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It’s interesting that in this respect (like many others in my life) I find myself neither here nor there.

I became frum at the age of 9 when my mother became frum.

As such, I certainly can’t claim to be FFB. I certainly remember my non-frum life and (for worse AND better) it has helped to shape me into who and what I am today.

Likewise, I can’t take the “moral credit” for actually being a BT, since it’s not as if I had some “moral awakening” that chose me to choose a frum lifestyle. As such, I can’t be considered a true “Ba’al Teshuva” (in the context in which it’s used in this discussion) either.

So, once again, I’m neither here nor there in life — neither comfortable nor entirely welcome in either camp.

The Wolf