Rabbi Shalom Arush teaches us the tremendous strength of prayers that one says with all his or her might, as if their very lives depended on it, this moment! Enjoy, it's a spiritual shot in the arm, but with no pain - only pleasure:
One of Rav Shalom Arush's most important emuna teachings, as we learn today, is that a person must have two completely different mindsets – one for before he does something, and the second for when the action is complete…
What many people forgot, or are not aware of, is that we in Israel have lived through repeated missile attacks, going back to the SCUD missiles that Sadaam Hussein fired at us in 1991 to the repeated Gaza Wars and the intermittent missile attacks that we suffer from Gaza here in my own cherished hometown of Ashdod on Israel's beautiful southern coast. As such, we have witnessed the US-made Patriot and the Israeli-made Iron Dome systems first hand. In fact, the above image is from the last Gaza War in 2014 when an Iron Dome missile in the battery stationed on the outskirts of Ashdod was fired to intercept a Syrian/North Korean GRAD missile that was fired at us.
With thanks to Hashem, the missile defense systems were 85% effective. Fortunately, the 15% that snuck past the missile defense system all landed in parking lots or in schools after hours, each with a miracle story. Hamas itself admits that Allah does miracles for us. They're right.
There are several qualifiers here;
Israel's missile defense systems have never been tested under a massive barrage, like the one Nasrulla threatens us with constantly. It goes without saying that the effectiveness of the new US systems, untried in real combat conditions, is even a bigger question mark.
The explosion of intercepted conventional systems can be dangerous too. A chunk of falling shrapnel from an intercepted missile fired from Gaza put a gaping hole in the 8-inch thick concrete and steel-reinforced floor of my neighbor's balcony.
One of the closest-guarded secrets in the American media is that missile defense interception of a nuclear warhead may spare the country of casualties, but it will trigger an EMP (electro-magnetic pulse), which would cripple the entire electric grid, returning the country into the age of Little House on the Prairie. This is North Korea's ace in the hole.
Like it or not, there is only one conclusion, what King David teaches us: "If Hashem will not guard a city, the watchman guards in vain" (Psalm 127:1). Like everything else in Torah, every word is timeless and true. We know full well from plenty of experience.
Did you ever wonder why there are no entertainment shows in the Heavenly realm? The answer is simple - we humans provide all the amusement that the angels need. They laugh at our silliness. Are you dreaming of a water-front mansion and a super yacht like the one pictured above? How much are they worth, fifty million dollars, maximum? Rebbe Nachman has a gift worth twenty-times that much, waiting for each of us to take...
You certainly don't want to miss this evening's life-changing emuna lesson and broadcast entitled "Rebbe Nachman's Billion-Dollar Gift", which will take place, G-d willing, in the ground-floor main sanctuary of the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva on 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street in Jerusalem at 7PM Israel time (12 noon EDT); the shiur is open to the public - both men and women are invited. 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. 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 later this coming week on Lazer Beams.
If you're looking for political correctness, you've got the wrong URL (web address). If you're looking for what's really happening in our world and why, you're at the right place.
Jeremiah the Prophet has a message for everyone who ignores Hashem's messages as manifest in current events: "O nation that is foolish and without a heart; They have eyes, but cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear! Will you not fear Me? - the word of G-d - will you not tremble before Me?" (Jeremiah 5:21-22).
Has there been one word of condemnation from Washington, Paris, or London about spilled Jewish blood in the car rammings? No. Has the world already forgotten about the car ramming on London Bridge a mere two months ago? And now, the satanic car-ramming epidemic has spread to the USA, France, and who knows where else. They have eyes, but cannot see...
What's going on hear?
King David calls it "The Babylonian Boomerang." He writes, "O violated daughter of Babylon, praiseworthy is he who repays you in accordance with the manner you treated us." Look throughout history - all the nations who ever tormented the Jews and Israel ended up tasting their own bitter medicine, with no exception.
OK, Western World - you're always preaching restraint to us? It's amazing how after one domestic terrorist attack in the USA - that we were quick to condemn here at the Beams - America is calling to impeach the President! Isn't that a bit disproportionate? Where were all the flowery souls when my gentle, pious and compassionate friend Yeshayahu Krishevsky got killed? What's even more appalling is that America's darling liberal leader accused Israel of disproportionate response to terror.
