Hey folks, it's Chanuka!
Too many people in Israel are walking around with their heads in the sand; that's certainly understandable, but not good. The building freeze is hurting hundreds of thousands of people.
Wait a second: who froze the building in Judea and Samaria? The US Government? The European Union? The Israeli government? Wrong! Hashem froze the building; The Building Freeze is surely a harsh judgment, but within the cloud is a silver lining. Hashem is obviously not letting us build our homes, because we're not doing enough to build His home, the Beit Hamikdash. How do we do that? We strengthen our emuna and return to Hashem - it's that simple. Besides, we have to be happy with everything Hashem does, in solid belief that it's all for the best. Emuna and teshuva are the best antifreeze on the market...
Maybe you want to ask, do people really sing and dance all over the Land of Israel? The answer is yes, especially when your heart overflows with gratitude for the privilege of being here. That's also how a person acts when he or she is in love; with the love that a Jew has for Hashem and for Eretz Yisrael, you get the urge to dance and sing all the time. Besides, Rebbe Nachman teaches us that it's a tremendous mitzva to be happy always. Start smiling - the best is yet to come.
OK, if you can't smile - we here at the Beams will force you to smile. We love babies; thanks to our good friend Zahaval'e in Montreal and the folks at Evian, here's what we consider the Advertisement of the Year for 2009: