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There’s a lot you can learn from little kid’s toys. In this case, it’s about filling that emptiness inside.

Filling the Hole

Filling the Hole

The Filling-the-Hole analogy is actually something I heard from an ex-junkie. He was talking about how he got into hard narcs to begin with--trying to fill that hole.

That's how he managed to get clean, too. Getting clean is a pretty heroic act--success rates are pretty low. But he stopped filling that emptiness inside with chemicals and switched over to heavy-duty spirituality. Meaning that he traded his heroin addiction for an addiction to things like Kabbala and random acts of kindness.

Pop in your words over here. Let us know how this hit you and where it took you.

-- Rabbi Infinity
Written and conceived by Tzvi Freeman. Rabbi Freeman is available for public speaking and workshops. Read more on his bio page.
Music by The Piamentas
Rabbi Infinity played by Andrew Torres
Animation and SFX by Pilar Newton of Pilar Toons
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May 14, 2015
forgiving arrogance
"just pretend the hole is full"

Who can blame someone who does this?
August 20, 2014
Great article!
Short and to the point.
September 13, 2008
Reading, Listening, Watching & Doing It Twice!
Some people underate what you are doing. It is fine nicely done. The meaning should be simple, so that we can understand the deeper thoughts. The basics provides for the deeper meaning.
Las Vegas, Nevada, US
January 17, 2008
Great, it speaks to the heart and the head. Please continue and G-d Bless
Yehuda Burdman
January 16, 2008
filling the hole
TO: Anonymous
You are on the right track. It took a while for me to get as messed up as I was and it takes time to get well. I read the 119th Psalm daily keeps me focused keeps the hole closed. Remember you are a child of G-d don't give up you will never fail
mike perry
Temple, Texas
January 3, 2008
Amazing holes!
I wish I could remember the name of the psychologist from B.C. who recently (Nov/Dec 2007) authored a book and proved that addictions can be cured with this same idea: filling in the hole with good alternatives... naturally!
North Bay, Ontario
December 24, 2007
A Masterpiece
I've just come across these toons and I'm loving each and every one of them. This is truly a magnificent and ingenious way to put across such vital concepts to our spiritual growth. They all resonate deeply within me. Keep up the great work! Kol ha-kavod!
Jerusalem, Israel
October 20, 2007
filling the hole
I'm a recovering addict too, and i tried just about everything to fill the hole. it's still a struggle, even though I'm clean and sober... and going to a Chabad House every Shabbat. there are no easy fixes. But oh, how it has helped to fill my soul every Saturday morning.
the struggle hasn't ended, but it has eased, thank G-d.
October 20, 2007
filling the hole
Talk about right on. I had a Texas size hole countless rehabs and general bad behavior. When I finally accepted defeat and let G-d in the hole it was filled.quickly and still is full close to thirty years later The only problem is that it took so long to come to that awareness
mike perry
Temple, Texas
October 19, 2007
filling the hole
I was on meth amphetamines for about five years. Hashem, in His loving mercy, filled the hole with Himself and His Holy Torah. He made it so easy for me. Baruch Hashem.
Torah Lover
Wetumpka, AL
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