The Smoothest Way Is Full of Stones Discussion Questions

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Based on the story, do you have a negative or a positive impression of the type of Judaism it presents? Is the author, who is herself Jewish, supportive or critical of Judaism and the way it is interpreted by the Hasids? Write a short essay in which you respond to these questions, citing passages or incidents in the story to support your argument.

Consider Aunt Malka's statement to Rebecca, “You have to do what you think is right . . . even when the people around you are doing otherwise.” How do Rebecca and Esty interpret her words? When private morality conflicts with the dictates of religion, which voice should one follow? Write an essay discussing this issue, giving examples of situations in which this conflict might occur and how one might respond in dealing with them.

What type of sex education should be taught...

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