Are We Nearing Rock-Bottom?

Experience with alcoholics has established the principle that an alcoholic does not change until he/she hits “rock-bottom.” In practical terms, this means that the negative consequences from the drinking exceed the pleasurable feelings. Rock-bottom is relative. There are “high-bottoms” and “low-bottoms.” A high-bottom means that alcohol has not caused loss Read More …

Are the Twelve Steps Kosher?

The 12-step programs have been a very effective method of overcoming the scourge of a variety of addictions—alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, sex—and several others. Some opinions have been voiced regarding the propriety of these programs for Torah-observant Jews, and I’d like to bring some clarity to the issues. Inasmuch as Read More …

A Passover Message

Passover is approaching. We call it “ the festival of our freedom,” a kind of Independence Day, I guess. But it’s a rather strange kind of celebration for an Independence Day. I’m accustomed to an Independence Day where you have a parade, picnic, patriotic speeches and fireworks. But a seven Read More …