Back in July, I posted about Faigy Mayer (below), a former Hasidic Jew who had left the faith about six years ago and had been cut off from her family as a result. Even thought she had moved on with her life, she suffered from depression. And then, one night, she jumped off the roof of a 20-story building, ending her own life.
Now, it appears her sister has killed herself as well.
31-year-old Sara Mayer was distraught, reports said, after being forced to marry her first cousin five years ago:
“[Her suicide] was a family mental-health and abuse issue on top of being forced into marriage with her first cousin,” the source said, recalling how the union was annulled just months later.
“Ever since [her marriage], she has been in and out of mental hospitals,” the source explained. “She had been coerced by her mother’s side of the family” to marry her cousin. “She married the son of the mother’s sister.”
It’s tragic to lose one child, much less two within months of each other. I can’t imagine what her parents are going through. Though it must be said that while they were openly devastated by the loss of their still-Hasidic daughter this week, they seemed less upset, at least publicly, following the death of the ex-Hasid Faigy.
If you are a former Orthodox Jew, be sure to check out Footsteps, an organization to help others who have left the faith. And if you’re thinking about taking your life, the National Suicide Prevention Line is at 1-800-273-8255.
(Thanks to Jaynee for the link)