If you're searching for a good driving teacher, fitness trainer or piano teacher, or a tradesman whom you'd like to apprentice yourself too, then eventually, you'll find such a person. Pray for what you want and look for an individual with expertise in his/her field and decent communication skills with a pleasant disposition. The process of finding such a guide in your sought-after field of endeavor is relatively easy and straightforward. The first name you pick from the Yellow Pages might be the right person for you, especially if prayer has preceded your search. Why? The evil inclination doesn't care if your learn to drive a car, play the guitar or do pull-ups on a bar.
Finding the right spiritual guide is much more intricate, especially if you're Jewish or a Noahide trying to get close to Hashem. Why? The evil inclination doesn't want you getting close to Hashem, because then you'll be happy and fulfilled and it'll no longer have control of you.
It took me nine years of praying to be blessed with the privilege of finding the right spiritual guide, my esteemed and beloved rabbi and teacher, Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit'a. In doing so, Hashem illuminated my brain, showing me what to look for. In today's shiur, I hope to share these illuminations with you.
Join us today for our weekly shiur and broadcast from Jerusalem, entitled "Choosing a Spiritual Guide," a shiur you don't want to miss. 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.