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How to tell people you’re a Baal Teshuva?

I was at a wedding and at my table was a person who became observant maybe 20+ years ago. He mentioned this to someone and said, “I became Shomer Torah u’Mitzvos (keeping/guarding the Torah and Mitzvos) at the end of college.”

I almost did a double take. As a BT of 35 years and someone who previously worked in kiruv I have never heard someone say it like that. Maybe I’m just not up on things, but usually one will say, “I became frum…,” or “I’m a Baal Teshuva.”

Any thoughts?

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