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The Power of Words

By Beit T'shuvah

May 29, 2013 | 2:59 pm

By Inga Roizman

Not to be redundant, but there is so much power in words. We speak SO much; we don’t always know what we are saying. Carefully choosing the words we speak reflects... read on

  • We are Commanded to Care

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 24, 2013 | 11:11 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    What is going on? I am asking this question to myself and all of you as I sit here and read the newspaper. We had an election in Los Angeles and less than 20% of eligible voters participated! We seem to be unable to miss an opportunity to make a difference.... read on

  • Finding G-d in the Little Places

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 20, 2013 | 10:49 am

    By Matt Shapiro

    In the series finale for The Office, there were a number of moments that touched me (yes, I am someone who cries easily at movies and TV). The one I found most moving featured the resident office weirdo, Creed Bratton, toward the very end of the episode. He... read on

  • The Purpose of Religion

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 17, 2013 | 1:29 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    My daughter, Heather, recommended a book to me and I have started to read it. It is called Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho and Margaret Jull Costa. As I have begun to read it, I found these two lines that struck me. “They don’t understand that... read on

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  • What I Learned From Shavuot All-Night Study

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 16, 2013 | 10:56 am

    By Inga Roizman

    I loved it. Two nights ago I was honored to see my coworkers, our residents, and other members of the community speak about what they need to learn most. I was struck by the vulnerability that each of them granted us with their lesson.

    Some discussions were... read on

  • The Best Way to Enact Change

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 13, 2013 | 5:45 pm

    By Matt Shapiro

    I often want to reorganize.  Instead of being willing to work within a system, I’m frequently trying to find the ways that it could be better. This tendency has its positive aspects, but more frequently it leads to a pattern of me being dissatisfied with what... read on

  • Have the Courage to Stand Up For Others

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 10, 2013 | 11:11 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    As I sit at the computer this morning to write my weekly blog, I am unable to understand the swirl of thoughts that are going through my head. I am thinking about the women in Cleveland. I am thinking about a speaker we had at Beit T’Shuvah on Wednesday... read on

  • DSM vs. Soul

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 8, 2013 | 7:47 pm

    By Inga Roizman

    The manual in which to diagnose mental illness is the DSM. If you don’t know, DSM stands for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. New “illnesses” are added every 10ish years as the culture’s atmosphere fluctuates.  While many of the diagnoses found in the text can... read on

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