So I'm sure that there's at least ONE other parent who's thrilled that their kid starts school today. Actually, mine started yesterday, because kids in Israel have school on Sundays, BARUCH HASHEM. Isn't that enough of a reason right there to make aliyah? I mean, what are Sundays for? Sitting around the house with the kids complaining that they're bored while trying to figure out where to drag them to besides the mall or the park? Yeah, sounds like fun. You can keep your Sundays.
Chanukah is officially over. What a bummer, no? Actually, I'm kind of relieved because I spent the entire week either sick, cooking for guests, tending to sick children, or cooking for more guests. I couldn't stop eating the entire week. Even tonight, I was totally full from lunch, but I just had to eat some of the leftover food that I warmed up for hubby. Why couldn't he have warmed it up himself? Maybe then I wouldn't have felt compelled to eat it. Okay, so that's not true. I feel compelled to eat whatever he makes.
As I was sitting at the table stuffing my face, I was going over the articles on our latest issue of Brelsev Israel's webmag. And wouldn't you know - Rav Shalom Arush was talking about the exact problem I'm suffering from: lack of self-discipline. Why, oh why, I was asking myself, can't I stop eating if I'm not even hungry? What about the fact that I work out so I can stay in shape? Why would I sabotage my hard work? Exactly after I finished eating, I learned the reason that we don't achieve the goals we set for ourselves. Great. Maybe I'll read it again tomorrow before I continue on with the leftover marathon. But seriously, don't miss Rav Arush's advice if you're Striving for Self-Discipline!
All of us have those "Ah-ha!" moments, where we finally get the insight that was eluding us. How many situations can we recall that we suffered tremendously through, only to eventually realize that it all worked out for our best? If you're happily married, (hypothetically speaking, let's pretend just for the sake of it, okay?) you could (theoretically) look back on all of your past relationships and think: "Thank G-d I didn't marry that person!" Hopefully you're not thinking the opposite. Okay, if this isn't such a great example, then find your own. In the meantime, while you're searching for one, Rav Lazer Brody shows us that even Yosef Hatzaddik had The Eureka Moment. He may have skipped and danced his 12 years through a prison that made San Quentin look like Disney World, but he didn't really put the entire picture together of how Hashem did everything for his best until... well, you'll have to read the article to find out!
If you're a pregnant mama or know someone who is, you don't want to miss this article. As you may know, I take every "suggestion" from Big Pharma with a Coscto-sized grain of salt. That might be the understatement of 2017. It is 2017, right? There were no fireworks in my town. Anyhow, this time I'm questioning their rationale for giving newborns the Hepatitis B vaccine. I guide you, the reader, through a logical series of questions and arguments challenging their reasons for promoting this vaccine. Your babies deserve parents who are fully informed, because their lives depend on it. Therefore, making decisions based one one side's arguments is short-changing yourselves. Don't miss reading my latest, Hepatitis Babies. And if you know of any pregnant woman that would or would not like more information on this vaccine, please forward it to her as well.
Is it possible for a violent, drug-addict criminal to have a close connection with Hashem? Can someone who has done some of the most horrific crimes be capable of helping bring others closer to God? Dr. Zev Ballen continues on with the saga of Ray, one of his most special clients. Don't miss what unbelievable developments have been happening in Ray's life in Out At Last.
Nothing is harder for a parent than to watch his child suffer. Rebbetzin Yehudit Channen opens up about her struggle with the incredibly difficult test that her son and his wife faced with the birth of their first child. Her realizations and insight are things that we can all learn and benefit from. Don't miss her latest, I Second that Emuna. And don't forget - Rebbetzin Channen is our newest Emuna Therapist! Contact email@example.com to set up an appointment.
Yehoshua Goldstein is running philosophical circles around atheists in Thoughts About G-d.
David Perlow gives us some amazing tips from the Noam Elimelech on how to strengthen our connection with Hashem in The Tzetyl Kattan.
Pinney Wolman's painful muscle injury made him realize that he likes a quick fix. Well, who doesn't. But, not all of us can give us the advice that he gives for Uprooting Today's Idols.
As my eyelids close against my wishes and my head slowly nods forward, I'll try to finish this sentence by wishing you all a wonderful, emuna-filled, stress-free, child-in-school week!
PS: While we're sitting by the fireplace or in our snugly warm homes, there are IDF soldiers shivering up on the Lebanon and Syria borders. Help us warm their hearts and souls with gifts of emuna books and CDs - Donate to Emuna Outreach. Rav Shalom Arush says that there is no greater charity. The blessing will come right back to you tenfold.