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.
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.
One of the first things a soldier or a hiker in the Negev desert learns is not to sleep in a wadi (dry river bed). It can rain dozens of miles away, but if water flows down from the mountains into the wadi, the wadi becomes a raging river that can flow as fast as 80 MPH. That means that if you're hiking in the area of Shivta or Avdat, and it rains on the Jordan border 40 miles away, a torrent of water will reach you in a mere 30 minutes. The flow of water can be strong enough to wash away a tank.
Thank G-d, we've enjoyed rain the past few days in the south of Israel. Here's a clip from last year that shows what we're talking about:
Rav Yitzchak Kadouri of blessed and saintly memory, the Kabbalist leader of our generation, departed the physical world 6 years ago at the age of 110. Since today is his yahrtzeit, and it's a mitzva to see the face of a true tzaddik, so here is a rare clip with Iraqi Jewish music in the background, for the Rav was born in Baghdad.
Starting at 6:30, you'll see his funeral in Jerusalem, where 300,000 attended. Also pictured are Rav Mordechai Eliahu ob"m, Rav Ovadia Yosef, Rav Biniahu Shmueli, Rav David Basri and other leading spiritual leaders of this generation. May Rav Kadouri's holy neshama intercede in our behalf, amen - we certainly need it!
Bright Beam Blessings to David Walker, for providing us with the video clip.
The Negev desert is an amazing place for personal prayer. You can walk in the wadis or almost anywhere in the wilderness and feel that you're walking in the footsteps of Avraham Avinu, who roamed the Negev from north to south and from east to west. Here's a short clip that shares the feeling:
The Holy Ariza'l and his disciples used to usher in the Shabbat by praying out in the field on late Friday afternoon. I dream of ushering in the Shabbat on our gorgeous Ashdod riviera sometime. Meanwhile, someone had a similar dream and put it to film, together with Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach of blessed memory singing his classic rendition of Lecha Dodi. I'm sure you'll love this as much as I do: