The granddaughter of one of Brooklyn’s most influential Hasidic rebbes died of a reported drug overdose early this week, according to an Israeli newspaper, sending the tight-knit Hasidic community into mourning, and raising alarms among advocates who warn of a crisis among young people on the margins of the ultra-Orthodox community.
A group of ultra-Orthodox Jews in London have launched a fundraising effort to keep “pure and holy” children within the community and away from the “evil culture” of a secular parent.
A new report finds that Jews who leave Orthodox Judaism retain their Jewish identities, despite feeling pushed out of Orthodoxy.
Ari Mandel left the Hasidic community after being exposed to secular media. Does this mean that to prevent defection the ultra-Orthodox should clamp down on outside influences?
Shulem Deen, a former Skverer Hasid, has just published a memoir describing his experience leaving Orthodoxy. He describes what he misses most about his old life — and what he hopes for the future.
Leah Vincent’s new memoir, “Cut Me Loose,” tells the story of her tumultuous exit from the ultra-Orthodox world.
My 16-year-old daughter pierced her nose today. After months of negotiation and debate, in which her family members tried a variety of methods to deter and discourage her (ranging from the rational, “Won’t it hurt when you sneeze?” to the more primal “Eeewwww!”), I finally made a deal with her. I said she can do it on the condition that she lets me blog about it. How’s that for 21st century parenting? I figure, if she gets freedom of expression, so do I….