About the Author


Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski

Dr. Abraham Twerski was a psychiatrist and founder of Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Pittsburgh, one of America’s leading facilities for addiction treatment. He was the author of 90 books, and lectured extensively on the topics of chemical dependency, stress, self-esteem and spirituality. For 20 years, he served as clinical director of the Department of Psychiatry at St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh, and was associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine. He passed away at the age of January 31, 2021, Shevat 18, 5781, at the age of 90.


Thank You for Everything

"You will eat and you will be satisfied, and bless your God for the good Land that He gave...

One Day at a Time

In my work treating alcoholics, I have found that the greatest success for sustained abstinence...

How Much Money is Enough?

Chastising the Israelites for the incident of the spies, Moses said, "God heard the sound of...

Dissent is Healthy

In narrating the laws of the unintentional killer, the Torah says, the assembly shall judge and...

Getting Your Priorities Straight

Having conquered Transjordan en route to Canaan, the tribes of Gad and Reuben approached Moses....

Don't Sweat It

He perceived no iniquity in Jacob, and saw no perversity in Israel” (Bamidbar, 23:21). The...

Ruling Over Ourselves

"The Torah relates the wars between Moab and the Amorites, and says, Regarding this the poets...

Envy and Foolishness

When one reads the account of Korach's rebellion (Numbers 16:1-35), one is astounded by the...

Distorted Self Image

“We were like grasshoppers in our eyes, and so we were in their eyes” (Bamidbar,...

Two into One

Make for yourself two silver trumpets – make them hammered out (Bamidbar, 10:2). This...

Appreciate Your Godliness

Why does the Torah forbid a Nazirite to come near the dead? The Ralbag explains, “The reason...

Teachers of Torah are Like Parents

These are the descendants of Aaron and Moses ... Nadab, Abihu, Elazar and Itamar (Numbers,...

Keep Moving Forward

“If you will walk in My decrees and observe My commandments and perform them” (Vayikra...

Cherish the Mitzvah

One of the most prominent citizens of Pressburg came to Rabbi Moshe Schreiber (Chasam Sofer) and...

Mirror of Faults

"Just as he will have inflicted a wound on a person, so shall be inflicted upon him"...

Loving Your Fellow Jews

You shall love your fellow as yourself (Vayikra 19:18). Rashi explains that this Torah portion...

God is Always With Us, Even After We Transgress

The Tent of Meeting that dwells with them in the midst of their impurities (Vayikra,...

Mind-Altering Chemicals

The sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, each took his fire-pan, they put fire in them and placed...

Elixir of Life

If a person (adam) will have on his skin . . .a tzaraas affliction (Vayikra, 13:2). The Talmud...

Passover, Freedom and Shabbat HaGadol

In most years, the Shabbos on which we read Parashas Tzav is Shabbos HaGadol, the...

The Diminutive Aleph

He [God] called to Moses, and God spoke to him from the Ohel Moed [Tent of Meeting] (Vayikra,...

It's Up To You

Bezalel made the Ark of acacia wood #(37:1) Rashi says that because Bezalel dedicated himself to...

Wise Hearts

Every wise-hearted person among you shall come and make everything that God has commanded #(35:10)...

When Moses Didn't Believe God

It happened as he [Moses] drew near the camp and saw the calf and the dances, that Moses' anger...

Purim Will Never Cease

Commenting on the verse, “And these days of Purim should never cease among the Jews”...

Make Your Best Effort, and God Completes the Task

You shall make a Menorah of pure gold, hammered out shall the Menorah be made, its base, its shaft...

Redirect Your Aggression and Obstinacy

Six days shall you accomplish your activities, and on the seventh day you shall desist, in order...

Inspiring Quotes by Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski

The prolific rabbi left behind a legacy of insight and inspiration.

Only United Can We Fulfill the Torah

And they encamped in the Wilderness and Israel encamped there, opposite the mountain [Sinai]...

Visualizing the Exodus Experience

And you shall tell your son on that day, saying, “It is because of this that God acted on my...

Respectful Dialogue

"God spoke to Moses and Aaron and commanded them the Children of Israel and regarding Pharaoh...

How We Relate to God Depends On How We Relate to Others

"A new king arose over Egypt, who did not know of Joseph" (Exodus 1:8). The Talmud...

The Blessing of Fulfilling One's Potential

Jacob called for his sons and said, “Assemble yourselves ... Gather yourselves and listen, O...

Sanctified Speech

“Behold! Your eyes see as do the eyes of my brother Benjamin that it is my mouth that is...

Joseph and Preserving Someone's Dignity

Joseph saw his brothers and he recognized them, but he acted like a stranger toward them...

The Connection between being Grateful and Confessing

Judah recognized and he said, “She is right. It is from me” (38:26) The Midrash...

A Key to Self-Esteem

Jacob was left alone and a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn (32:25) The Midrash...

When Years Seem like a Few Days

He (Jacob) said, “Look, the day is still long; it is not yet time to bring the livestock in;...

Different Blessings for Jacob and Esau

When Isaac blesses Jacob, the verse states: “And may God give you of the dew of the heavens...

First Comes Marriage

He (Isaac) married Rebecca, she became his wife, and he loved her (Genesis, 24:67). Too often...

The Most Powerful Parenting Technique

He (Lot) said, “Behold now, my lords; turn about please, to your servant’s house;...

Maximizing Faith

And he trusted in God, and God reckoned (it to him as righteousness 15:6) The Torah tells us...

Conflicted Belief

Noah with his sons, his wife and his son's wives with him, went into the Ark because of the waters...

Seal of God is Truth

In the beginning of God's creating the heavens and the earth... God blessed the seventh day and...

Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski on Purpose

The necessity to search for meaning in life.

Judaism & the 12 Steps

Is the 12-step program kosher?

Addicted

Getting out of the quick-fix mentality.

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