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Finding Recovery and Yourself in Torah: A Daily Spiritual Path to Wholeness Paperback – March 21, 2016
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"A valuable asset to the crucial role of spirituality in recovery."
―Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, MD, founder, Gateway Rehabilitation Center; author, A Formula for Proper Living: Practical Lessons from Life and Torah
“A precious gift, a guide to uncovering our passion and our purpose. [It] offers us lessons to live by and the strength to reveal our truth and our courage. Day by day, let this journey into the words of Torah lead you on a path to recovery.”
―Rabbi Naomi Levy, author, To Begin Again and Hope Will Find You
“A climber's manual for anyone whose lifeline includes the Five Books of Moses…. Helps you find the insights you need to live the recovery you want. An important and compelling book.”
―Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author, Recovery―The Sacred Art: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice
“Lively, highly readable…. Challenges us to create lives of purpose, meaning, integrity and transparency…. A unique, valuable addition to the spiritual treatment of addictive disorders.”
―Dr. David Friedman, addiction psychiatrist; assistant clinical professor, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine
“The strength of the commentary is in the straightforward messages [Rabbi Mark] teaches from Torah…. Certainly needed.”
―Arnold Eisen, PhD, chancellor, The Jewish Theological Seminary
“Provides a simple yet profound spiritual practice to facilitate recovery…. I will keep this book on my breakfast table, for daily nourishment and inspiration!”
―Rabbi Laura Owens, Congregation B’nai Horin, Children of Freedom; chair of the board, Academy for Jewish Religion, California
“Weave[s] stories from the Torah with issues confronting us every day. Intriguing questions stimulate self-reflection, encouraging you to look inside in a non-threatening way. Read this book and it will surely enrich your soul. I know it did mine.”
―Dr. Susan Krevoy, founding director, Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorders Program
“An essential companion for anyone who wants to experience the life-changing gifts of daily practice that leads to holiness and wholeness…. There is no more sure-footed guide to the immersion of Torah and recovery in our lives.”
―Rabbi Jodie Siff, Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore
“Offers … immediate access to the power of Torah to repair the world―the world of the individual and family seeking recovery…. Remarkable…. Anyone who seeks guidance will find it here in abundance.”
―Leonard Buschel, certified substance abuse counselor; founder, Writers in Treatment; creator, Reel Recovery Film Festival
“This richly buoyant book propels us all forward to find luminous meaning in our lives. So at home in both the Torah and the 12 Steps, this book will help a wide audience live in the soul and discover joy and wholeness there.”
―Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ, founder/executive director, Homeboy Industries; author, Tattoos on the Heart
“A wellspring of inspiration and practical, spiritual guidance certain to support all who walk the path of recovery.”
―Rabbi Edwin S. Harris, PhD, visiting assistant professor of pastoral counseling, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles
“Rabbi Mark’s … extraordinary teaching brings Torah to life. His book is a gift to all who search for a truth to live by.”
―Rabbi Edward Feinstein, author, Tough Questions Jews Ask: A Young Adult’s Guide to Building a Jewish Life and The Chutzpah Imperative: Empowering Today’s Jews for a Life That Matters
“Give[s] you the right questions in order to enhance the way you live. I’ve worked with Rabbi Mark in various ways and he has helped me in ways I never thought possible.”
―Jimmy Iovine, record and film producer; co-founder, Interscope Records; chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M.
“An invaluable resource for all of us who yearn to live with a sense of meaning…. [I]nvites us to grapple with questions that help us integrate the wisdom of Torah into the fabric of our lives.”
―Rabbi Mychal Springer, chaplain; director, The Center for Pastoral Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary
About the Author
Rabbi Mark Borovitz has dedicated his life to helping recovering addicts find their way in the world. He is the senior rabbi and CEO of Beit T'Shuvah, the premier Jewish faith-based non-sectarian integrative residential recovery center in Los Angeles. A notable speaker at many seminars on spirituality and recovery, including CASA at Columbia University and Spirituality Day at Northwestern University, he has been featured in articles in the Los Angeles Times, Moment Magazine, the Jewish Journal, the Wall Street Journal and Israel’s Haaretz. He was also invited by President George W. Bush to participate in a presidential roundtable on faith and recovery.
