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Garden of Wisdom Lesson #43: On the Right Track

Get Out of Here, Truth

Get out of here Truth
Is there a situation when the truth is detrimental?

There sure is, say both Rebbe Natan of Breslev and the Chofetz Chaim.

Rafi has been a baal teshuva (newly observant Jew) for nearly a decade now. He learned all about Breslev and Rebbe Nachman's teachings and has read all of Rabbi Shalom Arush's emuna series books. He contacted me and told me that he doesn't see any point in living anymore. He has been working on himself for all these years and he still transgresses. His daily self-assessment devastates him and gives him the urge to commit suicide...

We do anything to save a life. I spoke to Rafi and clarified several things to him, which he understood and accepted. We ended our conversation only after I was completely satisfied that he discarded all contemplation of suicide and was now prepared to stride toward joy in life.

In my own daily personal prayer, Hashem let me understand that there are plenty other people like Rafi who feel the same way and suffer from the same problem - a "frum", truthful and destructive conscience that robs a person of all hope and happiness in life. This is the kind of "truth" that we don't need. 

Although I had planned this week to present a fourth preparatory lesson for Chanukah, today's shiur is urgent; it has already saved one life and it could save more.

Don't miss today's emuna shiur and live broadcast from Jerusalem, entitled "Get Out of Here, Truth," 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; 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.


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I came to shiur yesterday, but all the power was off. Were you able to film the shiur? I would love to hear it.

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