Ruth Borovski, OTD, from Jerusalem

She’d never seen a smartphone or heard a radio before she fled. She’s racing to catch up.

JERUSALEM – Ruth Borovski, doing a bit of homework, sat in a library and Googled “phosphate” on her smartphone. That could not have happened 19 months earlier, when Borovski was a 27-year-old living within one of Israel’s cloistered ultra-Orthodox Jewish sects. Then, she had never heard of phosphate. Or of smartphones.