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22 posts from April 2015

Niggun, Kosher-for-Omer

With the Counting of the Omer halfway through, people are hungry for music. Although instrumental music is forbidden during the Omer, acapella (vocal only) is not. So, to keep smiles on Omer-observant faces, here's our cherished friend and one of Jewish music's most upcoming singers, Beri Weber, with a kosher-for-Omer Chabad melody. Enjoy it!

Light Unto the Nations

Light Unto the Nations
What is the task of a Jew in the world? What is the task of a Noahide in the world? Will the Noahides have a portion in the world to come? Who must learn the 7 Noahide Commandments?

Today's shiur, entitled "Light Unto the Nations," will provide us with the answers. It will take 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.

Proper Attire

Raking the Manure
Imagine that you're invited to a reception in the King's Palace. Would you show up dressed like the individual in the above photo? If you did, you'd be quickly ushered out the back door by burly guards with six-poles...

One of the lessons we learn in this week's Torah portion "Emor" is that acceptable behavior in a discotheque or in a tavern is not necessarily acceptable behavior in the cockpit of an airliner, and certainly not in the King's Palace. Read all about it in the Airborne Inebriate, one of my two feature articles in this week's new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

Did Moses really know everything? Why didn't he invent wireless technology? Why didn't all the Children of Israel enjoy the convenience of iPhones and microwave ovens? See your amazing answer in The Buzz and the Bees.

Also featured this week:

Rabbi Shalom Arush - Four Entered the Orchard

Dr. Zev Ballen - The Power of Truth

Racheli Reckles - The Jealous Husband

Tiferet Israel - The Man in the Purple Hat

Jennifer Woodward - Progress, not Perfection

Chaya Esther Schwartz - An Emuna Embrace

See you soon, America! Have a great week with bright Beams blessings for everything good.

Bibi a Breslever?

Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu's time in putting together a coalition is running out. Before Shabbat, he received a 2-week extension and now he only has 12 days left. The negotiations are like a short blanket - if he covers his head, his feet are outside; if he covers his feet, his head is outside. In like manner, when he pleases one prospective coalition partner, his displeases another. What should he do?

If Bibi were to ask me, I'd take him out to the beach south of Ashdod after sundown, and teach him how to talk to Hashem. If he'd throw the whole problem in Hashem's lap, he'd see how fast he gets a solution...

Bibi a Breslever? Am I pipe dreaming? For sure, not! Wait and see how many people will be making teshuva in the coming six months. Big things are about to happen, and no one will be able to sit on the fence anymore.

A bright Beams blessing and thanks to Rosy Afriat and the Doniger Family for sharing the following image with us...

Bibi Breslever

College Crossroads

Dear Rabbi Brody,

I am a 20-year-old college sophomore in the US, and lately I have been worrying about whether or not I am on the right path in life. I know I'm still young, but I feel I am ready to be married and start a family, and I live somewhere with very few Jewish males, none of whom are particularly religious. While I've always pictured myself as finishing college, lately I am not sure if this is the right thing to do. I was always an excellent student but lately I have been having a very difficult time finishing assignments because my mind is elsewhere, and even so, the liberal arts program I'm in is not likely to lead to many career opportunities. Also, so unbelievably many random things keep going wrong, making it more difficult to continue in school, and I don't know whether to take this as a sign from Hashem that maybe I should head in a different direction, or just as another challenge in life to overcome. I don't want to waste any more time if this is not what I should be doing with my life, and end up unmarried, having wasted what should be an exciting time in life on unfruitful studes. Should I spend at least the next two-plus years finishing my BA degree, or is it time to change directions? I would greatly appreciate any advice you might offer. Thank you so much for your time.

Wishing you happiness always like you make others happy,
Alicia in the western USA

Dear Alicia,

Good girl - you've done a good job of understanding the messages that Hashem has sent you. It's definitely time for you to seriously search for the right person and to raise a family.

The restlessness in your soul is straight from Hashem. A liberal arts program in a university is a waste of your valuable time and money. As far as a livelihood goes, you can take one of many inexpensive aptitude tests available on the web, determine a skill you like, and then pursue a six-month occupational course, such as computers, graphic design, dental tech, or whatever. So, I recommend that you check out of university, move to an area where there are Jewish studies for women your age, and then simultaneously strengthen your Judaism and acquire an occupational skill.

On the other hand, my blue-chip advice for you would be to come to Israel, enroll in a women's seminar for Jewish Studies such as Midreshet Beerot Bat Ayin which I'm sure you'll love, or EYHAT (Aish Hatora women's seminary) or Neve Yerushalayim as possible alternatives. That way you'll be able to strengthen your Judaism and find the exact guy you want. You'll be a smashing success, G-d willing. May Hashem bless you and lead you in the right path. Feel free to write. With blessings, LB

Three Levels of Peace

Policemanmachpela Lazer with security forces in the holy city of our Patriarchs Hevron, during a day of Emuna Outreach lectures at the Machpela Cave

Rebbe Nachman of Breslev explains that a person's quest for peace must be threefold - between him/herself and G-d, between him/herself and the Jewish people as a whole, and within him/herself.

In order to develop a harmonious approach to life as a whole, one must develop the ability to find Hashem's presence everywhere and in everything. That way, a person can feel love for Hashem regardless of the situation - whether things are good or seemingly bad.

If a person doesn't love G-d, he or she won't feel love for a fellow Jew. Therefore, the love of G-d is a prerequisite for ahavat Yisrael, the love of fellow Jews. Ahavat Yisrael leads to peace and unity; peace and unity among our people will hasten the redemption, soon and in our time, amen.