My esteemed and beloved teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush always encourages me by saying that the evil inclination makes life tough for us because of the emuna we spread, particularly by way of Emuna Outreach. He says that we have no idea as to the souls we reach and the effect that the emuna books and CDs have on their lives. The following handwritten letter is living proof of what he says. It arrived several weeks ago at Breslev Israel's Jerusalem office – it's amazing:
To Rabbi Shalom Arush and Rabbi Lazer Brody,
I hope that this finds all of you in excellent health and great humor. I am writing in order to express my thanks and appreciation for the work that you and your yeshivas do. I pray that you and all your students experience only blessings from the One True G-d.
I am a Jewish man currently incarcerated in the Texas prison system for a violent crime. I am 39 years old and have been incarcerated since I was 20. My father is Israeli, and my brothers and I grew up in Tel Aviv and when I was 11, we moved to Texas.
Being Jewish in the Texas Prison system is a strange experience, but I am proud to say that I have maintained my identity, and grown in observance. However, spending so much time in a such a harsh environment can either break a man, or force him to become very hard. I had become hardened, and so very angry...
Also featured this week:
Rabbi Shalom Arush - Guaranteed Forgiveness
Dr. Zev Ballen - Who Do You Work For?
Racheli Reckles - Why Should I Marry
Yehudit Channen - Beware of Expectations
Basya Ruth Gilman - Introducing the Emuna Pharmacy
David Perlow - Blessing the Bitter
David Ben Horin - Surveillance
Enjoy, and blessings for a wonderful new week and a healthy summer!