Our granddaughter was labelled in school as a hyper-active child. I wasn't surprised, because I noticed that at home she gets a constant diet of processed and fast foods which are full of MSG and other chemicals.
She is now visiting us on vacation. My husband sat up with her the first few nights because she had a difficult time going to sleep. When she did sleep, she slept very restless, thrashing about and nearly falling off the bed. Although she's 8 years old, her mother sent us a package of large, child-size disposable diapers for her chronic bed wetting.
I'm going to interject here, that many years ago I did an in-depth study into the dangerous health hazards and side effects of MSG. The FDA can label it whatever they choose, but the fact remains that it is a drug, pure and simple. After removing it from the diet, it can take up to 2 weeks for the glutamate level in the blood to return to normal.
By the third night she had calmed down enough to relax and I read to her at bedtime the story of Ruth. When it was time for lights out, I put on music by Guy Tzvi Mintz and set it to loop so that it would repeat and play all night. The next morning, the bed barely looked slept in because she slept so peaceful and no bed wetting! We repeated it the next night, more reading and the same music. Again, peaceful sleep and no bed wetting!
While she quietly plays during the day, I hear her humming a melody from the music she hears while she sleeps (track number 4 on the Guy Tzvi's Alarm Clock cd is the one in particular). It's like a night and day difference from when she first arrived. She prays, sings and smiles. And no bed wetting. I was very disappointed when her mother called and said their plans had changed and Maleah would have to go home early. That night, I thanked Hashem for the time we got to spend with her. Early the next morning her mother phoned again. That time she asked would we mind if Maleah stayed another 11 days instead of coming home early. Of course we didn't mind! All total, we are blessed with her here with us for 3 weeks. Baruch Hashem! Prayer + Breslov music + healthy eating is just what the doctor (of the soul) ordered!
With thanks and smiles, Cookie from Alabama
Lazer's note: Cookie and Roy Dalton are our dear friends and Emuna Outreach activists in Alabama. G-d willing, Guy Tzvi Mintz CDs will soon be available here on the Beams.
Here's good news for those who think that Jewish settlers are fading away: Breslever Chassidim are conquering the hills of Samaria - not with weapons, but with Torah, prayer, and the light of Rebbe Nachman's teachings.
Yesterday, I had the privilege of spending the day in the Shechem area. In the late afternoon, I visited my dear friend, Rabbi Yaron Degani, who founded a very special yeshiva, "Nachlei Dvash," on Hill 851 above the settlement of Itamar, east of Shechem overlooking Wadi Furik. Rabbi Yaron has literally given new leases on life to boys from problematic backgrounds by creating a special program of half-day agriculture and half-day Torah learning. Since it's now Shmitta year, the boys are concentrating on their work with livestock. During their learning hours yesterday, I was honored with saying a lesson on Rebbe Natan's Likutei Halachot.
May Hashem bless us with many more yeshivas like Nachlei Dvash and many more Rosh Yeshivas like Rabbi Degani. Enjoy the photos:
1. Rabbi Yaron Degani with Lazer
2. Yeshivat Nachlei Dvash - a pioneer settlement
3. A Jewish Settler's home on Hill 851 (notice the barren hills all around - the Jews are settling wastelands that no Arab foot steps on)
4. Lazer on one of Nachlei Dvash's horses
5. Lazer with a soldier on guard at the army outpost overlooking Wadi Furik. Emuna Outreach does its utmost to reach soldiers in the most faraway places.
What's the significance of Uman? Have you ever wondered why Rebbe Nachman wanted to be buried there? Read Tal Rotem's superbly researched article about the Uman Massacre on this week's BreslovWorld.
The words of a true tzaddik are eternally true. If we want to understand the defeatist attitude of today's regime in Israel, all we have to do is read the Lubavicher Rebbe's message, The Pride of Yaakov.
Rabbi Shalom Arush's eye-opening preview from the coming "Garden of Peace" tals about handling a situation where one partner in marriage is observant and the other isn't. Here's part 2 of One-sided Teshuva. A must read! That's not all - Rabbi Shalom gives more wonderful advice on child-rearing in part 2 of Education with Love.
Midreshet B'erot Bat Ayin is a wonderful place for a young lady to learn. Rebbetzen Chana Bracha Siegelbaum talks about their exciting new Garden of Emuna Program that just may be perfect for the young woman who's searching for a very special place to learn.
Recently, someone asked me if a person allowed to look at rainbows.
This weeks Torah portion is Nassa. Have a wonderful week!
We apologize for the tardiness in today's post as well as the tardiness in answering letters. Emuna Outreach has been receiving a record amount of mail in general, and a tremendous volume of mail from people with urgent problems in particular. With all our best intentions, we cannot possibly answer letters of a discussion or philosophical nature. Also, we cannot answer questions that can be easily answered by doing a Google Search or by looking in an Israeli Yellow Pages. We're happly to reply (as you all know) but we simply have no time for non-consequential chatter. With blessings and thanks for your understanding, LB