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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…
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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…
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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,…

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…

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…