Inasmuch as there are some possible
concerns about SA groups, I would not send anyone earlier than
necessary, i.e. not until one has tried all the tools.
I don't think we need a Jewish SA any more than
we need a Jewish AA. However, it would be very advisable for
Jews in SA to have hashkafa meetings with a competent instructor
at convenient intervals, perhaps monthly, or bi-weekly if
Thank you very much for your reply. I put it up on our site.
I will also let the relevant parties involved in this
discussion know what the Rav feels.
I will ask some of the "Talmidai Chachamim" on our network
who are also in SA, if they want to offer this type of
Hashkafa meeting in a phone conference
(at convenient intervals) for other Yidden in SA. Or does
the Rav perhaps have someone to suggest for this idea?
Also if I may ask, what kind of issues these "Hashkafa
meetings" address (or should it just be a question and
answer discussion, with someone competent)?
Perhaps a few of us on guardyoureyes should have a phone
conference with the Rav to hear what kind of issues the Rav
thinks might be important to clarify in such "Hashkafa
Thank you so much for the invaluable guidance.
Rabbi Twerski Responds:
Questions and answers
allow people to bring up their concerns and issues.
A small dose of Mesilas Yesharim may be
I am now preparing 10 minute segments of Mesilas
Yesharim for the Chafetz Chaim Foundation "chazak"
program, where people call in for a chizuk message. I
hope to ultimately combine them into CD. I'm sure
Chafetz Chaim will permit its use.
Wonderful. It should be with
When it will be ready, please let us know
and we'll ask permission to put up the audio files on