by Gila Berkowitz

Novel as “Destiny”

Naomi Ragen, a freelance journalist who has been living in Israel for twenty years, had begun and abandoned several novels. And then something so dramatic happened that she could put off her destiny no longer. A Hasidic woman living across the street killed her only child and commited suicide. What circumstances could have caused the young American to fall into such despair? With the scalpel of fiction, Ragen attempted an autopsy. The result, Jephte’s Daughter, is a rare foray into the world of ultra-Orthodox women.

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