If you are a man, and your answer to the question in the above photo is "yes", and you consider yourself religious, then you better double-check your value system, because your not synched with the Torah...
Yes, the hand you see in the above photo is the hand of a woman. And she's drowning, screaming for help with her last breaths. But you don't look at women, and you're shomer negia, so you certainly don't touch them...
The Gemara teaches that any "religious" person who ignores a drowning woman is a pious idiot. The Gemara also tells the story about another pious idiot who saw a baby drowning in a river, but he didn't jump in to save the baby because he wanted to fold up his tefillin first.
Hashem doesn't want pious idiots. The entire Torah is common sense and human decency. Saving lives overrides everything. Where do we learn this from? It's right in the Torah: Moses became the leader of the Jewish People not because he was so frum, but because he never ignored the needs of a fellow human. Read all about it Piety With Good Sense, my feature article in the week's stimulating issue of Breslev Israel magazine.
Rav Shalom Arush tells about the power of gratitude in No Place to Park.
Dr. Zev Ballen shows you how to check the health of your brain in 20 seconds in The Heron.
Also featured this week:
Racheli Reckles - Waiting For Moshiach
Jennifer Woodward - The Right Way
Rivka Levy - On the Floor
Sacha Levein - Aliya, the Emuna Way
Dennis Rosen - The Only Address
Bright Beams blessings for a beautiful new week!