Episode 40: Life After Addiction and Recovery w/Rabbi Ilan Glazer

Episode 40: Life After Addiction and Recovery w/Rabbi Ilan Glazer

The day you were born is the day God decided the world could not exist without you.”

– Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

Rabbi Ilan Glazer is a freelance rabbi, speaker, and transformation coach. He hosts the Torah of Life podcast . Rabbi Ilan has worked with many Jewish environmental and social justice organizations.

He recently published “And God Created Recovery: Jewish Wisdom to Help You Break Free From Your Addiction, Heal Your Wounds, and Unleash Your Inner Freedom.”

Rabbi Ilan has brought his unique blend of Torah, humor, music, and insights from the disciplines of storytelling, personal growth and public speaking to synagogues, schools, JCC’s, retreat centers, and army bases throughout the Jewish world.

Rabbi Ilan was ordained in 2012 by ALEPH: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal. He has a B.A. in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the City College of New York. He also studied at Pardes and with Nava Tehila in Jerusalem. He completed trainings in the art of Sacred Hebrew Chant with Rabbi Shefa Gold, in ritual theatre with Storahtelling, and was ordained as a Maggid, a Jewish inspirational storyteller, by Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum, and is also a Distinguished Toastmaster.

In my conversation with Rabbi Ilan Glazer we discussed:

  • How disconnection from community increases personal isolation and how this makes the issues that one carries feel so much heavier.

  • Coping mechanisms that deal with stress can develop into unhealthy patterns and can even lead to addiction.

  • How being open to the questions rather than looking for solutions is an important step in dealing with the stressors of life.

 Rabbi Ilan’s Podcast: “The Torah of Life” Rabbi Ilan’s Podcast: “The Torah of Life”

For some resources on addiction and recovery, be sure to check out:

To listen to Rabbi Ilan give over some teaching on the Torah , click on the video below!


“Have you or your family been impacted by addiction? What were the resources that helped?

Comment below!”


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