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Taking Off The Mask

Taking Off The Mask

By Jared Ross As Yom Kippur passes, we think about not only how we will live better in the future, but how we can clean up the wreckage of our past.  The act of atonement is a prominent requisite for instilling a degree of integrity—a central theme of Beit T’Shuvah. Yom Kippur has much to do with wholeness and purity.  Symbolically, many wear all-white and no leather on this day of atonement.  But what about how we … Read entire article »

Filed under: addiction, art, Beit T'Shuvah, Community, Judaism, Mark Borovitz, Sobriety, Spirituality, T'Shuvah, Temple

Try One On and Pass It On

Try One On and Pass It On

Gratitude. Being of service. These are the qualities we pledge; it’s how we keep the cycle of giving alive. Just in time for the High Holidays, Naot Footwear and Bellagio Shoes of Santa Monica graciously donated over 150 pairs of brand newshoes, boots and sandals to the residents and staff of Beit T’Shuvah. They gave to us, did a mitzvah, and made a difference in the lives (and feet) of many residents searching for comfort. “Getting … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beit T'Shuvah, Current Events, Gratitude, Judaism, T'Shuvah, Uncategorized

Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body

Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body

By Eliot The modern marathon as a sporting event was inspired by the fabled story of Philipedes, who ran from the battlefield at Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory over the Persians. After uttering his last words, “joy to you,” he promptly collapsed and died. When I ran the L.A. Marathon earlier this month, I wasn’t bringing any news to anyone in particular, but I certainly felt like collapsing and death was probably in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 12-Steps, addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, Beit T'Shuvah, BTS Communications, Community, Current Events, Gratitude, Judaism, LA Marathon, Run To Save A Soul, Sobriety, Spirituality, T'Shuvah

Sacred Space: Our First Shabbos in the New Building

Sacred Space: Our First Shabbos in the New Building

By Eliot Godwin Steve Jobs said, “A lot of times people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” Our leader and CEO, Harriet Rossetto, didn’t know what she was supposed to do with her life. A small advertisement in the paper was the spark that ignited Beit T’Shuvah, our singular organization which has blossomed into a diverse and expansive community. Last Friday, the doors of our beautiful new sanctuary were opened for … Read entire article »

Filed under: addiction, Beit T'Shuvah, Community, Current Events, Gratitude, Judaism, Mark Borovitz, Music, Sobriety, Spirituality, T'Shuvah, Temple, Torah

Reaping What We Sow

By Eliot Nestled in the charming confines of Beit T’Shuvah’s Comey Complex on a cool Saturday evening in February, BTS residents, staff and a few lucky guests broke bread and shared laughs during the first ever Farm-to-Table Harvest Dinner. Conducted by Organic Garden co-founders Davis Watson and Allison Hennessey, whose aim is healthy living and active recovery, the dinner was a rousing success from start to finish. “We’re building a sense of community by connecting people to the land,” Watson said. “Part of why the food tasted so good is because everyone’s hands were on it. We invited the staff and others, and everyone got to know each other better.”  This egalitarian attitude defines the Beit T’Shuvah philosophy, and when residents recognize this, they can’t help but dive in and flourish. “Community is … Read entire article »

Filed under: 12-Steps, addiction, Beit T'Shuvah, Community, Current Events, Gratitude, Judaism, Mark Borovitz, Sobriety, Spirituality, T'Shuvah, Uncategorized

BEIT T’SHUVAH TOP TEN EVENTS OF 2013

By Matthew Greenwald 2013 was one of the most eventful years in Beit T’Shuvah history, marked by tremendous growth, unity, and the strengthening of our overall mission. While the construction of our new temple and the Elaine Breslow Institute dominated the year, we also achieved several other milestones. Here’s a list of the top 10 moments of 2013: Construction- The construction of our new building next door commenced. In conjunction with this, our main building was radically renovated. The bridge connecting the east and west ends of our facility was torn down in concurrence with the overall makeover and the new Synagogue next door. The bridge had a long and colorful history at Beit T’Shuvah, to say the least. Shirley’s Patio, long known as a place for residents to congregate, was completely … Read entire article »

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Questions From a Normie #4

By Chris Alvarez What is a sponsor? A sponsor isn’t a friend. A sponsor isn’t a therapist. A sponsor isn’t a parent. A sponsor is something more. A sponsor is someone who has something you want.  They help those who desire sobriety regain a life worth living by taking them through the twelve steps. Well… that’s what they are supposed to do but most of the time they end up doing a lot more. Although a sponsor is supposed to be a guide and help keep their sponsees on a path of sobriety, the sponsee ends up helping the sponsor more than they will ever know. It’s been my experience that when I let someone help me, it also helps them. A sponsor ends up becoming so close to their sponsees that secrets cease to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 12-Steps, addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, Compulsive Gambling, Education, Gratitude, Sobriety, Spirituality, T'Shuvah, Uncategorized

Taking It From Bad To Worse

By Josh Silver I remember being a kid and asking my parents why we had to fast on Yom Kippur.  It’s funny, I remember asking the question but I don’t remember the answers that they gave.  Perhaps it was something like, “Because that’s how we atone for our sins,” or even a simple, “Because that’s what Jews do.”  Whatever the answer is, I feel like I’m finally old enough to have formed my own opinion on it.  I think that we fast to make us focus.  I noticed the sensation while at Beit T’Shuvah’s services this past Wednesday.  When you’ve been fasting all day, your brain goes into a sort of slow down mode and you don’t really have the capacity to think about more than one thing at a time.  … Read entire article »

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Getting Clean During Elul #5

As we continue the work of T’Shuvah, I want to focus for a moment on really “getting clean.” Atonement is getting rid of the outer impurity/negativity. Taharah, “getting clean”, is the process of ridding ourselves of the inner impurity. Without “getting clean” we keep the inner contamination that impairs our Spiritual Integrity. Anything that impairs our Spiritual Integrity will lead us back to old behaviors and paths of negativity.   We have to break the patterns of negativity. Neuroscience calls this, “making new neural pathways in the brain” that will change our thinking and behaving. Our tradition teaches us to act our way into right thinking. We are not bound by our first thoughts and impulses. We have choice; many of us who continue to RE-ACT in old ways are denying our … Read entire article »

Filed under: addiction, Beit T'Shuvah, Elul, Judaism, Mark Borovitz, Spirituality, T'Shuvah, Torah

Getting Clean During Elul #3

There are two kinds of Tshuvah: 1)    Getting rid of guilt- this is when we atone for our errors, make restitution, etc. 2)    Being Clean- this is when we cut ourselves off from the behaviors, after we have done number 1.   Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz calls this severance. The words that we say to ourselves are ‘these past actions are no longer a part of me even though historically and chronologically they may be true, they no longer have power over me’. This is an important part of TShuvah. Without severing ourselves from the prior bad acts, we carry them along with us as old dirty laundry or as barnacles on a boat and they weigh us down. Without severance from these prior bad acts, we will never believe we are clean and new. … Read entire article »

Filed under: addiction, Beit T'Shuvah, Elul, Mark Borovitz, Sobriety, Spirituality, T'Shuvah

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