March 9, 2018

Interestingly, the Twelve Steps is built on a paradigm of self growth that Judaism has been teaching for 3000 years.

The first thing that sticks out upon delving into the Twelve Steps is that the addictive behavior is mentioned only once ― in Step One: "We admitted we w...

March 7, 2018

Vayakhel

Exodus 35:1–38:20

If anyone could or if anyone should play God, it would be Moses. He after all is the closest of any of the prophets has a personal relationship with God. They talk all the time, he gets commandments he argues, he complains. And we rely on the r...

March 7, 2018

I made a decision yesterday. I’m in an AA meeting leading the discussion and we’re talking step 3.  Turning my will and my life over to the care of a “God of my understanding”. That means turning over my thoughts and my actions. I have been in flux for the past few mon...

March 5, 2018

This week in Shabbat News…

I did something different this week. I was at synagogue on Saturday morning. Engaged in a great conversation with my cousin and friend and regular at the main service, we walked to put down his tallis (he has his own shelf in the exec director...

March 2, 2018

The Shabbat before Purim is called Shabbat Zachor, the Shabbat of Remembrance. In the Torah portion we are told we must remember to forget the tribe of Amalek, who attacked the weak and the weary of the children of Israel wondering in the desert. 

Only now as an addict...

February 13, 2018

  Mike is 36, an Army veteran and has been abusing alcohol and stimulants since before he became part of our family when he was 15.  Crying is not a stranger to me.

The weeks and months before he took this step towards recovery were horrific for all of us- his wife...

February 1, 2018

One codependent friend in recovery shared this story with me: I was taught that Jews didn’t drink or drug. We were married young. I just always assumed that my husband started drinking because I was a terrible wife. The suffering, the hurt and the anger that company co...

February 1, 2018

     It means living under the delusion that life is controllable. It means constantly struggling to maintain the illusion that you are controlling it. It means lying to yourself all day, every day, insisting that, with enough effort, you can get life to do whatever it...

February 1, 2018

In synagogue was read one of the most famous phrases in the Torah, ‘na’aseh venishma’, literally, “we will do and we will hear” (Ex. 24:7). What does this mean and why does it matter?

In the Babylonian Talmud, it is taken to describe the enthusiasm and whole-heartedne...