Leah Vincent


An Atheist’s Case for Talmud

By Leah Vincent

An Atheist’s Case for Talmud
As a rabbi’s daughter, Leah Vincent was never allowed to learn Talmud. Years after abandoning ultra-Orthodoxy, she sets out to rediscover the ancient Jewish law books.Read More


Why I Use 'Yeshivish'

By Leah Vincent

Why I Use 'Yeshivish'
In my writing, I very purposefully label my ultra-Orthodox non-Hasidic community of origin the “Yeshivish” community or sect, although I know it is a strange label for some, like Ezra Glinter, who in a footnote to his thoughtful and thorough essay “Ex-Hasidic Writers Go Off the Path and Onto the Page,” questions my use of the term, calling it “irritating.”Read More


Talking to the Rabbis About Sex

By Leah Vincent

An ultra-Orthodox bride at her Jerusalem wedding in 2014. / Getty Images Read More


A Daughter's Letter to Her Father for Mother's Day

By Leah Vincent

A Daughter's Letter to Her Father for Mother's Day
Leah Vincent writes a letter to her father for Mother’s Day — and in the process, reclaims the Sh’ma as a woman’s prayer.Read More


A Visit To Germany Reawakens Fears of an Ultra-Orthodox Childhood

By Leah Vincent

A Visit To Germany Reawakens Fears of an Ultra-Orthodox Childhood
Leah Vincent thought she had left her childhood fears of the Holocaust behind for good. A trip to Germany showed her how wrong she was.Read More






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