Come to Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan on Sunday, May 4 for a compelling discussion by author Leah Vincent.
Vincent will speak about her gripping memoir Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood. The talk will begin at 2 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Drive in Manalapan 07726.
Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, a fundamentalist sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. As the daughter of an influential rabbi, Leah and her ten siblings were raised to worship two things: God and the men who ruled their world.
But the tradition-bound future Vincent envisioned for herself was cut short when, at 16, she was caught exchanging letters with a male friend, a violation of religious law that forbids contact between members of the opposite sex. Vincent's parents were unforgiving. Afraid, in part, that her behavior would affect the marriage prospects of their other children, they put her on a plane and cut off ties.
Cast out in New York City, without a father or husband tethering her to the Orthodox community, Vincent was unprepared to navigate the freedoms of secular life. She spent the next few years using her sexuality as a way of attracting the male approval she had been conditioned to seek out as a child, while becoming increasingly unfaithful to the religious dogma of her past.