey of Palestinian public opinion, David Pollock sums up his key findings. Above all, the results suggest that large numbers of Palestinians are willing to make compromises with Israel in the short term, but tend to harbor maximalist, even militant, long-term goals:

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More about: Palestinian public opinion, Palestinians, Two-State Solution