Imagine that your employer calls you into his office and sits you down for a heart to heart talk. He has a special challenge for you, and he’s confident that you can succeed. But, you’ll be leaving your permanent home for an indefinite amount of time. You agree.
Your employer makes an overseas call and arranges everything you’ll be needing – living quarters, means of transportation, and your every need down to the smallest, most minute detail.
Your employer then tells you that he will be monitoring your every move. You may not feel it, but by virtue of instant messaging, Skype, and all types of new technology, he’ll be virtually with you at all times.
He warns you that your task won’t be easy. But, as a consolation, you’ll be receiving quite a few amenities to make your job more pleasant. Yet, he also warns you not to concentrate on the amenities but to focus on meeting your challenge and completing your mission in the very best possible way. If you’re smart, you’ll heed your employer’s words, for he more than anyone else wants you to succeed.
Three different flights and twenty hours in the air get you to your destination. Sure, you feel awfully lonely. But then again, your employer arranged a beautiful penthouse on the 42nd floor with a breathtaking view of the city and the surrounding ocean. You have a wet bar stocked with all the finest, from 40-year aged-in-an-oak cast authentic Highland-Scotch whiskey to Chateau-de-Rothschild Cabernet, 35 years old. You have a walk-in closet with a complete wardrobe. The fridge and cupboards are stuffed with your favorite foods.
Once a year, you get a telegram (yes, such things still exist) from your employer. He reminds you to focus on your mission, and that the penthouse and all the amenities are temporary. You are always amazed how difficult that is to remember, so you really appreciate the boss’s annual telegram.
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Succoth - which begins this week on Wednesday night - is the annual telegram we receive from our beloved Father in Heaven. Hashem is reminding us that life in this world is like a fixed-term rented apartment with a non-renewable lease. When your time's up, you pack your bags and out you go...
This coming Saturday night and Sunday, 18 Tishrei, 5771, is the 200th anniversary of Rebbe Nachman's departure from the physical world. My cherished friend Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum tells us about The Life of Rebbe Nachman.
My beloved Rabbi and spiritual guide Rav Shalom Arush writes about the 4 aspects of self-composure in A Fortified Wall.
Rivka Levy takes a look at gratitude in Abi Gezunt.
Natalie Kovan learns to bake Challahs in A Jew in Training.
Breslev Kids can enjoy Rebbe Nachman's Story of Trust.
For the scholarly, Rabbi Mordechai Kornfeld writes about The Magnitude of Torah.
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Are you feeling down about yourself? You must hear our new CD, This is My Doing; it's sweeter than sugar, and will pick you up like nothing else can. You'll find all of our emuna Cds here. They're perfect for listening in the Succa during the intermediate days of the holiday.
Breslev Israel, Emuna Outreach, and the Beams wish you a fantastic week and a joyous Succoth holiday.