posts on 6/9/2013 11:28:51 PM
My name is Margaret L,a sober alcoholic. My Hebrew name is Penina. I am the descendant of Rabbi Eleazar Halevi, Headmaster and Friend of Montefiori, founder of the first yeshiva in England. I was not born a Jew, having descended through my father's side of the family, and the rest of my family is not Jewish, but I am in the process of conversion and I have always been a Jew in my heart (is that not the most important place?)
I know you are a very busy and important man, but I wanted to take the time to thank you for having written so many works, which touch so many aspects of my life.
I am only 2 days sober, but I have the support of a loving sponsor, a home group online (I am unable to get to a f2f meeting due to strokes). Most important, I have the love and support of our Glorious God.
I am in addition a bipolar, and I know you understand how this can complicate recovery.
Have you written, or would you consider writing a work about the nature of dual disorders?
Thank You very much for your time.
With much Love and Reverence,
posts on 7/9/2011 2:38:20 AM
I am the grandson of Rabbi Samuel Polonsky, born in Pavolich, Russia/Ukraine in 1879 and died in Winnipeg in 1980. He had two brothers in Pittsburgh, Charlie and Abe, as well as a sister, Ruth.
Jeffrey Mark Paull
posts on 10/18/2010 5:14:35 AM
Dear Rabbi Dr. Twerski,
My name is Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull. My Hebrew name is Menakhem Nahum Polonsky. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and am a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and Johns Hopkins University, where I earned my doctorate of Public Health degree.
If my Hebrew name sounds familiar to you, it is because we are both descendants of the esteemed Rabbi Menakhem Nahum Twerski of Chernobil. I discovered this during my genealogical research of the Polonsky family, a project which I have been working on for almost three years now.
I am a descendant of the Polonsky rabbinical lineage. I am the 6th great-grandson of Rabbi Shmuel Polonsky, ABD of Ekaterinopol, who married Sarah Rachel Sheindel, the daughter of the illustrious Rabbi Pinchas of Koretz. I am also the 7th great-grandson of Rabbi Aryeh Leib, better known as the Shpoler Zeyda.
Rabbi Shmuel Polonsky's grandson was Rabbi Eliyahu Pinchas Polonsky, ABD of Ekaterinopol. Eliyahu's wife was Sima Wertheim. It is through this marriage that I am descended from the Twerski rabbinical lineage.
I am in the process of writing two books on the history and lineage of the Polonsky family. I hope to publish the first of these two books very soon -- hopefully in December or January.
Because I am from Pittsburgh, and my mother still lives there, I was wondering if you would like to meet one of your newest (or, depending how you look at it, one of your most ancient) family members, during my next trip in to Pittsburgh.
Please feel free to contact me by email. It would be both a great honor, and a real pleasure to hear from you.
Jeffrey Mark Paull
Walnut Creek, CA
posts on 9/5/2010 5:41:09 PM
I am looking for information about someone who might possibly be my great great grandfather.
His name was Rabbi Hanoch halevi Krupnick and he was a disciple of Rabbi Duvid of Tolna whom I am given to understand is one of the Twerskys.
My fathers name (he was born in 1907) was Hanoch ben Duvid HaLevi Krupnick and my grandfathers name was Duvid Tzvi ben Ze'ev Halevi Krupnick. My grandfather was born in Ukraine/Russia/Roumania in about 1868.
Do you have any information on this Rabbi? Do you have (or know where I can find it) any birthdates or do you know if he (Rabbi Krupnick) had a son Ze'ev?
Thanks for your help.
posts on 8/12/2010 5:51:59 PM
in your book, Twersky on Chumash page 400 paragraph four, on shoftim. reads,"Our ethical works state that when a person sheds his ego and effaces himselfbefore God, he does indeed unite with God. in this way a human being can achieve perfection."
