Judy Brown used to call her brother ‘crazy as a bat.’ Turns out he was just autistic — and in a new memoir, the ex-Hasidic author recounts learning to love him.
Did NBC smear a prominent Chabad rabbi on the explosive issue of reporting child abuse to the police? The network twisted Avraham Berkowitz’s words — and was forced into a clarification.
It’s not just Hasidic women who feel trapped into having many children. Shulem Deen recalls being forced by Halacha — and his wife — to have more than he had any hope of providing for.
It’s true that religious Jews place a high value on having children. Attorney Rachel Freier says being blessed with a family completes her life within the community.
When Judy Brown started having children, she learned that motherhood sometimes completes you. But trying to have a baby can also tear you apart.
Judy Brown grew up knowing some things for sure: one was that dogs were despicable creatures, with teeth like knives and claws to match. Then, a pooch named Sammy changed her mind.
Life in Brooklyn’s Boro Park was once simple. There was the inside and the outside and an impenetrable wall in between. Then came the Internet, and everything changed.
Why Mitt Romney’s dismissed the two-state solution in caught-on-camera video. The Forward’s series on leaving the Hasidic community. Both parties have drifted to right.
INSIDE OUT: For most, leaving the Orthodox world is a form of survival. You leave because you can’t stay. And suddenly there is an enormous void. You are utterly alone.
Judy Brown’s friend once told her that the sun is really a star. It spurred an exploration of science and evolution, which ultimately tugged her away from her Orthodox faith.