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Pure Speech, Pure Heart

Pure Mouth  Pure Heart
Blessings for a healthy summer!

The curtailment of many joyous activities during the Omer, such as weddings, music and dancing, stems from the death of Rebbe Akiva's 24,000 students, who "didn't properly respect one another" (Yevamot 62b). How so?

Don't think that forbidden speech is only limited to cursing and malicious slander. In Judaism, it goes way past that as we'll learn in today's lesson...

Don't miss today's exciting emuna lesson and broadcast entitled "Pure Speech, Pure Heart," 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. 


The Aquatic Seder

Aquatic Seder
We all know how we want our Seder night to be, but there are usually surprises along the way - that's part of the Passover turf. Why, As Rabbi Shalom Arush teaches us, Passover is the holiday of emuna, and you don't strengthen emuna by eating chocolate ice-cream...

Imagine coming home from synagogue and looking forward to start your Seder, but the house is flooded. No joke - this is a true story as you can see in The Aquatic Seder, Rav Shalom Arush's Passover message in this week's special Pesach issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

Here's a moving story about my father, of blessed memory: At the time, I was ten or eleven years old. It was the first day of Passover, and I was in the local Conservative synagogue with my father for Passover services. "Pop" was by no means religious, for his father had already left the fold of observant Judaism when he left the pogroms of Ukraine for Canada, but he had a really warm Jewish soul. He loved every Jew, respected Torah scholars and was constantly giving charity. He had the burly exterior of a kid who grew up on the tough side of town and of a World War II veteran, but underneath it, he had the softest heart in the world. Seeing a sick baby would bring tears to his eyes. Seeing a poor person would break his heart. But hearing anyone badmouth Jews would make his blood boil... don't miss the rest of Four Sons, all at the Table

Rebbe Nachman of Breslev's famous story about the two vagabond guests for Passover teaches that we should always have patience, otherwise we’ll miss the treats on the way, as we see in The Bitter Herbs.

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach teaches that Seder night is when we tell our children there is one G-d. There is one Torah. There is Eretz Yisrael. There's no time to waste - there's much to do in One Short Night...

Rebbetzen Chana Bracha Siegelbaum gives us a beautiful explanation of women's role at the Seder Table with Four Cups, Four Mothers.

While we're on the subject of Seder night, can you guess why it is God's Favorite Night...

You'll find a treasury of more Passover articles here.

To round out this week's Breslev Israel web-mag, see these great articles:

Racheli Reckles: Abusing Antibiotics, a must-read, especially if you have children.

Dr. Zev Ballen: The Double Bind, how to escape a negative pattern.

Yehudit Channen: Golden Years - is there life past 60? 

Dovber Halevi: Hi-tech and the Chafetz Chaim: did teh Chafetz Chaim envision smartphones?

Lori Steiner: The Emuna 26 - practical points of emuna.

Shai Mor: A Time to Shine, a tale of two sons...

Important Reminder! There are only 24 hours left to fulfill the mitzva of Kimcha D'Pischa. Don't miss out! Big Beams Blessings for a wonderful week and a joyous Passover!


Purifying the Vocal Domain

Expressions of Gratitude
Until recently, I had never understood Rebbe Nachman's teaching in Likutei Moharan II:74 that Purim is preparation for Pesach. Sure, on Purim, we begin learning the laws of Pesach because religious law requires us to begin reviewing the laws of a festival thirty days before the festival, and Purim is thirty days before Pesach. Yet, once I heard a recent shiur from my beloved teacher Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a on the nature of the klipa (negative spiritual force) of Haman-Amalek, Hashem illuminated my eyes and the token fell in my brain with the explanation of just how Purim connects to Pesach and what our spiritual preparations for the upcoming holiday should be. Specifically, we must rid ourselves of a certain negative trait and replace it with a positive one, as we'll explain with Hashem's loving grace in today's shiur.

Don't miss today's important emuna lesson and broadcast entitled "Purifying the Vocal Domain," 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 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. 


The Megilla of Geula, 2017: Trump and Achashverosh

Megilla 2017
If you don't think that the Megilla of Geula is unfolding right before our eyes, ponder the following points:

Like Achashverosh, Donald Trump has Jewish grandchildren.

Like Achashverosh, Donald Trump did not come from a blue-blooded family or from a political background.

Like Achashverosh, Donald Trump is a fabulously wealthy and powerful businessman.

Like Achashverosh, Donald Trump is regarded by some as a total idiot and by others as a genius; this is the same as the debate about Achashverosh between our sages in the Gemara, tractate Megilla 11a. 

Achashverosh was topsy turvy: one minute, he could kill his wife in favor of his adviser, and then later turn around and kill his adviser in favor of his wife. Trump too has already proven to be a master of the ideological u-turn; just recently, his administration is backpedaling on promises he made to Israel. The same goes with his relations with Russia and China; one minute he's buddy-buddy with them, and the next minute he's preparing for war with them.

I heard recently that someone went to Rav Leib Shteinman, may Hashem keep him strong and healthy, and showed him that the Hebrew numerical equivalent of Donald Trump is 424, the exact equivalent of "Moshiach ben David": מָשִׁיחַ בֶּן־דָוִד =  דונלד טראמפ = 424 - he asked Rav Shteinman what this meant, hoping that there's a connection between Trump and the coming of Moshiach. The esteemed and holy 104-year-old sage and leader of the Yeshiva world said, "It doesn't matter what Mr. Trump does; it matters what we do!" In other words, if we don't make Torah, teshuva and emuna our top priorites, neither Trump nor anyone else will hasten the merciful redemption of our people.

Don't miss today's exciting emuna lesson and broadcast entitled "The Megilla of Geula, 2017," 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 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. 


The Godfather's Lineage

Godfather
In a scene from the classic film "The Godfather" (see above image), Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) says to his son Michael (Al Pacino), "Revenge is a dish best served cold." He then explains to his son the "fine art" of assassination: put your enemy to sleep; make him feel like you are his best friend. Once he drops his defenses, get close to him. Do not roar like a lion; do not make a battle cry like a tiger. Just smile. When he opens his arms to embrace you, put a knife in his heart, and be cool about it.

Don Vito the Godfather's advice was not new. If Don Vito had traced his lineage, he would have found that he was a direct descendant of Amalek, who was the grandson of Esau. Esau's soul was rooted in the pit of evil, the primordial snake, the nachash. Their strategy of eliminating their enemy goes back 5,777 years, as far back as Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Don Vito didn't invent his mode of assassination, which he passed on to his son Michael. He received it from his father, who received it in an unbroken chain of dark-side tradition all the way back to Sicily, Rome, Amalek and Esau.

If you think that the above is stimulating, then you won't want to miss today's emuna shiur and broadcast entitled "Chocolate-Covered Poison". 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. 


Love with no Bounds

Loving Father
A person's main remedy in life is to maintain joy. Joy is above the intellect. Our true source of joy is remembering that Hashem loves every one of us unconditionally. His love knows no bounds and there are no limits to his compassion, mercy and loving-kindness, as we'll learn in today's emuna shiur.

Today's shiur and broadcast, entitled "Love with no Bounds", 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.