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The Finest Fabric

Fine Fabric
Passover night is an excellent example of Judaism's outside apparent dullness that conceals its inner glamor and excitement. To those who lack an appreciation for Judaism's exquisite inner dimension, Passover seems strangling: you can't eat bread or bread derivatives, you have to spend an arm and a leg preparing for the holiday, and you have to work your fingers to the bone – how dull and unattractive to the spiritually unaware! Yet, once one realizes that Passover is true freedom, that our Hagada is a monumental story of our people that is ever so relevant to this day, and that we sit around our Seder table like the sons of royalty, he can begin to recognize the deep inner value of Judaism, which I compare in my feature article this week to The Finest Fabric. In my second article, we see that Spain after the Inquisition was a dangerous place for a Jew: he'd be faced with the choice of death or forced conversion. And here, Shimon and Reuven were shipwrecked... Not Even A Trace is a delightful parable by that I retell from the Ben Ish Chai to help us prepare for Passover.

Rav Shalom Arush asks what it means to be an "outstanding" people, as the Haggada calls us. He says that in the 210 years of the Egyptian exile, there was only one case of breached modesty among the millions of Jewish women; that's why they're called "outstanding"... Don't miss his article Apart from the Rest in our Passover Eve issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

If you'd like to gauge your emuna, read The Emuna Dial by Dr. Zev Ballen.

Leave it to our dragon-slayer Racheli Reckles to tackle subjects that other people get wobbly knees about. Ritalin: the Drug of Choice? is a must-read.

Did you know that Herman Melville, famed author of Moby Dick, made a historical visit to Jerusalem in 1857? Howard Morton's Melville in Jerusalem is priceless testimony that the notion of a Palestinian people is an utter myth - check it out…

Yardena Slater shows how your soul is really a magnet in Sparks of Attraction.

Dovber Halevi offers Five Hacks to Clear Your Mind.

Enjoy, and have a wonderful week with meaningful preparations for Passover.


It's All B'Seder

B'Seder
When everything is OK, in Hebrew we say "hakol b'seder", or literally, everything is in order. Why do we call our ceremonial Passover eve meal a "Seder"? What does "everything is in order" have to do with it?

Today's emuna shiur and live broadcast from Jerusalem, entitled, "It's All B'Seder,"  answers the above questions - this is a survival course for Passover night! Because of Passover preparations in the Yeshiva, the broadcast will not be open to the public.  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. 


No More Chains

No More Chains
This coming Shabbat is called "Shabbat HaGadol" - the Great Shabbat - because of the miracle Hashem did with our forefathers when they slaughtered Egypt's deity. There are many lessons we learn, but mainly that we can do anything if we so desire; no obstacle can prevent us from performing the most difficult of tasks, as I explain in No More Chains in this week's Shabbat HaGadol issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

They burned the national flag right in front of the riot police; what type of totalitarian power would tolerate such civil disobedience? The Demonstration is a Shabbat HaGadol parable, to help you explain to your family the significance of these days that precede Passover...

Also on the subject of Shabbat HaGadol, the main prerequisite for the redemption of our people from slavery in Egypt was to overcome their fear in performing Hashem's commandment. Today, way must be courageous if we want to usher in Moshiach, as we see in Overcoming Fear.

This week's Torah portion is Metzora; among other things, we learn the commandment of family purity. If the term "Family Purity" is prudish to so-called "progressive" and "liberal" thinkers, then so are the terms "marital peace",  "blessings" and "abundance", because that's exactly what family purity brings a couple, as we see in The Blessing of Family Purity, my elaboration on this week's Torah reading.

Rav Shalom Arush also prepares us for Passover: He shows that the Torah, by commanding us to serve Hashem every day as if it were our very first, prevents us from getting stuck in the mud and growing spiritually old. Read how in Stuck in the Mud.

This past Sunday, Rav Shalom Arush came to Ashdod; before his lecture, I took him to a patch of deserted beach south of Ashdod where we did personal prayer together. On the way back, I managed to squeeze some more wonderful spiritual goodies from him. You'll enjoy Man of Valor - it's really encouraging.

Newcomers to emuna who have been taking psychiatric meds for many years ask whether they can just throw away their pills; Dr. Zev Ballen answers in Should You Take Meds?

Our straight-shooting staff writer Racheli Reckles is a fearless young lady. Like her ancestors, she has no problem slaughtering myths and falsehoods. She asks, "Is the doctor supposed to snap his fingers and do a little hocus pocus, and the illness magically disappears? Oops - it’s not hocus pocus; it’s a prescription…" - don't mess around with her, as you'll see in Fear-Based Medicine. Racheli's keyboard was in turbo mode this week - be sure to check out her refreshing Growing Rains, about coping with life's pressured times.

Dennis Rosen says that most people can't believe that anything other than their efforts and talent help them succeed. When we think like this we're in real trouble, and really vulnerable as well, as he writes in The Income Test of Emuna. 

