What Jews Can Learn from Addicts, and What Addicts Can Learn from Judaism https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/religion-holidays/2017/09/what-jews-can-learn-from-addicts-and-what-addicts-can-learn-from-judaism/

September 11, 2017 | Jeffrey Bloom
About the author: Jeffrey Bloom is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the co-editor of Strauss, Spinoza & Sinai: Orthodox Judaism and Modern Questions of Faith.

Attending a twelve-step meeting with a family member, Jeffrey Bloom came to the disquieting realization that some of the recovering addicts in attendance seemed more in touch with their own spiritual development than was he, an observant Jew. This led him to undertake an extended exploration of the intertwined themes of Judaism, religion, and America’s addiction crisis, and to publication of the resultant essay in Mosaic. Herewith, his discussion of his essay with Jonathan Silver. (Audio, 31 minutes.)

Read more on Mosaic: https://tikvahfund.org/library/podcast-jeffrey-bloom-faith-americas-addiction-crisis