While responses to those resisting orthodox conventions vary, tales of excommunication abound. Some of this is in light of a genre of memoirs by those who refer to themselves as Off The Derech (OTD. "Derech" is Hebrew for "path.")
Leaving Her Ultra-Orthodox Past Meant More Than Losing Her Family. It Meant Redefining Her Womanhood.
“My biggest journey has been figuring out what it means to be a woman.”
But despite comparatively better access to education, women who leave the Hasidic world can find themselves deeply vulnerable
When I heard that thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews were gathering together to address a pressing issue in the religious community, I was furious that the issue being addressed at the unusually elaborate meeting was the dangers of the Internet.