A Note From Rabbi Mark Borovitz
In 2005, as part of our Music in Recovery program, our residents, staff and alumni of Beit T'Shuvah, with help from Craig Taubman and Stu Robinson, wrote an original musical called Freedom Song. It is a powerful and original musical workshop that highlights the historic universality of the struggle to free oneself from external oppression and internal bondage. Freedom Song uses the story of Passover and a 12-Step meeting with original modern music as the vehicle to expose the pervasiveness of the disease of addiction and its effect on everyone in the family system. The play shows the parallels of a modern family Seder and a 12-Step meeting, bringing the lessons of historical slavery and personal bondage to all ages. The play not only draws parallels between being a slave in Egypt and being a slave to your addiction, but it also forces the audience to take a look within themselves instead of pointing the finger at everyone else. Following the performance, facilitators engage the audience in discussion.
A poignant message of Freedom Song is that addiction can happen in every family, no matter what religion they practice and
despite any façade of 'normalcy.' If you look at all the things we're addicted to, it's not just drugs, alcohol and gambling-it's a way of living that's become so ingrained in people. We're living in a society where we've forgotten what's important about being Jewish, about what we've brought to the world.
-Rabbi Mark Borovitz