Jewish Journal

  • Addiction as a Prison

    By Beit T'shuvah

    December 12, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    By Ben Spielberg

    Shy B recently presented an issue with the reductionist approaches to understanding. I would like to offer an interesting rebuttal by using a behavioral economics approach to understanding addiction. A story:

    Two men are arrested, and immediately separated.... read on

  • Losing All Control

    By Beit T'shuvah

    December 11, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    By Michael Welch

    In 2007, I opened a business to finance my addiction. My idea was to help addicts; prey on the vulnerable. I would find those who were desperate and capitalize on their need.

    Within one week I was pulling from a massive line of credit. At two weeks, the proper... read on

  • The Soul and the Self

    By Beit T'shuvah

    December 10, 2012 | 12:34 pm

    By Yeshaia Blakeney

    Michel Foucault defined the beginning of modernity as the period when human beings first took themselves as the subject of scientific inquiry.  This period is commonly known as The Enlightenment, and began in the 18th century.  This is the beginning of the... read on

  • How to Destroy the Death Star

    By Beit T'shuvah

    December 9, 2012 | 1:32 pm

    By Josh Silver

    Blowing up a Death Star is no easy task.  True, all Luke had to do was fire a missile into a conveniently placed ventilation shaft but that’s not what I’m referring to.  I’m talking about how to destroy your own personal Death Star.  Each of us has one—that looming... read on

  • Saturday Questionnaire

    By Beit T'shuvah

    December 8, 2012 | 12:41 pm

    Adam Mindel is the Family Program Coordinator at Beit T’Shuvah.  He is also a former resident of the program and has now made it his mission to help fight addiction both for the individual and their family.  Here is what he had to say about Beit T’Shuvah and the process of... read on

  • Taking G-d’s Side

    By Beit T'shuvah

    December 7, 2012 | 10:26 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Continuing my "day in the life" and my struggles with being human: My entire Rabbinate is based on listening and being open to the souls of others. In order to do this, I must be able to “Re-spond” and not “Re-act” when I encounter a disagreement. 

    ... read on
  • The Allegory of the Cliff

    By Beit T'shuvah

    December 6, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    By BTS Prevention

    “But Mom, Johnny’s mom let him do it!”

    “If Johnny jumped off a cliff, would you jump too?”
    Does this conversation sound familiar?

    Since the dawn of Jewish parenting, The Allegory of the Cliff has been used to illustrate the hazards of peer pressure.  The... read on

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