Please go vote for us in the JIB awards, because a vote for Beyond BT is a vote for …
We’ll give you lots of reasons to vote for the Beyond BT community later this morning, but for now consider voting for us in the Naaseh V’Nishma tradition.
Updated: Ok, here are some reasons:
If you’re a BT, you should vote for Beyond BT because this is your community and if you are not for yourself, who will be for you.
If you’re a FFB, you should vote for Beyond BT because you’re thankful for the growth-oriented perspective that BTs add to your community. And you probably feel guilty that you haven’t given all you can to BTs (remember when you said no to that lunch guest) and this is a good first step in your Teshuva process.
If you’re not observant, you should vote for Beyond BT, because we share your common not-born-frum roots and can empathize with you’re perspective the best. Please forgive us for our first few years, when we might not have been the models of acceptance and understanding. But we’ve doing Teshuva for that.
Updated Again: In the comments, Bob Miller asks: “Beyond BT is a very good blog, but what are your grounds for believing it is the best?”
Here are some reasons:
1) We’re totally focused on supporting other Jews
2) We’ve had much real life chesed occuring as the result of this blog
3) We’ve succeeded to some degree in building a virtual Torah community
4) We have extremely diversified content due to the number of topics and posters
5) We have extremely dignified commenting
6) We have contributors that cross the whole frum spectrum
7) We have contributors from around the world including a significant presence in Israel
8) We have backing by some very prominent NY based Rabbanomim
9) We’ve had many offline events including Melava Malka’s and Shabbatons
10) We’ve actually refused money when it was waved in our direction
All these factors taken together objectively make us the best in our collective humble opinion.
The reality is we don’t need to be the best, we’re working on being happy with what we are (have), but unfortunately the JIB awards are structure around “the best”. Another reason to vote for us is that if we win, we’re *really* going to work on the sometimes negative trait of being competitive.