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Do you know geirim and BTs in real life?
I don't know any geirim or BTs personally  
 3%  [ 11 ]
I know 1 ger but no BTs  
 0%  [ 1 ]
I know 1 BT but no geirim  
 0%  [ 3 ]
I know a few geirim but not BTs  
 0%  [ 3 ]
I know a few BTs but not geirim  
 8%  [ 27 ]
I know both geirim and BTs personally  
 84%  [ 254 ]
Other  
 0%  [ 2 ]
Total Votes : 301


amother




OP
 

Post Thu, Apr 22 2021, 9:40 am
Just curious
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singleagain




 
 
 
 

Post Thu, Apr 22 2021, 9:41 am
Even though I almost never really think about it my dad is BT
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amother




Aquamarine
 

Post Thu, Apr 22 2021, 9:42 am
Considered in married to a BT...

I live in a modern Orthodox community. There are many, many BTs and some geirim.

No one is embarrassed about their journey. I guess if there was stigma people wouldn't talk about it and then you wouldn't know.
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amother




Indigo
 

Post Thu, Apr 22 2021, 9:45 am
I checked off that I know geirim and bts because I met many of them when I lived oot.

But now that I live in Lakewood I really don’t know whether someone is or isn’t. It’s not something that’s discussed.
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Chayalle




 
 
 
 

Post Thu, Apr 22 2021, 9:46 am
What's the big deal?
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shabbatiscoming




 
 
 
 

Post Thu, Apr 22 2021, 9:47 am
Op, why do you want to know?
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shabbatiscoming




 
 
 
 

Post Thu, Apr 22 2021, 9:49 am
For the person who voted that they dont know any bts or gerim personally, most of the time you wouldnt even know it. Its not something thst one walks around with a sign about this part of their life.
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amother




Periwinkle
 

Post Thu, Apr 22 2021, 9:50 am
Two of my classmates (out of 10 total) growing up had mothers who had converted. That's probably a bigger deal then than it is now. And I know countless BT or children of BT. Not sure what the big deal is. They integrate into the community just fine.
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thunderstorm




 
 
 
 

Post Thu, Apr 22 2021, 9:50 am
OP, curious as to why you are asking.
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Lady A




 
 
 
 

Post Thu, Apr 22 2021, 9:51 am
I am a geirus and my husband is BT. AMA.
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Twinster




 
 
 
 

Post Thu, Apr 22 2021, 9:51 am
shabbatiscoming wrote:
For the person who voted that they dont know any bts or gerim personally, most of the time you wouldnt even know it. Its not something thst one walks around with a sign about this part of their life.


What I was thinking.
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scruffy




 
 
 
 

Post Thu, Apr 22 2021, 10:00 am
I'm confused how someone wouldn't know a single BT or ger!
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Chayalle




 
 
 
 

Post Thu, Apr 22 2021, 10:03 am
scruffy wrote:
I'm confused how someone wouldn't know a single BT or ger!


That sentence can be read two ways, BTW.

LOL
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amother




OP
 

Post Thu, Apr 22 2021, 10:03 am
Chayalle wrote:
That sentence can be read two ways, BTW.

LOL


How?
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amother




Brunette
 

Post Thu, Apr 22 2021, 10:05 am
Almost all my friends from after high school are BT. I only know this because they told me and as far as geirim go or other BT go, no idea because it’s not discussed and who cares?!
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Chayalle




 
 
 
 

Post Thu, Apr 22 2021, 10:06 am
amother [ OP ] wrote:
How?


For some reason, my brain read the word "single" as single vs. married, the first time around.

Then I did a double take and was like, oh!
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singleagain




 
 
 
 

Post Thu, Apr 22 2021, 10:07 am
Oh... I just realized my new co-worker is also bt...
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cbsp




 
 
 
 

Post Thu, Apr 22 2021, 10:12 am
An FFB accompanied a recent BT to a previous Gerrer Rebbe (don't remember which one, heard this story in a Rabbi Reisman shiur ~20 years ago) and introduced the fellow, saying this man is a ba'al teshuva, not me.

The Rebbe sharply responded "and why not you as well?"
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scruffy




 
 
 
 

Post Thu, Apr 22 2021, 10:14 am
Chayalle wrote:
For some reason, my brain read the word "single" as single vs. married, the first time around.

Then I did a double take and was like, oh!


Smile

Well if you do know a BT or ger of single marital status, here's a plug to have them in mind re a shidduch!
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JoyInTheMorning




 
 
 
 

Post Thu, Apr 22 2021, 10:18 am
Imamothers never cease to amaze me with their insularity, and lack of embarrassment at this insularity. And by the insensitivity. How would a giyoret or BT feel when she reads such a poll? Probably not too great.

I am so happy that I know many gerim and many BTs. They have added so much to my life. I hate to think of any of them feeling bad after reading this poll.

Also, the poll's choices are not the best. What if you know 1 BT and a few geirim? 1 ger and a few BTs? Your choices don't cover those situations, so poll takers would need to choose that murky choice "Other."
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