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Trees and Tribulations

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Sigh. What a stunning picture. I wish I was there right now. By myself. On a cozy couch. Next to a fireplace. In my log cabin. Can't stop. Typing half sentences. Sorry.

Well, this Shabbat is Tu B'Shvat! It's the new year for the trees, and we celebrate it by eating lots of sugar  dried fruit and/or fresh fruit and nuts. Here is a great article explaining the deeper meaning of this holiday and how we celebrate it with the food. Because we all know that there ain't be no Jewish holiday without some good food. Mmm, mmm

I'd like to share with you a short but profound thought, which I'm ashamed to say occurred to me while I was in the bathroom. Don't you just hate when that happens? I find it so annoying! 

Life knocks us down with tribulations. Sometimes we're cut down so much, we don't think we have the strength to get up and keep going. But do you know what the trees teach us? That even when we're down, when we feel like we can't go on, when we don't show any outward signs of life, we can come back! We will continue to grow, and we'll grow stronger and better than we were before!  

Every gardener knows that in order for a tree to grow strong and healthy, it needs to be pruned. That's how we should look at our tough times in life. Hashem is pruning us; removing the unhealthy and dead parts of us, so we can grow to our maximum potential. Sure, it hurts. No one said it would be painless. 

On that note, I hope you all have a wonderful and peaceful Shabbat! Try not to eat too much sugary dried "fruit," okay? Promise?

Here's a pic of Rav Brody and David and half of Yosef Nechama, our General Director, as they landed in Houston on the Breslev Israel Rav Arush Honeymoon. Sorry guys, but I don't care how hard your day was. If you're not taking care of little kids all day, I don't want to hear it! Just kidding! Sort of. Okay, not really.  

~Racheli

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Cancer Cures: Part I

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That's a nice fruit plate, if I do say so myself. I try to make a variation like this for the kids every day. I don't always succeed, but I've found that making the pieces easy to grab makes them more likely to get eaten by boys on the run. Give it a try with your kids and let me know how it goes! 

It's terrifying to think about, but all of us knows at least several people that have been diagnosed with cancer, lo aleinu. What I find more terrifying is that so many people are still pursuing the western medical modality of chemo/radiation, without much thought as to natural cancer cures. These people need to understand two things: First, the approach of western medicine is to kill disease, not to build up the body's strength so it can use its innate healing abilities and cure itself. Second, it approaches disease in such a myopic, fragmented way. 

This is totally backwards. Think about it. If the body were strong and healthy, it would be able to fight off disease without letting it destroy us. So killing disease without strengthening the body is short-sighted. What's scary about the second approach is that by default, it separates the cause of the disease from the effects. Therefore, we are relieved of all responsibility of having contributed to the disease by our diets and lifestyles. This puts us in complete victim mode, and as a result, we let the doctor do as he wishes - which, many times, leads to other negative long-term consequences. 

Well, I don't know about you, but I am fed up with this approach. 

I'm fed up of hearing about parents burying their children. I'm fed up of hearing about young children burying their parents. I'm fed up of the ignorance and naivete that we still have regarding cancer and its causes. I'm fed up with people still holding on to the belief that it's a genetic disease, and there's nothing they could have done to prevent it. People! Genetics only accounts for 2-3% of cancer cases! Dr. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, and many other doctors and research scientists already know and have proven that most cancers are caused by poor diet and lifestyle! 

Contrary to popular belief, cancer is not a death sentence, unless caught in the much later stages. And even then, there is hope that these cases can recover as well, as has been proven time and time again. As we all know, knowledge is power, and it's time to use that knowledge to promote a long, healthy life. 

If you are currently on a cancer therapy regimen, by no means can you stop without the approval of your doctor! The following suggestions can work in tangent with your treatment, and you must discuss them with your doctor before you begin them. Also, note that this list is short by design. There are so many wonderful sites out there, and our main objective is to provide you with the knowledge that chemo and radiation is not the only solution, nor is it always the best solution to cancer. 

Here are some of the top proven natural cancer cures in the world. Please share this info with others!