So here it is, world. Meet the Babylonian Boomerang. It's now playing live on a street near you.
My dear friend Tena sent this to me when she strolled along the magical coast of Moro Bay, California.
I wish I were there...
But, alas. I'm melting in the hot August sun, trying to convince my kids that they don't need to go on an excursion every single day. What a shame there aren't any long-term, organized day camps here like there are in the States. I gotta give 'em credit. Summer vacation is a whole lot easier in the States.
Maybe I'll convince Tena to let me ship my kids over to her for the next two weeks. I'm sure they'll have a blast! Her, not so much...
Sometimes I enjoy looking at gorgeous pictures like this one so I can disconnect for a few minutes from all the craziness in the world. I generally try to keep the craziness from the outside world barging into my inside world because it sure don't need more craziness.
Speaking of craziness, there are way too many crazies in the world. Too many. The idiot from the Charlottesville car ramming insanity just added himself to the list. A person's gotta be completely evil to do something like run into a bunch of people. I hope that he ends up in jail forever, or even better, suffers the same fate.
The entire town and country are demanding justice, as they should.
But isn't it ironic that when the exact same thing was happening to innocent people in Israel, the world wasn't screaming for justice?
Assuming every act of terrorism in Israel was reported, there was still NO world outcry for revenge against the terrorists. There was NO call to bring them to justice. There was NO public world statement that Israel would be supported if she decided to retaliate.
Instead, there was silence.
Indifferent, unsympathetic silence.
(Oh yeah, and repeated warnings by Obama saying that Israel had better not retaliate.)
Well, guess what.
Hashem is taking care of it. He's showing the world that we all must believe in the Jewish People's right to live on our land and the right to defend our land as we see fit.
Because if they don't, that means they also don't believe in the Torah. And it doesn't matter if they're Jewish or not. If they believe in the Torah, they believe it's a Divine gift for all mankind. If they believe in that, they likely believe in Hashem as well.
Since the world was silent, Hashem let them see what it feels like.
Supporting the Jewish People and our G-d given right to live here is what Hashem wants. And while the people of the world are working on that, they can also work on letting go of generations of unfounded hatred and intolerance. So many people hate each other simply because they're different.
Soon, all this hate isn't going to exist.
The question is - will we rid ourselves of it? Or will Hashem have to do it for us?
There are only a few things in the world that the Almighty hates. One of them is evil. Another is tyranny. Yet, the ugliest of all is racism.
A heinous lowlife white supremacist who had probably been watching Hamas propaganda movies adopted the terrorist-style mode of operation, got in his car and rammed a group of anti-racist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia that claimed the life of 32-year old Heather Heyer this past Shabbat, Aug. 12, 2017.
He and those like him have no place on our planet. Any group who preaches racial supremacy or color discrimination of any shape or form, whether it be white supremacists, neo-Nazis, KKK or whatever are all the embodiment of all three things that the Almighty can't stand - evil, tyranny and racism.
For over three decades, North Korea has been a major exporter of arms to Iran, which in turn supplies proxies including Syria and Hezbollah
North Korea built Syria Al Kibar nuclear plant, which thank G-d, Israel destroyed right before Rosh Hashana of 2007, immediately before the plant began full operation (see the amazing documentary of "Operation Orchard", Part 1 and Part 2 - it will glue you to your seat).
North Korea has vowed to destroy Israel. Were it not for Hashem's mercy in helping the Mossad and IDF to destroy North Korea's Al Kibar nuclear plant in Syria and to repeatedly intercept and destroy North-Korean produced Syrian arms from reaching Hezbolla, then the terror groups, with all the chaos in Syria, would have become a nuclear threat in our own backyard. As it is now, we have North Korean presence on our Northern border and North Korean influence on our Gaza border.
When the USA went to war with Sadaam Hussein in the Gulf War of 1991, Sadaam took advantage of the situation to rain SCUD missiles on Israel. He had also planned to launch a chemical warfare attack on us. Could North Korea be using the tension with the USA as a smokescreen to hide its plot with Syria, Iran and Hezbolla to attack Israel?
