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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... 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

  • 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

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  • 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

  • Taurine Fiend

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 20, 2013 | 11:34 am

    By Inga Roizman

    Energy drinks are a favorite with the young people in the sober community. I never thought I would be one of THOSE people. I used to judge them. The first time I tried one I felt jittery and didn’t indulge in one again for a long time. Then came a day where I had... read on

  • Genius at Work

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 17, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    By Matt Shapiro

    I stood there, transfixed. In passing, it's just a cabinet; the placard on the wall shared that it was filled with notecards, written and organized by Stanley Kubrick, put together for a project that was never completed. Kubrick was fascinated by Napoleon and... read on

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