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5 posts from April 2009

Preventive measures for Swine Fever

Our good friend Janice A. in Colorado is doing a wonderful public service by reminding people the best preventive measure to take for Swine Fever:

"If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you." Exodus 15:26


The Miracle of "Ad Halom"

11806 Israel’s Memorial Day, Yom HaZikaron, begins this year on Monday evening, April 27, 2009. Israel never forgets its debt of eternal gratitude to its sons and daughters who gave their lives for the achievement of the country's independence and its continued existence. It is a day of collective and personal heartache mingled with awe and honor for our holy martyrs.

When looking at Israeli military history, most people consider the Six-Day War of 1967 as Hashem’s greatest miracle of modern times. My choice would be the War of Independence of 1948-49.

In the initial stage of the War of Independence, the Egyptian, Syrian, Iraqi and Jordanian armies scored notable successes. It looked like the tiny Jewish nation would be finished before it began its modern-day rebirth. The formidable Egyptian army - backed by tanks, artillery, armor and aircraft, which Israel did not have - were able to cut off the entire Negev and to occupy parts of the land that had been allocated to the Jewish state, reaching as far north as Ashdod... 

Continue reading The Miracle of Ad Halom on this week's Breslev Israel magazine.

Debt problems? Read The Plastic Family by Rabbi Shalom Arush.

This week's Torah portion, Achrei Mot/Kedoshim, is an Obligation to Holiness. Apropo holiness, don't miss Modesty 101. There are also Holy Vehicles this week.

Beauty is in The Eye of the Beholder.

In the spiritual journeys department, see Journey to Abu and Seeds of Doubt.

For our Noahide readers there's Heaven for 7 and for kiddies the Desert Sings.

G-d willing, we hope to see all our friends in Los Angeles later this week. Have a wonderful week!


Come on Home!

Holocaust Day this year falls on Monday Night and Tuesday, 20-21 April, 2009.

Many people are asking if there could be another holocaust, G-d forbid, and particularly in the "Land of the Free." For the last three weeks, people have been sending me a steady stream of emails asking for my opinion on Nava's post (Dreaming of Moshiach, one of the most popular Jewish blogs on the web) from April 7 entitled American Jews: Leave Now!, where she brings a number of sources that urge US Jews to leave write away.

Israelp Not long ago, Rabbi Shalom Arush said, “Those who don't come to Israel while they still can may be lucky to escape from the USA with a plastic bag and a pair of pajamas in the not so distant future.” Unlike some of the sources Nava brings, Rabbi Shalom says that they shouldn't feel like a gun is pointing at their head, but that all the Jews of the Diaspora - not just America - have an obligation to do their utmost to Come on Home to Israel as soon as they can.  

Rabbi Shalom Arush discusses the root cause of the Holocaust in One Infamous Night, our feature article in this week's Breslev Israel web magazine.

Were it not for a tragedy that happened to my own mother in Grodno, Poland (now Belarus) right before WWII broke out, your friend Lazer wouldn't be here. Read how even tragedies are all for the best in The Pin Cushion, this week's absolutely must-read.

Read about the Death Train and a dozen more gripping original Holocaust Day articles in this week's issue.

Rabbi Erez Moshe Doron says that if one really wants the truth, he or she will find it in Keep Searching.

Rivka Levy talks about what it feels like when all your neighbors are having babies and you're not in Maybe Baby.

Oded Mizrachi tells part 2 of Girl of Sinai and Shlomo Brunell tells us part 6 of his personal odyssey from Presbyterian Minister to Orthodox Jew in Strangers No More.

Alice Jonsson asks a tough question in Who are You to Judge? Sara Azulai writes about this year's Blessing in the Curse. Breslev Kids get more Perek Shira for kids.

This week's Torah portion is Tazria - Metzora. Here's wishing you a week of blessings and success.


It's Good to Thank Hashem

The best advice for handling any tough situation in life is simply to thank Hashem. "Hashem, I know that You gave me this difficulty as a growth opportunity to make teshuva and to get close to You. Thank You for my difficult situation. I know that there's no tribulations without prior transgression, so help me rectify the wrongdoing the invoked the stern judgment in the first place." With such an attitude, you'll see miraculous solutions to problems that you thought were insurmountable.

One of my favorite melodies during  hitbodedut is Psalm 92, "It's good to thank Hashem," that Shlomo Katz and I are singing here:

This Shabbat is Shabbat HaGadol - have a wonderful Shabbat and weekend!