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24 posts from October 2014

The Worst Jail

No jail like lust
People work their entire lives to reach the pinnacle of their career. We all know presidents, diplomats and other seemigly dignified people who throw their entire careers away for a few moments of lust satisfaction. 

The same can be said about the heads of families. They too have thrown marriages, spouses and the future of their children away while fanning the flame of their lust.

What a shame!

One can't be free if he or she is a slave to lust. It's worse than being locked in the worst jail. That's why we put so much emphasis on modesty and personal holiness, for nothing severs a person from Hashem like lust, and nothing enables a person to get so close to Hashem as personal holiness.


Washington's Foul (Fowl?) Language

Fowl Language
I certainly don't agree with many of the policies of Prime Minister Netanyahu and his current government coalition. Yet, he's my brother and a brother-in-arms at that. Brothers can disagree, but if an outsider badmouths my brother, then he crosses the red line with me as well. You can see my reaction to the Obama administration officials who opened their contaminated mouths against Israel's Prime Minister today on the Israel National News website.


The Emuna Equation

Emuna equation
Rebbe Nachman of Breslev explains that emuna is like fertile soil - it makes anything grow. Indeed, emuna is the best medium in the universe for personal growth. Conversely, nothing grows well in bug or weed-infested soil. Stunted personal growth is virtually always the result of a lack of emuna.

Emuna gives a person the inner strength to fear no one other than Hashem. That's the greatest freedom in the world.

With the above in mind, we can describe emuna mathematically, as an equation:

Emuna = Growth + Fortitude


Rav Shalom Arush: Coming Soon to North America!

Rabbi_Arush_USA
1. Itinerary

Yes, it's for real! "Healing Body and Soul" is the theme of Rav Shalom Arush's upcoming North America Tour, from Nov. 18 - December 1, 2014. He will be in the following areas:

November 18 - 19: Toronto, Ontario

November 20 - 25: New York City and vicinity

In Toronto and NYC,  Breslev Israel's English Department's Rabbi Lazer Brody will accompany the Rav and be translating for him.

November 26 - Dec. 1: Mexico City. Breslev Israel's Spanish Department's Rabbi Yonatan Gal'ed will be accompanying the Rav and translating for him in Mexico.

Note: In the coming days, we'll be posting the exact event schedule with times, places and addresses.

2. Personal Appointments with Rav Arush

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to meet, seek advice and be blessed by one of this generation's greatest tzaddikim, the internationally acclaimed spiritual guide who wrote the multi-million-copy best seller The Garden of Emuna (among dozens of author highly popular books he authored) and who triggered the emuna revolution, bring people from around the globe closer to Hashem.

The limited number of time slots available for meeting the Rav are diminishing fast, so if you'd like to set up a personal meeting and/or partner in the Rav's tour, contact urgently:

Rabbi Aharon Dubinsky: staff@breslev.co.il -  NY VOIP - 718-577-2975; LA VOIP - 323-271-0581; Israel direct, 972-2-532-3339 x 1

Mrs. Yehudit Bell: donations@breslev.co.il - NY VOIP - 718-878-3499; Israel direct, 972-54-919-6016

3. Rare Opportunity to Host an Event with Rav Arush

If you're in the greater New York city/ North Jersey area, there's still a rare opportunity to host an event in your community with Rav Shalom Arush, namely, on Monday evening, November 24th. If you're interested, contact Breslev Israel's Program Director Rabbi David Reckles right away: write david@breslev.co.il or call NY VOIP - 718-577-2975; LA VOIP - 323-271-0581; Israel direct, 972-2-532-3339

Looking forward to seeing you soon, G-d willing!


My Responsibility

My Responsibility

There's a Hebrew slang expression that originated in the IDF, describing a soldier or any other person who doesn't want any responsibility - rosh katan, the "little head", or rosh sika, "pinhead".

Hashem doesn't want us to be like that. Rebbe Nachman of Breslev says that intrinsically, each of us is responsible for the whole world. This is a vital concept, which we'll learn in this week's shiur entitled, "My Responsibility."

Today's shiur (lesson) and live broadcast will take place this evening (Wednesday) at 7:00 PM local time (Israel is now back to standard time, whereas the USA will go back on Nov. 2, so there's a 6-hour difference this week - the shiur will be at 1 PM NY DST), at our Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva, 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street, Jerusalem, in the main sanctuary. 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 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! If you are not able to view today's broadcast live, then G-d willing, you'll be able to see the video tape of it on this coming Sunday's Lazer Beams.


Solitude

Solitude
The more a person develops his or her spiritual awareness and spiritual self, the more he or she realizes their own treasured individuality. Just as their fingerprints are unique, so are their souls. The unique person doesn't enjoy "hanging" with others in idle talk, wasted time and inconsequential endeavors. He or she would much rather be alone in a field, on a mountain or on the beach, communing with the Almighty. Such a spiritually developed person loves solitude. Don't be mistaken, solitude is the opposite of loneliness. When you feel Hashem's presence all around you, you're never lonely.