Confessions From an Ex-Hasidic Jew in Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Brooklyn has one of the most densely populated areas of Hasidic Jews in the world, home to about 61,000 and over 150 Jewish synagogues, religious schools and social service centers in the neighborhood forming a tight-knit community.

In this profile video from Brooklyn Independent Media, Brooklyn author and ex-Hasid Shulem Deen talks about his life within the Hasidic community, and what happened when he decided to leave.

The two most important things in the life of a Hasidic Jew are God and family, and in the Hasidic world, when you lose one, you lose the other. Meet Shulem Deen, whose memoir, "All Who Go Do not Return," tells the story of being exiled from his Ultra-Orthodox sect for being a heretic. He lost his home, his friends, his wife, and his children. What he gained was freedom...

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