© Yulie Cohen 2019

My Brother

More than twenty five years have gone by since my brother turned ultra orthodox Jew and there is no contact between us. Our Mom and Dad are over seventy five years old and are about to sell the house we grew up in, and I recently got divorced after twenty years of marriage.  Refusing to accept that one who believes in God is not willing to reach back to his sister although secular, I am reaching out for my brother trying to reconnect.   I want to have a family again; I long for unconditional love.  I do have two lovable and loving daughters, but I will soon have to let them go as they are nearing the age of eighteen. ’My Brother’ is a three year journey, during which, through looking inward and outward, I find some major answers to my quest: I get to know my Jewish roots profoundly, I understand people’s need to believe in God and why they fall in love with orthodoxy, and I find my own inner peace and unconditional love – no matter what.  ’My Brother’ takes place in the Jewish state of Israel in 2005 – 2007 where the orthodox population is growing and violence is being fed in the name of God.

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