147 posts categorized "Emuna News"

Four More Martyrs

I am heartbroken to hear the news of the tragic murder of four young Israeli soldiers today by an East-Jerusalem Arab. These sweet, innocent young adults had the rest of their lives ahead of them. And in one moment of insanity, a crazy terrorist decided to cut short four lives and injure dozens more. You can read the full story here

We at the Beams mourn for the loss of our beloved soldiers. May Hashem avenge their martyred blood.

-2nd Lt. Yael Yekutiel, 20, of Givataim

-Cadet Shir Hajaj, 22, of Maale Adumim

-Cadet Shira Tsur, 20, of Haifa

-Cadet Erez Orbach, 20, of Alon Shvut

What is the message Hashem is trying to send us through such needless violence? Well, I can't speak for anyone else but myself, but for me, the message is clear: either we can live al kiddush Hashem, or we can die al kiddush Hashem. There is no in between.

May The Almighty comfort their families among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. 

~Racheli


J'accuse!

Elor azaria
J'accuse! Yes, I accuse the IDF, the Israeli Defense establishment and the Israeli secular media for the gross travesty of Sergeant Elor Azaria's basic rights.

J'accuse! Yes, I accuse the IDF brass for making a scapegoat out of Sergeant Elor Azaria, who made a difficult decision under pressure when no officer was on the scene.

J'accuse! Yes, I accuse former Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon for condemning Sergeant Elor Azaria's shooting of a wounded terrorist even before the facts were known, thus compromising any chance for an unbiased investigation and trial.

J'accuse! Yes, I accuse IDF Chief of Staff Gad Eizenkot for expressing his opinions of Sergeant Elor Azaria's guilt to the media even before the investigation was over.

J'aacuse! Yes, I accuse the IDF Military Court for the gross disregard of Sergeant Elor Azaria's basic rights of sub judice - with his rights breached so terribly by the media, there was no way for him to receive a fair trial.

J'accuse! Yes, I accuse the media and the military court for selectively disregarding the fact the Sergeant Elor Azaria killed a terrorist who was still alive and squirming, and likely to have explosives on his body that could still be detonated.

J'accuse! Yes, I certainly accuse IDF deputy chief of staff Yair Golan for insinuating that Sergeant Elor Azaria is a modern Israeli version of a Nazi.

J'accuse! Yes, I accuse the entire political, military and media establishment in Israel for flattering the international left at the price of a young Jewish soldier's basic judicial rights.

Sergeant Elor Azaria doesn't need a pardon. He needs to be set free on the basis of mistrial, because of the gross breach of his basic judicial rights.


Can I Stop Eating Already?

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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 staff@breslev.co.il 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! 

~Racheli

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.


No Knife in Israel's Back

Back Stabber
Our good friend Menachem from Crown Heights writes, "Dear Rabbi Lazer, somebody in America should apologize for the knife that Kerry put in Israel's back and for Obama's sellout of our best friend..."

Menachem, nobody put a knife in Israel's back, because we never turned our backs on Barack Hussein Obama or on John (al telech imi b-)Kerry. Our "Emuna News" department here at the Beams, more than eight and a half years ago in an op-ed entitled The Rise of Mister V - four months before the 2008 election - said that Obama would win the election and that he'd be the pits for Israel. Way back then, we said categorically that he'd cave into Iran and why.

And, as far as his unholy and impure Kerry in the unholy and impure State Department goes, we never turned our back on him either. Over three years ago in an article entitled Kerry for Kerry, we wrote that Kerry (the word in Hebrew for sinister is kerry - it also means rebellious or spiritually impure) would become this generation's Neville Chamberlain.

Here are a few Emuna-News spiritual facts:

  1. Obama's meteoric rise to power began on July 27th, 2004; then, the freshman Senatorial candidate Barack Obama spoke to delegates during the Democratic National Convention in Boston.  Some call it "The Speech", a 17 minute star-making turn.  Obama walked on stage an unknown, and walked off as a star. Four months after the convention, Obama won the U.S. Senate seat in a landslide. Now hear this: July 27th, 2004 was the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av, "Tisha B'Av." This is a perpetual day of calamity for the Jewish people when among other disasters, both Holy Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed.
  2. The USA, represented by Kerry, initially signed the appeasement agreement with Iran on July 5, 2015 - that day was the 17th of Tammuz, the beginning of the notorious Three-Weeks period that culminates in Tisha B'Av.

What do we learn from this? Obama and Kerry, like all the other tyrants, will soon be forgotten. But, as much as we wish success to President-elect Trump, we cannot afford to put any trust in flesh-and-blood. Both Jews and non-Jews must trust in G-d alone. Hashem is waiting patiently for us to make teshuva and strengthen ourselves in emuna, but the sand is quickly running out of the hourglass. Our activism right now should be spiritual only; our fight is against the darkness of evil by spreading emuna far and wide.

Don't worry - lies are short-lived. Soon, very soon, the world will know the truth. We pray for and yearn for that day.


UN Resolution 2334: The Height of Hypocrisy vs. the Light of Truth

UN 2334
On the eve of Chanuka, the UN passed the Obama-initiated Resolution 2334 that delegitimizes Israel's ownership of the Western Wall remnant of our Holy Temple in Jerusalem, our patriarch's and matriarch's graves in Maarat Machpela in Hevron, Joseph's gravesite in Shechem, the site of our Holy Tabernacle in Shiloh and all Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel beyond the pre-1967 borders.

