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A few rabbonim who specialize in working with families with OTD children said that a majority of kids from frum families that went OTD eventually return to observance.
“Pidyan Shavuyin, according to most poskim, only applies in cases where the subject is arrested because of anti-Semitism or his/her life is in danger. Pollard directly violated the law and he was never in danger, just uncomfortable.”
This isn’t an accurate description of when poskim hold Pidyan Shavuyin applies. It is much more inclusive and applies much more widely than you described.
“pidyon shavuyim is a “thing” in Halacha. Reading details of a case in several media sources and then pretending we know the full story and then judging the person and acting negatively toward them based on that is an issur.”
In which case we should all similarly be fighting for the pidyon shavuyim of Nechemya Weberman. And certainly not badmouthing him.
The Teimanim have pronunciations closest to Har Sinai. Much better than Ashkenazim or Sephardim.
It’s like jumping into a cold pool. You gotta just do it. Otherwise you’ll stand on the side forever.