Rabbi Abraham Twerski, the foremost expert on addiction in the Jewish community, said that he doubts that at any time in our people’s history there has been as grave a threat to the stability of the Jewish family as internet pornography.
Despite how widespread and devastating it is, very few try to get the help they need.
One man thinks he knows why and he is intent on changing that.
Eli Nash, a well known philanthropist born and raised in Crown Heights, believes that shame and the inability to ask for help is what kept him in active addiction for so many years.
Nash grew up in the Chabad community of Crown Heights and has been a trailblazer in bringing to light issues impacting the Jewish world. He was one of the first survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community to publicly share his story.
Nash’s outspoken approach on this issue led to countless survivors stepping forward and the growth of Jewish Community Watch (JCW), an organization aimed to prevent and educate about childhood sex abuse in the Orthodox world.
The power of sharing his story led Nash to gather up the courage to share his next story and that is one of porn addiction.
It is an issue that is sweeping all of society including the Orthodox word and until now has mostly remained in the shadows.
“Shame and addiction are inseparable,” says Nash. “The process of healing begins with sharing our struggles with someone else and asking for help.”
His Ted talk aims to reduce the shame not only for himself but for countless others battling this addiction.
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