Addicts usually live in denial.
Everyone knows that substance addiction is bad news, no matter if its alcohol or narcotics. It destroys familes and it destroys the addict him/herself. Yet, there's a much more socially-acceptable form of addiction that has ensnared millions - that addiction to the web.
Compulsive computer use - gaming, social media and aimless surfing - has destroyed people young and old, robbed them of their marriages, their livelihoods and their health. As a spiritual guide and personal counselor who travels the globe, I could write a book of tragic cases that I've had to deal with.
The "Shovevim Period" is a special time for self-assessment and improvement. When we judge ourselves, we don't get judged by the Heavenly Court - that is good news. Although Hashem is lenient and merciful, the Heavenly Court is not.
Today's shiur will present an amazing diagnostic test that will enable you to determine if you're hooked on the web or not.
With the above in mind, you don't want to miss "Are You a Web Addict", today's emuna shiur and broadcast. It takes place this evening (Wednesday) at 7:00 PM local time at our Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva, 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street, Jerusalem, in the main sanctuary. You can see today's lesson here - the broadcast, as well as our lessons posted from now on - are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in on time
As always, the live shiur is open to the public - both men and women are welcome - so if you're anywhere near Jerusalem, come on by! If you are not able to view today's broadcast live, then G-d willing, you'll be able to see the video tape of it on this coming Sunday's Lazer Beams.