The death of Faigy Mayer, who jumped from a 20-story building in Manhattan, didn’t shock former ultra-Orthodox Jews. It’s almost as if we’ve come to expect another suicide in our ranks every so often.
Shulem Deen is the author of "All Who Go Do Not Return," a memoir about growing up in, and leaving, the Hasidic world. His articles have appeared in The New Republic, Salon and The Forward. Follow him @shdeen.
After efforts to justify Belz ban on London mothers driving kids to school, the author of a memoir about leaving Hasidic world questions ‘damning and pernicious lie’ that Hasidim accept restrictions of their own free will.