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  • 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...

  • Pesach without wine

    March 21, 2013 | 3:23 am

    How can we have Passover without wine? This is a question that is asked of me each year as Passover approaches. I always answer that the blessing is over the fruit of the vine and grape juice is perfectly acceptable. I then ask a different set of questions.

    Passover is the...

  • Broken Blog about Brokenness

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 19, 2013 | 1:11 pm

    By Michael Welch

    I believe where I’m the most tortured is through my brokenness. It’s the concrete regions of where I exist. All-in or all-out. If I’m dieting, I’m eating 500 or less calories a day while exercising to the point of exhaustion, if I’m eating unhealthily I’m...

  • I Hate Sobriety

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 13, 2013 | 3:39 pm

    By Ben Spielberg

    I hate sobriety. Let me rephrase, I hate the idea of sobriety. I don’t like the Styrofoam coffee cups and powdered creamer they have at AA meetings. I don’t like talking about my feelings to older men and women, watching their faces contort with judgment as I...

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  • 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...

  • A Conversation with Jennifer Gimenez

    By Ilana Angel

    January 29, 2012 | 6:17 pm

    I can remember seeing pictures of Jennifer Gimenez years ago when she was modeling and thinking she was beautiful. I didn’t know anything about her, but I felt a connection.  In some of her early pictures she looked so much like my mom when she was young, that I just loved her.

    I...

  • Mourning an Alcoholic Father

    By Jane Ulman

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    According to myth, Jews don't drink. This is false.

    According to the "Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous, alcohol is cunning, baffling and powerful. This is true. Otherwise, why would my father choose to move in 1991 to Portland, Oregon, to live alone with his Dalmatian and begin...

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