Rabbi Shalom Arush teaches us the tremendous strength of prayers that one says with all his or her might, as if their very lives depended on it, this moment! Enjoy, it's a spiritual shot in the arm, but with no pain - only pleasure:
One of Rav Shalom Arush's most important emuna teachings, as we learn today, is that a person must have two completely different mindsets – one for before he does something, and the second for when the action is complete…
What many people forgot, or are not aware of, is that we in Israel have lived through repeated missile attacks, going back to the SCUD missiles that Sadaam Hussein fired at us in 1991 to the repeated Gaza Wars and the intermittent missile attacks that we suffer from Gaza here in my own cherished hometown of Ashdod on Israel's beautiful southern coast. As such, we have witnessed the US-made Patriot and the Israeli-made Iron Dome systems first hand. In fact, the above image is from the last Gaza War in 2014 when an Iron Dome missile in the battery stationed on the outskirts of Ashdod was fired to intercept a Syrian/North Korean GRAD missile that was fired at us.
With thanks to Hashem, the missile defense systems were 85% effective. Fortunately, the 15% that snuck past the missile defense system all landed in parking lots or in schools after hours, each with a miracle story. Hamas itself admits that Allah does miracles for us. They're right.
There are several qualifiers here;
Israel's missile defense systems have never been tested under a massive barrage, like the one Nasrulla threatens us with constantly. It goes without saying that the effectiveness of the new US systems, untried in real combat conditions, is even a bigger question mark.
The explosion of intercepted conventional systems can be dangerous too. A chunk of falling shrapnel from an intercepted missile fired from Gaza put a gaping hole in the 8-inch thick concrete and steel-reinforced floor of my neighbor's balcony.
One of the closest-guarded secrets in the American media is that missile defense interception of a nuclear warhead may spare the country of casualties, but it will trigger an EMP (electro-magnetic pulse), which would cripple the entire electric grid, returning the country into the age of Little House on the Prairie. This is North Korea's ace in the hole.
Like it or not, there is only one conclusion, what King David teaches us: "If Hashem will not guard a city, the watchman guards in vain" (Psalm 127:1). Like everything else in Torah, every word is timeless and true. We know full well from plenty of experience.
Did you ever wonder why there are no entertainment shows in the Heavenly realm? The answer is simple - we humans provide all the amusement that the angels need. They laugh at our silliness. Are you dreaming of a water-front mansion and a super yacht like the one pictured above? How much are they worth, fifty million dollars, maximum? Rebbe Nachman has a gift worth twenty-times that much, waiting for each of us to take...
You certainly don't want to miss this evening's life-changing emuna lesson and broadcast entitled "Rebbe Nachman's Billion-Dollar Gift", which 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.
If you're looking for political correctness, you've got the wrong URL (web address). If you're looking for what's really happening in our world and why, you're at the right place.
Jeremiah the Prophet has a message for everyone who ignores Hashem's messages as manifest in current events: "O nation that is foolish and without a heart; They have eyes, but cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear! Will you not fear Me? - the word of G-d - will you not tremble before Me?" (Jeremiah 5:21-22).
Has there been one word of condemnation from Washington, Paris, or London about spilled Jewish blood in the car rammings? No. Has the world already forgotten about the car ramming on London Bridge a mere two months ago? And now, the satanic car-ramming epidemic has spread to the USA, France, and who knows where else. They have eyes, but cannot see...
What's going on hear?
King David calls it "The Babylonian Boomerang." He writes, "O violated daughter of Babylon, praiseworthy is he who repays you in accordance with the manner you treated us." Look throughout history - all the nations who ever tormented the Jews and Israel ended up tasting their own bitter medicine, with no exception.
OK, Western World - you're always preaching restraint to us? It's amazing how after one domestic terrorist attack in the USA - that we were quick to condemn here at the Beams - America is calling to impeach the President! Isn't that a bit disproportionate? Where were all the flowery souls when my gentle, pious and compassionate friend Yeshayahu Krishevsky got killed? What's even more appalling is that America's darling liberal leader accused Israel of disproportionate response to terror.
So here it is, world. Meet the Babylonian Boomerang. It's now playing live on a street near you.
My dear friend Tena sent this to me when she strolled along the magical coast of Moro Bay, California.
I wish I were there...
But, alas. I'm melting in the hot August sun, trying to convince my kids that they don't need to go on an excursion every single day. What a shame there aren't any long-term, organized day camps here like there are in the States. I gotta give 'em credit. Summer vacation is a whole lot easier in the States.
Maybe I'll convince Tena to let me ship my kids over to her for the next two weeks. I'm sure they'll have a blast! Her, not so much...
Sometimes I enjoy looking at gorgeous pictures like this one so I can disconnect for a few minutes from all the craziness in the world. I generally try to keep the craziness from the outside world barging into my inside world because it sure don't need more craziness.
Speaking of craziness, there are way too many crazies in the world. Too many. The idiot from the Charlottesville car ramming insanity just added himself to the list. A person's gotta be completely evil to do something like run into a bunch of people. I hope that he ends up in jail forever, or even better, suffers the same fate.
The entire town and country are demanding justice, as they should.
But isn't it ironic that when the exact same thing was happening to innocent people in Israel, the world wasn't screaming for justice?
Assuming every act of terrorism in Israel was reported, there was still NO world outcry for revenge against the terrorists. There was NO call to bring them to justice. There was NO public world statement that Israel would be supported if she decided to retaliate.
Instead, there was silence.
Indifferent, unsympathetic silence.
(Oh yeah, and repeated warnings by Obama saying that Israel had better not retaliate.)
Well, guess what.
Hashem is taking care of it. He's showing the world that we all must believe in the Jewish People's right to live on our land and the right to defend our land as we see fit.
Because if they don't, that means they also don't believe in the Torah. And it doesn't matter if they're Jewish or not. If they believe in the Torah, they believe it's a Divine gift for all mankind. If they believe in that, they likely believe in Hashem as well.
Since the world was silent, Hashem let them see what it feels like.
Supporting the Jewish People and our G-d given right to live here is what Hashem wants. And while the people of the world are working on that, they can also work on letting go of generations of unfounded hatred and intolerance. So many people hate each other simply because they're different.
Soon, all this hate isn't going to exist.
The question is - will we rid ourselves of it? Or will Hashem have to do it for us?
There are only a few things in the world that the Almighty hates. One of them is evil. Another is tyranny. Yet, the ugliest of all is racism.
A heinous lowlife white supremacist who had probably been watching Hamas propaganda movies adopted the terrorist-style mode of operation, got in his car and rammed a group of anti-racist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia that claimed the life of 32-year old Heather Heyer this past Shabbat, Aug. 12, 2017.
He and those like him have no place on our planet. Any group who preaches racial supremacy or color discrimination of any shape or form, whether it be white supremacists, neo-Nazis, KKK or whatever are all the embodiment of all three things that the Almighty can't stand - evil, tyranny and racism.