By Michael Salzbank
There is an evolutionary process to the BT. As we learn more we become more aware of what is appropriate in different situations. This is true for everyone in society (you don’t wear jeans to a black tie affair). Frum women will dress even more modestly when going to the Kotel or when going for a bracha from a Rebbe.
So in part, it is not an issue of conforming but becoming more sensitive to the standards and norms of the situation, the community.
I am intrigued by the global aspects to the BT. As individuals we bring to Klal Yisroel an obvious enthusiasm, vibrancy and “newness” that is beneficial to all. The stories of mesiras nefesh are compelling and inspirational. I think, though, the BT adds more than their individual story.
The question I have is what does the phenomena, called the BT movement mean to Klal Yisroel? It sees to me that there must be a common thread in the background of the pre-BT that provided the fertile ground for the change and development. It is that experience that can provide much value to the frum community.
So before the BT “rejects” his/her past please share all the benefits of your past that directed you to this growth.