Wednesday, August 17, 2016

"Orthodox ‘Dropouts’ Still Tethered To Faith"

8/16/16 by Jonathan Mark NY Jewish Week

"What becomes of these lapsed Orthodox, referred to in the report and in the vernacular as “off the derech” (road), presuming that there ever was a single derech in the first place? Several OTD memoirs and even suicides speak of severed relationships and estrangement from their communities. Or is that simply the experience of those authors and a tragic few?

As Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach used to say, people left Orthodoxy not because it was too much but because it wasn’t enough. His maxim was verified by Nishma’s study, which reports that most OTDs felt “pushed” off the derech, disappointed by the Orthodox community, rather than “pulled” or seduced by the “outside” world."


Read more at http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/new-york/orthodox-dropouts-still-tethered-faith#6Q9q05G9Hyrf4d3r.99"

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