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How Great is Peace!

How great is Peace

The encouraging and emuna-filled words of my beloved teacher Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a as he eulogized his baby granddaughter Feigie Chana bat Shimon Machlouf ob"m three days ago inspired today's lesson. We dedicate this to the full and complete recovery of Rav Arush's son who is in serious condition, Shimon Machlouf ben Miriam Varda, as well as for his wife Daniella bat Zahava and his their children Nachman ben Daniella and Miriam bat Daniella.

Today's emuna shiur and broadcast, entitled "How Great is Peace" takes place this evening (Wednesday), G-d willing, at 7:00 PM local time 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.


A Condolence Call to Rabbi Arush

Dear Rabbi Lazer,

I wanted to leave a comment on your website along with all the other condolence comments, but it felt so impersonal. As a grandmother myself, I can't bear the thought of (a million times Heaven-forbid!!!) losing a grandchild. I know that Rav Arush's emuna is great and he surely accepts Hashem's judgments with love and without a doubt, but I'm sure he has pain too - tremendous pain. I couldn't live through a test like this. How can I do something really meaningful, to convey my condolences and ease some of Rav Arush's pain? I owe so much to the Rav for his books and CDs, which have added so much light to my life. I want to do something for Rav Arush in return. What do you suggest? Sincerely, Betty Sorren, NJ.

Dear Betty,

Thank you so much for your kind letter. Nothing makes Rav Arush happier than when another human being in the world calls out the Creator's Name. In that sense, nothing in the world is more important to the Rav than spreading emuna. I suggest that you pick up 100 emuna CDs which are subsidized and distribute them in memory of Feigie Channa bat Shimon Machlouf, Rav Arush's granddaughter of blessed memory. If you are unable for some reason to distribute them on your own, you can donate the cash equivalent to Emuna Outreach (see top left-hand toolbar on this site) and we will distribute them for you in the IDF, Israeli prisons or Israeli hospitals. Rav Arush will surely be comforted to see this letter. All the very best, LB


"I Am Hashem"

I get shivvers up my spine when I read what Rav Shalom wrote in his weekly article for this week's issue of Breslev Israel web magazine:

"Don't wait for Judgment Day. From this moment on, whatever  you go through in life, remember 'I am Hashem' -- everything is from Hashem.  When dealing with any of life’s difficulties, there are only two options: the first option is to remember that it’s all 'I am Hashem'. The second option is to be totally fooled by all of the confusion of this world, attributing power to nature, diseases, bacteria, viruses, and so forth; or to think that the problem was caused by evil eye, witchcraft or some imaginary attack; or to blame and get angry at a friend, boss, or spouse; or to blame oneself and to fall into depression.  These are the illusions that hold a person back from coming close to Hashem or utilizing life's challenges for repenting.  The moment a person recognizes  'I am Hashem!', he’s already ascended beyond the illusions and confusions of the material world. Then the picture becomes clearer and he begins to understand." Read the entire article here, I Am Hashem. These very words can comfort the Rav shlit'a at the time of his indescribable loss. Once again, Breslev Israel, Emuna Outreach and the Beams send the Arush family our deepest heartfelt condolences and pray for the speedy and complete recovery of Shimon, Daniella and their two children Nachman and Miriam.

Also featured this week:

Rav Lazer Brody - The Swallow's Song, which is about Shabbat Shira (this coming Shabbat); The Power of Silence, an elaboration of this week's Torah portion, Beshalach

Dr. Zev Ballen - Frum or Facade?

Racheli Reckles - The Perfect Man

Howard Morton - Another Signpost

David Perlow - Battle of the Eyes

Jennifer Woodward - Slingshot

Enjoy this week's issue, and may we only hear good things from one another. Blessings for a successful and meaningful week!


Rav Arush's Granddaughter Killed in Head-on Collision

RSA Funeral

Above image: From left, Head Rabbi of Jerusalem Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Rav Shalom Arush and Rabbi Moshe Kalo (one of Rav Shalom's son-in-laws) at the funeral of the Rav's grandadaughter Feigie Chana Arush ob"m, today in Jerusalem - the pain in Rav Shalom's usually smiley face tells everything...

Breslev Israel and Emuna Outreach mourn the tragic death of Rav Shalom Arush's 18-month old granddaughter, Feigie Chana ob"m, daughter of Shimon and Daniella Arush from Jerusalem. Shimon, driving home last night from the Baba Sali's yahrtzeit celebration in Netivot, was involved in a head-on collision. The baby suffered a head injury and was killed. The rest of the family - the father, mother and two siblings - are currently hospitalized in Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon.

Please pray for:

Rav Arush's son -  Shimon Machlouf ben Miriam Varda, who is in serious condition and now being operated on.

Rav Arush's daughter inlaw - Daniella bat Zehava, who is in advanced stage of pregnancy and in moderate condition.

Rav Arush's grandchildren - Nachman ben Daniella and Miriam bat Daniella, also in moderate condition.

At the time of this writing (Sunday 12:15 PM Israel), the funeral of Feigie Chana is taking place in Jerusalem.

With broken hearts hearts, we extend our deepest condolences to our esteemed and beloved rabbi and spiritual guide, the international beacon of emuna, Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a and Rebbetzen Miriam Arush.

Please pray for the full and speedy recovery of Shimon, Daniella and their two children. May Hashem comfort them in this most painful time among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, amen.

In the name of the Arush family, we thank everyone who has sent condolence emails.