The Light of Emuna: America 2017

Hormone-Crazed Chickens

How crazy is this? 


And this?

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And this?

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Have you ever seen Siamese eggies in your life? All in all, over the past week, we've had about 20 sets of twins. Thank G-d I wasn't the one giving birth to them. I wonder what this means, you know, spiritually. Is anyone out there a secret kabbalist that might be able to tell me? But you can only tell me what it means on one condition: that I will like your interpretation. If you're going to tell me that this means that we'll double our income four times over, then by all means, do it! Whatever cool and imaginative interpretation you may come up with, just do me a favor and don't tell me these are hormone-crazed GMO chickens gone wild. 

I thought ignorance was bliss or something. No? So I can't just ignore the fact that these eggs might have way too many hormones, even by the crooked FDA standards? Sometimes the truth hurts, don't it.

That reminds me - I was talking to a neighbor and trying to convince her to get on the almost-vegan lifestyle that Rav Brody and I are following, and she asked me point blank: "So what do you eat?" Can you believe that I had no ready answer for her? I was like, "Well, I eat... um... I don't really know.... lots of fruits and vegetables?" It almost sounded like was asking her what I ate. She asked me if I can be more specific. "Umm, I'm not really sure... bananas? Cucumbers? Sweet potato? Black bean pasta?" I was so extremely bothered that I was answering her question in the form of a question. Did I need confirmation? Validation? Was I just confused? I have no idea. In the end, I only managed to convince her that I'm a little bit kooky. 

Well I don't know what that had to do with anything. I guess what I'm trying to say in a very roundabout way is that people don't like to hear the truth unless they're searching for the truth. It's human nature to try to rationalize your point of view, even though it may be totally wrong. It really hurts to be wrong. I know - I am so allergic to apologizing to my husband that I break out in canker sores if the "S" word tries to escape my lips. 

Rav Arush is no stranger to people like me. In fact, he wrote a whole article on people that I like to call "Delusional Tzaddikim." These are baalei teshuva who, upon committing to a holy and Torah-observant life, suddenly believe that they belong light years ahead of where they are. Not only that, they don't think that all of their baggage from their former lives needs to be dealt with and fixed. But have no fear, Hashem is here! Here to bring them back to reality with a good dose of BT Bubble Burst. Hashem ain't afraid to tell it like it is, yo.

You know who else ain't afraid of telling it like it is? That's right, our very own Rav Lazer Left-Hook Brody. He's swingin' punches in his latest article by showing that everything that happens is because Hashem wants it to happen, and for a purpose. Even the Nuremberg laws and Hitler's ym"s rise to power were all Hashem's doing. Rav Brody explains why Hashem was giving us a Warning from Above. Is your jaw dislocated yet? No? Then just wait until you read the article! 

Yours truly is also no stranger to sharing the truth with others, even though it might make me, let's just say, a bit controversial. Okay, I admit it. Some people might get their feathers all ruffled up because the truth ain't so pretty. This week, I'm showing y'all how western medicine is in the business of making money, even at the expense of your life. Instead of helping people learn how to eat properly in order to minimize disease, Big Pharma and the rest of their medical mafia are doing what they can to keep you in the dark and make you think that getting sick is a matter of chance, luck, karma, tikkun, astrology, Mercury in retrograde, your parents' fault, or like, so totally random, dude! In my latest article, I expose these criminals for what they are: Medical Vampires. Read this. Now.  

Rebbetzin Yehudit Channen shares a wonderful and deep lesson she learned about truth over the course of her life. She shows through her own personal example, how much the fear of taking a good look at who we are actually creates so much stress in our lives. We create unnecessary competition, both within ourselves and with others. She takes an objective look at her fear of Measuring Up, and realizes that she was trying to live up to a fantasy instead of being truthful with who she is and what her unique set of strengths were. Don't we all do this to one degree or another? C'mon, be honest! And read this article, STAT!

Even though I have no idea what STAT stands for, I know that it's a medical term, so I think it's perfect to introduce Dr. Ballen next, even though he's not a medical doctor, but a psychotherapist. That's not an MD, is it? I'd better ask him. Until I do, Dr. Ballen exposes a type of sadistic therapist that uses threats and sadism therapy in order to control his clients. These therapists are extremely dangerous! If you or someone you know is seeing a therapist, then you must read Consumer Beware!

After reading my dear friend Sunny Levi's latest article, I'm convinced that she's way too righteous for me. I'm going to have to break up with her. She was able to take a potentially explosive and long-running nasty situation with her next-door neighbor and turn it into sunshine and butterflies - and a brand new martial arts studio! I would have just killed the neighbor. I'm kidding (but not really.) Check out this 6th degree black belt Tae Kwon Do Master's Spiritual Aikido moves! 

