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Juha's Bullseye

No Bullseye
When I was a soldier, I didn't have much time to read. But when I did, I enjoyed reading international folklore.

Every nation has its anti-hero. In Yiddish literature, he's called shlemazel or Kuni Lemel. In Czechoslavakia, he's called Shveyk. In the classic The Good Soldier Shveyk  by Jaroslav Hashek (1923), Shveyk captures a hill and kills all the soldiers on it, only to find out that they were on his side. In Egypt, particularly in South Sinai, he's called Juha - Juha is definitely my favorite. In the IDF, we used to invent our own Juha stories. If somebody would flub-up on a maneuver (in a mission, there's no room for flubups), he'd get the title of "Juha" for a month until he bent over backwards to perform triple-good and rid himself of the stigma. At any rate, I could never get enough of Juha; he kept me laughing in situations where it was hard to smile, much less laugh. Juha is always funny, but there's deeper messages buried under his apparent stupidity. Here's a taste:

Juha was tired of everyone making fun of him and calling him stupid, so he decided to join the Egyptian Army. He figured that once he'd get a uniform, everyone would respect him. Juha.elderlyJuha went to the training base and tried to enlist. Everyone laughed at him - he even sat backwards on his donkey (see illustration at right of Juha at retirement age). He said, "Take me - I'm a sharpshooter." They gave him a rifle, and pointed him toward a target some 50 meters away. He pulled the trigger and the bullet hit a wall way off to the left of the target. Juha ran to the wall and painted a bullseye around the bullet hole. That's we call in IDF slang, "Juha's Bullseye" - it's not the real thing, bro, and it won't earn you your sharpshooter's badge...

Before we laugh, let's have a look at ourselves: how many of us live our lives just like Juha? Oh yes, the Juhas of this world provide lots of laughter up in the Heavenly Court...

If you don't want to be a Juha (don't ever call anybody that if you visit Egypt, Jordan or Lebanon, and certainly not in any Israeli Arab village or town), then today's emuna lesson and broadcast is an absolute must.

Don't miss this evening's eye-opening emuna lesson and broadcast entitled "Juha's Bullseye," 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 Healthy Self-Image

Feel Good About Yourself
Who doesn't want a healthy self-image? When you feel good about yourself, you can not only love everyone else, but the whole world feels good about you. It's easier than you think. Today's lesson will not only show you how to avoid the pitfalls of being down on yourself, but will show you how to build a healthy self-image. Don't miss it!

G-d willing, this evening's life-saving emuna lesson and broadcast entitled "The Healthy Self-Image" will take place on 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. 

If you haven't done so already, as preparation for today's lesson, read Racheli's fantastic article, Love Yourself.


The Big Break Through

Break through
Here's a treat many of you asked me for.

We've had much lovely feedback from our recent speaking tour in Canada and the USA, but those who live outside the areas we visited didn't have the opportunity of hearing about the marvelous new light that my esteemed and beloved teacher Rav Shalom Arush brought down to the world that enables a person to successfully cope with any challenge or hardship. We're delighted to deliver this lesson in this evening's shiur.

Don't miss this evening's eye-opening emuna lesson and broadcast entitled "The Big Break Through," 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 Old Mill Wheel

Mill wheel

In the old days, there were water-operated or hand-operated flour mills. With the hand variety, every time you turn the handle, you grind more wheat and make more money. The mill owner would count more money in his mind every time the wheel turned. Naturally, he wanted that mill to be working all day long…

My esteemed and beloved teacher Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a says that the same thing goes for your thanking Hashem and your Psalms. It's like the grinding wheel in the flour mill, grinding more and more flour with each turn. Each word you say not only enables you to cling to Hashem, but it accumulates more and more abundance, both spiritual and material. Read what Rav Shalom says in The Grinding Wheel, his feature article in this week's brand new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

Jason flunked his driving test after he was sure that he's more than qualified at the wheel. And, after learning that Hashem runs the world, he's angry at Him. If you feel the same way whenever you have a setback, have a look at my article First-Time Flunky.

I have a spiritual daughter who makes me blush; sometimes, she even puts tears in my eyes - the good kind. I'm referring to Racheli Reckles. This week, she reminisces about when she and David first met me in person eight years ago. Don't miss Love Yourself.

Rabbi Avigdor Miller osb"m was a prodigious influence on me as I was discovering observant Judaism in the 1980's. His outlook is bold and he's not out to win a popularity contest. Hashem wants only truth, and that's exactly what Rabbi Miller gives us, as we see in Hashem, Why?

Our esteemed Dr. Zev Ballen sheds light on the upside-down world in Meyer.

Dovber Halevi shows the benefit of leaving our comfort zone in Divine Discomfort.

Rebbetzen Yehudit Channen takes us on a most surprising visit to the science fair in CO2 or You.

Ahava Margaretten eposes the double-edged sword of women's beauty in The Queen's Wardrobe.

Enjoy, with bright Beams blessings for a beautiful week!