Entries by Chatzkaleh Kofer

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 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. […]

Yoni’s Story (Part 1 of 3)

Yoni is a 36-year old social worker. He lives with his wife and seven children in a hassidic community somewhere in Israel. Yoni is not a believer anymore. Could you tell us something about your religious background? My family was officially very Litvish/Yeshivish. My grandfather studied at the great Litvishe yeshivos before the Holocaust, and […]

Shimra’s Story

Shimra is 36 years old and lives with her husband Aaron and 3 children in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graphic artist and nowadays defines herself as an Agnostic Deist. She is somewhat of a celebrity in the Off The Derech Facebook group. Hi Shimra, welcome to this interview. Why don’t you start by telling […]

Daniel Rosenberg’s Story

Daniel is 29 years old and lives with his Orthodox Jewish wife Raquel and four children in Louisville, Kentucky. He is an associate actuary and nowadays defines himself as an atheist. Could you describe the religious environment you grew up in? As some quick background, my family moved us to Zurich, Switzerland when I was […]

The Story of Rebecca M. Ross

Rebecca M. Ross is a writer, teacher, playwright, blogger, and community activist. She lives with her husband, four children, and very large dog in the Hudson Valley. She loves coffee, Phish, and making people laugh. Hi Rebecca! I am thrilled to interview you today. You are a longstanding friend of mine on the OTD online […]

Becoming Acher by I.M. Acher (part 3 of 3)

Chapter 5:  Denial; Not Just a River in Egypt. The conversation that woke me up to how far I had fallen off the path. He called himself Rabbi E.  He stood outside the store trying to convince people to sign up for Birthright.  He had been doing so for several years now.  I’ve walked by […]

Becoming Acher by I.M. Acher (part 2 of 3)

Chapter 2: Elisha dies, Acher’s Inception And [Jesus] said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.  Therefore, the son of man is also the Lord of the Sabbath.—Mark (2:26-7, NKJV). Washington Heights, Summer of 2002.   People often wonder what caused me to become such a heretic. There […]