DR PHIL: Model Mom Calls Her Religion a Cult – Entire episode available on Youtube in three part series – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO6PXoTO1bQ
Shame on all those who condemmed Pearl and told her that her story is an isolated incident. Thousands of individuals are being placed in arranged marriages every week, right in the heart of New York. Although Rabbi Shmuely Boteach claims to want to help, he has yet to reach out publicly to help indoviduals on a personal level. If you wish to get invovled and help on a case by case basis, please the Coalition immediately.
Pearl, a mother and wife-turned-model, says for six years she was trapped in an abusive, arranged marriage within an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, and now — five years removed from the community and battling for custody of her four children — she’s speaking out about what she says are their “cult-like” behaviors. Under fire from her former community for her new lifestyle, which includes wearing pants and acting in a manner the community considers inappropriate, will she lose her children?
“I Am Sitting in the Gates of Hell” – Pearl says she was forced into an arranged marriage, and when she decided to leave, her husband and community turned against her and threatened to take away her children. And, Orthodox rabbi, best-selling author and spirituality expert Shmuley Boteach sheds light on the traditions of Judaism.