Which ethical works or quotes are you reffering to?
tHANK you for your time. all the best. ben cohen
posts on 7/26/2010 10:36:28 PM
Dear Rabbi Twerski,
I have read some of your books and attend your lectures when ever possible. I am 1 of 6 children whose mother is and has been suffering from hording. we children have discussed the problem over the years and done nothing. I've discussed it with my Mom and my Dad and it is simply put,"Not my business not my home, " My Mom says ,"This is my home and you have no right to touch anything..." After many lets say 20 plus years we are all married and gone(they live in Houston,Tx. where we were raised..) They do not accept visitors even us. 3and a half years ago I went down with 4 of my kids while they went to my sister in S. Africa for Succos, and did a clean out. All siblings agreed I went and did it. She is angry resentful ..What can I do now to help her. She needs help. She is begging me to come down and make it all right replace what is missing etc. Is it possible for my silblings to come and meet you in your office. We live in the area. 3 of us in Passaic(R. Eiseman suggested that you might be available for 1 hour, he is my Rav I consult with.) The other brother in Monsey(he would come) the other brother in Baltimore and a sister in Johanesburg.
Please contact me as soon as possible we are planning a trip down in2 weeks and want to do the right thing.9177830599 Libby
posts on 4/15/2010 9:17:14 PM
Dear rabbi Twersky, i am writing to you on behalf of my entire family. we are a frum, very close knit family Who are in desperate need of help. My Brothers gambling addiction, lying and stealing have turned my entire families lives upside down. My parents have taken over all his financial responsibilities for his three kids and his daily living. He is ruining their lives and their future. We love him but are at a loss. We live in fear of his next scam. Please let me know who we can talk to for advice...to run an intervention. He needs immediate inpatient help but will be resistant.
posts on 3/10/2010 9:46:38 AM
hi, i'm a frum guy in israel looking for a therapist who can help with self condfidence/esteem & internet addiction.
Any referrals would be greatly appreciated.
posts on 2/26/2010 12:39:07 AM
My husband and I are at dangerous risk of ending our marriage. Our Shalom Bayis issues have become so serious that we cannot go on this way. We have consulted marriage counsellors in the past, and my husband is now unwilling to go. However, with Hashem's help he has "as a last resort" agreed that we speak /learn with a Rabbi and/or Rebbezin in order to help us. He is non-observant, and I am a baalas teshuva. Our issues go beyond our religious differences. If possible, could you direct us to the most appropriate Rav in the Toronto area, as this is really our only chance to save our family. Thank you so much.
posts on 1/20/2010 4:10:26 PM
My husband and i have been married for almost two years now and Baruch Hashem have an 11month old son. My husband has seen many therapists for some psychological issues he has but its still there. He has like compulsive thoughts in his head a lot of the day that he cannot shift. They used to be about me and how he cannot trust me and anywhere i looked he would go crazy. He saw a few therapists and psychiatrists in israel and now we have moved back to london he saw another psychologist and did CBT which helped and controlled the thoughts about me but they are still there 6months later just about other things. He wants to now go on anti depressants as he still says he is unhappy and cannot suffer with his head any longer. I don't trust all these therapists anymore, i have read many of your books and heard you speak a few times in neve. I really would like your advice, i'm finding it really hard and i don't know what to say to him anymore. PLease rav i know you are so busy but i beg you to call me and give us your wise and experienced advice. best regards (0044)7972565711
posts on 1/14/2010 11:44:52 AM
Dear Rabbi Twerski,
I had the pleasure of meeting and dining with you in Austin Texas many years ago when you were here as a guest speaker. At the time I never imgagined I would be wrtiting to you about my current problem.
My daughter who is 28 just moved back to Austin after living in New York for 3 years. She is presently living here, and what I have observed over the last 5 months and worse in December and January , is that my daughter has a substance abuse problem.She drinks alcohal, does cocaine, takes ambien, takes vicoden, aderol and marajuana. In addition she is a Type 1 Diabetic since she was 11.
