Addiction attacks all faiths and religions
The Jewish people are no different. Far from being immune from this dreaded affliction, Jews have battled against the effects of drugs and alcohol since the beginning of time. Many have become their unfortunate victims.
In Genesis, The Torah warns us not to drink excessively like Noah, for his inebriation ultimately resulted in immodest behavior and led to his inability to have more children, as well as the curse which came to the descendants of Canaan. Later on, we learn that at the time of the consecration of the Tabernacle in the desert, the two elder sons of Aaron the High Priest drank wine. As a result, their judgment was impaired, and they sinned by entering the Holy of Holies without permission. Their punishment was death – Leviticus 10. Moreover, King Solomon warns us in the book of Proverbs: “Who has wounds without cause? Who has bloodshot eyes? Those who sit late over wine, those who come to search for mixed wine. Do not look at wine when it is red; when he puts his eye on the cup, it goes smoothly. Ultimately, it will bite like a serpent, and sting like a viper. Your eyes will see strange women, and your heart will speak confusedly.”
Thus, Jews are no strangers to addiction and alcoholism
Fortunately, as a people of faith, the Jewish people have relied upon their sacred beliefs to cope with insurmountable odds throughout the ages. These beliefs are innate to each and every Jew. Just as we have defeated every formidable opponent pitted against us in our history, we will defeat addiction and alcoholism. All we need to do is channel our faith in the Almighty and allow miraculous healing to take place.
If you are or know someone suffering from addiction and alcoholism, know that you are not alone. You possess the special power within you to defeat such adversaries through your unwavering faith in Hashem.