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Making the National Personal

By Beit T'shuvah

July 17, 2013 | 3:20 pm

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By Matt Shapiro

Yesterday was Tisha B'Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, on which we recognize numerous tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people through the centuries.... read on

  • Tisha B’Av and Restoration of the Norm

    By Beit T'shuvah

    July 12, 2013 | 11:34 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I am sitting here, at 2:58 a.m., and thinking about what I am going to blog about. It is a weekly exercise for me; I have ideas during the week and then they go out of my head. I ask my wife, Harriet Rossetto, for an idea and she offers suggestions, some of... read on

  • The Case for Relevant Judaism

    By Beit T'shuvah

    July 10, 2013 | 1:03 pm

    By Matt Shapiro

    In Talmudic discourse, sometimes the phrase “mai nafka minah” comes up; roughly translated, this means, “what goes out from it?” As in, “this conversation is all well and good, but why does it matter?” This phrase came to mind for me in reading Rabbi Shmuly... read on

  • Sparking Innovation

    By Beit T'shuvah

    July 5, 2013 | 10:45 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    What a week! There is the change of power in Egypt, Independence Day here and in Today's New York Times there is an article about Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos. I have some idea of how convoluted my brain must seem to put these three things together, yet I... read on

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  • The Procrastination Blog

    By Beit T'shuvah

    July 3, 2013 | 1:25 pm

    By Matt Shapiro

    Yesterday, I had to write a tremendously difficult email to Josh, editor of this blog, and tell him I made a mistake. Not just any mistake, mind you, but a mistake born out of procrastination, a long-standing foe of mine. You see, my blog posts are supposed to go... read on

  • Struggling with Redemption

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 28, 2013 | 11:03 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Redemption is a very hard concept and action for most of us. One of the reasons is because it is not linear! Our minds believe that if we learn something, change something, then we are fixed and done. It will never happen again. Wrong! Redemption is a... read on

  • The Power of Powerlessness

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 25, 2013 | 3:42 pm

    By Matt Shapiro

    Working at Beit T’Shuvah full-time for the past year has been a wild ride, with plenty of ups and downs, Although it can occasionally be somewhat (alright, very) stressful working here, I really love my job. Part of the reason I appreciate it so much is because... read on

  • The Need to Be Right

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 21, 2013 | 10:59 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    The role of learning is paramount to our existence, I believe. Paraphrasing Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “a life without learning is not worth living.” On the "Morning Joe" show on MSNBC, we are asked, what did we learn today. Yet, there are some of us who... read on

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