1) Proper diet - Eat mostly vegetables and fruits, and a modest amount of whole grains and complex carbs. Keep animal product consumption to below 5%, as per Dr. Campbell's recommendations. If you really want to be aggressive, stay away from animal products altogether. Animal protein has been correlated with a higher incidence of most cancers. Just the amount of antibiotics and hormones the animals get should be enough to deter us from eating them. Also, white flour and sugar and all processed foods should be COMPLETELY AVOIDED!

Our bodies make and destroy cancer cells all the time. But when the environment gets too unhealthy, this promotes disease, and there's no end to the madness that these diseases can make in our bodies. 

2) Gerson Therapy - This approach treats all kinds of diseases based on the understanding that our bodies get sick because of toxicity and nutritional deficiency. It works by feeding the body with massive amounts of cleansing fruit and vegetable juices, along with nutritional supplements, which give the body its strength to fight disease. It also uses coffee enemas to cleanse the liver from its toxic overload, so it can properly filter out all of the impurities from the blood and allow the immune system to work better. There is so much information on the link, and it's well worth your while to read it all.  

3) IV Vitamin C - Known as one of the most powerful destroyer of free radicals, vitamin C has long been known to be a cure for cancer and many other types of chronic diseases. It works by turning into hydrogen peroxide when coming into contact with iron and other heavy metals. The hydrogen peroxide kills the cancer cells by damaging their DNA and shutting down their energy supply. 

However, I recently found out to my great dismay that the FDA is doing everything they can to keep this therapy from being available to us. Shocker.

4) Hydrogen Peroxide - This powerful molecule stimulates natural killer cells, which attack cancer and other disease cells. T-cells release H2O2, which kills viruses, fungi, and bacteria. There's tons of info on H2O2 and cancer, so read up on it! 

5) The Cancer Tutor is an excellent website with tons and tons of info on natural treatments. They do a great job at explaining how cancer grows, and they show that there can be different approaches to different types of cancers. This is a lot of reading, but well worth it. 

6) Vitamin D and sunlight- Vitamin D is another extremely powerful cancer fighter. Many studies have been done with many types of cancer patients, even those with inflammatory breast cancer, which is the most aggressive form of breast cancer. Amazingly, these studies came up with the same general results: more vitamin D in the blood = higher likelihood of surviving cancer and less likelihood of remission, and higher chances of long-term survival. Less vitamin D in the blood = the exact opposite.

Vitamin D is excellent for our overall well-being, and usually 15 minutes a day of direct sunlight exposure is sufficient. However, it would be a good idea to supplement with D3 drops. I've seen recommendations of dosages to be anywhere between 1,000 IU and 5,000 IU. If you are considering taking a dose that's on the higher part of this range, consult with your doctor first. Here's a secret about vitamin D: it's a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it needs to be taken with a fat in order for the body to absorb it properly. Taking drops by themselves won't do you much good.

7) Intermittent Fasting - This is another powerful way to rid the body not only of cancer, but of many chronic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. You can check out my recommendation for curing diabetes using fasting in Bye Bye, Diabetes!   Here's a wonderful video explaining why fasting works as a cure for cancer. BTW, I do the intermittent fasting/slightly moderated keto diet every day, and I work out in the mornings, and I've never felt better in my life! I absolutely recommend this to everyone! The above link is also full of info, and well worth the read.

8) Here's another great and informative website of natural cancer treatments by Dr. Axe. 

9) Personal Prayer - It's amazing that, if you ask a cancer survivor to tell you what they think helped them survive their treatments and get their cancer into remission, many will say that prayer played a large part in their healing process. If you've read Rav Arush's books, you'll certainly find that as no surprise. But I have to remind us all (especially me,) that praying is not just asking Hashem to take away your suffering. That's a good start, as it shows you recognize that Hashem gave you that suffering in the first place. However, we need to internalize that the suffering was given to us for a reason, and the best way to do that is with personal prayer. I highly recommend that everyone read The Garden of Gratitude.

Whether it's cancer, another disease, or any other tribulation from the endless list, Rebbe Nachman explains that gratitude unlocks tremendous Heavenly mercy and invokes miraculous salvations!  It is our wish here at the Beams that all of our dear readers and everyone in the entire world enjoy long, full lives of blessing, success, joy, health, and an ever-growing connection with our Creator. 

