Herby overheard his mother-in-law say on a hot July day, "I'd give half my life for a cold watermelon!" He sent her two...
In all seriousness, would you sell your soul for a slice of watermelon? Some people would; there's even a precedent in Torah, as my esteemed and beloved teacher Rav Shalom Arush shows us in Wailing for Watermelon, his feature article in this week's stimulating new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.
Big-name Rebbes had blessed the young wife, but she still didn't have children. I asked myself why their blessings hadn't been effective. At that moment, Hashem illuminated my brain with a teaching from Rebbe Nachman, which goes like this: sometimes, a great tzaddik blesses a person for something, but that blessing doesn't take hold because accusing angels intercept it on the way to the Heavenly throne. They take the blessing to the Heavenly Court and ask, "Does person so-and-so deserve this blessing?" The answer is frequently negative, since Hashem always gives us more than we deserve. So, the blessing disintegrates on the spot and never goes further. So how do we circumvent the accusing angels? See my answer in The Left-Handed Blessing.
Also featured this week:
Dr. Zev Ballen: The Spiritual Game-Plan
Racheli Reckles: The Missing Eggs
Yehudit Channen: Speechless
Dennis Rosen: Break Through!
Dovber Halevi: A Religion Without G-d
Lori Steiner: Paint by Number
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