“Just as a hammer splinters a rock into many slivers, so is a Biblical verse capable of many interpretations.”
— Talmud Sanhedrin 34a
Sharing Our Experiences
JAAN is committed to sharing points of view, experiences, and expertise from individuals, clergy, and professionals across the Jewish spectrum. Browse our collection of blog posts written by guest authors covering a range of topics related to substance use disorder, other addictions, and recovery, including Jewish holidays, rituals and texts; recovery journeys; and family member experiences.
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A running coach’s life path changes after her first volunteer gig working with people in early sobriety at a Jewish treatment program. Here she shares a powerful experience with one of her running teams that demonstrates connections between running, recovery, and Judaism.
Two young boys met at their JCC preschool and enjoyed decades of friendship until addiction took one of their lives. The friend left behind vulnerably shares his best friend’s story to honor his memory with the hope of saving others from the same fate.
A rabbi in long-term recovery takes a deep dive into the discomfort some Jews feel towards the components of 12-Step programs that seem Christian, dispelling some of the myths, highlighting the Jewish roots of 12-Step recovery, and sharing personal reflections.
Growing up as the daughter of a rabbi who was also an alcoholic was painful and complicated, resulting in feeling alienated from Judaism. This is the story of finding a way back to a meaningful Jewish life and making meaning of the experience.
A sister’s tragic death changes the author’s life trajectory as she struggles to make sense of it all. Read how Laurie Morgan Silver created a moving Hanukkah memorial service so loved ones can honor and remember the treasured lives of family members and friends who died by suicide or overdose.