In a scene from the classic film "The Godfather" (see above image), Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) says to his son Michael (Al Pacino), "Revenge is a dish best served cold." He then explains to his son the "fine art" of assassination: put your enemy to sleep; make him feel like you are his best friend. Once he drops his defenses, get close to him. Do not roar like a lion; do not make a battle cry like a tiger. Just smile. When he opens his arms to embrace you, put a knife in his heart, and be cool about it.
Don Vito the Godfather's advice was not new. If Don Vito had traced his lineage, he would have found that he was a direct descendant of Amalek, who was the grandson of Esau. Esau's soul was rooted in the pit of evil, the primordial snake, the nachash. Their strategy of eliminating their enemy goes back 5,777 years, as far back as Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Don Vito didn't invent his mode of assassination, which he passed on to his son Michael. He received it from his father, who received it in an unbroken chain of dark-side tradition all the way back to Sicily, Rome, Amalek and Esau.
If you think that the above is stimulating, then you won't want to miss today's emuna shiur and broadcast entitled "Chocolate-Covered Poison". 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.