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Step 2: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Principle: Hope

Jews have always known that belief is essential, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Our tradition tells us, the one power God withholds even from Godself is the power to make us believe. Difficulty in faith is not failure. Look at the story of the golden calf where we turned our backs on God after God brought us out of Egypt. How far is it from creating and idolizing the golden drug or bottle to the original golden calf? Perhaps there is no difference. The sages pointed out that there are many kinds and forms of golden calves in our lives.

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Fortunate is the person who has not followed the plan of the wicked, or participated with sinners, or joined the company of scoffers. Rather, his desire is the teaching of Adonai, and he meditates on that teaching all the time. He is like a tree firmly planted beside abundant waters that yields its fruit in season whose foliage never withers and whatever he does prospers.
Psalm 1:1-3


Rabbi Meir said, “Study with all your heart and with all of your soul to know God’s ways and to watch at the doors of the Divine law. Keep God’s law in your heart and let Divine reverence always be before your eyes. Keep your mouth from sin and purify and sanctify yourself from trespass and iniquity and God will be with you in every place.”
Babylonian Talmud, Berachot 17a


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