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We at Neshamos are on a mission to promote mental and emotional health and healing within our community
Among the many ways we do this is by empowerment through education.
this podcast is where we get to listen to personal experiences of those who have been effected by mental illness - the pain, the struggle to get better and today, by the grace of G-d, have emerged with a message of hope and healing.

My name is Moishe Chanin.
I am a grateful addict in recovery;
And I am a certified life and addiction recovery coach.
I'm here to encourage vulnerability and allow for hope to emerge from the internal journeys we share.
Please join me
Hear the stories of these heros and know that you are not alone Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/neshamos-podcast/support

Neshamos.org Podcast: Stories of Hope and Healing Neshamos.org

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We at Neshamos are on a mission to promote mental and emotional health and healing within our community
Among the many ways we do this is by empowerment through education.
this podcast is where we get to listen to personal experiences of those who have been effected by mental illness - the pain, the struggle to get better and today, by the grace of G-d, have emerged with a message of hope and healing.

My name is Moishe Chanin.
I am a grateful addict in recovery;
And I am a certified life and addiction recovery coach.
I'm here to encourage vulnerability and allow for hope to emerge from the internal journeys we share.
Please join me
Hear the stories of these heros and know that you are not alone Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/neshamos-podcast/support

    A Sofer in Sobriety (feat. Yankel Meislin)

    A Sofer in Sobriety (feat. Yankel Meislin)

    Yankel Meislin is a sofer (Torah scribe), author, public speaker and mentor who lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with his wife and five children. To the casual observer, he looks like your typical Chabad rabbi, spending his day in prayer, holy work, and raising a family.
    While that may be true now, there was a time when Yankel’s identity couldn’t be more of a contradiction to what it is today.
    Yankel grew up in a small town in Long Island, NY. As a physically small child with a unique personality and ideas, he was the target of school bullies for many years. Deeply unhappy and anxious, he turned to weed, alcohol, and other drugs as a way to self-medicate and soothe his battered sense of self.
    Eventually, his drug habit grew to be too expensive to cover with his high school allowance money. That’s when Yankel turned first to stealing, which soon became unsustainable, and eventually to dealing drugs, which came along with handling weapons, associating with mafia members, and engaging in dangerous behaviors.
    It wasn’t until Yankel was forced to flee from threats to his life that he truly committed to rehab and AA gatherings, where he discovered religion, spirituality, and a new direction in life.
    Now, Yankel joins us on the Neshamos Podcast to share his story of leaving his personal exile, which included addiction, bullying, drug dealing, violence, and constant running, to find his redemption in sobriety, accountability, happiness, fulfillment, and peace.
    Today, Yankel has been sober for 14 years.
    “I firmly believe that everything that I went through from the day I was born until today is in the service of helping someone else,” Yankel reflects. “Otherwise, why would I have gone through such crazy things? And since that's the way I view it, I must pass it on in order to help someone else.”
    Yankel can be reached via Whatsapp at 718-714-8201 or at btbh770@gmail.com.

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Love Addiction (feat. Tzipora Zelmanowitz)

    Love Addiction (feat. Tzipora Zelmanowitz)

    Meet Tzipora Zelmanowitz, a recovering Love Addict.
    Tzipora, a practicing attorney who lives in Queens, New York, has been in recovery from her love addiction for 5.5 years.
    Her journey into the world of recovery began after years of unsuccessful dating, when she eventually began to wonder… why weren’t things working? Why was she dating the kind of men she didn’t actually want to marry? Were things supposed to be this hard?
    As she started looking within, she began to understand that she struggled with addiction—specially, an addiction to love.
    “The turning point was me realizing that there’s something wrong with me needing to be different with every person I'm encountering,” Tziporah reflects. “I didn't know what I liked or how I was going to show up as a spouse in a relationship…. I was going to be whoever my husband wanted me to be.”
    Now, years later, after attending therapy and a 12-step program,Tziporah joins us to discuss the pain of carrying a constant, insatiable need for love, validation, and acceptance, the fear of rejection that came along with that, and her recovery from love addiction and codependency.
    Today, she's building self-love and acceptance, and inspiring and educating others to do the same.