Tomorrow, G-d willing, I'm going to elaborate on the real cause of cancer - and it ain't genetics! 

If you've had a positive experience using one of these treatments or something I haven't listed, please write in! We would all appreciate your input!

Today is a very auspicious day for increasing one's income, so check out the post below to find out just how to do that! 

~Racheli


MC "Hitbodedut" Hammer

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It's amazing that you can find spirituality in everything if you just take a good look. Speaking of good looks, over Shabbat, David and I were arguing over where our kids got their good looks from. Obviously, he points to himself, to which I respond: "Well, that's exactly why I'm asking the question." 

Shameful.

Great, I already forgot what I wanted to say. But you know what I didn't forget? I didn't forget that I ate too much cake on Shabbat. I look about four months pregnant right now, that's how bloated I am. All week long, I'm fine with eating healthy. I don't have any temptation to stuff my waist with processed junk and calories that are going to end up being like that annoying person that can't get the hint that you want him to go away and leave you alone, so he keeps talking and talking, totally oblivious to the fact that you've tuned him out and are trying to make it obvious, but not to the point of being rude, that you just want him to get the heck away from you. Maybe I should have written "her" instead of "him." What difference does it make these days, anyway? Gender titles have suddenly become passe and degrading.

My problem, like many others out there, is that my desire to eat the moist, chocolaty marble cake is aroused only when I see the cake. If I don't see it tempting me from its container on my counter top, then I don't desire to eat it. I just realized that maybe I should put the cake somewhere where I can't see it. But then, how will it get eaten? Do you see my dilemma?

Well, Rav Arush understands my suffering. He realizes that resisting the cake is almost The Toughest Challenge for me. As in every tough challenge, he explains that our attempts to resist our bodily urges are futile without asking Hashem to help us succeed. More specifically, Rav Arush is referring to bodily lust. Even though I'm not a man (but I could say I am if that's how I feel, because this world is so messed up,) I feel your pain, guys. I have found through personal experience that it is absolutely impossible for me to resist my sweet goodies if I don't ask Hashem to save me from my desires. 

So you may be wondering why I titled my post the way I did. If you're not wondering, there's something wrong with you. Back in the '90's, I was in high school, and MC Hammer was all the rage. All of us wore those Hammer pants that looked like something fell inside of them and created this massive hanging piece of fabric between the pant legs. It almost looked like a curtain. I bet those pants could actually have been used as a curtain or as a cape in desperate situations where one needed to shield himself from the sun or suddenly fly away like a witch into the night. 

Well, I distinctly remember one of Hammer's songs, which wasn't his most popular, but it was catchy enough for me to remember it 20+ years later. It's called, "We Got to Pray." The lyrics are so spiritual and profound, that I am totally convinced that Hammer was another hidden Breslever, just like Martin Luther King, as I discussed in last Monday's post. Hence, I've given him the name, MC "Hitbodedut" Hammer. Check it out!

We got to pray (pray), I said we pray (pray,) We got to pray just to make it today. 

Okay, so that's half the song right there, but it gets better:

I tried and tried and tried to make a way, but nothing happened 'til that day I prayed. 

We're sending this one out to the Lord, And we thank You and know we need to pray, Cause all the blessings that are good, they come from Above, And once again we want to say "THANK YOU" to the Lord with all our love.

I'm thinking about coming out with a book called "Hidden Breslevers Through the Ages." Seriously. 

With the anti-God Liberal movement in full swing in the U.S., many people might believe that political correctness is a fairly recent invention. Rav Lazer Brody shows us that actually, it's not. In fact, political correctness dates all the way to the times before the Holy Temples were destroyed. Saying something Politically Incorrect certainly doesn't make you a popular person, especially not in Israel, ironically enough. What's the consequence of ignoring actions that are being done which go directly against the Torah? Oooh, you don't want to know! But, really, you do! Read the article!

