Jewish religious slang dictionary for beginners

So you’re new to Judaism, to exploring who you are as a Jew, and you walk into a bar. Ok maybe not. You walk into a Jewish shop or synagogue, and “them religious Jews” are speaking in a foreign language, or so it seems. It’s not easy to feel included when you don’t understand every…

Baalei Teshuva must read: Anatomy of a Search

Just finished a brilliant book by Rabbi (and Doctor) Akiva Tatz, called “Anatomy of a Search”. Do yourself a favour, read it. Really well written and is the perfect baal teshuva book discussing the ups and downs of a few baal teshuva journeys, including his own. It’s serious, educational and funny. Mostly, it’s totally relatable….

Torah Inspiration: choose life, choose good

You know you have a deep friendship when you can sit together motzei Shabbos and listen to shiurim until 5:30am. You also know that you have a bit of an addiction. Baruch HaShem, Torah can be very addictive. Is it the excitement of gaining knowledge? The depth of the wisdom? The connection within yourself to…

A comical video on forgiveness and holding onto anger

I’ve always believed in the great power of forgiveness not just because it helps the other person but also because it has an enormous impact on ourselves. People who can’t forgive live in their own jails of anger and resentment. A living inner jail. Even though Yom Kippur is over for another year, the lessons…

13 dos & donts of being a successful baal teshuva

Not sure how accurate this is, but here are some points to consider, a great starting place, about the dos and donts of being a successful baal teshuva…and Yid in general. Check out the full article from Beyond BT. In summary: 1. Don’t stop practicing, even for a short time. At the same time, don’t…

Connecting with your heart – prayer and hisbodedus

Wow, I just came across this blogger and I absolutely love the first article (and a few I’ve read since then). Anyway, check out this article about connecting to Hashem, personal prayer, effort, the heart and hisbodedus. A simple Jew.   Source: Uploaded by user via BaalTeshuva on Pinterest

Yom Kippur mp3s that changed the day, and hopefully the year

I guess it’s better late than never but here is a link to Doniel Katz’ Yom Kippur mp3 series. These are incredible. No really. They absolutely changed my dovening and Yom Kippur experience. So if you didn’t ‘feel it’ this year or felt it so much that your heart hurts from all the beating, please…

Rabbi Kelemen on Marriage and Defining Love

This is a great mp3 about defining love for oneself, with others, and with Hashem. It’s free for download or to listen online. Highly recommended. Marriage – Defining Love – Rabbi Kelemen Some interesting points from the shiur: “Torah is a system for becoming a person capable of intimacy”, with yourself, others and Hashem. To…

The power of words

Another brilliant mp3 by Rebbetzin Jungreis that I just had to post! All about keeping your mouth closed and the effect of words! Enjoy!

The baal teshuva’s challenge in dating for marriage

So you think you’re ready for a shidduch, someone to build your life with? As a baal teshuva it’s not easy. There are so many questions both about the dating scene and what happens after…that thing called marriage. Many of us come from uncertainty and try to build some kind of understanding of truth and…

Media vs. Modesty – another brilliant piece by Gila Manolson

In a great excerpt from her new book ‘Choosing to Love’, Gila Manolson once again plainly and simply gives us the statistics and the logic about the fight that we have on our hands. I’m not a socialist by any means and in fact I work in the advertising industry, but that gives me the…

Let’s face it – Rebbetzen Heller

Seriously, this book is so brilliant. Having been to Neve and heard Rebbetzen Heller speak daily, I can almost hear her reading it out. It’s a definite must on the reading list. Her every word is a jem. Some pearls from the 1st chapter include: “Every one of us, every day, is faced with challenges…

another shiur resource for free MP3s

Just came across another on-line resource that looks pretty good (credible). It has a really user-friendly search engine and HEAPS of MP3s to download for free and without signing up – mind you I didn’t download the shiur about copyright and intellectual property. hmm… The website to go to is: http://www.yutorah.org I just downloaded 29…

‘new’ baal teshuva book!

This is so exciting, I just found out that there’s a book (relatively new) that has come out: The Baal Teshuva Survival Guide, by Dr. Lisa Aiken PhD I’m so excited to get my hands on it! I’ve been wondering for a while now why such a book doesn’t exist. Low and behold, it does!