Jewish Journal

The Rappin’ Rabbi

by Yeshaia Blakeney

November 5, 2012 | 10:46 am

I was one of a handful of people at Beit T’Shuvah asked to write a weekly blog from my perspective as a Jew in recovery.  This is the first shot, an introduction if you will.  Before I... read on

  • A Convict’s Quest For Faith

    By Beit T'shuvah

    November 2, 2012 | 1:21 pm

    Russell Harrison is the perfect example of a simple truth—you can’t judge a man based on his past.  In fact, if you simply met Russell today it would be a near impossible task to guess at what his life had been like up until the past year.  Before he got to Beit T’Shuvah, Russell... read on

  • Message Received

    By Beit T'shuvah

    October 26, 2012 | 3:21 pm

    Rabbi Mark is my messenger, and I hold him responsible. Responsible for the tremendous significance of his messages, and responsible for integrating the stories that contains hidden messages into my daily life.

    A messenger who cannot do as much may be unfit; a messenger... read on

  • Living Vulnerably

    by Michael Welch

    October 19, 2012 | 11:33 am

    Since the dawn of my conscious self, I have been ruthlessly preoccupied with productivity. My father initially instilled the belief that being productive was paramount for success. As I matured, I began asking myself questions; where did I finish today? Was I in the black or the... read on

  • Breaking News - Stop Bullying

    By Beit T'shuvah

    October 16, 2012 | 11:34 am

    This morning, Harriet Rossetto, my wife and partner, was reading an article from the New York Times about the Southern Poverty Law Center's "Mix It Up At Lunch Day" designed to break up cliques and prevent bullying. The American Family Association, described as a conservative... read on

  • Who’s Worthy

    by Harriet Rossetto

    October 12, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    The house I opened 25 years ago was for “society’s throwaways.”  I know now more than ever… there is no such thing.  At the time it was very taboo to open a place like Beit T’Shuvah.  When I told people that I was going to create a home for Jewish convicts to live in after... read on

  • Never Throwing Anyone Away

    by Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    October 5, 2012 | 1:28 pm

    Nestled in the heart of Jerusalem, in a building constructed to remember those lost years ago, sits a man who has made it his mission to give people back their humanity.  Shai ben Yehuda is the Chief Archivist for Yad VaShem in Israel. My friend and teacher, Rabbi Edward Feinstein... read on

  • We all need redemption

    by Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    September 28, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Recently I asked you to believe me that anyone can make good on their past, remember … I am the Spiritual Gangster. I am the Holy Thief. I am an ordained Rabbi and I am flawed. This Blog is about Redemption and it is about Truth. This week was Yom Kippur, a time for true reflection... read on

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