Is shame good for you?
  Breaking Free Chizuk #1341  
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Chizuk: Epitaph
Torah: A different person
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Rabbi Chanoch (Henry) Harris on the Parsha - Lessons from GuardYourEyes

Adam and Chava's first night on planet Earth teaches us an important insight about recovery - it's human to feel that mistakes/falls are the end of the world and it's human to wake up from that.

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Adam & Chava's First Night on Planet Earth

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Mimo Nafshoch...
Mimo Nafshoch...
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By obormottel

Here lies a Yid, 'tis so sad

Who caught his death from taivos gone bad

This Ehrliche man is not forgot

But he gave up his life

. . .for what?

A different person
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We wrote to Rabbi Twerski about this bachur who claimed he could not stop. Rabbi Twerski's answered us, and his response is invaluable as it adds a whole new dimension to understanding the battle with addiction. Rabbi Twerski writes:

His conviction that he cannot overcome the addiction is the addiction talking to him, saying, "Give up the fight, It's useless. You'll never succeed, so why put yourself through the misery."

Contrary to logic, marriage does not help sexual addiction, and continuing masturbation after the marriage can ruin it.

Other than try to stop and pray etc, what has this young man done to make essential changes in his character? That's where one should begin.

I attended an AA meeting where the speaker was celebrating his 20th year of sobriety. He began by saying, "The man I once was, drank. And the man I once was, will drink again" (but the man I am today, will not). Alcoholics who have not had a drink for many years but have not overhauled their character are "dry drunks" and will often drink again. The same is true for sexual addiction.

How does one become a different person? By working diligently on improving one's character traits. Learning how to manage anger, to rid oneself of resentments, to overcome hate, to be humble, to be considerate of others, to be absolutely honest in all one's affairs, to admit being wrong, to overcome envy, to be diligent and overcome procrastination. In short, one should take the Orchos Tzaddikim (I'm sure it's available in English), and go down the list of character traits, strengthening the good one's and trying to eliminate the bad ones. This does not happen quickly.

When one has transformed one's character and has become a different person, one will find that this "new person" can accomplish things that the old person could not.

Attitude & Perspective

Allan J. Katz is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Coach and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). He and his wife have helped save many marriages through GYE. To speak with Allan, call our hotline646-600-8100, press Extension 2 for “Treatment” and then press 3 to be directed to his phone line. Allan and his wife can help you come to grips with the situation you find yourself in. (The initial call is free, but you may decide to engage Allan in long-term or short-term coaching). Allan’s e-mail is: Or visit his website at

You can download his FREE e-book, Mask in the Mirror: Chizuk for people suffering from Shmiras Eiynaim at .

Intellect is Shame and Shame is Intellect
By Allan J. Katz, LPC

All living creatures have no shame, with the exception of human beings. When we have intellect we understand the concept of shame. When we don’t use our intellect as human beings (behaving like animals) we have no shame.

The trait of shame is a boundary to protect us from going against our values; what we consider right or wrong. When we do things in private we would not do in public, we are touching on the attribute of shame and this can help us stop doing things impulsively to get a moment of pleasure without thinking about the consequences. People do and say many things in private they would not dare say or do in public, and when this becomes public knowledge they feel shame.

There are two levels of shame:

  1. If you are ashamed to do something against your values in public but do so in private, you are being ashamed before other people but ignoring your Higher Power.
  2. If you are ashamed before people and avoid doing things against your values in private fearing they will become known to people, this is healthy shame.


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If you’re compulsively acting-out with pornography and masturbation we suggest you explore joining Porn Anonymous (PA). If you need help deciding whether to join PA, call Michael at 347-699-2368, or email to schedule a time to talk. For more information visit (Hebrew: / Yiddish:

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