Monday, January 11, 2010

BBC article on Jews who leave Observance

Here's the best, by which I mean most disturbing, bit:
Those who choose to leave [Ultra Orthodoxy] know little about the world they are entering."They are like aliens," says Irit Paneth of the organisation Hillel, which offers practical help to former Haredim. They often do not know how to open a bank account, use the internet, find work and rent an apartment, she explains, or how to operate socially in the secular world.
Is it cynical for me to presume Ultra-Orthodoxy refuses to prepare people for adulthood, specifically so that they'll remain trapped? What other community produces adults who don't know how to find work, or open a bank account?

Rest of it here with videos

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