18February

With a Jewish Voice: Step 3

With a Jewish Voice: Step 3


“Wherever you go, God goes with you.”  Deuteronomy Rabbah 2:10

Step 3: Faith

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

“Get to know God, before you are ready to turn anything over. Use prayer and meditation. Create in Shabbat, the Sabbath, a place of peace and refuge for yourself.  Music and poetry can help too… Sometimes, we come to know God through other people. Try to be more aware of others. Listen carefully. God often speaks through those who seem least likely to be holy messengers.” (Rabbi Kerry Olitzky)

Once again we have to take responsibility for the wreckage of the past. Deep down we know it, but looking directly at our actions will bring on a whole new level of healing. We are beginning the process know in Hebrew as ‘teshuvah’.

Maybe you remember it from the high holidays. It is sometimes translated as ‘repentance’. But more than that, it means to return. Our hope is that we can return to the person that wouldn’t have caused such harm in the first place. But first we have to recognize our wrongs, and thus the list. We must take responsibility for our actions and feeling true remorse, resolve to make amends.

“Like water, teshuvah is both destructive and creative. It dissolves the person you were, but simultaneously provides the moisture you need to grow anew….Teshuvah, like water, has the power both to wash away past sins and shower you with the blessings of a new future.” - Dr. Louis E. Newman,The Meaning & Practice of Teshuvah

And it all begins with a list.

Written by Eric Miller, Posted in Counseling Services

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Eric Miller

Eric Miller

In recovery since 2008, Eric has a great deal of knowledge about substance abuse. He couples his experience with his observant Jewish upbringing to offer a Jewish lens to the issues of addiction and sobriety.