Category: BT

Baal Teshuva Finishing School

Welcome to BT finishing school. Most of you are here because your friends, family or in some cases Rabbeim have paid for your tuition. They feel you are ready to integrate into normal frum society. Many Baalei Teshuvos like yourselves…

Stuff Baal Teshuvas like

Originally the Stuff Jews Like series was planned for a whole month of posts, but in reality I can’t do a month of exactly the same material. While I have a bunch of these posts planned, I will be spacing…

Messing with BT’s on Pesach

Messing with BT’s has been a Frum Satire tradition for several years now. It doesn’t get old, because you can really have a messing with BT’s post for every holiday, Jewish event or regular daily life, I even had one…

Go for the Ger

I have always been attracted to the other. I am a baal teshuva coming from a secular family, a white alum from a mostly minority college in a black neighborhood, an Ashkenazi living in a Bukharian neighborhood, a youngster in…

Non-generic Jewish sects

Everyone knows the generic Jewish sects, modern orthodox, Chassidic, reform, conservative and so on. What many people don’t know are the different sub groups or ways to call those people that venture a little from the generic categories. Flamers: Usually…

Shabbat is for Shtupping

By Aliza Hausman From Friday night to Saturday night, I observe Shabbat, you know the Jewish Sabbath, most stringently. No Twitter. No Facebook. No Blackberry. For 25 hours I am sucked into, what I like to call, a technological black…

Gefilte fish made me frum

By Samuel Pilkinton I started becoming religious about 3 years ago. It started when I went into a bookstore and picked up a book called “The Rebbe’s Army”. After reading that book, I couldn’t wait to get in touch with…

The Baal Teshuva survival guide

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Becoming Orthodox The cover of The Baal Teshuva Survival Guide, (Rossi Publications)  a handbook to making it as a newly-minted Orthodox Jew, depicts a life preserver being tossed over a body of water. Get it? It’s…

You’ve been Aished!!!

When I talk with Baal Teshuvas I always ask them the obvious question, but I ask it in a way that implies they joined some kind of cult or something. “When did you drink the punch?” is my common line…

I love Flaming BT’s

Its sefiras Haomer and a husband calls home to ask his wife whats for dinner. She answers that last night they had chicken!!! Other posts that makes fun of Baal Teshuvas: How to be a flaming BT Messing with BT…