The Religious Roots of Renunciation

Writer Shulem Deen on leaving a Hasidic community

January 15, 2016

Shulem Deen was a Skverer — a member of one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US.  Then he got curious about secular life and the world outside his small village in Rockland County, NY.  The community branded him a heretic and expelled him.   And his wife and five children renounced him.  He reflects on the costs of religious asceticism and intolerance.

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Great job! Fascinating. Thanks to Mr. Deen and writing the memoir of his experiences.

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