4 posts categorized "Breslev Israel Magazine"

Full Throttle

A year ago during a stress test at Israel's Wingate Sports College, doctors discovered that I had severe atrial fibrillation. They told me that my life was at risk and rushed me to the Exercise Corner cardiac ward of the nearest hospital. The doctors wanted to put me on Coumadin – a blood thinner, which is incompatible with many leafy vegetables that are a mainstay in any natural diet. Then, they wanted to do electrical cardioversion and try to reestablish my heart's normal rhythm by giving it electrical shocks. This traditional medical protocol would have turned me into a doctor/med-dependent cripple.

I spent my three days in the hospital in teshuva, in personal prayer and in encouraging the other patients. These were my main efforts in regaining my health. With Hashem's loving mercy, Racheli Reckles was sending me fantastic information on alternative solutions to the traditional medical protocol during my stint in the hospital. Ultimately, thanks to her and thanks to the advice and guidance of two expert chiropractors – Dr. Randy Davis in Chicago and Dr. Reuven Bekermus in Ramat Beit Shemesh – I overcame the cardiac issue and thanks to Hashem, am functioning today full throttle. The adjacent photograph is what the gym in my office looks like. Thank G-d, I feel great.

Every decision I made in regard to doctors and meds was made in consultation with my beloved rabbi and spiritual guide, Rabbi Arush. This is the key point: before deciding anything about doctors and medicine, consult your own rabbi and spiritual guide. That way, you're bound to be blessed no matter what decision you make. But even before you consult whoever you consult, be sure to read Doctors and Meds, Yes or No?, my feature article in this week's brand new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

Wow - you must see this: Rav Shalom Arush tells how he came to be a believer in Take it to Heart.

Rabbi Avigdor Miller osb"m gives us an insight into The Torah Mind.

One of Breslev's leading rabbis, Rav Nissan Dovid Kivak, teaches us this week about The Value of Prayer.

Happy Birthday, Racheli Reckles! Yup, today is Racheli's b-day and she wants to celebrate. She asks, "So many people walk around like zombies, dead people, semi-conscious and hunched-over, with scowling faces or blank looks. So many people barely greet each other. C'mon folks, where's the joy, the singing and the dancing?" Don't miss Racheli's Live with Passion.

Thank G-d for Dr. Zev Ballen! His articles are a free dose of emuna therapy that are lifelines for thousands of people, and this week's The Deadly Displacement is no exception.

Dovber Halevi shines a Light in Today's Darkness.

Lori Steiner shows how to Climb the Spiritual Ladder.

Enjoy, and have a beautiful new week! If you haven't yet read Rav Shalom's new book in English, The Garden of Miracles, you don't know what you're missing!


The Time Has Come

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That's some gorgeous beach, isn't it? This pic is an almost perfect image of my fantasy. Here are the minor changes I'm requesting: there should only be one chair for me, because David would be home watching the kids. There should also be a side table with champagne and exotic fruits within my lazy arm's reach. Off by that shaded area under the palm tree, there should be a massage table with a masseuse standing there, ready to give me my hot stone massage. 

Sigh. One day, my redemption will come, and I'll be able to get a little real vacay time at some private beach that I'd have to fly far, far away on international first class to reach. 

Now, I might have to wait a very, very long time for my fantasy to come true, but Rav Arush says that your redemption is here right now! Hey guys, I'm specifically talking to you! Rav Arush explains that lust and improper thoughts make you a slave to your physical desires. Hence, you're in a type of mental prison or indentured servitude to your evil inclination. Take your pick. However, Rav Arush explains that The Time Has Come to break free from the death grip of your animal self, and actually evolve into a refined human being! Who would have thought such a thing could happen? Guys, if you want freedom, read this article! 

I just found out that Rav Brody has a fantasy, too. It's true! His fantasy is that all Israeli flags should have a big plate of hummus in the middle instead of the Magen David, because hummus is the symbol of Israeli unity. How appropriate, considering that tomorrow is Israeli Independence day. But seriously, the conversation he overheard at the supermarket recently was so incredible, that he had to write about it. And what was that conversation about? It was about a husband yelling at his wife to Put the Hummus Back! I'm not kidding. So what was so incredible? The fact that the husband was yelling at his wife in public? Believe me, there ain't nothing strange about that over here. If you want to know, you've got to READ THE ARTICLE! (I'm actually yelling at you right there.)

