Entries by Chatzkaleh Kofer

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 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 […]