Jewish Journal

  • Marijuana:  Gateway to What?

    by Michael Soter

    November 29, 2012 | 7:27 pm

    At every school we work with, without fail, somebody asks, “Is marijuana a gateway drug?”  As recent graduates from teenagedom, we grew up with police officers coming into our schools championing a Nancy Reagan “Just Say No” approach to drugs and alcohol—that if we tried marijuana,... read on

  • Digging Up History

    by Ben Spielberg

    November 28, 2012 | 10:57 am

    When I was younger, I had the annoying inclination to make a name for myself. I hated everyone (I still do, for the most part), but I wanted everyone to love me. I wanted my name to be heard of by everyone, my true personality known by few, and my externalities respected by all who... read on

  • The Fallacy of Misplacement

    By Beit T'shuvah

    November 27, 2012 | 2:53 pm

    By Michael Welch

    How often have I misrepresented the truth with words? Abiding by commands--be them the commands of G-d or the commands of my fellow man--have not been good enough.

    When I'm asked to be “of service,” I find myself consistently molding the particular situation to... read on

  • Israel, what if the shoe was on the other foot?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    November 26, 2012 | 11:07 am

    By Yeshaia Blakeney

    I hesitate to write about what’s going on in Israel.  It’s a fragile issue and words are powerful. I will tread respectfully and lightly. 

    I remember having a heated discussion with my sister about the Israeli Palestinian conflict, not long ago.  She, like... read on

  • Addiction Doesn’t Discriminate

    By Beit T'shuvah

    November 25, 2012 | 1:16 pm

    The following passage reflects the sentiments of thousands of residents who have had their lives saved at Beit T’Shuvah, specifically by the Founder and CEO Harriet Rossetto and the COO and Head Rabbi Mark Borovitz.  As the upcoming release of Rossetto’s book Sacred Housekeeping, A... read on

  • The Highest Principle

    by Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    November 23, 2012 | 1:49 pm

    The Torah teaches us to place principles over personalities. It tells us to help even our enemy if they are in dire straits. I believe in this principle because it is what allows for forgiveness when we have been harmed. We become open to take on the obligation of redemption for... read on

  • Stuffing Day

    by BTS Prevention Team

    November 22, 2012 | 2:53 pm

    Turkey, football, shopping, and judgment—these are the cornerstones of American Thanksgiving.  When relatives get together to celebrate and share gratitude, there typically exists an undercurrent of misguided judgment.  The day that should propagate assessment of character is... read on

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