Off the derech

Alternative Spellings

Off the derekh, OTD


  • No longer religious/observant; now following a non-religious/non-observant lifestyle.

Example Sentences

  • "I saw him without his kippa - he's OTD"
  • "He left Yeshivah in the middle of the year and grew his hair long - completely off the derech."
  • "She's living with her boyfriend - OTD."
  • "Gone OTD - keeps nothing."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, English

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


North America




In Israel a formerly religious person is known as "yotze b'she'ela" (lit. leaves in question), in contrast to "chozer bitshuva" (returns in repentance/answer).

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