Yehoshua Goldstein wants to Get Up Like a Lion, and I just want to Go To Sleep! Here's another one that's too righteous for me. I would never think to ask my Rosh Yeshiva about the characteristics of a lion in order to properly fulfill the halacha of rising like a lion in the morning. Of course, I'm a woman and don't go to yeshiva. But of course. I'm so tired I'm rambling. Anyhow, he found out the meaning, and I bet that it's not what you were thinking! 

Oh, here she is again! Rebbetzin Channen teaches us a great way to thank Hashem for things that you either don't think are worth thanking Him for, or you don't feel like thanking Him for. It's called The Glad Game, for all you folks that never heard of the Walt Disney movie, "Polyanna." Actually, I never heard of it, either. But I'm sure this game is a lot more fun than The Mad Game, or The Sad Game, or The Get Out of My Room Right Now Before I Throw a Hanger at You Game. 

On that note, have a lovely week!




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Elena Kuchik

here is my thought about cracking an egg ;)
Here is the proof that EVERYTHING is created by Hashem - and EVERYTHING has meaning.
There is a famous Russian folk tale about a hen named Ryaba (kurochka Ryaba). here it is:
There lived an old couple - grandpa and grandmom. And they had a chicken named Ryaba. One day Ryaba layed an egg - not simple one but a gold one. Grandpa tried to break and open it; but he didn't succeed; grandmom tried to break and open it - but she didn't succeed. Then, a mouse was running; it waved its tale - the egg fall and broke. Grandpa is crying; grandmom is crying. But the Chicken is telling them :"Don't cry, grandpa, don't cry, grandmom - I will lay for you another egg - not a gold one , but a simple one"
This is the WHOLE story - i didn't write it shortly - there is just no more words in it.
When we moved from Ukraine to USA and took English classes - they asked us to write our native folk tale. I translated it word to word. But the teacher left 2 comments: 1. why did they try to beat the egg if it was golden. 2. Please tell me more details about the mouse.
i never thought about this! You have to be American to ask such question! Russians don't ask so many questions :) And even if egg was made from gold they thought its normal that they still wanted to crack it and eat the inside!
I told this funny story last night to my 13 year old daughter. And she said - "Mama, its a moshal (parable). The chicken is Hashem and golden egg is MITZVOT.
And with Hashem's help I thought the rest of the moshal.
Hashem gives us golden egg - the mitzvot - so we do them in simplicity. But we want to be sophisticated, and don't want to do them until we understand WHY?? - we are trying to crack the egg. lack of simple faith - EMUNAH - is the reason that we are still sitting and "cracking the egg"
But then Mashiach will come (so suddenly and unexpectedly - that there are no more details to tell about it) and crack the egg - show us how everything makes sense!
And we, who didn't believe it would start crying. And then Hashem will tell us "Please, don't cry, I am giving you the "simple egg" now - mitzvot that you understand and do in simplicity and you still could do them ; and connect through doing them to me, and be with me.
But we could also start doing the mitzvot with simplicity NOW, even if we don't understand them yet - to hasten the Final Redemption.
Doesn't it make sense?

Lazer Brody

Елена, нам нравится ваша обратная связь. Благословения и успех, LB

Elena Kuchik

the funnies thing is that right after i made up this dvar Torah and then checked out LazerBeams - I saw the picture of cracked eggs!!!!
Does it mean that Hashem approved it :)?

Lazer Brody

Definitely, Elena!


Seriously, Elena?? You had that whole incredible insight so shortly before you looked at my post?? I'm beyond amazed! If you had given me a million years to figure out your mashal, I don't think I could do it. I am tempted to say that they cracked the egg because they thought that there might be diamonds inside, and then when they saw that there were no diamonds, they cried! ;) Kol Hakavod!!

Elena Kuchik

haha..there probably WAS a diamond inside - and it got lost when opened...Because we only get diamond if we keep the golden egg till Mashiach and don't try to break it prematurely ;) Then at the end when Mashiach comes (Please Hashem, soon!!) - we will keep the diamond
I was thinking it may apply as an example to people who think to make or not make aliyah to Israel. They should just do it!!! - and do not try to crack 'how will it work out.
It is so amazing to live in Eretz isroel, when you could do mitzva just by living here - because its a mitzva by itself to live here - even why you are sleeping you are doing it :)


I just read 'Warning from Above'. I'm stunned speechless.

"...A Jew could have left Germany or Poland then. But, the majority refused to heed Rebbe Nachman's advice and to look for the Divine Wisdom within every event...."

Did you just blame Holocaust on the victims?!



STAT is a shortened form of the Latin word statim, which means immediately. It is not an acronym.


Thanks, Eric! Now can you also tell me why I've only seen it written in ALL CAPS? lol


Yakkov, I think you just took what he wrote a bit out of context. Rabbi Avigdor Miller, in his book, "A Divine Madness: Rabbi Avigdor Miller's Defense of Hashem in the Matter of the Holocaust," shows how the Enlightenment was the cause of the Holocaust. It was during the Enlightenment that many, many Jews went from living as Hashem wanted them to, to rejecting Torah and everything Jewish, and intermarrying, and going to secular schools, etc., You should read this book.

