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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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Endings and Beginnings

Endings and Beginnings

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Hidden Heretics

Ayala Fader

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks into double lifers that were part of the loud heretical counterpublic that contributed to the contemporary ultra-Orthodox crisis. It reviews ongoing struggles in order to understand life-changing religious doubt, including its causes and its cures. It also analyzes how some rabbis and activists blamed the Internet, while others, including many religious therapists, blamed an ultra-Orthodoxy that had become too stringent and too rigid. The chapter emphasizes how faithful people and those living double lives came to a shared conclusion that the real threat of the medium of the Internet was its new possibilities for interaction with like-minded others that directly challenged ultra-Orthodox authority. It also summarizes the experience of life-changing doubt and its implications for families, friends, religious authorities, and institutions.

Keywords:   double lifers, ultra-Orthodox crisis, religious doubt, Internet, ultra-Orthodox authority, rabbis, activists

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