In December she was sleeping 20 hours and waking up saying she was tired and would go back to bed for hours on end, then be up and jumpy. Because I had my suspicions I went through her room and found alcohal and marajuana and her diary. I did a terrible thing I read it and all my suspicions were not only confirmed but worse. She has seen a Psychiatrist once so far and was given Lexapro and told she self medicates to overcome her depression, and according to my daughter the Dr. told her she is not an addict and that she should not let her parents stress her out because that is when she self medicates. She was to be off all caffine drinks, regulate her daily schedule and go to sleep no earlier than 10PM. This lasted for about 4 days and last night she appeared to me to be going back to bad habits, no dinner, seemed a little jumpy and drinking caffinated drinks. My husband refuses to see that she has a serious problem that I believe needs a serious treatment program. He refuses to push that issue and says let her Dr. deal with it. I fear for her life and actually feel so neglegant , we should have gotten her to a hospital two weeks ago when she was sleeping non-stop.
What advice can you give me, when my husband is in denial about her true addiction. He refuses to use the word addict and is mad at me for being the "messenger" about her problem.
I plan on going today to an alanon meeting, but again I fear she is slowing killing herself especially because of her Diabetes.
I look forward to hearing back from you.
posts on 12/20/2009 1:43:52 PM
i am a compulsive overeater and I am having a hard time understanding why i have to weigh my food exactly in other words if it comes out on the scale to 4.1 oz instead of 4.00 is there really a need to cut that grape in house. What is your feeling on this.
posts on 12/17/2009 11:47:39 PM
Dear Rabbi Twersky, my daughter has a history of alcholism and controlled substance abuse for extreme anxiety and panic attacks. Her condition has become more acute to the point of needing intervention. Could you recommend a therapist in the Kansas City area or inpatient facility somewhere in the U.S.? Best Wishes. Benjamin
posts on 11/27/2009 3:58:14 PM
Dear Rabbi Twersky,
After nearly two decades of parenting a large number of children alone in Israel, as an abandoned spouse, I developed Bi-polar Depression and cannot find the right meds in the USA.
I have a first cousin called Dr. Harold I. Eist, of Bethesda Maryland, also a psychiatrist, who I wrote to for help, but still have not found a
a drug to assist me.
In Israel where I raised my family alone, I used a drug called Ixel, produced in France, but it is not approved by the FDA in the USA, that in combination with valium and tegretol.
Can you help me?
I met you in Sefat, nearly 25 years ago where you spoke just before Purim to a group of women in the Old City. Your wife, OBM, was still with you at the time and you spoke about making aliyah.
posts on 11/4/2009 4:24:45 PM
Dear Rabbi Twerski, I am an olah hadisha. I need guidance from a rabbi here in Israel. I am from Tiferes Yisroel (for twenty years) in Baltimore, Rabbi Goldberger's Shul.Are you available for consultation? I would be ever most grateful. Thank you, leah
posts on 10/27/2009 12:06:16 PM
i just wanted to thank Rabbi Twerski for helping my grandpa when he was younger. From this, it really had a great impact on my life too.
posts on 10/14/2009 8:01:56 PM
I would like to know a contact number for Rabbi Twerski. I have a question I wanted a refereence for a therapist that writes that he worked with Dr. Twerski
posts on 7/25/2009 2:31:50 AM
There is a desperate need for prevention program on child abuse/molestation including in yeshivas. How to teach parents and children to prevent such a desaster in their lives.
posts on 6/1/2009 12:11:35 PM
Dear Rabbi; Do you know a frum therapist in the Philadelphia area who deals with people afflicted with a sexual addiction?
posts on 1/25/2009 1:31:43 PM
My mother-in-law recently lost her husband of 65 years, and we were looking for a book that would offer some comfort to her. She is not frum and would not read a very "heavy" book. Can you recommend something for her to read? Thank you in advance.
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