Step 9 Judaism

Teshuva: Spiritual Return, Repentance and Atonement Making apologies and asking for forgiveness is at the core of Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement. My request for a pardon must come with amends on my part. By speaking it aloud and making a commitment to change; the act holds the power to transform me, to restore [...]

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Standing Together

I make this covenant, with all its sanctions, not with you alone, but with those who are standing her this day before God your God and with those who are not with us today. Deuteronomy 29:13-14 By Lawrence Hoffman Rosh Hashanah reminds me of our limitations. We like to imagine that “where there is a [...]

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Introspection and a Fresh Start

It is the time of year before the beginning of the Jewish New Year to reflect on our choices as a person and member of a community. What has transpired in our relationships and how have we behaved. It is a time for introspection before we atone for our transgressions. As we end the Jewish [...]

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Into Action

Motivation < Action By Paul Jarvis Website Link: We have somehow led ourselves to believe that we can’t act unless we’re motivated to do so. It’s tricksy (like a Hobbit), because wanting to be motivated is so alluring (like the Ring). Motivation is to action as reading about exercise is to being in shape. [...]

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Prayer for Those Who Have Relapsed O God of all comfort and mercies, Who helps us in a time of need, we humbly ask You to behold, visit and relieve those who have relapsed for whom are prayers are desired. Look upon them with the eyes of Your Mercy; comfort them with a sense of [...]

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Beginning of Faith

Seek God and God can be found. Call to God while God is near. Belief and faith are struggles. Just because we are in recovery does not mean the struggle of faith is ended. For many, it is just beginning.

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OMG! Sober Dating Is Like…

By Twinkle Powers Drunken hook-ups are easy, but finding a boyfriend, that’s a total
test of sobriety. You know what I mean? Hi, I’m Twinkle and I’m an alcoholic. I’m in my 10th year of sobriety. I have a sponsor. I go to four meetings a week. I attempt to practice the principals in all [...]

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Prayer Regaining Self

By Rabbi Kerry Olitzky Melodies I weave, songs I sweetly sing; longing for your presence, to you I learn to cling. – Anim Zemirot This is what I try to do in prayer. I take the words that have been given to me by those who came before and weave them into my own, hoping [...]

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A Blessing and a Curse

How fair are your tents, O Jacob, Your dwellings, O Israel! Number 24:5 By Rabbi Kerry Olitzky This is the famous beginning of Balaam’s third blessing. It has become the introductory Morning Prayer, said upon entering a place of worship. Although the comment was a spontaneous expression of admiration at the sight of the Israeli [...]

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AA Comes Of Age

Dr. Harry Tiebout Characteristic of the so- called typical alcoholic is a narcissistic egocentric core, dominated by feelings of omnipotence, intent on maintaining at all costs its inner integrity. The outlines of a common character structure among problem drinkers and that the best terms he could find for the group of qualities noted was “defiant [...]

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