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Heretic in the House: Telling the Tale

Why do people with no connection to Orthodox Judaism find stories about Orthodoxy so interesting?
Naomi Seidman is a former 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

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

Episode 1: Telling the Tale

One of the deep ironies of leaving Orthodox Judaism is that people ask you to tell the story of your exit over and over again. Some people who left even make their living telling that story. Why do people who have no connection to Orthodox Judaism find these stories so interesting, and why does telling the story feel false even when it’s completely true? 

A transcript of this episode is available here.

Other episodes in this series:

  • Episode 2: Shunning
  • 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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