Everything Hashem does turns out for the very best. Ever since Resolution 2334 passed, it has not stopped raining in Israel after a long and difficult drought.

Since the dawn of our people's history, we've suffered from two types of enemies - the tyrants from the outside and the self-deprecating segment of our population from within. Chanuka teaches that miraculously, we always overcome both. This time is no exception.

I want to add one thing: how the USA refused to veto a resolution whose preamble states the unacceptability of acquiring territory by force is an insult to the intelligence of any normal human being. In case anyone has forgotten, our Holy Land's borders and the Almighty's granting of it to us are clearly stated in the Torah. Not so is the case of the entire USA. In 1967 (what a coincidence, huh? No, it's Hashem laughing ahead of time), William C. Sturtevant of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC drew a map (below - click on it to see it in enlarged size) showing how the entire USA belongs to the Native American Tribes, who were brutally and mercilessly forced out of their tribal lands. According to 2334, all of today's USA is one big illegal settlement. Oh, and in case you didn't know, the White House is built on land forcibly taken from the Powhatan Native Americans. See Sturtevant's map below and have a continued Happy Chanuka basking in the lights of truth.

  Smithsonian Map Native American tribes USA


Angel or Animal?

The above title is a question that is in my mind much of the time when I watch my five boys interact. In fact, I'm thinking of getting a greeting sign for our front door that says: "Welcome to the Animal House." I still have yet to find such a sign, but if I do, believe me, I'm putting it up. But certainly my kids are angels too, right? But of course! When they are asleep and at school; hopefully not at the same time. 

I just came up with an awesome movie script in honor of this week's parsha. Brad Pitt plays Yosef Hatzaddik, except in the movie, Yosef is already married. Angelina Jolie plays Potiphar's wife, who lures Yosef away from his current wife. Brad/Yosef is unable to resist the temptation of the vixen/homewrecker Angie/PW, and divorces his wife for PW. Next thing you know, Yosef is in jail and PW is slapping him with divorce papers and trying to gain sole custody of their six children. Call me, Spielberg.

Rav Brody writes in his latest article that even we non-Hollywood multimillionaire self-absorbed adults can resemble angels or animals. I don't know about you, but I have certainly met one or two adults in my life that have behaved like animals. And they didn't even have the millions in the bank to justify their obnoxious behavior. But I digress... Did you know that Yosef Hatzaddik is the first man credited to override his physical desires? What does his being thrown into the pit have to do with him passing the grueling test with Potiphar's wife? Find out in Angel or Animal.

Now if you remember your history right, Joseph's troubles weren't over when he escaped the clutches of the infamous seductress. Soon after, he found himself in jail on trumped-up charges. But, ever the tzaddik, he didn't despair. In fact, he was happy throughout his - what was it- 12 years?! Rav Shalom Arush explains that by being happy, Joseph and other tzaddikim served as exceptional examples of the fact that a person should be happy in any situation, even imprisonment. Could there be Heavenly mercy for those who are in prison? Don't miss reading Joy in Jail

If you aren't living in a cave these days, you may see how much of traditional values and lifestyles are threatened by the Liberal movement. It's no secret that they want to force their perverted set of values down everyone's throats, coercing them to believe and act the way they feel is correct. Do they care about preserving traditional gender roles and preserving the nuclear family? Do they care about the individual? And how does Trump's win play into all this? My article, Liberal Lies, is a must-read.

Rebbetzin Yehudit Channen shares a deeply painful and challenging time in her life, when her 16-year-old daughter suddenly had a heart attack. The cardiac arrest was only the beginning of a long, difficult journey of Yehudit's soul-searching and a struggle with her emuna - and her sanity. This article will serve as a source of strength and encouragement to all those who are  suffering along with a loved one. Have tissues close by as you read My Eighteen Days of Emuna! And don't forget- Rebbetzin Channen is our newest Emuna Therapist and she's now available for appointments! Contact staff@breslev.co.il. And please write me a nice email thanking me for the wonderful recommendation! 

Jennifer Woodward describes her struggle with accepting her mission in life in Just Let Me Do Laundry! Yeah, you know I didn't write that one.

Dennis Rosen shows us that prayer is not just something we're supposed to do three times a day; it's a Continuous Connection with Hashem. 

What practical ways can we create more peace between ourselves and others? Find out in Lori Steiner's Peace in the World.

Most people in the world view Saturday as a day to have fun and run their personal errands. But David Perlow shares with us that Shabbat is infinitely more than a day off in Beloved Shabbat.

Have a wonderful day!

~Racheli (Wow, that squiggle thingy is so cool! I just found it on my keyboard!) 


The Honeymoon Continues

Hi all! I've been so busy getting manicures and massages, I simply haven't had time to post anything this week. And Shabbat is around the corner and I haven't scored an invite for lunch. Any takers? I'll bring wine and dessert! 

My brain is on airplane mode, so I have nothing important to say. Instead, I thought I'd post this selfie of my husband and Rav Brody on their romantic honeymoon around North America. It seems to me that Rav Brody was sleeping when David took this picture. Can you see his payo sticking out from under the blanket? Is payo singular for payot? Does that make sense? I mean, you can't say "one payot." That's like saying "one shoes." It don't make no sense.

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom! And if you didn't read my article this week, please do! It'll make you smile, or your money back. Shameful self-promotion. I know. 

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