(Kveller) – Yehonatan Indursky co-wrote the international hit show Shtisel, one of TV’s most sensitive portrayals of Charedi life, as a secular Jew. After growing up in a Charedi family, and studying in a yeshivah in Bnei Brak, he left the Charedi world at age 19.
Recently, he said that he identifies as Charedi once again.
“For many years, I fought the fact that I was Charedi. I worked hard at being secular,” he told the Ynet news site in an interview about his life and his work. “Until suddenly I stopped.”
Indursky attributes several things to the reason why he is once again wearing a black hat and growing out his peyos. One of them is his relationship with his wife, Eva, an observant Jewish immigrant from France.
“I always knew that in the end, I’d fall in love with a religious person,” he said.
He also credited his parents with keeping him comfortable and close to religion. When he was almost 19, he decided to leave the yeshivah that he had attended since age 16 to go to a shelter for formerly Charedi youth. But his parents found him at the shelter and asked him to come back to live with them, telling him they would love and accept him no matter what – they just wanted him to be close.
Indursky said he always felt like an outsider, ill at ease in the secular world – but in his Charedi attire, which he only started fully wearing again a few months ago, he finally feels like himself again.