Leave it to Dovber Halevi to show us interesting angles on all types of things, like the time he had Lunch With a Messianic.

Our Noahide correspondent Jenn Woodward takes a look at the people who eat healthy, but they eat all day long like a Mindless Grazer.

Enjoy, and have a splendid new week!

 


Emuna or Coca Cola - Who's More Popular?

Emuna Coca Cola
My dream has always been that the word emuna soon becomes more popular than Coca Cola. We still have work to do, because according to Google, Coca Cola is still 40,000 times more popular than emuna. No wonder that there's so much to fix in this world. There's one big difference though: whereas Coca Cola is disastrous to your health (bone fractures, osteoporosis, tooth decay, kidney failure, low fertility, dehydration, obesity and diabetes risk, just to name a few), emuna is fantastic for body, mind and soul and the best thing in the world for a happy and healthy lifestyle.

The job of spreading emuna in the world was much more than I could handle on my own, which I tried my best to do in the first nine years after Emuna Outreach was founded in 2004. Needing much more spiritual fire-power, the "platoon" of Emuna Outreach became part of the emuna army of Breslev Israel, under the auspices of the world's Minister of Emuna, by beloved mentor Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit'a, 3 years ago in the summer of 2013. Since then, we've spread emuna books and CDs around the globe and have personally visited peoples of all backgrounds in Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Australia. This is true Tikkun Olam, rectifying the world. You can partner with us and reap the phenomenal benefits of bringing people of all backgrounds closer to Hashem - Donate to Emuna Outreach - it's USA tax-deductible.

Bright Beams blessings for a beautiful Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh Nissan.


The Kids Take the Wheel

Seder Night
Why does the recitation of the Haggada on Pesach begin with the children asking questions? Isn't it more logical that the father first teach them, then let them ask questions?

Today's emuna shiur and live broadcast from Jerusalem, entitled, "The Kids Take the Wheel,"  helps prepare us for Pesach night and the recitation of the Haggada. The shiur takes place this evening (Wednesday), G-d willing, at 7:00 PM local time at our Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva, 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street, Jerusalem, in the main sanctuary. 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. As always, the live shiur is open to the public - both men and women are welcome - so if you're anywhere near Jerusalem, come on by! 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 on this coming week on Lazer Beams. 


A New Beginning

Citrus Blossoms Ashdod

I wish I could share with you the exquisite aroma of the citrus blossoms pictured above from a grove right outside of Ashdod. The whole city is delighting in this fragrance. What a beautiful time of the year, for more reasons than one. It's not only a time of blossoms, but of blessings and beginnings too...

This week is a great week for declaring a new start and rebooting yourself. Why? This Shabbat is the First of Nissan - the first day of the first month of the Hebrew calendar. It's also the birthday of Rebbe Nachman of Breslev and a great time to do those new things that you've always wanted to do. See how in my article New, Nissan and Nachman in this week's new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

This week's Torah portion is Tazria. It speaks about something seemingly cryptic, leprous infections in clothes. Is there still anything like that today? You'll find your answer in my commentary entitled Spotless Garments.

If the Torah considers robbing another person's money - even a "mere" ten cents - a serious crime, then imagine how serious robbing a person's oxygen is! People are so wrapped up in themselves that they don't think about what they do, as Rav Shalom Arush explains in The Polluter, an important article that you should show to anyone who smokes.

Dr. Zev Ballen talks from the heart and explains that whatever challenges one's children present are really just tailor-made opportunities for the parent to develop his or her own self-awareness. Don't miss The Suffering is Optional. 

Racheli Reckles is fed up with political correctness and American election fever. She speaks up for traditional beliefs in Hellary and the Tramp. Don't miss it.

If you haven't yet met Sunny Levy, one of our most popular writers, a mom of five and a 6th-degree black belt in Karate, please do. She writes about what she learned from own children's intramural jealousy in Jealousy Dissected.

In In Pursuit of Excellence, Dovber Halevi tells how a winner is someone who loses more times than he can count, but refuses to quit; he spends more time acting to fulfill his dreams than wasting time fantasizing about them.

Would you like to solve problems quickly and effectively? See David Perlow's 30-Minute Solution (for men only).

Jennifer Woodward, our superb Noahide correspondent, explains in Dilation that people have all kinds of excuses for not moving forward in life; fortunately, Hashem periodically moves aside the biggest obstacles in our path of progress – us ourselves… 

Enjoy, and have a beautiful new week with every blessing!


The Steps to Success

Steps to Success
This is a generation that loves templates. That's fine, because there's a wonderful template for success that you can use in any circumstance, which we'll learn today, G-d willing...

Don't miss today's super vital and practical emuna shiur and live broadcast from Jerusalem, entitled, "The Steps to Success,"  which takes place this evening (Wednesday), G-d willing, at 7:00 PM local time at our Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva, 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street, Jerusalem, in the main sanctuary. 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. As always, the live shiur is open to the public - both men and women are welcome - so if you're anywhere near Jerusalem, come on by! 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 on this coming week on Lazer Beams.