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For example, in the portion discussing Joseph being placed in a pit, the first section speaks about Joseph learning humility, finding God, reminding readers that many “of us have to go all the way down into a pit to find God and learn/relearn how to use our gifts to help others, rather than lord over them.” Joseph found God in the darkest part of his life. And as he rose from the pit, he saved Egypt.
This section is followed by three thought-provoking questions: “What has been your deepest bottom. How can you stop digging, and are you ready to accept your proper place in the world? How will you live your gratitude for being alive?”
The author Rabbi Mark Borovitz is an expert in the area of recovery. This easy to read enlightening volume will help people with all kinds of life problems, including addiction and the search for meaning in life.
This book makes me wonder: would I buy a cookbook written by someone who never enters the kitchen...even if the recipes were good? Would I be able to take a fitness book seriously if it was written by someone who never works out....even IF the exercises actually worked? Well, maybe--even a broken clock is right twice a day; and, even some cancer patients statistically are "magically" healed, despite only taking sugar pills for a medical trial. Perhaps there is a hidden gem of all of the self-help writings by authors who are swinging blindly--eventually someone has to hit a bulls-eye I suppose. But not likely. But if the book actually worked, I would certainly a.) wonder where on earth the author actually got their material and b.) would have serious doubts about their motivation behind writing this book to begin with: why would any author bother writing a book about something they didn't actually do?
When it comes to books on spirituality (that I would read for MY spirituality), I wouldn't want to read such in-congruent writings. Reading the 'spiritual' writings of an author whose life practices conflict directly with his own words would feel just as obnoxiously in-genuine as reading a book written by a trust fund celebrity discussing his deep insight to life (*eyeroll* nothankyou). I think that morality, integrity, ethics, and honesty are all things that are necessary in spirituality...either possessing them or striving to posses them. If I were to read something by an author who personally lacked any (or all) of those things, I would be going against my own spiritual code by even reading it. Yes, I'm sure you will find some wise words in here (I read it out of curiosity to confirm the above). HOWEVER, I cannot take any spiritual practice or guidelines to heart if it is written purely to please and impress others instead of being practiced by the preacher. A spiritual book should not be written purely to be an ego-booster for the author.
Yes, I am aware that in Judaism, the only thing one must posses in order to earn the title of Rabbi is a great KNOWLEDGE of Torah. That means that Religious PRACTICE is not a requisite of the honorable Rabbinic post. But I'm sure that a Torah-Scholar-Rabbi who wasn't as observant wouldn't dare to preach to a congregation about kashrut when he himself didn't keep kosher, no matter how convincing he could be. To do so would make him a hypocrite. To refrain from doing so, conversely, would be tactful and still allow him to ethically serve as a rabbi while playing to what actually are his strengths. This book of spiritual practice makes Borovitz come off as that one Rabbi who had popcorn shrimp two days before he preached to the congregation about the halachic impurities of shellfish just to get a better sermon. Borovitz's quite frightening reputation of being someone who does not practice what he preaches (including many points in this book) makes me very anxious to have him be the person to guide me through finding myself in Torah.
Furthermore (and on the same subject of needing a great knowledge of Torah to be a rabbi), there are some BLARING mistakes in the Torah narratives summaries by Borovitz that have me doubting his expertise in Torah only ten pages in. (ex: God breathed into Adam's nostrils on Day 6 of creation, not Day 5 as Borovitz has written. Also, the story of Adam and Eve eating the fruit didn't happen in the Torah on Day 6 as incorrectly paraphrased by Borovitz; rather, it was long after creation finished.) I already have doubts about the author's motivation of this book, to ALSO have doubts about the the author's knowledge of TORAH and ability to paraphrase the narratives accurately makes me even more skeptical.
If I can't take it seriously as a Self-Help book....it's just a work of fiction: made up by someone only to entertain their readers.
And for that, I go to the fiction aisle.