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Becoming a baalas teshuvah is no ordinary task — it takes large doses of determination, humility, and a lot of siyata d’Shmaya. Along the way, mistakes are made and lessons are learned. Here, several women who made the leap at least a decade ago share their hard-earned wisdom.
Tova Silverstein almost died, twice. The first blow was a physical illness that robbed her body of its mobility and strength. The second was the devastating realization that she would most likely remain in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. But instead of being defeated by this unexpected chapter in her life’s story, she has used it to propel herself to a new page — literally.
My husband earns a decent living and learns with my boys but he’s never washed a dish, vacuumed a floor, or bathed a baby… He realizes I can’t do it all alone, so he keeps pressuring my children to do more and more cleaning. My children are getting old enough to realize the hypocrisy of his do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do message and there’s some eye rolling and snide comments between them. I know I should stand up for my husband, but have no idea what to say because, to be honest, I entirely agree with them.