Elena Kuchik

Racheli, sorry, I really DO NOT recommend this book! This book gives idea that Hashem got angry at all the Jews and that is why Holocaust happened. In addition, there is very strange facts about this book - Rabbi Miller didn't publish it and kept in manuscript(specifically saying that he didn't want to publish it) - but his sons did/
Rabbi Shimshon Pincus writes that Moshe was punished by not being able to go to Eretz Isroel because e for a moment became angry with Jews (really angry, like losing his temper). And everything that Moshe did reflected for people what Hashem thinks of them. And because of tha - that people thought that Hashem is angry with them - Moshe was punished :(
The main idea , and it implies from Rabbi Brody dvar Torah - but not from DIvine Madness (just contemplate on the name!!!) - is that Hashem is not angry with us - he is trying to heal us, and sometimes its urts. And sometimes Hashem destroys the body to heal neshama. Like in a moshal when father told his young son not to go outside barefeet so not to get thorns. But the son did it anyways. He got big thorn stuck in his feet - and father tied him us and start pulling out the thorn. The silly boy start screaming :father, I know I didn't listen to you, but don't be angry with me and don't punish me so harshly.!".....
Rabbi Shimshon Pincus also tells amazing story that happened during Holocaust...There was a rabbi in a concentration camp who refused to eat treif and was surviving on potato skins. When nazis (boo, haman!) found out about this, they got really mad and decided to publicly forcing him to eat pork or to execute him if he wont. They called all people in the camp to watch. They send to bring the rabbi, but inconfusion "accidently" brought different person. That person was the abovementioned "enlightened" Jew who didn't care about kosher for long time. They gave him piece of pork and told him to publickly eat it. But...he refused! He said he would rather be killed! He dies sanctifying Hashem's name. And Rabbi Shimshon Pincus says that for people like this Hashem made Holocaust - TO BRING THEM BACK! - and not to punish them.
The 'divine madness book" shows different message (i did read it ) - it instills hatred toward non religious jews instead of desire to bring them back and do what Hashem really wants

Elena Kuchik

sorry for typos..its 12.20 at night..:)


(Hi Racheli. I don't see why you think my quote was taken out of context. What context did I leave out that would change my question?)

I actually read 'A Divine Madness' and like Elana Kuchik already pointed out in a previous comment, it wasn't published by Rav Avigdor Miller Z"L. He explicitly didn't want to publish this in his lifetime for fear of hurting Holocaust survivors that were still alive. I'm not sure why his son went ahead a published this.

More importantly, this book doesn't show or prove anything new. He puts forward the same exact theory that Rav Brody described: Jews were punished because they were assimilating and abandoning Hashem. The Torah spells out what will happen if we don't follow the Torah, and that's exactly what happened.

There are several problems with this theory, the main problem is that, if that's the case, what about the countless Tzaddkim, Beni Torah and other Jews that remained true to Torah and didn't assimilate. Why were they wiped out?

Are we saying that a Shtetel full of G-d fearing Jews in Poland was wiped out because some Jews in Berlin started going to secular schools? I'm sure you see the problem here.

Elena Kuchik

i wouldn't say that Rabbi Brody message is the same as R Miller.
Rabbi Brody says that Hashem was trying to bring us back. And R Miller says that Hashem's anger got out of control ( chas va sholom) because of what Jewish people did (and that is why random people were killed!!!!). In addition to that R Miller book was very negative about Israel

Jewish people were getting farther away from Hashem, there was almost no kiruv movement (which also showed that people who were religious didn't understand THEIR task to bring the rest of the people back to Hashem. And after all, we are all united like different parts of the same body.
We are not going to understand kindness of Hashem now, but we know that everything Hashem does is good. We can partially see it already by what happened after the Holocaust - State of Israel, huge kiruv movement..and EMunah Outreach! And one day we will see the whole picture.
And for sure all the tzaddikim who died during Holocaust and all not-so -tzaddikim during their lifetime who died al kiddish Hashem - will come back to live Eternal life - with speedy arrival of Mashiach Tzidkeynu


Yakov, now I understand your question better. I have learned that there are times when the Angel of Death is given free reign, so to speak, to cause destruction. It even happens a few times a year, as I once read in the Zohar. Freaky stuff! Please don't ask me where, because it was years ago and I have no idea! Unfortunately, as in the Holocaust, many innocent G-d fearing people got caught in the line of fire. There was no birur, basically. As to why this was, again, I have no idea. I heard that the geula won't happen like this. There is a birur going on, and whoever is G-d fearing, etc., will be on the side that won't be harmed. I hope this helps.


Yakov, the answer is in the book itself. Rav Miller quotes the Gemara (Kiddushin 40b): "The world is judged according to the majority." He continues by saying the minority of the righteous undergo the tribulations sent because of the sinful majority.

Elena Kuchik

it would be sad if tzaddikim died by accident...

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