Just because I like to enjoy a good piece (or three) of cake, it doesn't mean that I'm not into being healthy. Au contraire, darlings! This week, I examine a type of scientific short-sightedness that I call Medical Myopia.  Instead of focusing on changing our eating habits, drug companies and even vitamin and supplement companies try to re-direct our focus to buying more magic pills or vitamins. But too much focusing on taking pills can make us feel like we don't need to change our lifestyles, if we're giving our bodies what they need through medicines, natural or otherwise. Not to mention that it makes such companies crazy rich. This cuckoo mindset is W-Wr-Wro-Wrong! I've got some shocking statistics in here for you, so definitely don't miss reading this one!

I've decided that Rebbetzin Yehudit Channen's life should be made into a movie. I've never met anyone who has had so much drama, and survived it all! You'll never believe the mess she found herself in this time, on her Walk on the Wild Side. OMG. 

Chana Sherman writes about the struggle of being Torah-observant in the corporate world in The CEO Wears a Sheitel. 

David Perlow is a former IDF soldier, so he knows lots about discipline, fighting, and lust. Oops, what I meant to say was that he makes a brilliant comparison in the way soldiers are forced to depend on their superiors to how we are forced to depend on Hashem, and shows us that we are all spiritual Soldiers of the Honor Guard. *This article is for men only, and by men, I mean those who were genetically born as a man and remain a man. Of course, I had to read the article so I can promote it, but for the duration of actually reading the article, I really believed that I was a man, so according to Liberals, that made me a legitimate man, even if it was only for three minutes. Now, does this make me a transgender? Is there a term for going from one gender back to another and then back again? What an avant garde idea!

Lori Steiner came up with a great invention called The Happiness Meter.  It keeps you from feeling so elated that you'll predictably crash afterward, and it also keeps you from falling into a depression. How does it work? Well, I didn't invent the thing! Read the article to find out.

Dr. Zev Ballen continues discussing the secrets and joys of Living the Simple Life.  With all of the material temptations we face every day, is there a spiritual reason and benefit to resisting them? And if so, how can we accomplish such a tremendous feat?

Wishing all of our awesome readers a wonderful week! 

-Racheli


Disaster House

YES!! David, the guy that I vaguely remember being married to, is finally home! I am so relieved! But, honestly, I'm not sure why. Now I just have more work again. I have to cook more, I have more laundry, I have to pick up more, I have to bring him food to his office when he works late, you know what? Maybe he should go on another trip. On second thought, he does take the kids off my hands for an hour or so a day. And that's worth all of the extra work, in my mind. 

So of course, he came home with two suitcases bursting with stuff. The kids and I were crowding around him, cackling at him to show us what we got, and pushing in front of each other to get the best spot. He was getting so annoyed because we were basically standing on top of him. I got some awesome new workout clothes and a hot pink pair of Nike's. BTW, you want to know something so funny? In Israel, they don't call it Nike like we Americans do. They call it Nike like Mike. They don't pronounce the "e." Isn't that so strange? Nike like Mike. Maybe that should be the slogan for Israel. I'm seeing the whole commercial in my head right now.

It's a pencil drawing of two stick figures, Nike and Mike. And then the narrator says in Israeli English: "Nike meet Mike. Nike like Mike. Nike and Mike friends. Nike kill Mike when he find out Mike pick Trump." The really funny part is that many Israelis don't use past or future tense when they speak English. Everything is spoken in the present tense. So you never really can be sure what they're saying. God I love Israeli English. It's so terribly entertaining.

So it's Thursday night at 10:15, and the house is a disaster. Disaster house. For those of you that don't know Hebrew, disaster in Hebrew is deesasterrr. Clothes are everywhere. Tags and plastic wrap are falling out of the tag and plastic wrap garbage bag. The laundry is a massive blob on the floor by the back door. My kitchen looks like it's suffering from neglect. You would think that I didn't do a thing all day. Oy, the joys of womanhood. 

I was walking around in circles, trying to figure out where to start to deal with the disaster house, and of course, I started complaining. "Just look at this mess!" I muttered. Okay, so I didn't actually mutter. Hubby overheard me and replied, "You just got so many new clothes and you're complaining?" 

Like, oops.

"Go to sleep," I told him. But he has a point. Writing that just made me feel so icky. Anyhow, here's a metaphysical law that even my Saba Al (a.k.a., Albert Einstein) didn't know: blessings and challenges usually go hand in hand. They don't have to happen directly at the same time, but they usually happen pretty close to one another. 

