Are you a baal teshuva? Were you “mekareved” by Aish HaTorah, Ohr Somayach, Chabad or other so-called kiruv organizations? If you are, we want to hear your story.
Were you misled by the rabbis who convinced you to become ultra-Orthodox? Did you idealistically buy into the system only to find out much later that the “truths” you had been taught were in fact not true? Did you wake up one day and realize that BTs from rich families or with high incomes are given much more respect and attention than you are, no matter how learned or pious you have become (and how unlearned or pious they are)? Did you learn too late about the economics of large families with no high-earning breadwinner to support them? Did you leave college for yeshiva? Are you underemployed because you have no higher secular education? Did you give up a career because it was not “frum,” only to spend years selling cameras at not much more than minimum wage?
We want to hear the stories ArtScroll and the Jewish Observer will not print, the stories the frume velt will not even admit exist.
And what about those BTs who are happy, who have not been deceived, who are successful? Send us your stories as well. Unlike ArtScroll, the Jewish Observer and other haredi publications and blogs (like CrossCurrents), we’re glad to listen to opposing views and experiences, and we’ll even publish them.
But do not delay, oh happy BTs. Time is very much of the essence.
Why? Because the longer you wait to contact us, the greater the odds are that some new haredi scandal will pop up and shake your foundation to its core. (Had a lot of those lately, haven’t we?) And then, where will you be? Another dissatisfied BT! So get your haredi PR in as fast as possible, while you still believe it.
And now, let the truth be told!
UPDATE: We’ve been asked if we will accept stories from NCSY and other Modern Orthodox kiruv groups. The short answer: Yes, we will. Please send them on. Thanks!