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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,654 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shalom Auslander Narrator: Shalom Auslander Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Shalom Auslander was raised with a terrified respect for God. Even as he grew up and was estranged from his community, his religion, and its traditions, he could not find his way to a life where he didn’t struggle against God daily.

Foreskin’s Lament reveals Auslander’s youth in a strict, socially isolated Orthodox community, and recounts his rebellion and efforts to make a new life apart from it. Auslander remembers his youthful attempt to win the “blessing bee” (the Orthodox version of a spelling bee), his exile to an Orthodox-style reform school in Israel after he’s caught shoplifting Union Bay jeans from the mall, and his fourteen-mile hike to watch the New York Rangers play in Madison Square Garden without violating the Sabbath. Throughout, Auslander struggles to understand God and his complicated, often contradictory laws. He tries to negotiate with God and his representatives: a day of sin-free living for a day of indulgence, a blessing for each profanity. But ultimately, Auslander settles for a peaceful cease-fire, a standoff with God, and accepts the very slim remaining hope that his newborn son might live free of guilt, doubt, and struggle.

Auslander’s combination of unrelenting humor and anger renders a rich and fascinating portrait of a man grappling with his faith, family, and community.

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  • One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Fleur | 2/20/2014

    " One of the funiest book i've ever read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nicole | 2/18/2014

    " This is an extremely angry book, but pretty darn funny as well. I won't pretend that my own devout religious upbringing was anywhere close to as strict as Auslander's - but a lot of theological wrestling rings a bell with me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gitta | 2/13/2014

    " Shalom Auslander is almost as funny as David Sedaris. This book, his memoir, is a little dark, but is a really fascinating look at childhood in Orthodox Jewish community. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Richard | 2/9/2014

    " Shalom has written the quintessential book about what religion can do to a child's mind. Jew's are known for their guilt complexes, right behind Catholics. Shalom makes you live and breath what it is like to live a live of constant fear. "

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