Spiritual leader, Author, Senior Rabbi, ex-con, recovering alcoholic, and overall anomaly. Released from prison in 1988, 28 years co-creating one of the most exceptional approach to addiction treatment and criminal rehabilitation.
His biography, The Holy Thief: A Conman's Journey from Darkness to Light (Harper Collins), tells the story of his life from hopelessness to redemption, for which the rights were recently optioned. He also recently released his newest book, Finding Recovery and Yourself in Torah: A Daily Spiritual Path to Wholeness (Jewish Lights Publishing).
In this episode:
What was your darkest hour?
What was the moment you decided to make a change?
What advice would you give to someone out there who is dealing with addiction or that has a family member dealing with addiction?
A recent survey of more than 2,000 Americans conducted by the Harris Poll, showed that 72 percent of Americans experience loneliness. And for many, it’s not just a once-in-a-while occurrence -- one-third said they feel lonely at least once a week. There is something missing; there's the pain of being not yet complete.... Spiritual Wellness Expert, Rabbi Mark Borovitz refers to it as the "hole in the soul."
Loneliness can have series side effects on your health, such as:
- Distributed Sleep
- Physical Pain
- Substance Abuse
- Mental Health Disorders
We try to fill this "hole in the soul" with the need for the 'right' car, house, job, bank account, spouse, etc. to feel okay, important, and successful but the feeling continues to linger for many.
Rabbi Mark Borovitz is the Senior Rabbi at Beit T'Shuvah in Los Angeles and has become the driving force for wellness to Hollywood's elite; powerhouse Jimmy Iovene refers to Rabbi Mark as a confidant and spiritual guide.
Rabbi Mark helps people fill their 'hole in their souls' by guiding them back to a spiritual connection along with a strong community connection and/ or another person. As Rabbi Mark says, "Just as we need vitamin C to avoid scurvy, we need a connection to spirituality or community or to another person to truly fill the hole in all of our souls."
Rabbi Mark has been featured in articles in the Los Angeles Times, Moment Magazine, The Jewish Journal, The Wall Street Journal and newspapers across the world, including Israel's largest publication, Haaretz Daily Newspaper. In early 2004, Rabbi Mark was one of seven people invited to a roundtable discussion with President George W. Bush about faith and recovery. The Rabbi was also mentioned in President Bush's speech before the first conference on Faith-Based Initiatives. He has been the featured speaker at many seminars and lectures discussing spirituality and recovery, including CASA at Columbia University and Spirituality Day at Northwestern University, and more recently, spoke alongside Susannah Heschel at B'nai Jeshurun in New York City; Rabbi Mark is also placed on the faculty of the Spirituality Mind Body Summer Institute for Teachers College at Columbia University. Rabbi Mark Borovitz's tireless efforts have been the driving force behind not only, the robust and growing movement that is Beit T'Shuvah, but also re-defining the recovery model and helping all people, both in recovery and not, find their path to wholeness.
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