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  • Can moderation join abstinence as an addiction therapy?

    By Jared Sichel

    October 1, 2014 | 10:43 am

    In 2001, as 25-year-old Adi Jaffe lay on the pavement in the intersection of Beverly Drive and Olympic Boulevard following a devastating motorcycle crash, his broken tibia and fibula were not his biggest problem. Rather, that would be the amount of cocaine he was carrying (and...

  • Committed to Being Perfectly Imperfect

    By Beit T'shuvah

    September 19, 2014 | 10:34 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    As I sit here, in Bridgeport, Ct., getting ready for a weekend as a Scholar In Residence, I am in awe of where my life is today. I laugh at and pinch myself every day, realizing how awesome and crazy my life is. I get to hang out with smart, deep people; I...

  • Theater as addiction therapy in ‘Bliss Point’

    June 18, 2014 | 9:45 am

    The healing power of theater underlies the collaboration between the Cornerstone Theater Company and rehabilitation centers around the city, which resulted in the company’s production of “Bliss Point,” a play about addiction and recovery, through June 22 at the Odyssey Theatre in...

  • FED UP: the movie

    By Tera Greene

    May 29, 2014 | 11:38 pm

    #FEDUPMovie: It's time to rethink scary movies. It's time to get real about food.
    Sugar's got a hold on me, you, us... Aren't we FED UP yet?

    I AM ADDICTED TO SUGAR

    Sugar is an epidemic and it is killing us. Not slowly, but fast. From obesity (and childhood obesity), to diabetes to mood swings, Sugar is on a war path. And the food industry is in...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • A Person of Depth: How Faith Makes Us Whole

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 14, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    In today’s New York Times Opinion Page, David Brooks writes a very good article on the Human Condition. He talks about the way current literature about being human adds a third dimension. He talks about a person with deep character having certain qualities....

  • Living an Examined Life

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 14, 2014 | 12:57 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    As I sit here, this morning, at my computer I am thinking about an article written in The Catholic Agitator by Dr. Cornel West about Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker. Dorothy Day is a hero of my wife, Harriet Rossetto and an extraordinary...

  • Happiness, Addiction, Training

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    September 18, 2013 | 5:54 pm


    How Can Emotions Be Commanded?

    ‘How can emotions be commanded?’, I am asked, when I go over the three main commandments regarding Sukkot:  to live in rickety hut with an unfinished roof (Sukkah), wave a bunch of foliage around, and be only happy. I am certainly asked to explain...

  • We don’t live in Stepford

    September 3, 2013 | 12:15 pm

    Not long ago, I showed up for a Friday night Shabbat service at Beit T’Shuvah in Culver City. Over the years, I have counseled a number of congregants whose adult children were saved by this addiction recovery program, and I wanted to experience Beit T’Shuvah’s spiritual Shabbat...

  • On-Screen Addiction

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 22, 2013 | 5:15 pm

    Addiction is a tough thing to talk about on a television show. It's a disease that defies the typical narrative arc: there's a slow start and a long middle, and getting treatment never guarantees that anyone will stay sober. So it tends to be relegated to Very Special Episodes or...

  • Enlightening Television

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 11, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    By Matt Shapiro

    I watch a good amount of TV, probably more than I should. Still, it's rare for an episode of a show I watch to linger in my mind and heart, but that happened last night and continued into today. My wife and I have been working our way through Enlightened, the...

  • Love

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 1, 2013 | 8:58 pm

    By Inga Roizman

     

    I suppose I should introduce myself as this is my inaugural ‘Addicted to Redemption’ submission. My name is Inga Roizman; I’ve been a counselor at Beit T’Shuvah for a little more than a year and a former resident upon two separate occasions.

     

    On my first...

  • Translating Ideas into Words

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 24, 2013 | 3:59 pm

    By Ben Spielberg

    Despite all the propaganda, I never believed that drugs could harm my brain. The egg thrown on a frying pan commercial was too hyperbolic to be realistic, the old Peter Jennings-MDMA-brain-lesions theory was long debunked, and all the writers and musicians I...

  • Inner Disconnect

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 22, 2013 | 8:20 pm

    By Adam Siegel

    Whether one is struggling with addiction or not, living in various states of disconnection has become a hallmark of modern life. Disconnection from our Source leaves us feeling alienated, alone, and afraid. At Beit T’Shuvah, we work to help each other reconnect to...

  • Obama’s Big Brain Map

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 3, 2013 | 9:26 pm

    By Ben Spielberg

    On Sunday, there was an article in the Los Angeles Times about a potential 10-year project proposed by the Obama Administration. In ten years, we could see fully detailed and clearly landscaped images and movies of a human brain in action. In ten years, we could...

