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Anchor of Sanity

Anchor of sanity
It often seems that the world is becoming more and more a jungle of craziness. How can a person stay normal and maintain self-composure in such a tempestuous sea of violence and immorality that surrounds us? This week, we'll prepare for the holiday of Shavuot and learn how the Torah is an anchor of sanity.

With Hashem's loving grace, today's weekly emuna shiur (lesson) and live broadcast that will take place this evening (Wednesday) at 7:00 PM local time, at our Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva, 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street, Jerusalem, in the main sanctuary. 

As always, the live shiur is open to the public - both men and women are welcome - so if you're anywhere near Jerusalem, come on by! You can see today's lesson here - the broadcast, as well as our lessons posted from now on - are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in on time as follows: 

9:00 AM in LA and the West Coast, 10:00 AM Denver, 11:00 AM Mexico and Central, 12:00 PM NYC (EST), 5:00 PM in the UK, 7:00 PM Johannesburg and Capetown, 7:00 PM Israel. As soon as we can, G-d willing, we'll post a link to the lesson for all those who couldn't see it live. If you can't see the broadcast, you might need to download a new version of Flash Media player, which you can do here. We hope you enjoy the broadcast.

The Creator's Language

Hashem's Messages
Did you know that the Creator speaks to everyone of us every minute of the day? A raindrop that falls in our face is a message from Above.

The Creator is a loving Father - he wants us all to be close to Him. As such, the daily events and experiences of our lives are His language and personal messages to us, designed to stimulate our faith and encourage us to speak to Him. By speaking to Him, we develop a close relationship with Him. The closer one gets to G-d, the better one gets to know Him; that's our wultimate purpose on earth.

The Creator, in His limitless love for each of us, directs our lives in a manner that helps us to successfully achieve this goal. Understanding the vital fact that everything that happens in our lives is from Him and for our own ultimate good enables us to cope with all types of situations – whether good or seemingly bad – happily and without stress, worry, and anxiety.

When people deny or ignore God's personal messages, He is compelled to send "louder" messages - situations of greater difficulty. Those who fail to get to know G-d in good times risk being placed in predicaments devoid of any natural or logical solution, where the only remaining alternative is to cry out to Him. In this manner, the Creator – in His infinite loving-kindness - helps each of us reach Him and thereby get to know Him by developing our own personal relationship with Him. The more we cooperate, the more gratifying and easier our lives become.

The Support Troops

Support Troops
If the cooks in the kitchen aren't cooking, then the fighter pilots won't be flying. The cook therefore shares in the victory, because the pilot can't fly on an empty stomach.

Eating, drinking and sleeping are necessary functions in staying alive and healthy. Although these functions do not constitute such primary service of Hashem like learning Torah and praying, without them, one cannot serve Hashem. Therefore, when a person engages in material endeavors in order to have the power and wherewithal to learn Torah and perform Divine service, then he uplifts his or her material endeavors to the level of pure spirituality. Such a person is rewarded for eating, drinking and sleeping as if he performed a lofty mitzva. This is one of the important lessons we learn in this week's Torah, "Nosso", as you can see in my encouraging feature article The Support Troops in this week's issue of Breslev Israel magazine. 

Also featured this week:

Rabbi Shalom Arush - Falling in Fantasy

Rabbi Nissan Dovid Kivak - Frum Philosophers

Dr. Zev Ballen - Racing the Old Man

Rivka Levy - The Snake's Torah

Warren Becker - Emuna Rehab

Racheli Reckles - Emuna and Adrenal Fatigue

Rebbetzen Chana Bracha Siegelbaum - A Nation of Converts

If you haven't yet ordered your copy of Six Days to the Top, don't ask yourself why the light of super-success is not shining on you. You owe yourself this book.

Blessings for a sweet new week!