BT

Alternative Spellings

B.T.

Definitions

  • ba'al teshuva, returnee to faith, Jew who chose to become Orthodox

Example Sentences

  • "He then lists various things that identify him to others as a BT: lack of knowledge of Yiddish, tilt of hat, disarray of tzitzis, and laughing too loud at jokes." (http://www.beyondbt.com/2012/10/15/intergrating-the-baalei-teshuva/)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, English

Etymology

English abbreviation for "ba'al teshuva" בעל תשובה

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Notes

See ba'al teshuva

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