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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

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

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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40 Years With No Directions

We are happy to announce that the Beit T’Shuvah blog will now feature a weekly cartoon.  The above image is the first of it’s kind, and these cartoons will cover many of the same topics that Beit T’Shuvah has been known for talking about (i.e. recovery, Judaism, spirituality, relationships, etc…).  Cartoons have long been one of the most expressive outlets for communicating an idea in an entertaining way, and we want this blog to be not only informative and spiritual, but fun to read.  All cartoons are hand-drawn by the new President of BTS Communications, Lon Levin, and will be written by BTS Comms dynamic Copy Department. Hope you all enjoy and stay tuned for the next one! … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beit T'Shuvah, Cartoon, Judaism, Spirituality, Temple, Torah, Uncategorized

The Big Lie–Elul #8

One of the traps we fall into is our feeling sad. While there is a great deal to be sad about: loss, death, disappointment, our own errors, the hurts of others, etc; we have to keep this sadness in proper measure. When sadness is out of proper measure, we descend into despair. Rabbi Nachman calls this type of sadness the worst sin. Sadness/despair allows us to be hopeless and become victims. This sadness and despair allows us to tolerate the darkness that we and others bring into the world. It gives reason to our inactivity, our passivity and our engaging in negativity. This is the sadness that says “nothing will change” “why bother” “I don’t matter”, etc. It allows us to stay stuck and believe that we are powerless and … Read entire article »

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

Go With Your Gut–Elul #6

Continuing our “getting clean,” I want to talk about knowing ourselves better. This is the point of T’Shuvah.  T’Shuvah is the path to self-awareness and self-love. It may seem strange to use our “missing the marks” as the path to awareness but it is the truest form, I believe. In looking at our “missing the marks” as ways to fail forward, we can find new ways to repair old actions and have a plan to do things differently in the future. This takes our past “errors” and makes them into paths of growth.   One of the areas that needs growth is our intuition. I believe what many of us call intuition is really our soul speaking to us. Intuition is called “gut instinct” by some of us. A little known fact … Read entire article »

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Getting Clean During Elul #2

T’Shuvah starts with being open to the possibility of change, the desire to change and the commitment to change. I begin each Elul with the prayer, Adonai, Adonai. This is found in Exodus after the Golden Calf incident. Many people think that this is a plea to God to remember to be compassionate and kind. I believe it is a plea to ourselves to have the commitment to truth, empathy and repair. I chant this prayer as a mantra for 5-10 minutes in order to put myself into a state of Grace so that I can be honest and truthful with myself. After I attain this state, I begin to write my Chesbon HaNefesh, my accounting of my soul. I have to see all of myself, good and not so … Read entire article »

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

From Tourist to Member to Belonging

By Bob Green Ten years ago I found Beit T’Shuvah.  Most who come to Beit T’shuvah have drug addiction problems, alcohol or gambling issues. Some are, or have been in jail.  All have hit bottom. I had hit my bottom as well. I was dying inside, suffering from a broken heart. In the previous years, life had been throwing increasing challenges my way. It started with the death of my mother. A year later, I saw my brother at her Shiva in New York. He looked awful, overweight, flushed. He never took care of himself. I remember, the last words I said to him was…”Gerry you look awful, you look like you are going to die.” He did die, three days later. I was shocked, hurt, angry. How dare he die after … Read entire article »

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Becoming a Part of History: Birthright Blog 1

By Chris Alvarez Honestly, I didn’t have very high expectations for my trip to Israel. I thought that it would just be a lot of tourist sites and cheesy Jewish sing-alongs.  I was expecting to be bombarded with propaganda on why I should move there and make little Israeli babies. But I wasn’t.  I found it to be enlightening and spiritually fulfilling.  There were two days in particular that awakened a sense of spirituality and history in me that I had never felt before. It was day two and we spent the morning hiking the Oasis of Ein Gedi. We trekked through streams to reach a waterfall. In the middle of the desert.  Here we were, in the desert, swimming beneath a waterfall! I couldn’t believe it—I felt like I was living … Read entire article »

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Consistent for 14 Generations

By Jaron Zanerhaft On Saturday, April 21, 2012, I watched His Holiness the Dalai Lama speak at the Long Beach Arena.  The lines, perhaps 10,000 people strong, stretched into the parking lot for hours, with metal detectors and heightened security allowing people in at a trickle. Neo-hippies, college professors, Vegan protestors, and everyone in between were represented at this Long Beach happening. A friend and I arrived early but still ended up waiting in line long past his supposed 1:30 start time.  When we finally entered the atrium, we found ourselves in a veritable bazaar of Tibetan wares, Himalayan incense, and general Buddhist literature including His Holiness’s published writings. Just as we took our seats, the Dalai Lama shuffled on stage with a wide smile, took off his shoes, folded his legs … Read entire article »

Filed under: Community, Current Events, Education, Family Wellness, Gratitude, International, Spirituality, Temple

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