For Real - No More Arthritis!

Beating Arthritis
Arthritis sufferers - with Hashem's ever-loving grace, here's great news: You can beat the rap of arthritis without doctors, without pills, and with virtually no added expense. Milton did it, and you can too. We're delighted to present our readers with A 12-Step Plan for Relieving Arthritis in our feature article in this week's new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

Many people can't understand why their health and/or income are deficient, why they have so much trouble finding a soul-mate or why life just seems to be so very difficult. Our elaboration of this week's Torah portion, Truma, uncovers the root reason for many of life's headaches - don't miss The Copper Culprit.

Also featured this week:

Rabbi Shalom Arush - Strangled with Stringencies

Dr. Zev Ballen - Getting Unstuck

Racheli Reckles - Planet X

Dovber Halevi - Staying Above it All

ZZ Ludwick - The Wheelbarrow

Dennis Rosen - Too Blessed to be Depressed

Yehoshua Goldstein - Heavenly GPS

Enjoy, and have a wonderful week!

Above the Stars

Above the Stars
Several of our readers have complained lately that the Beams hasn't commented on current events in Israel or elsewhere.

A person must constantly assess him/herself, looking for areas to improve and to better implement Hashem's will down here on this troubled earth.

I don't think that my comments on current events helped anyone be healthier or happier. Sure, they might have been a good read, but my task on earth is not to be an entertainer.

As a rabbi and spiritual guide, I hear people's problems, aches and pains. Helping them is the most rewarding thing on earth. That's where emuna comes in - it's the greatest problem-solver on earth. Through the course of my work, I was finding that people who felt healthier were also happier. Emuna and fitness are therefore a powerfully invincible pair. That's why I became a certified health coach and fitness trainer, for together with spiritual guidance, my training was enabling me to help open new doors for people in their search for overall well-being.

Sure, the wider web audience loves the "action" of politics, current events and Moshiach speculation. That's not our job. Here at the Beams, we want to help you feel great. That's why we're now focusing on "emuna fitness" for a healthy soul, mind and body. By the way, everyone is welcome here, Jewish or not.

I'm sorry if I'm disappointing anyone, but there are great political pundits and much more learned rabbis than me. But, if you're looking to strengthen yourself in emuna and to strengthen your body in a way that's totally consistent with an emuna lifestyle, the Beams is the place for you to visit daily. Together, well not only reach the stars, but we'll go past them. Emuna defies nature, and takes us above the stars.

Daily Centering

Time for Yourself
Here's something I picked up from a health-and-fitness coach's manual (the bold-letter emphases are mine):

"The very first way to combat stress is to have your clients begin the exercise of taking 10 minutes each day - to simply sit and center themselves with their thoughts. They can find a quiet room somewhere and as they do, they should simply clear their mind or let their thoughts take place and then release them. This is a form of meditation and it can do wonders for helping to restore central nervous system balance, reducing ongoing stress and helping them feel that much better on a day to day basis. If they can’t do this for 10 minutes – 5 minutes will suffice. Any amount of time done daily or as close to daily a possible will have a very positive influence on their stress levels."

I don't know how many other health-and-fitness coaches follow the teachings of Rebbe Nachman, but the author of the above manual is right on the money. If 10 minutes daily ("5 minutes will suffice") does so much good for a person's nervous system, stress levels and overall good feeling, then imagine what 60 minutes a day of secluded personal prayer accomplishes! This is quality time, alone with Hashem, where you collect your thoughts, clarify issues and simply recharge body and soul. I like to do my daily sessions while walking, especially somewhere secluded and beautiful where heart and soul open wide up. It's the key to self-composure, happiness and sanity. Try it - you'll love it.


Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams
Our sages teach us that our souls leave us at night, for sleep is 1/60th of death. Is it a foregone conclusion that the same soul returns to the same body in the morning?

Don't miss today's eye-opening emuna lesson entitled, "Sweet Dreams". Today's shiur and live broadcast takes place this evening (Wednesday), G-d willing, 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 week on Lazer Beams. 

The Pep-Talk Selfie

Work on Yourself
The secret of winning coaches and mentors is knowing how to motivate their players, to "fire them up".

Even if you don't have a coach or a mentor, you can fire yourself up with "positive self-talk." Essentially, this is a pep-talk selfie.

Use positive language to describe what you hope to accomplish today, tomorrow and in the future. Tell it to Hashem and pray for it, too.

Unfortunately, people are constantly using statements that cause them to berate themselves, their efforts, or their abilities. What could be greater self-persecution? They need to learn how to turn these around into positive statements instead. That's where "positive self-talk."  You certainly know how to take a selfie with your cellphone camera, right? This is just as easy - give yourself a pep-talk selfie! Make 5 to 10 strong statements that reflect your aspirations and abilities. Share them too with Hashem, and tell Him that you're positive that He hears you and that He'll help you. Do this daily and you'll go a long way.

Don't ever forget though: true personal growth doesn't come easy. In fact, it hurts. But it sure feels great.


Come From Behind

Finish Line
Rav Shalom Arush says that joy and resilience go hand in hand. Agility is a wonderful attribute in serving Hashem. If a soldier falls in battle, he can't think about what happened and why he fell; he must get back on his feet immediately and continue fighting. The same goes for the battle against the evil inclination; if someone falls and did something wrong, it’s over and done with! Get up and move forward! Even a fall is from Hashem and all for the best. But, if a person reacts with sadness and depression, a mere fall turns into total defeat. Yet with joy, a person can move forward, pray and do teshuva, and continue toward the ultimate victory of character refinement, building emuna and rectifying personal holiness. Read more of Rav Shalom's marvelous and empowering thoughts in The Strong Comeback, his feature article in this week's new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

Just so the nations of the world wouldn't have any excuse to complain about His future selection of the Jews as His chosen people, Hashem frequented every nation, offering them the Torah. One refused to outlaw adultery. Another was adamant about worshiping gold and silver. Still another nation dismissed the Torah's laws against same-gender relationships as antiquated and in opposition to their liberal ideology. No one wanted the Torah - except us. Want to hear more? See No Time for Questions, my elaboration on Mishpatim, this week's Torah portion.

Also featured this week:

Dr. Zev Ballen - Living in a Box

Racheli Reckles - Immodest Woman

Howard Morton - Jew Hatred and Mark Twain

Dovber Halevi - Straight Talk

David Perlow - No Fear

Udele Shem Tov - No Why's

Enjoy, and have a lovely new week!