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  • Community of Healing

    By Beit T'shuvah

    5 days ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

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  • Struggling with Redemption

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 28, 2013 | 11:03 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Redemption is a very hard concept and action for most of us. One of the reasons is because it is not linear! Our minds believe that if we learn something, change something, then we are fixed and done. It will never happen again. Wrong! Redemption is a...

  • The Power of Powerlessness

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 25, 2013 | 3:42 pm

    By Matt Shapiro

    Working at Beit T’Shuvah full-time for the past year has been a wild ride, with plenty of ups and downs, Although it can occasionally be somewhat (alright, very) stressful working here, I really love my job. Part of the reason I appreciate it so much is because...

  • The Need to Be Right

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 21, 2013 | 10:59 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    The role of learning is paramount to our existence, I believe. Paraphrasing Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “a life without learning is not worth living.” On the "Morning Joe" show on MSNBC, we are asked, what did we learn today. Yet, there are some of us who...

  • The Lies of Perception

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 14, 2013 | 11:42 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I have found myself getting less angry and more resolute in being addicted to redemption. When I would read op-eds like the one written last Saturday in the New York Times by Joe Nocera, I would go around ranting and raving about the injustice and insanity...

  • War for the Soul of the World

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 31, 2013 | 12:50 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I was reading the articles about Facebook taking down the "hate women" pages that get posted. I am angry and upset that it has taken so long for social media to do things that are not tolerated in print media and the bastardization of free speech and global...

  • 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...

  • Honoring Our Mentors: Rabbi Edward Feinstein

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 26, 2013 | 11:47 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Last night I had the privilege of being with Rabbi Edward Feinstein at a dinner honoring his 20 years of service to and at Valley Beth Shalom Temple in Encino, California. Ed is my best friend and teacher, Rabbi and mentor. We have a special bond and it was...

  • March of the Living did not redeem itself

    By Klaudia Klimek

    April 18, 2013 | 1:07 am

    Everyone who knows me, knows that I like to participate in various trips, events and seminars organized by Jewish organizations. I always meet someone interesting, learn something useful and see a new place.  

    The March of the Living is one of the few events, which negates all...

  • A Teacher’s Mistake

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 21, 2013 | 1:50 pm

    By M. Alexander

    In any job, no matter how passion-infused it may be, work can sometimes begin to feel monotonous.  Though I usually love my job, I am certainly not exempt from fleeting thoughts of pointlessness. But every time these thoughts begin to achieve any clout, something...

  • Why Knowledge Isn’t Power

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 7, 2013 | 1:24 pm

    By Gavi Applebaum

    Ever since I was young, I knew that I was an intellectual. I loved to read. It gave me an outlet. As I progressed through school, I came to believe that knowledge could arm me, enable me to deal with the world. Somewhere along the lines, however, knowledge...

  • How to Write a Blog About Redemption

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 6, 2013 | 1:35 pm

    By Ben Spielberg

     

    1. Sit down. Nobody writes blogs standing up.

    2. Choose your writing instrument of choice. As I’ve grown up with computers, I prefer my laptop. Our elder writers are uncomfortable typing because they are reminded of the tiring berating of Mavis Beacon. They...

  • 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...

  • Is there a shortcut to redemption

    March 4, 2013 | 10:16 am

    Pesach - the Hebrew name for Passover-- comes from the Hebrew root PSH which means to skip over, to pass over. It appears first in the context of the ten plagues, in which God skipped over the homes of the Israelites while the rest of Egypt suffered.

    On a deeper, more fundamental...

  • The “After-Oscar” Redemption Wrap Up

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 1, 2013 | 9:43 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Much has even said/written about Seth MacFarlane and his taste(?) in jokes. While it is easy to blame the host, the producers had the last word, so the anti-Semitic Ted and the tasteless way of making fun of others (there were no shanty Irish jokes were...

  • Ruth Calderon - Mother of Redemption?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    February 26, 2013 | 10:56 pm

     Dr. Ruth Calderon’s Knesset speech has created more buzz around the Jewish world than any speech like it in the history of the State of Israel. Probably because nothing remotely like it has ever happened before. The unexpected, unprecedented, yet incredibly moving sight of a...

  • Remembering Ira Skolky

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 15, 2013 | 11:35 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Redemption takes a community. This realization came to me this week in a very tragic, powerful way. One of our staff members, Ira Skolky, z"l, died from a massive stroke. It is a great loss to the Beit T’Shuvah community and to the greater Jewish and...

  • Addicted to redemption

    by Rabbi Mark Borovitz, Head Rabbi at Beit T’Shuvah

    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...

  • Sarah Silverman: My kinda woman…

    By Jay Firestone

    July 1, 2010 | 3:47 pm

    Last Friday night I had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah Silverman just before a book signing and Q&A with Sandra Tsing Loh at the Writers Guild Theatre (a Writers Bloc event).  Her new book,”The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee” is a collection of stories and...

  • Was Vick born again? Christians make the call

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 29, 2007 | 4:31 pm


    You know what I think about Michael Vick’s claim that executing poorly performing pitbulls helped him find Jesus. (A lot of people learned my opinion after Deadspin linked to my cynicism.) But if you’re wondering what other Christians think, check out this poll at...

  • Michael Vick loves the Lord

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 27, 2007 | 4:25 pm


    Well, Michael Vick did it. He did what ever other celebrity does when they get in trouble. Like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton already did this summer, Vick, the dog butcher I used to find so exciting to watch as QB of the Falcons, found Jesus:

    I’m upset with myself, and, you know,...

  • Pick your redemption

    By David Suissa

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    There's something about being Jewish that makes you think big. Jews can easily schmooze about global stuff -- the bigger the better. We're here for all of humanity.

    We want to save the planet, whether from global evil or global warming. When we talk about our own problems, we also...
  • Witness to Redemption

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The episode of the Akedah, or the binding of Isaac, presents so many difficult questions. One of the most basic is: For whom is this human and Divine drama staged?

    Who comes out ahead as a result of the Akedah playing out? Is it for Abraham's benefit? Abraham receives no new...

  • Post-Gaza: A Time for Israelis to Reunite

    By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The disengagement or expulsion has ended. But is this also the end of religious Zionism? Are there lessons we can and must learn that may enable us to emerge stronger from this most difficult period?

    The first lesson we learned is that we are indeed one nation. There was no real...

  • Out of Darkness

    By Rabbi Sharon Brous

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I once counseled a young man through what he later understood to be the most profound and transformative moment of his life: He was abandoned, without explanation or apology, by his beloved fiancée. After a crushing year, he came back to tell me that he realized, in retrospect,...

  • Redemption

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Sixteen years ago, Mark Borovitz was in prison for the second time. A Cleveland native, he began selling stolen goods for the Cleveland mob out of his high school locker, then graduated to con games and hustles. In prison, he came under the influence of Rabbi Mel Silverman and began...

  • Longing for the Messiah

    By Rabbi Eli Spitz

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When we open our doors at the seder and invite Elijah the Prophet to sip the glass of wine that we have designated for him, we express our longing for

    the Messiah. Elijah, in our tradition, will herald the arrival of a ruler who will enable a world of peace. The message of the seder...

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