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Get Out of Its Way!

Steamroller Evil Inclination

It's no joke. We live in a generation where the evil inclination has never been mightier. Daily, like a steamroller, it gains more strength and momentum with all its ever-expanding tools. Our beloved teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush gives us important advice for anyone that doesn't want to be flattened in this world and in the next in Plastered in Public, his feature article in this week's brand new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

This week, we read the Torah portion of Noah. In describing a concept from it, I tell a moving story about my father of blessed memory, Yaacov ben Yitzchak. Check it out in The Gallant Grocer.

Are you in a mess with no practical solution? Hashem has endless solutions, so why not turn to Him? That's why He's Hashem, with no limit to His salvations, as we'll see in The Lost Keys, by our ever-so-popular Racheli Reckles.

Dr. Zev Ballen is a master in self-help coaching; if you'd like to clarify an issue that confuses many, read his eye-opening article, How Much Self-Love is OK?

Sunny Levi's story about her handicapped brother will leave you breathless - don't miss Josh: Imperfectly Perfect.

Chaya Ovadia shows us that like everything else in life, too much of anything isn’t usually a good thing. In our efforts to give our children the best, we can overdo our love and end up smothering them; be sure to read Precious Sprouts

Lori Steiner explains that we build ourselves, we are actually Rebuilding the Holy Temple.

If Hashem controls the world (and He does), then why should we make any kind of effort? Isn't everything in His hands, and predetermined as well? Dovber Halevi therefore asks, Why Try?

I was personally with Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a in Uman when he prayed on Rosh Hashana eve for all those who sent a Pidyon Nefesh to Emuna Outreach. May you be blessed with the very best year you ever had, by virtue of all the emuna you're helping us spread in the world. Why not start the new year 5777 off right by helping to spread the light of emuna around the globe - Donate to Emuna Outreach and have a lovely new week and a marvelous new year!


Plugged In

People are no different than an electric appliance - if you're not plugged in, then you can't possibly have any true power. Today's empowering shiur shows us how to plug ourselves into the source of all power...

Don't forget to check out Racheli's post below, and have a wonderful week!


Hello, Kapparah!

Shavua Tov! I hope your Shabbat was great. Let's start the week off with a pop quiz. Doesn't that make you feel all nostalgic for school? Don't you just miss those dreaded days? So here goes:

In the past month, I have lost my:

a) house keys 

b) checkbook

c) brand new earrings that I didn't even get to wear yet

d) a large blue bag filled with all kinds of nice plastic table wares, such as plates, cutlery, napkins, etc. for Shabbat

e) all of the above

Now, if you may recall, if you don't know the answer, you're supposed to pick "c" for reasons beyond my limited understanding. But if you picked "c" in this case, sorry! You failed! The actual answer is "e!"

Yesiree. I really don't know what is going on with me. Why do I keep losing things?? It's so frustrating to not be able to remember where I put anything. Since I can't stand taking responsibility for anything (just ask my husband,) the real reason that things keep getting lost is because there is a secret black hole vortex somewhere in my house. I suspect that it's in the washing machine. 

Actually, I just came up with an even better possible answer. I think my husband is messin' wit' my mind. I think he hid everything at his office, just so he can see how frustrated I can get. Yes. This is definitely the reason. He's getting back at me for all those years I threw his stuff away without asking his permission. Most recently, he accused me of donating his Sukkot siddur to a local gemach, (a place where people can buy used stuff fo' cheap.) Of course I have no recollection of doing such a thing. 

One of these days I have to get over to the bank to check my account. I'm not in such a huge rush, because it's not like someone's gonna steal my millions. G-d willing, one day soon - like tomorrow - all of these things will just reappear. Until then, I have to accept all of these losses as a kapparah, a spiritual atonement for some transgressions that (fill in the blank) did. Like I said, I can't take responsibility for anything. Even typing that word hurts my fingers.

We should never think of our losses as random. Hashem has His own personal ledger, and He is keeping close track of what we owe and, well, what we owe. Because we really don't deserve anything. I'll share a little secret to happiness with you: consider whatever you get as a free gift, and whatever was taken from you wasn't really yours anyways. 

It's all for the best! At least, that's what I'm going to tell hubby as I steal some cash from his wallet to get me another pair of earrings. And while I'm shopping, I might as well look at updating my wardrobe too, no? 

Have a wonderful week!

-Racheli


Rain and Redemption

Mazal Tov, everyone! It's Racheli, and I'm soaked to the bone! Today is our first rain of the season here in Israel!

The crazy thing is that no weather forecast predicted rain for today. Like, mamash (really) zero % chance. At least, not any that I saw, which was only one, and it was on my husband's phone. I don't know how they got it so wrong. It's not only raining; it's POURING with thunder and lightning! A real storm, I tell you!

There were no prior signs of rain in the sky, either. No gathering rain clouds, no drop in temperature, no drop in barometric pressure. I just had to write that so I sound smart. It's not bariatric pressure, right? I actually have no idea what that means. My point is that no one saw this coming. 

Now, there are tons of people scurrying around like ants trying to escape the path of the killer bug spray. I feel sorry for them. But I feel sorrier for myself, as my three older ones are currently running around outside, soaking up all of the rain through their shoes. I made them put, like, six jackets on, but they probably took them off. I think if anyone sees them outside, they'll probably say what a terrible and crazy mother I am for letting them play in a category 4 hurricane. Maybe I really am. 

This all-of-a-sudden rainstorm made me realize something: it's written that the Redemption will happen suddenly, without any prior warning. It's not like you're gonna check your smartphones one morning for the CNN updates and find in their weather section a 90% chance of Redemption called for the following morning. It's gonna happen pitom (all of a sudden.) Use that word in your vocabulary. You'll sound like a real Israeli.  

That's why we have to anticipate the Redemption every moment. Maximize your mitzvahs and talk to Hashem as much as you can. You certainly don't want to get caught unprepared!

Now I'm going to scream out my front door for my kids to get the heck inside this house right now, and then politely greet any neighbor who happens to pass by at the same time. 


Introducing the Garden of Wisdom: Lesson #1

Here's the series we've all been waiting for, designed especially for the whole family, from ages 4 to 104.

What is so special about the Tale of the Clever One and the Simple One, and how is it different from Rebbe Nachman's other tales? Here is the first of our new series of lessons on the Garden of Wisdom by my esteemed and beloved teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush, which I had the privilege of translating. G-d willing, this shiur will appear regularly on the Beams every Thursday. We sincerely hope that you fully enjoy these lessons. Let's get started:


Plugging into the Power

GoW Shiur
With the High Holidays over, we're back with a new and exciting schedule of emuna lessons, for the whole family.

This coming Thursday, G-d willing, right here at the Beams, begins our new weekly series on the Garden of Wisdom, as you can see here:

Also, we're back today with our weekly shiur and broadcast from Jerusalem. This week's lesson is entitled, "Plugged In" is an important guide showing how to connect to Hashem. It will take place, G-d willing, in the ground-floor main sanctuary of the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva on 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street in Jerusalem at 7PM Israel time (12 noon EDT); the shiur is open to the public - both men and women are invited. 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.  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 later this coming week on Lazer Beams. 

Big Beams blessings for a healthy winter!