When Your Fam­i­ly Says No: The Jour­ney To Free­dom Independence

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September 1, 2021

At 19, Laya Stein­berg fell in love and ran away with a non-Jew­ish man vio­lat­ing cen­turies of tra­di­tion and reli­gious law. In the wake of ex-com­mu­ni­ca­tion and an intense cam­paign to win her back, includ­ing pri­vate detec­tives and fam­i­ly spies, she man­aged to make a new life for her­self and her chil­dren. Laya’s sto­ry is the tale of tens of thou­sands of oth­ers, Jew­ish or oth­er­wise, who choose to lead lives in ways that do not neat­ly con­form to the expec­ta­tions of their fam­i­lies. As Laya choos­es love over reli­gious and cul­tur­al tra­di­tions, she wakes up to a new world of inde­pen­dence and free­dom, a world where she must risk every­thing she has known to become the woman she was meant to be. We are remind­ed of the beau­ti­ful, unex­pect­ed turns life takes if we are brave enough to take the helm of our own truth.

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