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Freiing Out

Binyamin Tanny

Penina Press/Urim Publications

c/o Lambda Publishers

527 Empire Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11225

9781936068326, $19.95,

Off the derech (OTD), literally, "off the path", is a term used by Orthodox Jews to describe someone who has intentionally stopped practicing the accepted tenets of his/her branch of orthodoxy frumkeit. The phrase is often applied to rebellious teenagers. Teenagers who are not yet off the derech but who display signs of rebelliousness from Orthodox norms, such as changes in dress or associating with off the derech friends, are often referred to as "teens at risk". ub "Freiing Out: Why People Go Off the Derech & What We Can Do About It", author Binyamin Tanny descriptively examines six types of people at risk, identifies eleven key factors at play, and presents eight techniques to avert people from abandoning their Judaism. Of special note is the commentary on the value of Jewish education, finding a balance between Jewish and secular education, and the relationship of a Jewish education to both home life and school experience. Informed and informative, "Freiing Out" is highly recommended reading, especial for anyone within the Jewish community struggling with adhering to Jewish customs and principles within the larger secular, non-Jewish world.

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Title Annotation:Freiing Out
Publication:Internet Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Oct 1, 2012
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