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The Lonely Rocky Road

Rabbi Yehuda Zakutinsky From Mishpacha Magazine BT Symposium – September 13, 2012 WHEN MANY frum JEWS ARE asked to picture the experience of a baal teshuvah, a fairy-tale-like portrait comes to mind, in which the baal teshuvah has experienced Jewish enlightenment and clarity, and complete acceptance and contentment in the frum community. Unfortunately, the reality […]

Some BTs Lose It, Some FFBs Never Had It

Rabbi Menachem Zupnik From Mishpacha Magazine BT Symposium – September 13, 2012 THE PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED here are very real and serious, and the answers are very personal and complex, and can’t be properly addressed in a short forum. I am also uncomfortable that perhaps classifying these courageous Jews and their problems separately in this way […]

You Have Graduated

By Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald From Mishpacha Magazine BT Symposium – September 13, 2012 MOST FRUM-FROM-BIRTH JEWS fail to appreciate the life-wrenching decisions and monumental sacrifices that are involved in becoming a baal teshuvah. In a very real sense, becoming a baal teshuvah may be com¬pared to being asked to move to Mars. Once the decision […]

When Integration Doesn’t Work

By Rabbi Shaya Karlinsky From Mishpacha Magazine BT Symposium – September 13, 2012 WHEN DEALING WITH QUESTIONS of education and kiruv, there is one rule that is always applicable. That rule is: There is no one rule that is always ap¬plicable when dealing with questions of education and kiruv. Each neshamah is unique. Each situation […]

Mishpacha Magazine – BT Symposium Questions

From Mishpacha Magazine BT Symposium – September 13, 2012 We posted Jonathon’s Rosenblum’s response here. Over the next weeks, with the generous permission of the Mishpacha editors, we will post many of the other repsonses. Here are the questions that were posed to the participants. In the last 50 years, tens of thousands of Jews […]

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