Entries by Chatzkaleh Kofer

Survey Reveals 46% of National Religious Israelis Leave The Faith

Survey: Only 46% of Next Generation National Religious Israelis Keep the FaithThe Jewish Press | JNi.Media | 20 Iyyar 5777 – May 16, 2017 | JewishPress.com A study conducted by the Chotam organization shows that although the “knitted yarmulke” population in Israel has a relatively high fertility rate, its percentage in the population does not […]

Luzer Twersky Left Orthodox Judaism For Sex, Bacon and Acting

Luzer Twersky Left Orthodox Judaism For Sex, Bacon, and Acting Luzer Twersky meets me outside the apartment complex in Williamsburg where he’s been staying with a friend. The location seems somehow fitting: near the demarcation between hipster north Williamsburg and predominantly Hasidic south Williamsburg, and a block from Traif, a popular pork- and shellfish-themed restaurant. […]

Aryeh’s Story

Aryeh is 21 and was raised in Seattle. Today, Aryeh considers himself to be an atheist, but a human before anything else. In many ways he identifies more with his hunter gatherer, primate, and non-mammalian ancestors than his more recent Jewish ones but feels a cultural kinship not related to religion for his fellow Jews. […]

Seder Questions

By C. It’s that time of the year again. It’s nearly midnight, the table is laden with silver, the family is gathered around expectantly, and everyone is hungry. My father, resplendent in his kittel and shtreimel, claps his hands and intones “Kan haben shoiel”, as he calls upon my youngest brother to begin the mah […]

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 […]

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 […]