When Tovah was growing up, she had two divergent dreams. One, to get married a wonderful Orthodox man, start a family and live her life for God and her community, and the other, to have a career in comedy. Because the latter seemed out of reach and because community is so important to a orthodox girl growing up in a conservative family in the south, Tovah continued on the path of the first dream for many years. That is, until she moved to New York and discovered something incredible: wonderful communities exist outside of organized religion. It's something that would seem obvious to secular individual, but to someone growing in an insular world that's taught everyone outside of their community is disconnected from God - and therefore from them - it can seem impossible.
Today we speak with Tovah Silbermann about how she is now living the impossible and about growing up Hasidic in New Orleans, Sex ed in Orthodox Judaism (there is none) and how you can be free to be yourself and still be connected to your culture.