“I loved this look into the Hassidic community in New York, although the story was horribly sad. I got a lot out of it.”Darcy W wrote this review Thursday, December 1, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow. This was so intense. At first, I thought I wouldn't be able to get through the book with all the Yiddish jargon, but it was so compelling. Loved it.”Mia F wrote this review Tuesday, November 8, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hush is the story of a girl, Gittel, and the aftermath of her best friend’s death at 9 years of age. The story takes place in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Community…with all its emphasis on traditions dating back hundreds of years. How does one go about dealing with an all too real monster of abuse and still live within the rules and guidelines of a religion that never dreamt of the horrors around today?
Hush was a tough read for a number of reasons. I grew up around a lot of Moderate and Reformed Jews, attended a lot of Passover Seders, and learned my fair share of Yiddish. I knew the Hassidic Community was Ultra-Orthodox but never imagined how different it was then the friends I had growing up.
This book was a lesson in Hassidic life. It was a lesson I was at odds with many times throughout the book. I’d like to think that I am very open-minded, especially when it comes to someone’s religious beliefs…I couldn’t help but feel so sad for a group of people who are taught that love isn’t important, and that everything is done out of obligation, such as marriage. Marriage isn’t about love but about procreation.
It was also very hard to discover that sexual molestation runs rampant in the Hassidic community and that the author, using a pseudonym, was, in effect, relating her personal story. The pervasive need to keep quiet about these things for fear of being ostracized…that would be the victim and his/her family that fear being ostracized. The predator, if in a position of power is usually moved to a different position of power. Yes, just like priests in the Catholic Church were in the past.
Ultimately, this was a very powerful read and I applaud the author for getting attention on the matter. I sincerely pray that all communities, religious or otherwise, will find the strength to punish these monsters rather than do the easy thing and turn a blind eye, for the children’s sake.
“Hush is a powerfully haunting book. This is the story of how secrets can destroy individuals as well as families and communities. The book flashes back and forth between the past and present for the first half, which works really well. This book was, as expected, intense and emotional. Moreover, it was also eye-opening. Really an amazing book and more people should be reading this.”yan ji wrote this review Sunday, August 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Character goes back & forth between past & present, strong religious connection and stereotype. Universal conflict of making a moral decision.”Inma Leonard wrote this review Friday, August 12, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A stunningly touching book. It felt to me abit like a distopian future novel only these autrocities were reflective of a true world of today. Sad, hopeful, tender and filled with interesting characters that kept me reading even past all the very specific religious jargon.”April D wrote this review Friday, April 1, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting view into the ultra religious community.”Edith H wrote this review Sunday, March 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hush is based on a true story about a young Jewish girl named Gittle. When Gittle and her friend Devory were nine something bad happened to Devory and Gittle witnessed it. Everyone thought Devory was just a crazy, uncontrolable child. Gittle was the only person who knew why Devory had done everything she did, but she didn't tell anyone. Hence the title, "Hush".
One night while Gittle is staying at Devory's, Devory's older brother, Shmuli, came home from school unexpectedly. That night he walked into the room where Devory and Gittle are sleeping. Devory stays quiet and just as Gittle is about to tell Shmuli that she is asleep, he climbs into Devory's bed. That is against the rules. Gittle doesn't know that Shmuli is raping Devory, she only knows that he is hurting her, but she stays quiet. When Devory commits suicide, Gittle still stays quiet. The guilt of not helping Devory, of just watching while Shmuli hurt her, eats at Gittle for nine more years. She doesn't admit to anything until she is eighteen years old. She published a letter that she had wrote to Devory in the Jewish newspaper. The story got out and helped many other people come out with their stories to fight against criminals in the Jewish community.
I thought this book was disturbing and sad, but it sucked me in with every page that I read. I think that a lot of people could relate to "Hush", especially since it's based on a true story. The author's goal in writing her story was to show people not to be afraid to come forth with information, even if you know there will be concequinces to your action. This book should show you not to take advantage of your friends and to help anyone in need.
“Powerful and moving, a great read”Kefira P wrote this review Monday, January 10, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No