Thanks to Hashem, I'm back home safely in our beloved Land of Emuna. Thanks so much to everyone who helped make our speaking tour such a wonderful success.
An old Chassidic parable tells about a dimwit nonchalantly walking down the main street of his village while one of the houses is on fire. His head is in the clouds and he's smiling at some nonsensical thought that his mind is entertaining at the moment. Suddenly, someone yells at him, "Hey Herschel'e, the house that's on fire - it's your house!" What a rude awakening...
Many folks have the same rude awakening when they arrive at the Heavenly Court after their 120 years on earth. "Hashem gave you a gorgeous house," says the Heavenly Tribunal.
"Who, me?" replies the dimwit. "I never owned my own house - I rented."
"We're not talking about the wood and stone dwelling," says the Heavenly Tribunal. "We're referring to the exquisite edifice that housed your soul. You ruined it with Coca Cola and junk food. You failed to perform the required maintenance on it; instead of exercising, you smoked weed and wasted hours in front of a computer screen. You never thanked Hashem for the trillions of miracles He did for your 'house' every day. Instead, you undermined them. You destroyed the walls (of your arteries), the windows (of your soul) and the doors (of your heart). You received more than a beautiful house - Hashem gave you a home, your spouse!"
Join us today for our weekly shiur and broadcast from Jerusalem, entitled "It's Your House," a super-important shiur that you don't want to miss, which deals both with Chanuka and marital success. 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 EST); 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.