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Author's Experience Living in Ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem Neighborhood Shattered Expectations

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JERUSALEM, Israel – Author Tuvia Tenenbom’s new book, Careful, Beauties Ahead! My Year with the Ultra-Orthodox, is the story of life in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Israel. Tuvia and his wife Isi lived in the religious Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim for a year, and what they found surprised them.

Tuvia is the son and grandson of ultra-Orthodox rabbis but he left that community as a young man.

He and his wife were warned by colleagues in the media and in literature that the people in those religious communities today are aggressive and even violent, and Tuvia and his wife would not be welcome because they are not religious.

But what they found was the exact opposite!

“I lived with them. It was amazing,” Tenebom told CBN News. “They are welcoming – (inviting us for) Shabbat (Sabbath) dinners, Shabbat lunches.”

Click here to hear more about Tenenbom’s book and his experience living with the ultra-Orthodox.

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About The Author

Julie Stahl

Julie Stahl is a correspondent for CBN News in the Middle East. A Hebrew speaker, she has been covering news in Israel fulltime for more than 20 years. Julie’s life as a journalist has been intertwined with CBN – first as a graduate student in Journalism; then as a journalist with Middle East Television (METV) when it was owned by CBN from 1989-91; and now with the Middle East Bureau of CBN News in Jerusalem since 2009. As a correspondent for CBN News, Julie has covered Israel’s wars with Gaza, rocket attacks on Israeli communities, stories on the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and