The greatest addiction of all

The most dangerous addiction of all and how to overcome it is outlined in detail below.

Tzvi Fishman,

Tzvi Fishman
Tzvi Fishman
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Last week, a conference discussing drug, alcohol and internet addiction within the Jewish community took place in NY. The conference was sponsored by an organization which assists parents of at-risk children. Leading Rabbis and psychologists discussed a wide range of addictions and their treatments, but no one spoke about the greatest addiction of all – the addiction to the Diaspora itself.

Like other addictions, the Jewish People’s addiction to living in foreign, gentile lands keeps the addict in emotional, psychological, and spiritual darkness. Also like other addictions, the addict denies his addiction, making treatment very difficult. To address this widespread problem, The Fishman Foundation for Advanced Addiction (located in my office in Jerusalem)  has created a 12 Step Program for all Diaspora Jews, including Rabbis and psychologists, similar to the programs used by Alcoholics Anonymous and other rehab groups. The 12 steps are:

1. Recite Hashem’s command to Avraham, “Lech lecha,” to dwell in the Land of Israel, every morning, and believe in your heart that as the offspring of Avraham, you have the power, as part of your genetic inheritance, to abandon an unholy land just as he did.

2. Read Hashem’s command to Moshe to take the Jews out of bondage in Egypt and to bring them to dwell in the Land of Israel, every morning, remembering that Mount Sinai was just a station along the way to the ultimate stop of living a Torah life in the Land of Israel.

3. In the morning Shacharit prayer, when you pray for the ingathering of the exiles to Israel, feel it in your heart.

4. In the afternoon Mincha prayer, when you pray for the ingathering of the exiles to Israel, feel it in your heart.

5. In the evening Maariv prayer, when you pray for the ingathering of the exiles to Israel, feel it in your heart.

6. We you say “Modim” three times a day in the Amidah Prayer, concentrate on the words: “O gather our exiles to Thy holy courts (in Jerusalem) to observe Thy laws, and to do Thy will, and to serve Thee with a perfect heart.”

7. When reciting the Musaf prayer on Sabbaths and Holidays, internalize the following request as if you really mean it: “May it be Thy will, Hashem our God and God of our Fathers, to bring us in joy back to our Land and to plant us within our borders.”

8. At the conclusion of the Yom Kippur service, when you declare, “Next year in Jerusalem,” make a commitment to act on your words.

9. At the beginning of the Passover Seder, when you say: “This year, we are slaves in bondage; next year may we be free men in the Land of Israel,” concentrate of the words and engrave them on your heart, believing that Hashem will give you the strength, and courage, and means to bring it to pass.

10. At the conclusion of the Pesach Seder, when you declare, “Next year in Jerusalem,” make a commitment to act on your words.

11. After eating bread on weekdays, after every meal, recite Psalm 137, as enacted by our Sages, and internalize the words: “If I ever forget you, O Jerusalem, withered be my right hand! May my tongue cleave to my palate, if I don’t think of you, if I don’t set Jerusalem above my highest joy.”

12. On Sabbath, after every meal, recite Psalm 126, as enacted by our Sages, and mean what you say: “When Hashem brought the exiles back to Zion, we were like those who dream.”

While it is very true that drug addiction, and the addiction to alcohol and immodest websites on the Internet are great dangers to Jewish youth in the Diaspora, the number one risk for them is the Diaspora itself. If the addiction of their parents, teachers, Rabbis, and Jewish leaders to living in gentile lands isn’t dealt with and treated, Jewish youth in the Diaspora are doomed.




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