Stop and think of all the daily aggravations each one of us has. The teller at the bank refuses to cash a check. Someone is sitting in your synagogue seat. Your brand new washing machine is not functioning properly. Your child isn't feeling well. The list goes on and on. Your spouse accuses you of something you didn't do.
What do we do to preserve our sanity?
The choice is ours – to live our lives with emuna or without emuna, Heaven or purgatory. By accepting life's tiny tribulations with love, we're doing ourselves the greatest favor in the world. The vicious jungle that this world often appears to be suddenly transforms into a... Garden Paradise; read all about it in this week's vitamins for mind and soul, Breslev Israel web magazine.
Rav Shalom Arush points out thise week that there certainly is not an equal sharing of the spiritual defense burden - few are willing to stand up and fight the Evil Inclination. Read all about it in One in a Thousand.
Tuesday is not only the first of Nissan, Rebbe Nachman's 241st birthday, but it's also the first day when we can say the blessing of the trees. Is there a connection between the two? "Sure is," says Tal Rotem. Tal also teaches us the how's and why's of Birkat Ha'Ilanot in Blessing of the Trees.
Also featured this week:
Racheli Reckles: The Pop-Quiz Pizza
Dr. Zev Ballen: Squeezed for Time
Chaya Ovadia: Sublimal Encounters
Rivka Levy: The Easy Life
Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum: Healthy Eating During Pesach
Mordechai Yaacov Alon: The Fatal Embrace of Ignorance
This week's Torah portion is Vayikra. Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn shares a story about the Baal Shem Tov with us, Scatttered Coins, that will be perfect for your Shabbat table. But meanwhile, until this coming Shabbat rolls around, have a wonderful week!
PS: Passover is two weeks from now. Grace your Seder table with exquisite and very affordable Judaica from Breslev Israel's online store; this also provides the perfect answer of what to bring your host if you are being a guest on Seder night.