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  • Truth, Transparency, and the Senate

    By Beit T'shuvah

    1 week ago

    by Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    As I am sitting in my office this morning, I am thinking about the Senate Report on CIA torture tactics in light of the principle of Truth and Transparency.

    Question: What is too much information when it can harm others?

    My Response: This is a difficult...

  • Hearing My Truth

    By Beit T'shuvah

    November 12, 2014 | 10:21 am

    By Tricia Nykin

    As I sit here and ponder the words that I choose to share today, I am reminded of an ongoing theme in my life; do I give you truth or a story that slightly veers off that path, but may be more appealing?

    This past Saturday I organized the screening of a film at...

  • Chaotic Coexistence

    By Beit T'shuvah

    November 5, 2014 | 10:14 am

    By Baila Drucker


    I I just returned from a short visit to Israel.

    I spent the entire week and a half in Jerusalem; doing little and just being. Jerusalem has always been more of a character and less of a place to me. She beats to the rhythm of my soul, and there, somehow, in...

  • Ripples In The Pond: Turning Chaos Into Light

    By Beit T'shuvah

    October 29, 2014 | 9:39 am

    By Andy Besser

    For the first 36 years of my life I was pretty much running amok.  Without a plan for life, I was self-will run wild, doing as I pleased and as I wanted without much real regard for the impact I was having on the world around me, especially on my friends and...

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  • Fighting To Count My Blessings

    By Beit T'shuvah

    October 24, 2014 | 10:30 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovtiz


    I am overcome with Gratitude for my life. Sitting here at Starbucks, writing my Parsha and this blog has me thinking of how Blessed I am. My ego goes from being less than—thinking that I am not deserving—to more than— thinking that I am supremely...

  • Admit One: Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

    By Beit T'shuvah

    October 22, 2014 | 2:11 pm

    By Nicole Goodman

     

    There are many cultural norms in our generation that are aimed to attack individuals. In the past, I believed that people who went to the movies alone signified that they were lonely, unwanted, and straight up creepy. This is until I became one of them.

    ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • Last of Boston Marathon bombing victims released from hospital

    June 3, 2013 | 1:38 pm

    The last person hospitalized with injuries from the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings was discharged on Monday, still facing a long recovery from the loss of her left leg and severe injuries to her right leg.

    Three people were killed and 264 injured, many losing legs, when two...

  • Rescuers search Oklahoma tornado town ruins as recovery starts

    May 22, 2013 | 11:06 am

    Rescue workers with sniffer dogs picked through the ruins of an Oklahoma town on Wednesday to ensure no survivors remained buried after a deadly tornado left thousands homeless and trying to salvage what was left of their belongings.

    "Yesterday I was numb. Today I cried a lot....

  • 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 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...

  • Giffords attends vigil marking attack anniversary

    January 9, 2012 | 10:47 am

    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords led the Pledge of Allegiance at a vigil marking the one-year anniversary of an attack on the congresswoman and her constituents at a political event.

    Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, attended the candlelight vigil Sunday night at the University...

  • Gilad Shalit faces recovery issues

    October 18, 2011 | 2:21 pm

    Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was freed from five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday to a joyous reception, but may need time to recover from his time kept in sun-deprived isolation and other injuries, his father said.

    Noam Shalit said they were reunited in Israel and...

  • 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...

  • 78 Million Reasons to Love the People of Japan

    By Ilana Angel

    August 19, 2011 | 12:30 am

    In a world of chaos, it is hard to look at the recent news stories in London, Israel, or the Sudan, and not feel sadness for humanity.  Human beings are more alike than we are different, and that we are able to so easily hate and hurt each other weighs heavy on my heart.  My life is...

  • Hyler begins to heal

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 23, 2008 | 7:56 pm

    Talent Manager and producer Joan Hyler is on the slow road to recovery.

    After a devastating accident that nearly killed her last Friday Aug. 15, Hyler has undergone multiple surgeries to assess and repair damage to her organs, arms and legs. After being struck by a car on the...

  • 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...

  • Richard Lewis, comedian from heaven

    By Jay Firestone

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The husband from hell. The uncle from hell. The comedian from hell. Richard Lewis is fully aware he has problems. And by the end of his set, his stand-up audiences know he has problems.

    Known as comedy's "Prince of Pain," he is a comedian who feeds off his own neuroses and is doing...

  • Mia Goldman’s film is an ‘Open Window’ into trauma and recovery

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    One night in 1989, Mia Goldman awakened to find a menacing stranger sitting on top of her, ordering her to keep her mouth shut or he would "shoot [her] brains out" with a gun he had placed on a nightstand.

    At the time, Goldman, a film editor, was living in a two-story condominium...
  • Rabbi Carron brightens prisoners’ darkest days

    By Nick Street

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Daniel, a blue-eyed 24-year-old who was a few credits shy of finishing his undergraduate degree at UCLA last spring, is now an inmate in unit 131 at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles.
     
    When Rabbi Yossi Carron arrives for his meeting with Daniel -- not...
  • After the Flood

    By Sarah Price Brown

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Before Shelly Collen lost almost everything, her life had just fallen into place.

    Two months earlier, she and her husband had moved from Chicago to Gulfport, Miss., to be closer to their son, who was living in New Orleans. They had rented a charming cottage with hardwood floors, a...

  • Rebuilding New Orleans—With A Little Help From Each Other

    By Gail Naron Chalew

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One year after "the storm," as New Orleanians refer to Hurricane Katrina, Jewish communal leaders describe the health of the community with certain expected terms -- loss, trauma, devastation and challenge.

    Unexpected is the word "blessed," used repeatedly in reference to the...

  • War Takes Environmental Toll

    By Uriel Heilman

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As the people of northern Israel finally return to their homes, they're going back to more than empty streets, freshly dug gravesites and a beefed-up military presence.

    They're also coming home to a radically altered physical landscape. Devastated by fires sparked by Katyusha...

  • Orthodox Alcohol, Drug Abuse Rising

    By Chanan Tigay

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Peter Gould had his last drink on Purim night seven years ago -- or, more accurately, his last drinks.

    "I drank more alcohol in a day than a human body can handle," he said, relaxing on a puffy couch in Baltimore in jeans, sneakers and a black knit kipah.

    At the time, Gould --...

  • Botox Treatments Aid Stroke Survivors

    By Steve Ditlea

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Until recently, significant recovery from the physical and mental losses inflicted by a stroke was thought to be limited to a matter of months following injury to the brain, using conventional physical and occupational therapy. Now patients supplementing this with novel treatments,...

  • Post-Katrina, Jews Raised Funds Fast

    By Larry Luxner

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Major Jewish organizations have raised more than $30 million to house, feed, educate and relocate thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi.

    The biggest chunk of money has come from the United Jewish Communities (UJC), which represents 155 Jewish...

  • Austria Makes Reparations for Nazi Past

    By Tom Tugend

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The expulsion and extermination of 182,000 Austrian Jews during the Nazi era is a wound that will never heal completely, but two important decisions during recent weeks at least point to a symbolic closure for the dwindling number of survivors and the Austrian government.

    In a...

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