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  Breaking Free Chizuk #1365  
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Announcements: Rabbi Harris on Duvid Chaim's call
12 Step Attitude: The Twelve Steps: A Spiritual Program
Announcements: Your help needed in new development
Testimonials: Chizuk Email to the Rescue
Announcements: GYE App is available!
Chizuk: Pull the costume off the jester
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Rabbi Harris on Duvid Chaim's call

A Look Inside the Principles of Innate Health

Rabbi Chanoch Harris, Director of the Jewish Center for Wellbeing, has given the first call in a series of 3 lectures. Click here for a recording of the first call.

He will be continuing the series on

Duvid Chaim's conference Line

at 5 PM EST on the coming two Monday's - November 16th and Nov 23rd.

The theme of the calls:

Healthy, Gentle, Powerful Change

It can often look like change is beyond us. In truth, it mostly requires an openness to looking in a new direction. Join Rabbi Henry Harris for an exploration of a simple truth: that people are healthy, that despite our being prone to stumble and lose our way, we were designed - right now - to experience the Divine gifts of Emunah, humility, and acceptance – the greatest drivers of joyful freedom, well-being and growth.

Rabbi Chanoch Harris is the Director of the Jewish Center for Wellbeing. He has worked extensively with adults seeking to find freedom from unwanted behaviors and integrate life-changing wisdom. Prior to his founding the JCW, he worked for 14 years as the Educational Director of Aish HaTorah in Manhattan.

Please Join us by calling:

From U.S: 641-715-3836

From Israel: 076 599 0060

From U.K: 0330 606 0520

Participant Access Code: 637207#


12 Step Attitude

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The Twelve Steps: A Spiritual Program
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Your help needed in new development

We'd like to create a mobile APP for people to get instant chizuk when they are triggered. It will have Inspirational images, sayings, Turn-Off images, as well as short, motivational thoughts of inspiration.

We're looking for your help. Please send us your short motivational thoughts, images, sayings etc. Especially the ones that you found most powerful in your OWN journey. Send them to:

Thank you.

Chizuk Email to the Rescue
By Anonymous

We recently had our fourth child, Boruch Hashem, but in the past, such a happy occasion has caused me to resort to self-pleasure. I'm still trying to work out the causes, but I think it's based in selfishness, starting from a youth spent looking at porn, following being given a computer for my Bar Mitzvah. This time, with the emails giving me Chizuk, I've done better over the long weeks of abstinence after birth. Still struggling with shmiras einayim on the street, but MUCH better.

Then came the day for hefsek taharah. It was a Shayla. I wanted to show a Rov and ask, but my wife wanted to wait. I got upset. I went into the silent mode and was passively aggressive to her, until I went to Shul for maariv. Then, while waiting for my chavrusa, I got a Chizuk email about marriage. The ikar point was "are we trying to build our marriages, or use our wives to fulfill our lust?" I was thrown. Wasn't that exactly why I was upset? Because my wife had denied me the chance? I immediately texted her an apology, and when I got home from learning, apologized again. I'm still working on making this knowledge part of me, but I hope to get there.

The reason I'm sharing this is twofold. First, to say thank you for the Chizuk emails. Secondly, to let everyone know that reading the emails really helps. I was so close to losing everything I've been building, when the Aibeshter was "mezamen l'pundak echod" an email and thereby saved me.

Just knowing we're all working on this together gives me such Chizuk!

Thank you all!!!

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Pull the costume off the jester

Once upon a time, a king wanted to see who among his servants was truly brave and strong. He had one of his foolish court jesters dress up in a large dragon outfit that looked truly strong and fierce. The king then called his two most trusted servants into the arena to fight this dragon, his mightiest warrior and his wisest advisor. The warrior entered the arena to fight, but when he caught a glimpse of the frightening monster coming towards him, he fled. However, the wise advisor thought to himself, "the king is beloved to me and I am beloved to him; it cannot be that the king would send me to fight such a monster and surely be killed. It must be a trick." And as he thought thus, he went forth and, with a great gasp from the crowd, pulled the costume off the jester in front of everyone. And the king awarded his wise advisor the highest honors. But the mighty warrior was so ashamed that he ran away from the palace and never returned.

Do you think you may have a porn addiction?

Do you have a problem with obsessive and compulsive porn use? Have you seriously tried the tools on GYE and feel that you are not getting better? Maybe it’s time to consider joining a 12-Step program.

Porn Anonymous (PA)
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:

Sexaholics Anonymous (SA)
If your compulsive acting-out has progressed beyond the screen (with other people, paid sexual services, etc.) we suggest you explore joining Sexaholics Anonymous (SA). To figure out if SA is for you, call Dov at 917-414-8205, or email Dov at to schedule a time to talk. For more information visit

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