The Prophet Ezekiel seems to think so. According to Ezekiel's prophecy in chapters 38 and 39, Gog (North Korea?) is out to attack Israel. But once he does, that will be his end.
Israel has one secret weapon that sustains the whole world. This is the voice of our children learning Torah. As long as this voice is heard loud and strong, the entire axis of evil - North Korea, Iran and Hezbolla - won't be able to touch a hair on a Jewish head. So, if you're thinking about where to send your children to school next year, pick the very best Torah framework you can find. This, and the strengthening of emuna, is what gives us our supernatural ability to survive, no matter what the odds.
Don't let anyone or anything rob you of your happiness in life. And, if you don't feel happy, it's probably because some uninvited intruder is doing damage to your soul. How did he gain entrance.
To understand, let me tell you a story:
A rich miser who was an elderly bachelor went to the local matchmaker and asked the latter to find a suitable match for him.
"Match for you?!" exclaimed the matchmaker. "No women would agree to sleep in the back-room warehouse of your store like you do. A wife wants a normal house. Show me that you have one and I'll find a good match for you, provided that you give me suitable guarantees that you'll pay my fee – the whole town knows about your terrible reputation when it comes to money…"
"No problem," said the miser. "I'll be back shortly with the keys to a splendid villa."
Believe it or not, the miser obtained an entire mansion without spending a dime. To see he did it, read A Nail on the Wall, my feature article in this week's brand new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.
I don't think I can ever make another dessert again.
It's the early evening here in humid, sweltering Bet Shemesh and I'm watching my little boyfriend crawl across the table. But I can't stop him because I'm too busy stuffing my face with this INSANELY DELICIOUS crumble mixture.
I'm dropping crumbs all over the table, my skirt, and the floor but I don't care. I'm in keto heaven.
Actually, I have to blame Rav Brody for this dessert. All of his posting about Gog and Magog and the end of the world got my appetite soaring to new and inhuman levels. Since I can't eat most of what's in my house because it's not keto-friendly, I had to improvise and make my own INSANELY DELICIOUS dessert.
I don't know why, but I'm getting more keto-crazy with each day. I mean, why eat dinner when I can eat this instead? It's got nuts, eggs, coconut, and butter. It's practically a steak with broccoli on the side.
As I leisurely sip my coffee I'm silently sending out ESP signals for someone to come and take this plate away from me, because I just can't. Maybe if I keep typing my fingers won't be able to reach over and grab some more crumble and force it into my mouth.
Yes. I know. I need a therapist.
Now listen - this dessert took me an awful long time to make because I had to actually measure stuff, which y'all know I hate to do. But I did it for your sake. So somebody, PLEASE make this dessert so all of my hard work would not have been in vain.
If any of you are on a keto diet, it's my variation of a fat bomb.
I highly recommend you eat this while drinking a nice espresso or cappuccino, and/or top this over a generous scoop of sugar-free vanilla ice cream. OMG. Heaven.
Please write to me about the state of nirvana that you reached when you took a bite of this INSANELY DELICIOUS little creation.
(Did you catch my attempt to control your mind? Did it work??)
This makes a very small batch, but it goes a long way. Feel free to double (or triple) the recipe:
-2 large handful raw pecans (coarsely chop them)
-1 c. unsweetened coconut flakes (You can have my sweet friend Tena mail you some if you can't find them in your area.)
-3/4 c. ground almond
-1/2 c. ground walnut
-3/4 c. splenda
-handful pumpkin seeds
-1 T. cinnamon
-1 T. cardamon (YUM!!!)
-1 c. melted butter (YIKES!!)
Mix it all together, place it as flat as you can in a baking sheet, and bake it until it browns on the top. Mine took less than 10 minutes. If you start to smell burning, you might want to take it out.
The Torah is better than any daily newspaper, because it dictates current events. How? The holy Zohar tells us (page 161, a) that Hashem looked into His Torah and created the world. In other words, the Torah is Hashem's blueprint for creating the world. Creation is an ongoing process, for every moment, Hashem renews creation. It's not like some people think that Hashem created the world and the went into semi-retirement. No, Hashem's Divine Providence is at work all the time.
