In this week's Torah portion, Yitro, we reed the Ten Commandments. One of the hardest mitzvoth in the Torah to perform properly is the mitzvah of honoring one's parents, but it is also a mitzvah that pays tremendous rewards, as we'll see in today's mini-lesson. Enjoy it and have a lovely Shabbat!
Is a person required by Halacha to honor his father or mother in-law as he is required to honor a parent? Is there any precedent in Torah that compares the status of in-laws to that of parents?
If you're married, today's lesson entitled "Laws and In-laws" could save your life in this world and in the next. And, if you're planning to get married, this is required learning. Today's shiur and broadcast 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 week on Lazer Beams.
Rebbe Nachman of Breslev explains systematically how we can attain both our personal and national salvation and insure the best quality of life in both worlds, as we'll learn in today's emuna lesson...
Why do Jews celebrate the New Year for trees? Trees are exemplary in many ways. If your roots aren't deep like a cedar's, then you easily wither. When you're flexible like a date palm, you can survive strong winds, the rough times in life. Trees only do good - they give shade, fruit, prevent soil erosion, and shelter animals and birds. The Zohar tells how Rebbe Shimon Bar Yochai and his son Rebbe Elazar lived off a carob tree for thirteen years while hiding from the Romans and immersed in Torah up in the mountains of the Galilee. Trees provided our ancestors with shade, shelter, and a good hideout, and fed them as well. We humans should imitate trees.
I love trees. As a farmer, I planted thousands of trees in the foothills of the Shomron ridge and in the Golan, Negev, and Sharon Valley as well.
Now, dearest brothers and sisters, I have presents in advance for each of you in honor of Tu B'Shvat:
For women: The best face cream in the world - take a ripe avocado, peel the skin and take out the pit, mash it in a dish and add a squeeze of lemon juice (natural only, no substitutes). You now have the best facial treatment in the world. Let it sit for half an hour while you're reading your favorite book or listening to a relaxing CD, and wash it off. Your face will now be young, radiant, and replenished with an abundance of vitamin B6, which retards aging and keeps your skin soft and smooth.
For men: Need a super charge of energy before an important meeting, on the tennis court, or at the office? No time to eat? Put down the junk food! Take a dried date, open it up, remove the pit, and check it for worms. Insert a whole toasted almond, and close it like a sandwich. You now have a tasty snack with readily available high quality carbohydrates and protein to supercharge your system.
For Kids: The Brody's have a dynamite natural non-chocolate chocolate spread: Take a cup (180 cc) of organic whole-seed tehina (sesame paste), add a heaping tablespoon of organic carob powder and four tablespoons of honey. Mix all the ingredients together. You get a fantastic spread that's both super-healthy and tasty. Instead of other sweets, use this spread on bread like you would peanut butter or chocolate spread.