Shulem Deen is a former Hasidic Jew. Since leaving that world, he’s founded the website Unpious which is a voice for other ultra-Orthodox Jews who may be rethinking their faith. His new memoir is called All Who Go Do Not Return.
We spoke with Shulem about the hypocrisy of Hasidic Jews regarding modern technology, how that community reacted to an episode of This American Life focusing on them, and how America Online became his gateway to the outside world.
Shulem was featured in a recent episode of the podcast Reply All.
He is also on the Board of Directors for an organization called Footsteps, which helps Orthodox Jews leave the fold.
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