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Uncovered: Houston Author Leah Lax Discusses Leaving the Hasidic Faith

Houston writer Leah Lax has led an unconventional life. It includes nearly three decades as a Hasidic Jew in an arranged marriage she entered into when she was only 19. She and her husband moved to Houston, where she settled and became the mother of seven children. Over time, she had an awakening of sorts […]

Uncovered - Leah Lax - Courtesy YouTube

Uncovered - Leah Lax Book CoverHouston writer Leah Lax has led an unconventional life.

It includes nearly three decades as a Hasidic Jew in an arranged marriage she entered into when she was only 19. She and her husband moved to Houston, where she settled and became the mother of seven children. Over time, she had an awakening of sorts and rejected the life and world she knew.

She shares that journey with us, and in her memoir Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home.

(Above: Houston author Leah Lax reads from her book, “Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home,” in a YouTube video.)

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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