There are two things that I especially don't enjoy seeing - wilted flowers and wilted relationships. You can throw the wilted flowers into the refuse bin, but it's not so easy to dispose of the hurt and heartbreak that go with wilted relationships. People ought to be much more careful with other people's feelings.
This is no joke - hurting another person is a serious transgression of Torah.
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Ellen is 21 and a really great young lady. But she has a problem. She just got jolted for the second time. She's not only hurting - she's devastated. Something must change. Down the road, people suffer all types of problems not realizing that they stem from the trail of broken hearts they left while dating. Read The Broken-Heart Factory in this week's thought-provoking issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.
Also this week, Rav Shalom Arush teaches us the real meaning of teshuva in Elul: Finding our Way. Rivka Levy investigates if people really are willing to do anything to solve their problems in Please Pass the Prozac. In Payot, not Purgatory, Rivka asks if the long sidecurls are for Israeli-born Breslevers only. While we're on the subject of hair, Chaya Ovadia examines the difficulty of women covering their natural-born locks in The Mane Challenge. Dr. Zev Ballen pulls off the mask of "Mister Popular" in The Face. Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach talks about Moshiach in Before the Great Day. Racheli Reckles juggles the challenges of motherhood in My Reality Show. Rabbi Dovid Charlop discusses this week's Torah portion - "Shoftim" - in Partners in Creation. Dovber Halevi probes the blessing Straightening Up that we say every morning..
Here're bright Beam blessings for a beautiful week!