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Esti Weinstein

  • Original Title: OSAH KIRTZON
  • Publication date: August 2016
  • Publisher: Kinneret
  • Country: IL
  • 368 print pages
  • Factual/Memoirs


  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21st century
  • Location setting: Israel
  • Themes: FAMILY, Couple, Dysfunctional family, Marriage, Maternity, PEOPLE facing life, Life choice, Looking back on one's life, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, Exile, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Indoctrination, Power, War and other conflicts, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, Intolerance, Emancipation, Personal fulfilment, Psychological dysfunction, Obscurantism, Commitment, CHARACTERS, Strong Female Character


A 50-year-old mother of eight, Ms. Weinstein disappeared on June 21st 2016 and was found dead in her car six days later in an apparent suicide. She left behind a note and a manuscript of a memoir.


The book has been adapted as a play by HaBima (Israel's National Theatre) and TV negotiations remain ongoing.

The book was shared by the writer’s daughter, Tami Montag. The rest of the writer’s family stopped speaking to her after she left the Gur Hassidic sect of Judaism she belonged to.

Esti Weinstein's DOING HIS WILL took Israel by storm and caused a media and cultural sensation when it was published in the summer of 2016 following Esti's tragic suicide. Originally made available online where it was read by well over 100,000 Israelis, Kinneret Zmora subsequently published an official Hebrew edition (slightly edited and corrected) and we went on to sell another 80,000 copies. These are unprecedented numbers for the Israeli market and the book continues to sell today.

The agent said: "I heard about this book two years ago, after speaking to Ziv Lewis at the London book fair – and then reading about it in the New York Times - and I have been chasing him for it ever since. It has taken us two years, but Esti Weinstein’s daughter has finally decided that this story – one of secrecy, abuse and sexual depravity within the ultra-religious Gur sect as written by her mother before killing herself - deserves to go wide. It's a truly tragic story and one that has touched the hearts of people all over the world, not just me!"

Esti Weinstein was an ultra-Orthodox woman in Israel. Born into Hassidut Gur, she left the sect for the secular world and later committed suicide in 2016.


A 50-year-old mother of eight, Ms. Weinstein disappeared on June 21 and was found dead in her car six days later in an apparent suicide. She left behind a note and a manuscript of a memoir. She also left a long list of questions that have rekindled animosity between Israel’s secular majority and its ultra-Orthodox minority.
Ms. Weinstein had been a member of the Hasidic sect known as Gur, Israel’s largest, and she came from a distinguished family within the community. She was married at age 17 by arrangement and thrown into a relationship that she ultimately decided she could not endure. She left her family and the closed-off community eight years ago to lead a secular life. Her book - copies of which have been distributed by mail and social media throughout Israel - chronicles in detail some of the esoteric habits of the sect from which she escaped.

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