  • Sober seders spreading

    March 21, 2013 | 2:24 am

    It’s rare that an Orthodox rabbi chooses to omit an important Jewish ritual in his holiday celebrations.

    But in the spring of 2000, Rabbi Yosef Lipsker cleared his living room of furniture, set up three large dining tables and invited dozens of people to a special seder that...

  • Peddling Drugs and Selling Sobriety

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 13, 2013 | 1:21 pm

    By Ben Spielberg

    As I halfheartedly worked on a paper on Sunday night, an infomercial on Comedy Central piqued my interest. It was some type of advertisement for recovery. However, like most treatment centers flaunting late-night commercials, there was a catch. Turn To Help...

  • Addicted to Myself

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 5, 2013 | 11:22 am

    By Michael Welch

    If you’ve read my past blogs (and I’m certain you have) it is evident that I consider myself quite the esteemed columnist. I am admitting the self-indulgent spin that exists within my frenetic blogging. And yes, I think very highly of myself, so much so that I’ll...

  • A Recovering Addicts Works Cited Page (in MLA Format)

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 27, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    By Ben Spielberg

     

    In the spirit of both midterms and novelty blogs (see my last blog}, I have compiled a bibliography of my life. In AA, we often hear people’s stories in a specific and usually linear fashion. What does your story look like objectively? Let us know in the...

  • The Necessity of Relapse

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 12, 2013 | 11:26 am

    By Michael Welch

    If you’re looking into getting sober don’t look at the statistics. I also caution you against listening to the stats given on the other end of the phone when researching for help. The chances of staying sober within the first year are 1 in 5. Then there is...

  • Addicted to redemption

    September 7, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    To introduce this blog, it’s important you meet and learn a bit about me.  I am Rabbi Mark Borovitz, and to my knowledge, I am the only ex-con, ordained Rabbi that addresses an audience comprised equally of convicts and congregants at the weekly Shabbat Services I lead. 

    I am...

  • A Conversation with Brandi Glanville & Jennifer Gimenez

    By Ilana Angel

    March 16, 2012 | 4:55 pm

    I have interviewed both Brandi Glanville and Jennifer Gimenez.  I find them both to be entertaining and interesting.  My interviews were conducted over the phone and they were great.  There is a reoccurring theme when talking to them, and it is each other.  With a friendship spanning...

  • Michael Fassbender on “Shame,” sadism, playing a Jewish supervillain and why he’s not in therapy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 5, 2011 | 11:54 pm

    “Shame, shame, shame, shame,” Michael Fassbender, who very much seems to be the actor of the moment, sang in a goofy baritone recently.  His impromptu ditty was unexpected, given that he was in the middle of an intense discussion about his two latest films:  Steve McQueen’s...

  • Fighting to beat addiction

    By Lauren Bottner

    September 21, 2011 | 4:26 pm

    Beit T’Shuvah, the Jewish addiction treatment center and synagogue, held its second annual “Knock Out Addiction” fundraiser on Sept. 15, drawing a crowd of more than 400 to the Petersen Automotive Museum for a gala that included six boxing matches.  Last year, Beit...

  • Boxing, Addiction, Ryan O’Neil, Gorgeous Men & a Great Singles Night

    By Ilana Angel

    September 16, 2011 | 1:37 pm

    Last night I went to the “Knocking out Addiction” boxing event that was held on the roof of the Peterson Automotive Museum here in LA.  It was a fundraising event for Beit T’Shuvah, which is both a residential treatment center for addiction, as well as a temple.  I volunteer...

  • Real Housewives of New Jersey, Big Brother, Celebrity Rehab & Jersey Shore

    By Ilana Angel

    August 15, 2011 | 12:03 am

    The only way to blog about all the current reality television would be for me to quit my job and spend all of my time in front of the television.  That sounds like a dream job, but I cannot do it for fear of losing all my brain cells, and failing miserably as a mother.

    However, just...

  • Keeping it Real - An Uncensored & Opinionated Blog About Reality Television

    By Ilana Angel

    May 18, 2011 | 9:29 pm

    I love reality television.  By love of course I mean I am addicted to it like a drug.  Not a recreational drug that you did in college and forgot about, but rather like heroin where you are certain if you don’t get it, or in this case watch it, your life might fall apart.  Sad and...

  • A Mensh on the radiowaves to recovery

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 16, 2008 | 9:27 pm

    One afternoon in 1989, Ricky Leigh Mensh hid out in his car in a parking garage in Bethesda, Md., paranoid after a five-day cocaine and booze spree.

    "I had experienced so many consequences as a result of my addictions," Mensh, now 48 -- and 19 years sober -- said as he prepared to...

  • The Shoah, Beit T’Shuvah, Clinton, Raphe and Szyk

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The Shoah

    How incredibly written was The Jewish Journal editorial ("Genocide 2.0," May 2).
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