Born in a DP camp, the author opens up about his difficult years at the renowned Brooklyn institution.
The documentary ‘One of Us’ does nothing constructive. The cameras being thrust into our faces as Orthodox Jews only creates more prejudice.
I, too, once believed in the moral righteousness of saving children from their own parents, to ensure they do not fall prey to the secular world.
For the decades since I left Orthodoxy, I edited myself, not mentioning to my family what I did “on Saturday” or that steakhouse I ate in.
After an ex-Orthodox woman used Facebook to accuse a man of rape, others came forward to tell of their own alleged mistreatment at his hands.
Moishe House and Footsteps are teaming up to create a center for formerly ultra-Orthodox millennial Jews in Crown Heights.
Boorey Deutsch can’t keep track of the number of people he knew who died by suicide or overdose this year.
This year, one newcomer stood out on the increasingly crowded shelf of memoirs written by Jews who have left the ultra-Orthodox world. “All Who Go Do Not Return,” by Shulem Deen, distinguishes itself with its mesmerizing lyricism — which is all the more remarkable when you consider that Deen’s rigid upbringing in the insular Skverer Hasidic sect never exposed him to the great works of literature. His was also the first major “off the derech” story to be penned by a man.
Why don’t we see more memoirs by Jews who went from secular to Orthodox? Julie Sugar outlines five worries about writing those stories — and explains why you should do it anyway.
A recent Pew Research Center report reveals that more Jews are joining Orthodoxy than are leaving it. So how come we’re not seeing a counterpoint to all the ‘off the derech’ books flooding the marketplace?