That was exactly my point in posting.Yup. Lots of reports recently about women sitting in the backs of buses, etc., too. These aren't new practices for the community, but they've been widely publicized latel,y largely due to media moneymongering toward the world-wide conerns about the Settlements.
Israel's Haredi population, which has become quite large, is going through many of the same problems (and often behaving strangely)as some of New York's Hasidim. These strict rules are really not very different from behaviors of any extremist religious groups, or cults.
They usually twist for curls. No curling irons on Shabbat!
Please keep in mind that the aforementioned book is one woman's story, and one woman's point of view. It sounds like she has some nutjobs in her family...and don't we all?! Poor woman, and her poor son! There are so many horror stories like this...too many delusional people, that's for sure.
Congrats, mazel tov, YAY! on your pregnancy!