Author: Abraham J. Twerski

Are You an Internet Addict?

While technology has given us many near-miraculous inventions that have certainly improved our lives, it has ushered in a number of problems. Knowledge might appear to always be good, but this is clearly not so. The Torah refers to the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Nuclear science...

Avoiding the Risks of Summer

The Catskills! About as close to Gan Eden as we can get! Fresh mountain air, no congestion, wide open spaces. We can hardly wait for those summer months. But during these months, parents must remain vigilant. The danger is two-fold: What a child may do and what may be...

Speaking about the Unspeakable

Our children know that treif foods are forbidden because they see us checking food packages for a hechsher and discussing what is kosher and what is not. When they see us refraining from doing certain activities on Shabbos, they learn about shemiras Shabbos. When they see us prepare the...

A Plea for Genuine Prayer

Some years ago, I attended services in a large, impressive-looking synagogue in a New York suburb. But while the actual building was quite magnificent, the congregants’ decorum was appalling. During davening, people were conversing fairly loudly with their neighbors, with apparently no consideration for those who had, in fact,...

Quit Today: Conquer Your Addiction to Smoking

In all addictions, I have found the same dynamic: A person feels a compulsion to drink, use drugs, eat, gamble or smoke, and it is extremely difficult to resist the compulsion. Although one may be sincerely motivated to overcome the addiction, the compulsion is usually overwhelming. Oftentimes, an individual...

The Antidote to Anxiety

Trying to discuss anxiety in a one-page article is like trying to fit the Pacific Ocean into an eyedropper. Nevertheless, because anxiety is so crucial a health issue, it is important to highlight several points. Anxiety is much like fear, except that when one is fearful, the object of...