I can tell you every husband's fantasy. It's not what you think, ladies! Every husband's fantasy is that his wife will stop nagging him. Forever! To that, I say, "NEVER!!" Har, har, har (evil laugh.) David, I mean "Jonathan," writes me that his wife has inexplicably started nagging him like crazy after 10 years of marriage. I was like, "After 10 years? Why did she wait that long?" Anyhow, I gave "Jonathan" an answer that made him cry and his wife cheer and jump for joy.  Hubbies, if you're on the verge of telling your wife, "Get off My Back," then you've just got to read my latest! Do it now, before she runs up an insanely high credit card bill at Bloomingdale's. Run, ladies, run! 

This is unbelievable. Not only is Rebbetzin Channen revealing the misguided fantasy that people think emuna should be, but yet again she gave me chills at the end of her article! OMG. Many of us think that having emuna means you're never supposed to get angry or upset when a test comes your way. Like, that's soooo not true! She shows us that throughout our history, we've had less than perfect emuna, and that's the way it's supposed to be! Why? Read her article, Time after Time. (Did you get my not-so-clever play on words?)

I don't think I can handle reading two articles by Rebbetzin Channen, because I'm starting to feel like it's winter in my room. What's this thing with getting chills every time I read her articles? Honestly, I'm getting a little annoyed with myself. But what can I do? Her writing is that good. This one talks about the different galaxy that she recently traveled to, commonly known as Australia. OMG is this another world! So calm. So polite. So the polar opposite of living in Israel! You've got to read the amazing insights she received From Down Under. She just gave me a new fantasy. One day, Israelis will live like Australians, and not run each other over with their grocery carts. Yeah, right.

Lori Steiner is too organized for me as she shares with us a very, well, organized plan (did you catch that?) of how to focus on the good when we go through challenges. Obviously it's not as fun as throwing yourself on the ground in a massive temper tantrum, but it's much more effective at warding off the evil spirits. So I started reading this article, and the first point was about taking it personally.  And then I was done. I couldn't handle any more truth. Don't worry, Lori, I'm just kidding! She's so on the money, someone should pay her for her latest, Chart it and Discard it. But really, Lory, what am I supposed to do if the second category is my absolute favorite game of all time that I love to play with my husband?? Maybe I'll fantasize that he never does anything wrong. Let's see how that goes.

I am flattered that Dovber HaLevy decided to name his article after my gym obsession, called Flexing the Joy Muscle. Dovber, how did you know that I love to work out so much? I really do smile when I do that Superman pose in the mirror, and I don't care that all the women there are giving me strange looks and whispering to each other. Then, I turn around and yell at them, "Let's see YOUR muscles, ladies!" It's true. I'm completely crazy. Maybe it's because I haven't worked out since last Thursday, because I pulled some tendons in my shoulder and hip. It's all David's fault. Sorry, Dovber. If you peeps out there seriously want to be happy, then listen up to Dovber's tips! 

AND.... did you know that Rav Brody is coming to North America in just two weeks??? Check out the link for dates and locations.

You don't want to miss this tour! It's going to be motivational! Inspiring! Strobe lights and smoke machines! Hallelujah!! 

I've got to get back to the gym...

~Racheli


Happy 245th Birthday, Rebbe Nachman!

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Tonight is Rosh Chodesh Nissan, and the 245th birthday of Rebbe Nachman of Brelsev, whom I credit with having saved not only my life, but the lives of my children and all (G-d willing) future generations from me and that husband of mine, who still can't seem to figure out which machine is the washer and which is the dryer, G-d bless him. Since I couldn't find a picture of a cake with 245 candles on it, I found the next best thing which is what looks to be like 100 candles on this edible monstrosity. Actually, the link says this cake has 1,000 candles on it. Do you think so? I think that the person who wrote that either needs an urgent eye exam or he needs to go back to first grade. I'm sure that you all would agree with me by saying that this is a totally insane idea by turning a cake into an explosive device. Maybe it's a Hamas birthday cake? Maybe instead of strawberry filling there's a bomb in the middle? I hope that all those terrorists blow themselves up. A-MEN.

This week, Rav Brody's talking about the number 70, and he says it's The Secret of Geula. While he makes some very insightful correlations between the number 70 and the Redemption, I'm too busy making connections between the number 70 and the horrifying realization that I probably won't be able to do Zumba like I do today. Will I need a cane? A walker with two tennis balls on the bottom? Oy, the horror! I cringe at the thought! I hope that the Mashiach will be here by then and we won't have to age anymore. Maybe 70 will be the new 30. Yeah, I can deal with that. I mean, why not? If people used to live for 800-900 years way back in the day, then 70 would have been, like, practically a newborn. 

