Apostates Anonymous

By Taffy Brodesser-AknerThe New York Times MagazineApril 3, 2017 On Thursdays, the nonprofit organization Footsteps hosts a drop-in group for its membership of formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews, who mostly refer to themselves as “off the derech.” “Derech” means “path” in Hebrew, and “off the derech,” or O.T.D. for short, is how their ultra-Orthodox families and friends…

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Book Review: God Explained

Books News Desk Oct. 31, 2016  After observing prejudice based on religion at his workplace, author Miles Barnett decided to write a book on how various religions view God. “GOD EXPLAINED” allows individuals to perceive and understand when religious prejudice is being brought forth. In this book, readers are shown how 30 religious groups and denominations…

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How Iceland Kicked Teen Drinking

In the last two decades, Icelandic teens have embraced sobriety under a program that asks families and communities to rethink adolescent freedoms. by Sara Miller LlanaThe Christian Science Monitor Weekly/January 2, 2018  DECEMBER 29, 2017 REYKJAVIK, ICELAND —In the late 1980s, when Björgvin Ívar Guðbrandsson was a teenager, alcohol and school dances went hand-in-hand. While…

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