By Rabbi Julian Sinclair, March 6, 2009
A baal teshuvah is someone who has chosen to live a morereligiousJewish life. BTs for short, they are often contrasted with FFBs (frum from birth), people who were brought up religious. Though existing in traditional Jewish literature for centuries, the word has become widespread over the past 40 years with the striking return to religious observance that has taken place over that time. It can be used as an adjective, baal teshuvah-ish, meaning behaviour characteristic of baalei teshuvah, eg great zeal for religious observance combined with a certain lack of the knowledge that underpins it.