About Abby

Abby Stein is a Jewish educator, writer, speaker, and activist. She was born and raised in a Hasidic family of rabbinic descent; she is the 10th generation of the Baal Shem Tov - founder of Hasidic Judaism. In that world Abby attended Yeshiva, completing a rabbinical degree in 2011. In 2012, she left the Hasidic world to explore different world views. In 2015 Abby came out as a woman of trans experience. Since coming out, she has been working to raise support and awareness for trans rights and those leaving Ultra-Orthodoxy.
Her story has been covered in the New York Times, New York Post, WSJ, New York Magazine, Jewish Daily Forward, Daily Mail, NBC, Vogue, InStyle, and more, as well as live appearances on CNN, Fox News, HuffPost Live, ShowTime, NowThis, PopSugar, as well as internationally. In 2016 Abby was named by The Jewish Week as one of the “36 Under 36” young Jews who are affecting change in the world. She is currently studying gender studies and political science at Columbia University.


  1. I just got finished reading your book and I found it truly inspirational. I was raised in the Catholic religion and never really realized what you have to go through in your religion. It must take an awful lot of dedication! I wish you nothing but the best in your new life, you are very brave person!!

  2. I also have just read this book and was raised in a different religious faith (Catholicism as well). I saw a review or some reference online and it sounded intriguing. It was a well written look at another world, basically. Perhaps, a sequel will be written that covers the part merely summarized in the last twenty or so pages. That period surely has a lot of stories too.

  3. Loving the book! As a gay outsider whose relatives became frum, I have had the advantage of entering both worlds - seeing the joy of a tight community and the pain of anyone who feels "other" in that community.