I knew we were in trouble the moment I saw the letter on the official United Talmudical Academy stationary in the mail.
These communities are tight-knit and insular, with their own schools and, in a way, their own language — many Hasidic people still speak Yiddish, a Jewish dialect widely spoken before the Holocaust.
In either case, persons holding such beliefs should adopt a more respectful attitude towards the laws of Kashrus, insofar as they might be based on other medical knowledge that the modern world does not yet know.
Eager to learn, she approached a group outside Eastern Parkway, unaware it was the world headquarters of the movement, and was surprised to find herself welcomed in as an observer.
We just stood there, numb.
I remember staring at the pile of auburn hair in the vanity sink of the cozy basement apartment I now shared with my husband of less than a day.