We are always shocked to hear the stories about religions that are uncontrollably forcing their beliefs on others, leaving evil and destruction all along the path. Some well-known examples are in the Church of the Latter-Day Saints and Scientology.
Recently, Frontline did an eye-opening must-be-seen piece about the Vatican’s illicit sex and money scandals, including the punitive actions against those harmed who have reached out for justice and healing.
We always were taught- these things don’t happen in Judaism, but tragically, they do. There is an organization in NYC, Footsteps, that provides a safe and supportive community for ultra-Orthodox Jewish men and women as they define identities beyond their insular communities.
From that has grown the It Gets Besser initiative proving that people can have happy productive lives beyond their birth communities.
May The Holy One bless them and keep them as they forge the path.
In the words of It Gets Besser:
If you’re interested in leaving your religious community,
we’re not saying you should.
we’re not saying you would.
we’re saying you could.
you could leave,
you could rebuild,
you could be healthy,
you could be happy,
you could be free.