Jewish Journal

A Moment of Silence

By Beit T'shuvah

August 20, 2013 | 11:54 am

By Lance Wright

The ability to sit and be silent with oneself is a gift. I just returned from a three-day spiritual retreat in the desert where I was again reminded of the gift of... read on

  • Choosing a Path

    By Beit T'shuvah

    August 19, 2013 | 2:43 pm

    By Joan Praver—Board Member/Volunteer

    I try turning my motives into actions.  If a friend had advised me to consider becoming a teacher or social worker when I questioned what I planned to take in college, I would have laughed.  After trying to evaluate my tendencies or supposed... read on

  • Our Living Debt to the Dead

    By Beit T'shuvah

    August 16, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I am on an airplane from Orlando, Florida to Los Angeles as I write this Blog. This is the month of Elul and I have been on a whirlwind Family Tour since before it began! It has been an introspective journey for me, not really a vacation. This is not... read on

  • Deny Denial

    By Beit T'shuvah

    August 15, 2013 | 10:34 am

    By Nicole Goodman

    “Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I'm not perfect—and I don't live to be—but before you start pointing fingers...make sure your hands are clean!” - Bob Marley

    Since checking into Beit T'Shuvah about 20 months ago, I constantly try to help spread... read on

  • Beauty and The Beast

    By Beit T'shuvah

    August 14, 2013 | 1:29 pm

    By Dean Steinberg

    Heidi Klum and Seal. Donald Trump and his model wife. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. Hugh Heffner and any wife he's ever had, including the current one.  Have I got your attention? I knew I had to stick in the celebrity names, now you’re interested.

    But... read on

  • Freedom in Forgiveness

    By Beit T'shuvah

    August 13, 2013 | 10:48 am

    By Lance Wright

    As I sit here before my computer, contemplating what to write, my thoughts drift to the value and meaning of freedom. Not too many years ago, I wondered what freedom would be like and if I would ever enjoy it again. I had become a slave to a lifestyle of drugs and... read on

  • The Smile I Usually Wear is Not False

    By Beit T'shuvah

    August 12, 2013 | 2:30 pm

    By Joan Praver—Board Member

    The look on my face is not a façade. Sometimes I wish I could hide my true feelings but somehow over the years, much to my chagrin, I’ve become totally transparent.  I no longer can fake a smile, a frown, or tears.  How I react to my emotions is not an... read on

  • Kheshbon Nefesh—An Accounting of Myself

    By Beit T'shuvah

    August 9, 2013 | 2:19 pm

    By David Mattis

    I am reminded that the Hebrew word "khet" - often translated as "sin" - should be rendered as "missing the mark." As the month of Elul has just begun, it is an opportunity for me, and everybody in fact, to prepare for Rosh Hashanah by doing kheshbon nefesh - an... read on

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