Spiritual & Religious

Episode 15: Celebrating Life and Purim; on Drug and Alcohol Abuse w/Rabbi Mark Borovitz

Episode 15: Celebrating Life and Purim; on Drug and Alcohol Abuse w/Rabbi Mark Borovitz

Rabbi Mark Borovitz describes his transition to recovery from drug and alcohol abuse as though he was "struck sober". Nowadays Rabbi Mark as the CEO of Beit T'Shuva, a Jewish addiction treatment center, helps to facilitate similar healing for others.

Episode 4: The Struggles Of Being Religious

Episode 4: The Struggles Of Being Religious

There have been some days where my faith has been so shaken that I couldn’t leave my house till I figured out whether or not I would continue being spiritual/religious. There have been days where I’ve been so discouraged by my lack of emotional vulnerability in my prayers that I’ve thought why bother doing this if it isn’t even a space where I can discover my soul.

But with all of these challenges I am so thankful that I have never quit. I have always maintained the belief that even though today is hard, who knows…

Episode 3: Resources and tools for spiritual seekers

Episode 3: Resources and tools for spiritual seekers

In Episode 3 I share some of the resources and tools that I have used along the windy and ongoing journey that is spiritual life. I share some accessible ways to approach shabbat and why it shouldn't matter that meditation leads to tangible benefits.

Episode 1: Introduction and Welcome to Raising Holy Sparks

Episode 1: Introduction and Welcome to Raising Holy Sparks

I have always believed that within every challenge lies an opportunity, within every question lies a journey, and within every person - an inextinguishable light. Our job is to make our light shine brighter within ourselves, and to see the spark of holiness in others - even when it is difficult to do so.

How My (Prayer) Life Changed When I Stopped Trying To Change

How My (Prayer) Life Changed When I Stopped Trying To Change

I live in the United States and as far as I can tell we value tackling problems head on and solving them once and for all. Once we set our minds to something we expect to see results and to see them right away.

This demand for quick a turnaround shows up in all areas of our lives. From relationships, to the ways we give charity, and perhaps most obviously in the ways we diet. There has to be a “before” and “after” picture and there has to be one immediately. If results aren’t seen after a few short weeks … “why did I even bother with this to begin with” we ask ourselves while looking for the next quick solution.

But then what about things like prayer or meditation - things that don’t yield immediate or visible results? Should I just throw out my prayer shawl along with my old iPhone because it too didn’t get me to my desired goal fast enough? That’s definitely a thought that has crossed my mind many times.

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