Jewish Journal

Wrestling With One’s Self

By Beit T'shuvah

November 15, 2013 | 12:38 pm

By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

I have been thinking about this week's Torah Portion all week. It is an important one in my life. When I read this some 26 years ago, I finally got the concept... read on

  • Creatures of Responsibility and Obligation

    By Beit T'shuvah

    November 14, 2013 | 10:48 am

    By Nicole Goodman

    These past couple weeks my anxiety has been overwhelming. I haven’t been able to sleep well, stay present, or act normally. My mind starts to tell me that I am going back to how I was two years ago, before I got sober, and I should get on medication again. This... read on

  • Looking Backward On My Life

    By Beit T'shuvah

    November 11, 2013 | 1:11 pm

    By Joan Praver—Beit T’Shuvah Board Member/Volunteer

    It is amazing the choices I’ve been given and the good luck I’ve acquired in the process. Most were more common sense than adventurous or just plain luck. Many chances I took have opened doors that not only gave me opportunities... read on

  • Senseless Hatred: The Anniversary of Kristallnacht

    By Beit T'shuvah

    November 8, 2013 | 10:31 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Tonight and tomorrow mark the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht, the nightmare of Nazi hatred and destruction of everything Jewish. I just wonder what we have learned from this.

    I believe that we haven't learned enough from this terrible night. We still... read on

  • Large, Angry Man

    By Beit T'shuvah

    November 6, 2013 | 1:18 pm

    By Dean Steinberg

    So here I am doing my thrice weekly early morning run in the park with my dogs. Prior to this past weekend (daylight savings) it was staying dark pretty late into the early morning so I often saw the sun rise 2 to 3 times a week. Quite the visual if you have not... read on

  • We Dress For The Party

    By Beit T'shuvah

    November 4, 2013 | 1:38 pm

    We Dress For The Party

    By Joan Praver—Board Member/Volunteer

    All year we look forward to attending the annual Gala at the Hilton Hotel. The dress for the evening depends on whether you are a resident or a paying guest. Those who live in the house dress in tuxedos or gowns. Most... read on

  • Normal Folk: Living Life to the Fullest in Recovery

    By Beit T'shuvah

    November 1, 2013 | 12:25 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Today is the 25th anniversary of my departure from the California Institution for Men in Chino, California to go to a Re-Entry facility to finish the last 4.5 months of my prison sentence from 1987. It is a milestone for me and I was reading the paper about... read on

  • Have Halloween Costumes Gone Too Far?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    October 31, 2013 | 2:12 pm

    By Nicole Goodman

    “In the regular world, Halloween is when children dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Girl World, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”
    —Cady from Mean Girls

    Why is it... read on

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