If you are a Jew and you have the internet, chances are you’ve heard of “My Unorthodox Life,” a Netflix docu-soap about Julia Haart, a formerly ultra-Orthodox Jew who lived with her family in Monsey, New York, who is now the CEO of Elite World Group, a modeling/fashion/media conglomerate. The show features Julia and her four children (Batsheva, Shlomo, Miriam and Aron) as they navigate Jewish observance, their zillionaire lifestyle, and life between Monsey and Manhattan.
The show has stirred up quite the controversy, especially among some Orthodox Jews who claim that Julia’s categorization of Orthodox Judaism as fundamentalism is misrepresentative, and that the show is fodder for antisemitism.
Julia Haart has responded to some of the show’s criticisms, but she isn’t the only one suddenly in the limelight. I spoke to Batsheva Haart, Julia’s eldest child, who is a content creator and identifies as Modern Orthodox (and who has amassed over 1 million followers on TikTok). In our conversation, she shared details of her upbringing, what the show’s critics are missing, and how she thinks about her Jewishness now.
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