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Judaism

Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Principle: Perseverance

In Judaism there is a tradition to arise early to do a mitzvah. As a result your entire day will be more tranquil. Jews are expected to take inventory and make amends. The Jewish tradition teaches that we are not required to finish the work, but neither are we free to desist from it. The inventory and the action to correct any wrongdoing becomes one and the same, simultaneously.

Text or Verse

Search me, God, and know my heart. Test me and know my thoughts.
Psalm 137: 23

Practice

Use the rhythm of the Jewish day - 3 times of prayer - to stop and review your behavior. Cease your usual activities. Look at things the way God might look at them. Use Shabbat to review your week to see how far you have come. Don’t wait for Shabbat to make amends. As soon as you realize that you are wrong, admit it. Bachya ibn Pakuda taught that “days are scrolls. Write on them what you want remembered.”

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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