Monday, August 18, 2008

How the Torah Saved My Life

“You shall observe my statutes and my commandments which a human being shall perform; and you shall live by them” (Leviticus 18:5)

I was thinking this morning, had I not discovered Judaism when I was fourteen years old, where I would be today?

The sad truth is, I would probably be in a grave.

I was adopted as an infant, however my biological family had a history of depression. My father’s father shot himself in his sixties after his wife died of cancer. My father was frequently hospitalized for depression. Depression is often hereditary.

In addition to that, many of my ancestors have been alcoholic – including my father, my mother’s father and my mother’s grandfather. Addiction often runs in families.

Also, I was adopted. Adopted children may be more likely to suffer abuse compared to other children. Adopted children, on the average, are treated more like pets than like family members.

In light of all this, it would seem very likely that had I not chosen Judaism, I would have fallen into depression and addiction and an early death. I doubt that I would have survived college.

Reading about and listening to the story of someone like Nic Sheff, reminds me so much of myself, however I would not have had the family support he had.

Through Judaism I first of all learned that suicide is not a solution. On the contrary, suicide is murder and someone who commits suicide will not escape his problems but rather will suffer in hell after death. Judaism has taught me how to build self-control and avoid addictions. Through Judaism I have also become part of a community and I have friends who help me get over hard times.

I wish to humbly thank all the amazing people who made my conversion possible and who in fact saved my life as well as my soul. When I converted I truly dodged a bullet.


Unmolested Altar Boy said...

Wow, facing all the same problems, I too some how avoid doing bad things to myself. Of course, I had to do the hard way, with self-discipline. I am not allowed to outsource my responsibilities.

Anyway, what happened to your site? Cameron and the other great minds who graced you with their benevolence and wisdom are gone. Where did they go?

jewish philosopher said...

"Of course, I had to do the hard way, with self-discipline."

You are such a huge inspiration, I would suggest you open your own rehab center.

"Where did they go?"

Ask them.

david said...

It is amazing how they seemed to no longer comment on your blog around the same time as you began to moderate comments. I wonder why you are so concerned about opposing view points that feel the need to moderate. I do understand that they basically said the same thing over and over again, but in their defence you haven't had any new ideas for quite some time and they were really commenting on the same handful of ideas re-written. Your blog was alot more interesting when you didn't moderate and we could come here and see a wide range of veiw points.

jewish philosopher said...

David, I probably still do publish about 90% of the comments that are submitted, however weeding out the people who are apparently just bored and want to ridicule “JP” allows me to have more time in my day to do other more interesting things.

david said...

JP, is that 90% before or after the likes of Cameron and Badrabbi gave up trying to get published?
By the way what is the chance of you doing a few posts on the Jewish interpretation of Messianic prophecy? As you can imagine it would be something that would interest me and no doubt a few others, and it would fit in well with your blogs stated purpose.

jewish philosopher said...

Apparently Cameron got turned off by the comment moderation. That's been fine with me because all he seemed to say was basically "You idiot, don't you realize that all your beliefs are false because only physical things exist?" and I had to keep repeating "No, I don't realize that." Badrabbi I think just came to cheer on Cameron. They could be one person, for all I know.

Jews don't really debate Messianic prophesies too much, except maybe in regards to Zionism and the Lubavitcher rebbe.

david said...

Fair enough. But with regards to prophesy what I would be interested to read is how Jews reach their conclusions regarding the Messiah. I think it is fair to say you have a belief about what the Messiah would be like and it differs from my perspective. If your not to keen on posting yourself then do you know a good place to go that does outline what you believe