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Jewish Holidays, Rituals & Texts

Finding Wisdom and Comfort from Judaism

In these blog posts, authors explore the connections they’ve made and insights they’ve gained from Jewish holidays, rituals, and texts in helping to better understand addiction and support recovery.

Read additional blog posts sharing recovery journeys and family member experiences.

Purim: No Distinction Between Haman and Mordecai?

Purim: No Distinction Between Haman and Mordecai?

by Beth Huppin

February 2021

Why does alcohol play such an outsized role in Purim? Digging deeper, what do our texts have to say about this and is there a more meaningful way to celebrate the holiday?

The Recovery Message of Hanukkah: Extracting Light from our Shadows

The Recovery Message of Hanukkah: Extracting Light from our Shadows

by Rabbi Marc J. Margolius

December 2020

Hanukkah and recovery show us how embracing our whole selves can help us find our light within and use it to illuminate the world.

Chanukah: The Festival of Light(s) and Hope

Chanukah: The Festival of Light(s) and Hope

by Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum

December 2020

In so many ways, the story and rituals of Chanukah profoundly inspire and connect to the recovery journey.

From Chaos to Seder: Pesach, Addiction, and Removing Our Personal Chains

From Chaos to Seder: Pesach, Addiction, and Removing Our Personal Chains

by Devora Shabtai, MSW

March 2020

What does it truly mean to be free? We can learn so much from people working a Twelve Step recovery program about how to deepen our Pesach experience to find life-changing freedom.

The Rocky Waters of Forgiveness

The Rocky Waters of Forgiveness

by Marla Kaufman

September 2019

The High Holy Days, with their themes of forgiveness and teshuvah, provide powerful wisdom and inspiration for healing relationships in families affected by substance use disorder.

Wandering the Wilderness: A Journey of Self-Discovery & Healing

Wandering the Wilderness: A Journey of Self-Discovery & Healing

by Jory Hanselman

March 2019

How our ancestors and history of wandering the wilderness can support growth and recovery, and reframe our attitudes toward mental health and substance use disorder.

God, Idolatry & Addiction: The Quest for Wholeness

God, Idolatry & Addiction: The Quest for Wholeness

by Rabbi K'vod Wieder

March 2019

A broader definition of addiction. What Parshat Ki Tisa can teach us about human nature, and what takes us further away from or brings us closer to God.

God is Not an Enabler

God is Not an Enabler

by Joseph Kaufman

March 2019

A parent connects God’s actions as He was freeing the Israelites from Mitzrayim to family members’ difficult challenges with loved ones struggling with substance use disorder.

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