Sara Mayer, the 31-year-old Brooklyn Hasidic woman who hanged herself Sunday four months after her sister Faigy’s suicide, reportedly went into a tailspin after she was forced to marry her first cousin.
The older sister of a former Hasidic woman who killed herself four months ago by jumping off of a rooftop bar in Manhattan died after hanging herself.
Bethany Mandel is cheering New York City’s decision to investigate 39 religious schools. The young Orthodox mom explains why we should all support the move — especially after Faigy Mayer’s tragic death.
Faigy Mayer was brave enough to leave the Hasidic world and build the facade of a normal life. What does her inner torment and suicide tell those who have traveled the same path — and the rest of us?
It’s easy to point fingers at ultra-Orthodox groups for the death of Faigy Mayer. Shulem Deen writes that the entire Jewish world must start pushing for freedom within the Hasidic world — or else we all share the blame for tragedies like hers.
Faigy Mayer’s tragic death reminded Chayala Freed of the grief and rejection she experienced from the Satmar community when she divorced her husband five years ago.
Faigy Mayer, an ex-Hasid who leapt to her death, had recently shared with a friend “the first draft of an opinion article” outlining her problems with Hasidic Judaism.
Faigy Mayer is not the only ex-Hasidic person to struggle with personal demons. Allison Kaplan Sommer asks if its fair to blame her family or the ultra-Orthodox community for her suicide.
Ysoscher Katz, who left the ultra-Orthodox community, explains why everyone in that world is complicit in Faigy Mayer’s death — and how we can prevent similar tragedies in the future.
Faigy Mayer, 30, was a promising tech entrepreneur who left the Hasidic world, but also grappled with depression. She plunged 20 stories to her death from a rooftop bar in Manhattan’s trendy Flatiron District.