For a long time now, I've been entertaining the idea of adding a co-author here on the Beams team, which until now, was pretty much a one-person venture. I envisioned someone young, at least a generation younger than me. I had a tough bill to fill because I wanted someone with outstanding writing talents, intelligent, humorous, charismatic, compassionate and most of all emuna-oriented who is totally on board with the teachings of Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a and well-versed in my books as well.
Tough bill to fill, no?
Nothing is too tough for Hashem. He sent me a young lady who scores a 10 on every one of the things I was looking for. Her name (officially) is Rebbetzen Rachel Reckles. We all call her Racheli.
Racheli is the wife of Breslev Israel's distinguished Program Director, Rabbi David Reckles (see image at right - Rabbi David is decked in a tallit at the brit of his son Nachman, while I am saying the blessings of the name-giving).
I got to know Racheli when she wrote me nearly eight years ago after reading The Trail to Tranquility. She was progressing on her path as a baalat teshuva, and had recently been introduced to the wisdom of emuna. We developed a nice connection, and soon enough, she was consulting me as her rabbi and spiritual guide.
When I told her that we would be in Miami soon, she quickly arranged to sponsor an emuna talk, and generously offered her husband to be our driver and chaperone for our three-day stay. It was at our first personal meeting that I told the Reckles family they should make aliya in the next five years. They made it here within 18 months, and never looked back.