Since it's Rebbe Nachman's birthday, I decided to celebrate it with an all-out carb fest. OMG, I feel so disgusting. Yesterday I ate SIX granola bars, tons of fruit, and these "chocolate" tea biscuits that you're supposed to dip in your tea I guess. They're called chocolate, but just because they're brown it doesn't mean they have any actual chocolate flavor. What a bummer. I'm totally grossed out. Yet, I still wanted to keep eating. So I'm in a bad mood because of it. 

Rav Arush is here to save the day, because he's telling me that if I had just had a little more spiritual sensitivity, I wouldn't be so prone to sinning because of my spiritual insensitivity. Well that made a whole 'lot of sense. But what he's really saying is that we've got to figure out where we're holding spiritually. Hashem is sending us challenges along our path of Finding Ourselves, because that's the only way we're gonna get it through our thick skulls that there are maybe one or two things about us that we need to change. Just one or two. What he really meant to say was that if I could just close my mouth for five minutes, I wouldn't feel like a blimp about to explode, because that's really what I feel like right now.

You know why I love Rebbe Nachman so much? Because he teaches that tomorrow is another day! I can start over tomorrow! Hashem is giving me another chance (hopefully) to resist my Evil Inclination and to eat like a normal human being, and not like three burly truck drivers stuffing their faces with double Whoppers at the rest stop restaurant in the middle of nowhere. I actually liked stopping at those rest stops on the Turnpike on the way to Disney World. I found them so incredibly exciting. I'm serious! 

Okay, husbands, listen up. My latest article is a must-read for every man that still believes he's a man and not a fairy princess that should really be living in her enchanted castle with her Prince Charming. Or is it Princess Charming? All this liberal gender identity crisis insanity is getting me so confused. And angry. Why do kids need to be taught to question their gender at age 8??? This world is completely crazy, I tell you! Anyhow, one husband wrote me wondering why his wife wasn't all into his smooth moves. Well, I gave Prince Charming a reality check, and it saved his marriage! It could make yours better, too! Could one of you please tell my Prince Charming to read this article??

So I always thought I was the queen of comebacks, like if some kid would call me stupid, so I'd say, "You're stupid!" For some reason, I haven't quite outgrown this stage, so even today if my husband teases me and says something to try to get my Iraqi Eyes to come out, I'll automatically turn it around on him: "You're wearing two different colored socks!" Take that, David. But now, I'm sad to say that Dennis Rosen has shown me that Hashem Loves Comebacks, but not the kind that I used to give. You mean there's another kind of comeback? 

Speaking of Iraqi, Pinney Wolman is obviously not Iraqi, because if he were, he would know that forgiveness is like a four letter word. So is cake, come to think of it. Pinney, kol hakavod for writing about Forgiveness and Humility. We could all use a little (or a lot) more of both. Except me, of course. Just wanted to make that clear.

Dr. Zev Ballen, one of our two incredible Emuna Therapists, shows us the power of Words that Fix.  He's explaining that talking to G-d is more than just a wonderful thing to do; it actually brings us out of the pre-verbal stage, where we're whining and complaining if things don't go our way. You mean there's another stage after that? OMG. I just realized that between my tantrum-style whining and juvenile comebacks, I may not be as mature as I thought. I'd better read this article AGAIN! 

Lori Steiner explains that even though our ancestors left Egypt, we're still stuck there in a spiritual sense. She gives us the Waze directions for the easiest, least congested Journey to Freedom. Lori, I love your article, and I'm wondering if you can write a sequel for the lovely ladies out there, called "Journey to Freedom II." It would discuss the exalted, invigorating feeling we would experience after finally seeing the entire house in order. The dishes would be cleaned, the laundry would be folded, the beds would be made, all the toys would be put away, and the toilet seats would be clean, dry, and in their proper position. I'm so ashamed to admit that this is what I fantasize about all the time. I need to get out more.

Rav Brody gives us an amazing connection between Rebbe Nachman, intellectual smarty-pants people, and Pesach in this special feature called Freedom from Nonsense. I could also use a little freedom from nonsense. Actually, I heard that the Ritz Carlton Spa in Herzeliya is offering a special Pre-Pesach "Freedom from Nonsense" massage/mani/pedi/facial package. I'd better book that asap!

Have a wonderful week! And don't forget - DUST IS NOT CHAMETZ!!!

~Racheli