Is there hope for the autistic child? Eliahu HaNavi revealed a tikkun to a hidden tzaddik, the tzaddik revealed the tikkun to my beloved rabbi Rav Shalom Arush, and Rav Shalom revealed it to us. Read the whole Tikkun for Autism at Dr. Zev Ballen's Emuna Therapy blog.
King David says (Psalm 119:99), “I learned from everyone that taught me.” If Hashem sends a person or event in our lives, then there's surely something to learn.
My high-school wrestling coach was an Irish coal-miner's son from the hills of Pennsylvania, a self-made man who ultimately earned a PhD in education. He had tons of worldly wisdom and much of what he taught me in life helped me at critical times, especially during my service in the military.
Our coach hung a sign on the ceiling of our training gym with a tongue-in-cheek message that said, “If you can read this sign, you're losing!” Understandably, anybody that's lying on his back on a wrestling mat is not in the process of winning the match...
The Torah commands us to be in simcha, to be in a state of joy. That means we should have a smile on our face and not a stern look of hellfire and brimstone. Therefore, when a person is happy, he's a winner in Judaism. But when he's not happy - “on his back” so to speak – he's losing...
Many observant people ask, “I perform mitzvas, but I'm not happy! How can the Torah command me to be happy?”
The answer is quite simple. The Torah commands us to be happy, because if we observe its commandments like we should, then we will be happy.
Lack of happiness in one's Torah learning, prayer, and/or mitzva performance usually stems from one of two problems, either a lack of emuna or an excess of stringency.
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Many people have written and asked what was the third thing that Rabbi Yehuda Zev Lebowitz said before he died to Rav Shalom Arush. I didn't want to repeat it. But, this past week, Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi said the same thing in his weekly shiur in Hebrew; "There will be a sharp increase of shock in the world and severe hatred of the Jews!" The main points of the shiur are translated to English at Rivka's Bat Aliyah blog.
Meanwhile, if you don't plan to make aliya in the near future, do two things:
1. Start praying every day that you and your family will be able to make aliya;
2. Do what you can to spread emuna - that way, you are Hashem's shaliach (emissary) wherever you are.
Rav Lebowitz ob"m, Rav Nir Ben Artzi, and the autistics have all said the same thing. No one can say that they didn't know.
Today's emuna lesson is dedicated to Morrie Ludwig (Moshe ben Asher) of blessed memory from San Francisco, who left the physical world exactly 6 years ago on the 5th of Shvat, 5766. He was one of the very first supporters of Emuna Outreach.
Anger is worse than almost any other violation of Torah. Anger and emuna are mutually exclusive. Anger is not only comparable to idolatry, a heinous insult to Hashem, but also leads to severe transgressions against our fellow man. Anger is something we all need to avoid, as we'll learn in the following vital 35-minute lesson:
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Bright Beam Blessings for a wonderful anger-free week!
This week's 8-minute mini-lesson on the Torah portion, Parshat Bo, explains what's written inside our tefillin and why. This Shabbat, the 4th of Shvat, is also the yahrtzeit of the holy Baba Sali of saintly and blessed memory. Have a wonderful Shabbat!
Rav Yehuda Zev Lebowitz of saintly and blessed memory was a Kabbalist and hidden tzaddik as well as a Holocaust survivor. Little is known of him, for he lived his life far away from spotlights. Yet, his word carried tremendous weight in the Heavenly realm. What many don't know is that he was one of Rav Shalom Arush's principle spiritual guides. Rav Yehuda Zev, a holy man with the eyes of a sonogram, could not stomach anything other than absolute holiness. Many big rabbis were therefore afraid to approach him, for he could smell if they were the real deal or not. He loved Rav Shalom. He didn't leave much in the physical world, but he bequeathed his tefillin to Rav Shalom.
Before he died, he told Rav Shalom three things, the first two of which have materialized:
1. Uprisings and infighting will sweep through the Arab countries;
2. Bibi will not be able to attack Iran; Hashem will use other means as He did with Sadaam Hussein.
I don't want to repeat the third thing that Rav Yehuda Zev said, for it hasn't materialized yet. But, I urge our cherished brothers and sisters outside of Israel to start praying and planning to make Aliya, the sooner the better.