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An Orthodox ‘cast-off’ holds God accountable

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/an_orthodox_castoff_holds_god_accountable_20071019

Dressed in black, Shalom Auslander wears three tiny silver blocks on a chain that falls close to his neck, with Hebrew letters spelling out the word "Acher," or other. This was a gift from his wife when he completed his memoir, "Foreskin's Lament." Acher was the name given to Elisha ben Abuya, a learned second-century rabbi, after he adopted heretical opinions.

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