Author: Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski

The Toxicity of Resentment

Hanging on to resentment is akin to allowing people whom you don’t like to live inside your head without paying rent.

Time for a Rosh Hashanah Overhaul

  Numerous times in the Scriptures we find the prophets reprimanding people for behavior that resembles drunkenness, although they were not imbibing; as for example, “They blundered, although not with wine; they erred, although not with ale” (Isaiah). It should come as no surprise, therefore, that I have been able to utilize insights gathered from […]

Yom Kippur Rx: A Dose of Healthy Guilt

Modern psychology has placed great emphasis on guilt as a negative emotion, something which should be eliminated lest it hinder a person’s creativity or cause a depressed mood. The implication is that people should not feel guilty, and this attitude has resulted in some psychologists criticizing the concept and practice of teshuvah in the days […]

Faith in Suffering

Often misery strikes for no apparent reason, and the victim’s suffering is intensified because it appears to be unjust. Why should the innocent suffer?

Why Is It So Hard to Change? The Six Obstacles to Teshuvah

“Of course a person should do teshuvah, but I am a bit puzzled. I observe Shabbos, I keep kosher and taharas hamishpachah. I daven every day, I attend a Daf Yomi shiur and I am honest in my business dealings. What exactly should I do teshuvah for?”

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 has brought great medical advances and […]

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 done to a child. I have […]

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, come to shul to pray. […]

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 will not have the willpower to […]

The Antidote to Anxiety

Trying to discuss anxiety in a one-page article is like trying to fit the Pacific Ocean into an eyedropper.