25 posts from July 2013
Elul is only 9 days a way, when we start our countdown to Rosh Hashana. Let's not wait to better ourselves. My article on this week's stimulating issue of Breslev Israel web magazine, The Midnight Guest, is some food for thought in best utilizing our pre-High-Holiday time...
What's the big deal about the Land of Israel? Why should a person uproot himself from family and home to come to a land of hostile neighbors and other difficulties? Let's find out:
"Now I'm keeping Rabbi Brody's flute music with me almost all the time, in my study, playing softly in the background even when I'm consulting with people. You too will feel the difference right away. Every compelling note will draw you closer to G-d, to the land of Israel and to your own holy soul." Dr. Zev Ballen, founder of Emuna Therapy
Without emuna, a person can't deal with success, for it leads to arrogance. Hashem wants us to succeed, but He certainly doesn't want us to be arrogant. What's the safeguard?
Big Beams blessings for a wonderful Shabbat!
True freedom means that you are at liberty to seek the truth, even if that's not the popular thing to do. True freedom means that you don't carry around a ball and chain of conformity. True freedom is an ability to break free from anything that stifles your soul. When you walk away from a peer group that's doing something wrong, you are free. If you do what's right despite jeer and ridicule, then you're both courageous and free. That's the lesson of the courageous Levites at the time of the Golden Calf - they walked from what they knew was wrong. Let's follow in their footsteps and separate ourselves from the Golden Calf of 2013. There's no better feeling than doing what's right. The money and the cheap thrills are going down the drain, but Torah, emuna, and mitzva observance are here forever. Hashem is calling all of us in these final days before Moshiach to make a clear choice.