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"The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen" by Isaac Blum, Chapters 8–10

October 25, 2022
Following a wave of antisemitic attacks, fifteen-year-old Orthodox Jew Hoodie Rosen faces the ire of his family and community when he falls in love with a non-Jewish girl.

Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1–3, Chapters 4–7, Chapters 8–10, Chapters 11–15
innate
Did their stairs have bannisters, or did they just rely on their innate sense of balance?
ominous
I expected her mom’s entrance to be accompanied by some ominous music, like a movie villain.
impromptu
But it didn’t seem like the best time for an impromptu lesson on kashrut, and I didn’t feel like I should have to personally defend the consistent three-thousand-year-old interpretation of God’s law.
proclivity
She looked at Anna-Marie like her daughter was supposed to have given her a full briefing on my various proclivities.
verbatim
“I’m going to relay this conversation to Case verbatim.”
rotary
You going to call the operator with your rotary phone and ask them to look up his number in the directory?
inscrutable
But her voice was flat, inscrutable.
de facto
As soon as the market opened last fall, it became the de facto community meeting place.
delinquent
The local delinquents shouted antisemitic slurs, and when my classmates took issue with the verbal abuse, the kids transitioned to physical abuse and attacked my friends.
slur
The local delinquents shouted antisemitic slurs, and when my classmates took issue with the verbal abuse, the kids transitioned to physical abuse and attacked my friends.
affront
The hate pains us. It affronts us as it affronts God.
shirk
Predictably, they’ve shirked their responsibility to protect all of their constituents. They listened, but it was clear that they will do nothing.
constituent
Predictably, they’ve shirked their responsibility to protect all of their constituents.
appeal
We will lock the synagogue doors during prayers and keep two people at the door at all times. In the meantime, Rabbi Friedman and I will appeal to the mayor, town council, and police for an easing of tension.
induce
I looked down at myself, trying to see if I noticed anything that would induce shame.
brunt
You’re bearing the brunt of this because they don’t expect this from you.
astute
As my astute sister Zippy noted on our lovely stroll back from the market, I am a “fast-talker.”
invoke
I didn’t even need my lawyer to advise me to invoke my Fifth Amendment rights.
burgeon
It said that there had been an attack on youths of the “ burgeoning” Orthodox Jewish community in Tregaron. The suspects got away. Later, the Jewish community held an illegal meeting at a kosher market, where they burgeoned so much, the police had to break up the gathering for safety reasons.
congenital
There were more Rwandans than Jews, more Yankees fans, more people who had congenital birth defects that caused them to have eleven toes.
rail
Could you imagine if people were out there railing against conspiratorial world dominance by the extra-toe people, how ridiculous that would be?
conspiratorial
Could you imagine if people were out there railing against conspiratorial world dominance by the extra-toe people, how ridiculous that would be?
earnest
I sat in shock at the antisemitism and in love with Anna-Marie’s earnest plea for love and acceptance.
aloof
Yoel is one of these aloof book people. Most of what he does is stand around leafing through books.
chagrin
It was a top five moment of my life, Chana standing over her own vomitus in triumph, me laughing maniacally, Leah covering her eyes and retching, Zippy just sitting there, chagrined, because she knew it was her fault.
ideal
If I was the worst nightmare of the Jewish parent—lacking devotion, without talent and interest in Talmud—Yoel was the ideal son. Yoel was so devoted to his studies that he couldn’t be bothered to put them on hold even for basic life necessities, like safe personal locomotion.
dawdle
But this morning I dawdled, took my time, drawing it out.
derision
Just before we stepped into the main building, I looked up at the classroom windows, at dozens of beady eyes, watching me with a combination of derision and curiosity.
ill-conceived
We cannot take the chance that you will pass your ill-gotten, ill-conceived thinking on to others.
virulent
Just like Moritz, Rabbi Friedman spoke about my “situation” like it was an illness I’d contracted, a virulent infection my classmates could catch through the air.
licentious
We’d all be strolling around the campus in shorts and tank tops with bikini-clad shiksas on our arms, listening to licentious pop music on our new smartphones.
sanctity
Was it when I defended the sanctity of the desecrated headstones?
triviality
Friedman dismissed these trivialities with a wave of his hand.
impervious
I wanted to be snarky with Rabbi Friedman, but you couldn’t. It didn’t work on him. He was impervious to it. He didn’t experience humor, and he had none of the vulnerability of the younger Rabbi Moritz.
monotony
The boredom and monotony were excruciating.
pedant
Ideally, you don’t want your prince to be a pimpled, nose-picking pedant.
exonerate
I wanted to side with you. I wanted to protect you. I tried to find a ruling through which I could exonerate you.
commiserate
I thought he’d come to rescue me, or to keep me company, or to commiserate with me.
volatile
At home, I expected my house to be volatile, full of hostility.
epithet
My father described Diaz-O’Leary and her tactics with an impressive variety of epithets.

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