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.
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Rabbi Aaron Spiegel
A rabbi in long-term recovery takes a deep dive into the discomfort some Jews feel towards the components of 12-Step programs that seem Christian, dispelling some of the myths, highlighting the Jewish roots of 12-Step recovery, and sharing personal reflections.
How a powerful Torah quote from Deuteronomy helps one man make sense of his past struggles with substance use disorder and informs his recovery.
A young mom shares her recovery journey, drawing parallels between Judaism, harm reduction, and why it is essential to respect multiple paths for gaining and maintaining sobriety.
One woman’s powerful story of conversion, recovery, and finding true belonging in the Jewish community on Tisha B’Av.
Rabbi David Wolpe
Insights on the spiritual side of addiction and overcoming the challenge of filling the void.
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?
Rabbi Marc J. Margolius
Hanukkah and recovery show us how embracing our whole selves can help us find our light within and use it to illuminate the world.
Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum
In so many ways, the story and rituals of Chanukah profoundly inspire and connect to the recovery journey.
Devora Shabtai, LCSW
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 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.
Addiction is a Jewish issue. We’re working to address it.
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