“Anger Management.”

There are many programs for “Anger Management.” We may not be able to avoid feeling angry when provoked, but we can control our reactions. The tzaddik Rebbe Mordechai of Neschiz longed to have a talis katan (four cornered garment with tzitzis) made of wool from sheep in the Holy Land. Read More …

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 …

Materialism

It is often said that today’s generation is the most materialistic and hedonistic in the history of humankind. It is not necessary to go back to ancient history to validate this assertion. I can recall what life was like when I was a child. Before the advent of antibiotics in Read More …