Writer Shulem Deen on Leaving a Hasidic Community

Shulem Deen

Pearl Gabel (Via author Twitter)

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Shulem Deen was a Skverer— a member of one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the U.S.  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.