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Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Principle: Willingness

Our character defects define us and protect us at the same time. Thus we fear their loss would leave us fragmented, empty and vulnerable. When the early descendants of Adam corrupted the world, God saw fit to wash it clean. We rely on God to send for spiritual waters to cleanse us, to wash away our transgressions. Each time we see a rainbow we are reminded of God’s promise always to help cleanse us. God spanned the rainbow across the heavens to serve as an eternal reminder of His connection with us. We recite continually in our hearts: Baruch ata Adonai, zocher ha-brit. (Praised are You, Adonai upon whom we rely to remember this covenant.)

Text or Verse

Adonai, hear my voice when I cry out. Take pity on me and answer me. Do not turn away Your servant in anger. You have been my help. Never leave me, never desert me. Adonai will care for me still.
Psalm 27:7, 9-10

Practice

Many believe the Psalms are the heart of the Jewish soul. Reciting them helps us sleep, soothes us, and moves us forward. Keep a book of Psalms by your bed or on your desk. When you are wrestling with your soul, remember they can help you climb the heavenly ladder.

Resources

Chabad Organization
The Twelve Steps of A.A. and their Parallels in Jewish and Chassidic Thought
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Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D. Spirituality, Prayer, The Twelve Steps and Judaism.
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Starting Over: Using Torah and the Twelve Steps of Recovery to Find Happiness
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Take 12 Steps
Jewish Journal
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