One of the things I love to do when teaching is to make the Gemara come alive. If people knew how interesting the Gemara really is, they'd be clamoring to learn it…
Even Torah scholars are surprised when I tell them that Mar Ukva was a BT (baal teshuva). He was not only reish galuta, the President of the Jewish People in Diaspora at the time, but he was such an outstanding rabbinical court judge that even Shmuel of Nahardaa - one of the three leading scholars of the generation - looked up to him.
Before he became a BT, Mar Ukva had a big problem about guarding his eyes. He became so infatuated with a married woman, that he became Lovesick, our feature article in this week's exciting issue of Breslev Israel web magazine, that you won't want to miss.
My esteemed and beloved teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit'a writes that a who person is responsible enough and courageous enough to face the truth shows that he or she has Spiritual Maturity - read all about it.
A young lady by the name of Jessica asks Racheli Reckles about having a baby on her own, since she can't seem to find the right guy, in She Wants a Baby.
It's Adar already with Purim not far away. Our good friend R. Gamlieli says that "using fine wine to become inebriated is like wearing formal attire to mop a floor." You'll love his article, Drinking Wine in Moderation.
Breslev Israel's Dr. Zev Ballen faces off with indiscriminate use of meds in The Biopsychiatric Bluff.
Rivka Levy asks why risk stability and the comfort zone in Jump!
Sam Mitzmann has compiled a condensed Guide to Personal Prayer based on the teachings of Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit'a - part 1 is Personal Prayer Warmup.
Rabbi Dovid Charlop elaborates on this week's Torah portion, Ki Tisa, is Too High for Them.
Enjoy, and have a wonderful new week!