It has justly been praised for the attention to detail paid in accurately depicting clothes, haircuts, furniture, Hebrew accents and, in a particularly ground-breaking move, the Yiddish language. There is no doubt that the producers spared no labor in trying to make their depiction visually realistic. When the depiction veers from reality, therefore, it is reasonable to infer that something more than mere error is at work, especially when pulling at this loose thread unravels one of the major themes of the series. On multiple occasions, the main character, Esty, and her hapless but well-meaning husband, Yanky, are depicted attempting to consummate their marriage.
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But he sensed that molestation was damaging, because he knew a few victims, and they had gone off the derech , or religious way. Kellner, a heavyset man with hazel eyes and a long, graying beard, never spoke about sexual matters with his six children. They would take classes about the human body with a focus on how to get pregnant only after their marriages were arranged. Vaad hatznius disciplines residents who freely express their sexuality or behave lewdly.
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They admitted to religious taboos ranging from same-sex attraction to extramarital affairs. The treatment they received was alarmingly severe. J oseph, a thin man with a delicate bearing and soft gray eyes, has a mellifluous accent that is hard to place — evidence of growing up in the United States but in a world apart. He worked as a travel agent, spending his days arranging flights to far flung places, often for people with more freedom than he could ever dream of. Like many Hasidim, Joseph who, like several of the people interviewed for this article, requested that his real name not be used here married at twenty.
It pretty much sums up his story: an escape from one world to another. It is a wintry day Down Under and he is wearing black jeans and a red T-shirt. His American drawl makes it hard to imagine that for most of his life he could not speak English. He plans to visit the museum again, he says. Sitting down, he fidgets, looks sideways and checks his phone.