But critics say those nuances are not captured in the show, where they use terms such as “brainwashing” and “deprogramming” to describe ultra-Orthodox life in Monsey in ways that suggest it is more of a cult than a personal choice. They say they are concerned that the show describes strictures more typical of, say, Brooklyn-based Satmar Hasidim, not the less strict community of which she was a part.
For example, while the show accurately presents television as in Yeshivish circles, they say it is not clear that many people, including Hard, have one. (Haart admitted on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that she had a television in her later years in Monsey and said that she lied to school officials who would not otherwise have admitted their children.)
And yes, as Hart explains on the show, some in the community are not crazy about women riding bikes because the pedals can expose their knees. But critics said the show did not make it clear that women, including hair, were still riding bicycles, in modest clothing. (Haart posted about her family cycling trips on her Instagram account earlier this month.)
Even though Haart said she felt she was deprived of an education from a sub-par school system, some women said she was an ingenious, top-notch student who could go to college without problems or stigma, if she had decided.
“She was very popular, had every opportunity, a leader in the class, and now she’s turned it into a persecution situation,” said Andrea Jaffe, a certified public accountant and former American Express executive who said that for many Years lived. Road made of hearth.