Friday Morning Bookclub

November 23, 2011

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives Hush 3.65 Omelets

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Amazon readers gave Hush  4 1/2 stars

Barnes and Noble readers gave Hush 3 1/2 stars

This riveting story takes place in Borough Park, a Chassidic community in Brooklyn which lives by its own special set of rules and where the words “sexual abuse” are never spoken. Once you start reading Hush, you will not be able to put it down!

http://www.amazon.com/Hush-Eishes-Chayil/dp/0802720889

November 17, 2011

Hush….

Filed under: Book Discussions,Hush — janinefrier @ 12:32 pm
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Hush was first written under the pseudonym Eshes Chayil (woman of valor) because Judy Brown had well founded fears of retribution. After reading the book, one gains a deep understanding of why Judy was so fearful and what her community was capable of…. regarding both  the abuse and the silence. Judy received death threats for publishing this book, before she publicized her real name.  Despite this, she decided to take a brave stance and allow her name to be used because of the horrific abduction and murder of Lieby Kletzky.  She said, “I refuse to continue to allow that fear to force me into hiding over a book that should have been written long ago. I no longer want to be known only as Eishes Chayil when my name is Judy Brown. I must find the courage to stand with the victims who carry the burden of our silence for the rest of their lives.”

Hushing might be what the Orthodox Jewish Community does when one of its own sexually abuses children.  As has been evident in the news lately, however, they are not alone and it can and does happen in other settings too. The community feels threatened and tainted when this happens in their midst.  So the option of least resistance, often, is to sweep it under the rug and hope that it will go away.  But we know that it never will go away.

These topics, along with the disturbing story that Hush tells, led to a deep and enlightening discussion, at our meeting this month.  Although this was a book we were discussing, the real and serious  issues that it brought to light, were not taken lightly. We commend Judy Brown for taking the step into the light and for doing what ever she can to try and prevent this from continuing to happen… no matter in what community it occurs.

November 11, 2011

Eishes Chayil AKA Judy Brown, Author Of This Month’s Book :Hush

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I am sure that it took a lot of courage for Judy Brown to write Hush and even more courage to reveal her real name. Judy Brown grew up in an ultra-Orthodox community in Borough Park. She wrote her book Hush under the pseudonym of Eishes Chayil in order to protect her friends and family.  Eishes Chayil  translates to Woman of Valor.   In the Orthodox community, a woman of valor is one who raises a family, keeps the laws and sustains the Jewish community. It represents a woman of strength.

Sexual abuse was not something people talked about in Judy Brown’s world, however when an  8 year old boy in Borough Park was sexually abused and  murdered shortly after her book was published Judy Brown revealed her identity.

“I refuse to continue to allow that fear to force me into hiding over a book that should have been written long ago. I no longer want to be known only as Eishes Chayil when my name is Judy Brown. I must find the courage to stand with the victims who carry the burden of our silence for the rest of their lives.”

Bravo Judy Brown!

http://blogs.forward.com/sisterhood-blog/140820/#ixzz1dLlxeQpT

             http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eishes-chayil/orthodox-jewish-child-abuse_b_915557.html

             http://www.womanofvalor.org/woman-of-valor,-the-hebrew-meaning.aspx

November 8, 2011

Rate The Book: Hush By Eishes Chayil

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