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Heretic in the House: Shunning

What is the origin of the widespread notion that people who leave Orthodox communities are shunned and completely cut off from their families?
Naomi Seidman is a Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and the Chancellor Jackman Professor of the Arts in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto, and a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow. Her publications include Faithful Renderings: Jewish—Christian Difference and the Politics of Difference (Chicago, 2006), The Marriage Plot, Or, How Jews Fell in Love

Heretic in the House takes us on a deeply moving journey with believers and heretics to uncover their hidden stories.


Episode 2: Shunning

There’s a widespread notion that people who leave Orthodox communities are typically shunned, completely cut off from their families. Even those who leave Orthodox communities believe this. The truth is that it’s not true—but what really happens may not be any less painful. 

A transcript of this episode is available here.

Other episodes in this series:

  • Episode 1: Telling the Tale
  • Episode 3: Poor Soul
  • Episode 4:  You’re So Brave

Heretic in the House is a limited podcast series from the Shalom Hartman Institute.

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