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Tool 10: Extra Strong Fences - TaPhSiC Method

Part 3/7 (to see other parts of the article, click on the pages at the bottom)

by GYE (See all authors)


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Part 3: Finding the Perfect Formula

So all we have to do now is find the perfect formula; a combination of spiritual and non-spiritual repercussions that ARE big enough to stop us.

We have seen that AFTER the fact (when the desires have been quieted), we are much more willing to do what it takes to stop the NEXT occurrence. And we have also seen that we are able to hold out better when the spiritual repercussions are BIGGER.

So let’s try this:

If we made a shvuah in the name of Hashem (and actually pronounce Hashem’s name) that AFTER we act out (on our bottom line behaviors) we will do x,y or z – would we keep this shvuah? Most frum addicts would. After all, it is AFTER the acting out. The desires have already been silenced and we feel bad. We don’t want to throw away the rest of our Yiddishkeit. So would we not keep a shvuah that we made in the name of Hashem? Will we transgress one of the 10 commandments “Lo sisah es Shem Hashem Elokecha lashav – Do not swear in G-d’s name in vain” (and as the pasuk continues, “for Hashem will never cleanse he who swears in His name in vain”)?

We have to make the shvuah to do something hard and painful. Not too hard that we might come to even break the shvuah in Hashem’s name c”v, but hard enough to make us not want to act out next time. Something we know will hurt, but something we know we can keep.

For example, one guy wrote that he vowed to give $200 to tzedaka after every fall. Within 4 falls, he was free of his addiction. Another person (in Israel) wrote that he succeeded breaking free by making a vow for one year that every time he fell, he would have to take a trip by bus to the Kotel and stay there for 90 minutes. This ultimately helped him to stop completely, because each time he felt that he was about to give in, he would remember what he would have to do and be deterred.

Some other examples might be: “I swear in the name of Ado-nai – for one week, that if I am motzi zerva livatala, then within the following 24 hours, I will:

  • tell my Rebbe
  • tell a close friend
  • fast the following day from “alos hashachar” until nightfall. (If it’s Shabbos or Yom Tov, I will fast the day after.)

At first, these Shvuos should be for short periods of time, as in the example above. If we see that this is working well for us, we can extend the shvuah for longer periods of time. If we see that the deterrent turns out not to be strong enough for us, we might need to find something a little more painful. (See Tool #7 - “Making Fences” above, for an example shvuah that we helped someone set up. If we make that same shvuah in the name of Hashem, we are taking this fence to a higher level).

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Comments (12)

  • Avraham1983
    Avraham1983 says:
    14 August 2016 at 17:07 |

    I have a question on the shiur how do I go about this

  • David64
    David64 says:
    21 April 2017 at 07:02 |

    Is there any way to download the shiur?

    • obormottel
      obormottel says:
      27 April 2017 at 07:31 |

      To download, right-click on the link above and select "Save link as" or "Save target as" (depending on your system). This will download the file to your hard drive.

      To listen to the shiur by phone, dial the playback number (857) 957-1119

      After dialing the number, put in this PIN Code: 651874#

      Then press reference number 3# to begin the shiur.

      You can fast forward or rewind 30 seconds using the number 1 and 2 on the keyboard.
      Press 5 to pause and to continue.

  • Nachman613
    Nachman613 says:
    22 May 2017 at 20:01 |

    Is there any way to listen to the 40 min shiur without internet like calling a number?

    • obormottel
      obormottel says:
      23 May 2017 at 05:59 |

      The answer is right above. Open your eyes, you're safe here;)

  • OivedElokim
    OivedElokim says:
    26 June 2017 at 18:15 |

    is a shvua b'ksav considerd a shvuah?

  • Binyomin96
    Binyomin96 says:
    12 November 2017 at 23:59 |

    How do I sign up for this?

    • obormottel
      obormottel says:
      13 November 2017 at 04:00 |

      You do it yourself, there is no sign-up.

  • Mevakesh1818
    Mevakesh1818 says:
    16 November 2017 at 00:51 |

    Is there somewhere that I can type my shvua so you can look at it to let me know if its ok and that in the future I can look at it as well and this way I dont need to have a paper lying around that others may find.

    • the.guard
      the.guard says:
      06 December 2017 at 07:04 |

      you can email it to and we will try and look over it. In terms of keeping it online, I think you should just save it in a folder in your email or in a google doc account.

  • Higiazman
    Higiazman says:
    27 April 2018 at 17:52 |

    where can i find the text (lashon) of the neder

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