Entries by Chatzkaleh Kofer

Yakov’s Story

This is a repost of a story that appeared on the OTD Stories website that is now integrated with this website. Yakov is 23 years old and lives in New York City. He is a writer and teacher who is working to bring Orthodox non-believers together through his blog, FreethinkingJewboy.com. How would you describe your religious […]

The High Price of Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Life

The High Price of Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Life The conversation on my Facebook page was like the ones that happen between Republicans and Democrats after mass shootings: Half the posts said that we should not be looking at religious society as a cause of mental illness.

Shoshi’s Story

Shoshi is 25 and was raised in the Stamford Hill community in London. She is currently living in Switzerland where she is studying for her IB (International baccalaureate) after which she would like to become a pilot or a robotic engineer. Hi Shoshi, could you describe your family’s religious background? My family was raised within […]

Steve Miller’s Story

Steve is 25, married, and has 3 kids. He was raised Chassidic and turned Atheist two years ago. Hi Steve, could you describe your family’s religious background to us? My parents are part of the Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic sect, called Bobov. As in most other Hasidic sects, we grew up sheltered from the outside world. Movies […]

Welcome to our new website!

This site is dedicated to the memory of Deb Tambor, a young mother who was rejected by her family and community for the ‘sin’ of following her own path and exercising her right to religious freedom. Dedicated on Chanukah, the festival of lights, this site aims to spread light to those who are left in […]

Yoni’s Story (Part 3 of 3)

What was it like for you to lose your faith? It was very difficult for me to lose my faith. I really did enjoy every aspect of being frum. I enjoyed learning and davening. I liked the frum look. When I was growing up I dreamt of having sons with long, curly payes. I liked […]

Yoni’s Story (Part 2 of 3)

Yoni’s Story (Part 1 of 3) When did your doubts come back again? In my late twenties, I used to help my Kollel by writing fundraising newsletters. Thus, I had access to the Internet in the Kollel’s office. In my down time, I would read anything I found online remotely connected to Judaism or Charedim. […]