Ex-Haredi woman committed suicide out of despair at not having custody of her children
Confusion and controversy marred the funeral of a mother of two said to have committed suicide after leaving her Hasidic community and being denied access to her children.Something tells me that includes even Reform, Conservative and even non-Haredi Orthodox. They sure aren't doing much to prove they believe in altruism. The Skver are clearly as bad as the Satmar and should be ashamed of themselves for their repulsive mistreatment of the lady, right down to how they've treated her own children. And to think, that they'd set up this kind of Islamic sharia-like situation right in the middle of an American district. Truly disgusting, and it shouldn't be taken lightly.
Friends and family of Deb Tambor, a former resident of the ultra-Orthodox community of New Square, in upstate New York, believe she killed herself on Friday, September 27 in the bedroom of the home she shared in Bridgeton, N.J. with her boyfriend, Abe Weiss. Like Tambor, Weiss is a former member of the Skver Hasidic sect, which founded and controls New Square, a village about 50 miles north of New York City.
The village is considered one of the most culturally isolated towns in America, with sex-segregated streets and female residents who, in obedience to the town’s rabbis, do not drive.
Despite their close relationships with Tambor, Weiss and some 40 former ultra-Orthodox friends of hers who quietly converged on New Square Sept. 29 to witness her funeral and pay tribute to one of their own were unable to do so. Members of the New Square community said that Tambor’s family chose to bury her elsewhere with only immediate family present due to the shame she had brought upon the family and the community. [...]
According to her friends, Tambor became depressed after leaving the New Square community four years ago and divorcing her husband. Weiss, her live-in boyfriend, said her family had disavowed her earlier, when she told family members that she had been sexually abused by a member of the tight-knit New Square community as a child and they denied it.
Driven by her depression, Tambor checked herself into a psychiatric hospital, said Weiss, which is when family members in New Square moved to block her from seeing her children, who are now 11 and 13.
“Her depression started when she decided to leave the community and was threatened with losing her kids,” Weiss told The Forward. “Her biggest issue was that no one cared for her, everyone blew off all her issues.”
A writer for Tablet who went through this experience when the same kind of communities sought to deprive him of his children over even the most trivial concerns explains how they use legal maneuvers and political influence to ensure this. It's definitely atrocious that this should be happening in the USA, or in any civilized country for that matter. If Dov Hikind turns his back on these kind of crises, he too is at serious fault for pandering to the wrong crowds.