These ultra-Orthodox Jews admitted to religious taboos ranging from same-sex attraction to extramarital affairs. The treatment they received was alarmingly severe.
While my friends focused on school crushes and prom dates, my recently evicted family shared a bleak motel room—and finally faced how my mother’s mental illness led us there.
I always knew mental illness was hard-coded into our family’s DNA. But it really hit home the day my perfect eleven-year-old daughter told me she wanted to kill herself.