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Am I considered responsible for behavior which stems from addiction?

by Rabbi Shlomo Chein

  

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Being “addicted” is not an excuse! All the things which G-d prohibited are objects or actions which we naturally crave (some people more than others), and one of the points of His commandments is to break and transform our natural addictions and cravings.

Sometimes we don’t have the ability to fight certain addictions on our own; we need help from support groups and/or professional therapists. In such instances, it is our responsibility to seek out the assistance which will enable us to conform to G-d’s will.

The concept that if it is “naturally” part of us it is okay, is totally secular and contrary to everything Torah stands for
The concept that if it is “naturally” part of us it is okay, is totally secular and contrary to everything Torah stands for. In fact, it doesn’t make sense in modern schools of thought either; cancer is also “naturally” part of a person, yet everyone knows that is necessary to destroy it...


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