The Baalei Teshuva movement
Date: July 08, 2002 02:43AM
The funny thing thing is that the whole time before I converted to Christianity, and I was still within the Jewish faith, I never saw any orthodox Jewish people, let alone outreach workers, around the area. Even when I was being persecuted in school for being Jewish.
Then, when I converted, all of a sudden there were Jewish religious leaders all around me. Only after I became a problem to them.
One yeshiva student, not knowing my background, (these guys like to pontificate and they think they know everything), told me, "before you left Judaism, you should have checked out what it had for you."
Really? I had relatives who were orthodox, they didn't do anything for me. And I don't know if my Hebrew school teachers knew what was happening to me in public school, but they didn't do anything about that either.
I tried to join Jewish groups, like the Young Judea, but when I got to one YJ meeting I got threatened by someone who had an advanced rank in Karate.