Saturday, April 02, 2011

Hush by Eishes Chayil

Gittel grows up learning how to please Hashem. In the closed Chassidic community of Borough Park, everyone always works to please Hashem. The girls are modest (no skirts above the knees!) and always listen to what they are told. The men wear tall hats and, the most prestigious of them, devote their entire lives to studying His word. When Gittel sees something unspeakable that leads to even more horrible events, she is told to forget that it ever happened. Actually, it never did happen. This is the community that Gittel knows. She is taught that this is right because anything else is goyshe and that would be bad. Gittel does not want to be a goy.

 This story is based on true events and that is part of what makes it so powerful. Gittel is a strong girl who grows up and realizes that everything she was always taught may not be right. Sometimes, no matter what she is told, what she feels in her heart is right. It is a story of growing up, a story of friendship, love, propaganda, and death. At times it was difficult to read because of the strong religious overtones, but, if one looks past that, it is a story about overcoming hardships and, therefore, one that we can all relate to.

Reviewer Age:17
Reviewer City, State and Country: Leverett, Ma USA