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Eyes Beyond Time

Eyes Beyond Time
The more a person regards the world with a material orientation, the less he enjoys spiritual insight. Conversely, the more a person realizes the folly and futility of material endeavors, the more he seeks spirituality and gains spiritual insight. Spiritual insight enables a person to see things that others don't see at all. How? Imagine that you're standing on the top of a mountain; your field of vision is much further and wider than a person who is standing on a lower ledge or at the bottom of the mountain. By the same token, the higher a person's spiritual level, the more he or she sees. We can now understand how the average man can not at all understand the decisions and considerations of our spiritual leaders; he cannot see what they see...

Continue reading Eyes Beyond Time, my feature article in this week's stimulating issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

This week's Torah portion is Balak. Among other things, it tells about Hashem's amazing love for His chosen people; read all about it in Phenomenal Patience.

Also featured this week:

Rabbi Shalom Arush - A Time for Change, The Desert Test

Dr. Zev Ballen - The Therapy Culture

Rav Nissan Dovid Kivak - Doing My Job

Rivka Levy - Short Pain, Long Gain, Traffic Jam

G-d bless for a wonderful week! If you're headed for vacation, please drive safely and don't forget to say the The Traveler's Prayer (Tefilat Haderech). Hashem loves you and we do too.

Why the Kidnapping?

Eyal yifrach Naftali frenkel Gilad Shaer

From left: Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaer

Animals react with instinct, for they lack the power of reason. If a dog is hit with a stick, it will growl at or bite the stick. Yet, the stick is not responsible for hurting the dog; the person who wields the stick is.

Much of the Israeli media has been blaming the police and the secret services here for all types of operative breakdowns that enabled the tragic kidnapping of the three Gush-Etzion yeshiva students, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel. So who is responsible?

Hashem is. The first principle of our faith as brought down by the Rambam is that Hashem alone, did, does and will do every deed. So, with emuna in mind, Hashem is responsible for the kidnapping and Hashem is also responsible for the three young men's safe return home from captivity, wherever they are. Hashem is responsible for the success of our security forces and is also responsible for their failure. Knowing this important fact, we no longer waste time on useless blame games but instead ask Hashem why He is doing this to us. By soul-searching and uprooting the spiritual reason that led to the kidnapping, we are doing the best we possibly can to bring Eyal, Gilad and Naftali home.

These three young men are absolute tzaddikim and are suffering for the sins of the Jewish People. This past year has been exemplified by unprecedented intramural Jewish hate, spearheaded by self-serving populist politicians. Hashem can't stand dissenion among His children. Yet, since the three yeshiva boys were kidnapped 17 days ago, all talk of dissension has ceased. The entire nation has come together. If the Hamas (or whoever else committed the crime of the kidnapping) knew that they'd contribute so much to Jewish unity in the Land of Israel, they'd have never allowed this to happen.

Today begins the new month of Tammuz. The notorious Three Weeks begin in another 17 days. Now is the time to love and accept one another and to uproot the ugly sinat chinam, the senseless intramural hate and dissension that caused both the Destruction of our Holy Temple and the kidnapping of our three cherished young men. G-d willing, with ahavat Yisrael, love and tolerance of one another, we'll get them back together with the bonus of Moshiach and our rebuilt Holy Temple, soon, amen.

You are Vital

In your hands
Did the Creator create such a magnificent universe – from the tiniest one-celled amoeba to the greatest galaxies – out of boredom? Of course not! Every mineral, plant, animal, and human has an important task to perform in the overall scheme of creation. You are no exception. If you're here on earth, than the world cannot function properly without you, for you have an important task to fulfill. Keep that in mind, and have a lovely Shabbat!

A Ray of Hope

With Hashem's loving grace, I returned home safely to Israel after an intensive 19-day speaking tour in the USA and Canada. Many people have emailed asking why I've been so quiet about Eyal, Naftali and Gilad, the three young men who were kidnapped in Gush Etzion two weeks ago. On the road, I don't take a computer, for between lectures and meeting people, I have no time to update. 

All of Israel prays that Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel come home safely too. Here's a new ray of hope:

The IDF has just now reported that two wanted Hamas terrorists, prime suspects Marwan Kawasmeh (29) and Amar Abu-Eisha (33), disappeared the same night - June 12 - when the three young men were kidnapped. We hope and pray that Israel's security forces will track them down soon and find Eyal, Naftali and Gilad, freeing them safe and sound from captivity.

May we hear good news soon, amen.