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Hidden HereticsJewish Doubt in the Digital Age$
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Ayala Fader

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691169903

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691169903.001.0001

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Double-Life Worlds

Double-Life Worlds

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Hidden Heretics

Ayala Fader

Princeton University Press

This chapter recounts the secret social lives of double lifers as they experimented with other ways of living, writing, and feeling in digital and face-to-face spaces. It describes the inescapable changes the experiments on double life wrought on exterior forms, such as on bodies and clothing, in writing or speaking. It also looks into the exterior changes of double lifers as efforts to feel more comfortable in their own skins and hints to their loved ones that they were slowly changing inside. The chapter explores the double life of Jews that are manifested in rebellious, sexualized partying in the comfort of ultra-Orthodox settings and sampling of objects, tastes, writing, and experiences based on ultra-Orthodox imaginaries of the secular world. It analyzes how double lifers pursued newfound values of autonomy, self-expression, and personal fulfilment yet stayed close to the emotional attachments of ultra-Orthodox sensibilities.

Keywords:   double lifers, double life, Jews, ultra-Orthodox Jews, secular world, autonomy, self-expression, personal fulfilment

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