This past week has been the week of the saber-rattling rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang. What is the meaning when two major powers so imprudently dare each other, like two high-school rowdies challenging each other to a fist fight?
The Midrash tells us that if you see two major powers daring each other, expect the imminent coming of Moshiach (Midrash Raba, Breishit, 42d). Let's be precise in our reading of the Midrash - it doesn't say "fighting" each other; it says "daring" each other. This is exactly what has been going on all week, to this very moment. As I write this on 11:30 PM on Saturday night, after the termination of Shabbat Ekev, we hear about Trump's comments today the the US military is "locked and loaded", and North Korea's reaction that its military is on "standby to launch."
Could the fiery rhetoric mean the prelude to Gog and Magog? And why has all this daring taken place during the week when we read the Torah portion of Ekev?
Look what we read in the Torah portion in the Sabbath reading yesterday (it's already Sunday in Israel as I'm finishing to write and research this post):
Deuteronomy 11:23 looks like this in the original Biblical Hebrew:
וִירִשְׁתֶּם גּוֹיִם, גְּדֹלִים וַעֲצֻמִים מִכֶּם
This passage is the Torah telling us, the Jewish People, "You shall inherit nations greater and mightier than yourselves." In other words, Israel has nothing to fear from great and mighty enemies who threaten us, like North Korea (more on that later this week, G-d willing, here at EmunaNews on the Beams).
Look what I found in the writings of the hidden tzaddik Menachem Menashe, who died in Jerusalem some fifty years ago:
The initials of the first three words of the passage create the name "Gog", while the initials of all five words of the passage create the name "Magog", as I illustrated in the above graphic, based on Rebbe Menachem Menashe's writings.
Could this be the prelude to the war of "Gog and Magog"? Guess what North Korea'a ancient name is: Goguryeo .
This is no joke. Hashem doesn't want to scare us, only to awaken all of us from our spiritual slumber. The threat is very real.
What can we do? Just one person who strengthens him/herself in emuna is enough to save the entire world. Wouldn't you like to have that credit to your name? You can, so let's all get to work. May we have a peaceful and blessed week, amen!
Is it possible to prove emuna? What can a person who sincerely wants to know if there's a Master Creator or not do, without getting entangled in all types of philosophical spider webs? Enjoy today's emuna lesson and have a lovely new week!
There is a fierce debate among our sages of the Talmud as to who will win the war at the end of days between the US and its allies and Iran and its allies. Yet, no one argues that there will be a global conflict between them. If we open Tractate Yoma to page 10a, we find that Rebbe Yochanan says that Iran will win, but Rav says that the USA will win. Both bring earlier sources, even prophecies, to support their arguments. Who is right? Both are.
There is an ancient Talmudic law, orally passed from teacher to student: whenever the sages in this world below argue a point, the same debate is going on in the Heavenly Court above. Since the Heavenly Court has not yet reached a decision, it's still up for grabs.
Our sages tell us one other thing: it doesn't matter what the nations do, it matters if the Jews do teshuva or not.
Iran, though, is too clever to duke it out with the USA on its own. It needs help, both upstairs and downstairs. Downstairs, in this world, Iran's main ally and nuclear bedfellow is North Korea. Upstairs, it has a special ally - the Angel of Death. Would you like to know who the Angel of Death is? Look at this gematria, which Hashem put in my head earlier today:
North Korea in Hebrew is צפון קוריאה - gematria 548
The Angel of Death in Hebrew is מלאך המוות - gematria 548, exactly the same as North Korea!
North Korea is the manifestation of the Angel of Death, and the trigger to World War III. If that's not enough, Lamentations 4:18 says, "Our end is near" - this is a prophecy of the end of the non-emuna world, the world as we know it today. In the original Hebrew, the verse says קָרַב קִצֵּנוּ - the gematria of this passage is - you guessed it - 548 as well.
The outcome of current events depends on whether we strengthen ourselves in emuna or not. Everything else is a folly. If you're trying your utmost to get close to Hashem, smile - you have no need to worry.
In this amazing and encouraging clip, Rabbi Shalom Arush exposes the underlying culprit behind sadness and depression, while providing beautifully simple advice what to do about it. Enjoy and have a lovely Shabbat! Remember, Hashem loves you and so do all of us here at the Beams.