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What does Baal Teshuva mean?

“Baal Teshuva” is a Hebrew expression that refers to an individual who has become enhanced his or her observance of Torah. The literal translation of the term is “the possessor of the answer.” Commonly, this term is used to describe someone who was non-observant and had a life changing transition to an orthodox lifestyle. But it could also be used in reference to someone who made even a minor step to improve their ways. That could be considered ‘making’ Teshuva or ‘Oseh Teshuva’ in Hebrew. This could also be called ‘getting stronger’ – ‘Mitchazek’. A recent Israeli TV drama series, ‘Mikimi’, is based on the true life story of an Israeli TV personality who became observant.

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