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Medication Doesn’t do the Work; You Do (feat. Nechamy Rabin)

    Medication Doesn’t do the Work; You Do (feat. Nechamy Rabin)

    Nechamy Rabin, a high-powered, upbeat mom of three who has her Masters Degree and works in Special Education, is not the kind of person you’d imagine would cry over a parking spot.

    Growing up in Pittsburgh in a large family, Nechamy always knew she wanted to have a large family of her own someday. 

    “It couldn’t be that hard,” Nechamy recalls thinking. “Everyone looks great pushing their Bugaboos up Kingston Avenue.”

    For the most part, things worked out after her first child. But after the birth of her second, “I went from functional to completely not functional. I remember crying because I couldn't find parking.’

    Now, Nechamy joins the Neshamos Podcast to share her story of experiencing, overcoming, and growing from Postpartum Depression. 

    Eventually, Nechamy’s husband urged her to seek support. With the help of medication and a qualified therapist, Nechamy worked through her PPD and gained skills and perspective to help her thrive. 

    Today, Nechamy is an advocate for women's mental health and is passionate about educating women about Postpartum depression and mental wellness.


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    "It Was the First Time I Felt Hope" (feat Shiri Kornblit)

    "It Was the First Time I Felt Hope" (feat Shiri Kornblit)

    Shiri Kornblit joins the Neshamos Podcast to share her story of surviving traumatic early childhood loss of a parent, the coping mechanisms she developed as a result, and her process of learning and recovery as she began healing from helplessness and many patterns of unhealthy behaviors including addiction to drugs and alcohol.

    As an adult, Shiri joined Alcoholics Anonymous and eventually became a baalat teshuva. Today, she lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two children and works as an emergency room Physician's Assistant. Shiri was an active volunteer with The Gedalya Society during the height of Covid and continues to give back to the Crown Heights community.

    “I’m sharing my experiences so that anyone who is currently suffering (or who has a family member who is suffering) from addiction or self-destructive patterns and behaviors who needs to hear this can hear a message of, ‘there is a way out’. This isn't a hopeless state of mind and body.”


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    • 1 hr 17 min
    At-Risk-Teen Turned Rabbi (feat. Shloimy Fuchs)

    At-Risk-Teen Turned Rabbi (feat. Shloimy Fuchs)

    Shloimy Fuchs was born and bred in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and currently serves as a mashpia in Yeshivas Bais Menachem of Wilkes Barre (now located in the Poconos).

    In this episode of the Neshamos podcast, Shloimy talks about his struggles with anxiety, addiction, and low self esteem. In his younger years, he was a “problem student” who was expelled from yeshiva and spent time on the streets shoplifting and committing petty crimes. Later, he sought comfort in alcohol, relationships, and a party lifestyle, which only led him further away from his true self.

    In this episode, Shloimy takes us along on his journey through different Yeshivas, different stages of religious commitment, and his growth along the way.

    With the help of therapy, meditation, Alcoholics Anonymous, and supportive mashpias and friends, Shloimy turned his life around and began living a conscious, meaningful, and proactive life. Today he continues to grow and maintain his mental and spiritual health and helps others do the same.

    “It’s doing the work, taking the steps,” Shloimy reflects. “It’s a daily avodah and it brings you closer to yourself and to the truth. It’s a blessing to have these tools that I can use to heal myself.”


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    “Grief is Not One Size Fits All” (feat. Sarah Rivkah Kohn)

    “Grief is Not One Size Fits All” (feat. Sarah Rivkah Kohn)

    Today, Sarah Rivkah is comfortable with who she is and uses her own experience with childhood loss to help others who are going through similar situations. Her annual shabbaton for children who have lost a parent gathers some 225 children from all over the world and gives them an opportunity to make friends, heal, and grow together.

    You can find Sarah Rivkah on Instagram at instagram.com/links_shlomiesclub or via her website, www.wereinittogether.org.

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    • 1 hr 21 min

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