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Terrifying Reality. Spiritual Solution.

By Beit T'shuvah

May 30, 2014 | 1:21 pm

Isla Vista surfers hold a memorial for the recent shootings in Santa Barbara, CA.
Photo Credit: Peter Vandenbelt VBDphotos.com/AP

By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

"I will do everything in my power to destroy everything I cannot have." These are the words of Elliott Rodger, the young man who destroyed the lives, sanctity,... read on

  • Obligation to Society

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 23, 2014 | 11:13 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I am a Dinosaur. I have been looking at myself for many years now and, as of late, I realize how much my upbringing affects me. I have been looking at the world through both new and old eyes. I use the latest technology and cherish old ways of living. I am... read on

  • What We Gain From Suffering

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 9, 2014 | 4:16 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I have been reading about suffering a lot. It seems as if there are a few camps regarding the virtues of suffering vis a vis the virtues of not suffering. I thought that I would weigh in on this. Suffering is good, in my opinion. I am defining suffering as... read on

  • When Will Morality Win?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 2, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    What a week! There is the Ukraine, the Donald Sterling Fiasco, etc. We are living in a time that is rife with Moral Issues and we seem to be making Free-Will IMMORAL choices rather than Free-Will MORAL choices. What is happening? I don’t claim to have THE... read on

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  • A Decisive Tension

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 25, 2014 | 2:41 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I have been thinking about how we live in the tension of the both/and rather than the either/or. Both/And is the state of recognizing the total reality, a way to see the whole picture of living. Either/or is the state of right/wrong, and, in my opinion, a... read on

  • Community of Healing

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 18, 2014 | 9:25 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Each month we receive the Catholic Agitator, the newspaper from The Catholic Worker, an organization started by Dorothy Day. The main articles always deal with some principle of being loyal to God or, in my words, Being on God's Side. This month was about... read on

  • Acharei Mot: Cleansing Past Misdeeds

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 11, 2014 | 11:39 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    My brother Neal called me this morning and suggested I write about a character from this week's Torah Portion. It is the "Ish Ati," the man who takes the goat for Azazel out to the wilderness. Since I didn't write about it in my weekly Torah Drash, I... read on

  • Where Has the Truth Gone?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 4, 2014 | 10:47 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    This past week I watched an interview with Dr./Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel recorded in 1972 with Carl Stern. Before I get into the content, I want to talk about the interview itself. Carl Stern was prepared and present. It was an interview that asked... read on

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