Challenges help us earn the blessings that Hashem wants to give us. If we're aware of this, we can thank Hashem for the challenge and the blessing. And if we're able to thank Him genuinely for the challenge, we may find that the challenge didn't just help us earn the present blessing; it becomes a vessel for future blessings as well!

So thank Hashem for every challenge (and blessing, obviously,) and God willing you'll create a snowball effect of blessing after blessing! 

Wishing you a wonderful Shabbat!

-Racheli

 


I Don't Have Problems

Today I picked up a hitchhiker, which is something I normally don't do, unless it's a woman or a man with a child. But this guy was leaning on his cane and looked so desperate, that I felt compelled to stop. He took a good two minutes to get into the car, because it turns out he suffered some major bodily injury, though I don't know from what. He must have been in his early 40's but aside from barely being able to walk, his speech was severely limited and hard to understand. On the way to where he wanted to go, he told me about his near death experience, which was totally freaky and awesome.

Then, he took my hand and made me put it on his head, where there was literally no skull. There was about a three-inch wide circle with just soft mush under his hair. Totally freaky and not so awesome. He told me that his "white brain" had come out of his head. Is anyone out there squeamish? Sorry.

As he was struggling to talk to me, I tried to keep a normal face while trying not to get more freaked out by the second. I was still alone in the car with a strange man, and even though he didn't appear dangerous, I was getting seriously uncomfortable. When he finally opened the door, I got out of the car to help him leave, because he nearly fell. I helped him get onto the curb and thanked him as he gave me blessing after blessing. Incidentally, only in Israel will a hitchhiker bless you. Totally awesome.

So of course I asked Hashem why He compelled me to pick this guy up, and eventually He answered. The lesson was, that even though my husband has been away for nearly three weeks and it's been very, very difficult with my perfectly-behaved kids, I don't have real problems.

Yes, life is hard. Very hard. Yes, many are struggling with marital issues, child raising issues, sustenance issues. But if you have your health, believe me, you don't have problems. Can you see the screen on your smartphone? Can you walk without a cane? Can you breathe without a breathing tube? Can you eat without a feeding tube? Can you go to the bathroom normally? Can you listen to music or your spouse's nagging? Can you hold something with both of your hands? Can you hug your children with two arms? Can you speak clearly?

Then you don't have problems.

Everything else can be dealt with. But health - there is no greater blessing than good health.  

Wishing you all a wonderful, problem-free day!

Racheli


Hashem Made Me Do It

My husband was showing me a few adorable pictures he took of my two youngest boys, Nachman and Natan. These two are soulmates. Nachman is almost 5, and Natan is almost 3. Their birthdays are both in Adar, six days apart. They have the closest brotherly connection of all of my kids.

What's most interesting to me is that when Nachman was just 14 months old, I was suddenly seized by a desire to have another baby. It came out of thin air. And once I get my mind on something, that's it. I ain't gonna stop until I get what I want. 

I told my husband that I want another baby right now, and he told me that Amazon doesn't do Prime two-day shipping for these kinds of things. What a shame. B"H, one month later I was pregnant.

Now, looking back, I can see why I was so compelled to have another baby. It was because these two souls were extremely close, and they needed to be together. So I realized that it really wasn't my decision to want another baby. Hashem knew that this would be what I needed for many reasons, so He put that desire in me. 

How many times have we had an idea, or done something for reasons that we just can't explain? It's easy to accept that Hashem made us do it when the things that we have done were good. But, I have to tell you that Hashem also compels us to do things that seem to make no sense, either. We can look back on so many stupid decisions and thing, "What in the world was I thinking?"

Well, the good news is that you really weren't thinking anything. Hashem was influencing your thoughts in order to bring about a necessary soul correction for you. Sometimes we can see how it all worked out for the best; and sometimes, we can't. But we have to believe that the outcome will always be good. 

Therefore, let's stop beating ourselves up over our stupid decisions, and stop hogging all the credit for our good decisions. Hashem is in control, and will always be in control. Once we really internalize that, we'll feel so much better, and life will turn into a never-ending fairy tale filled with butterflies and sunshine and lots of money. Okay, so not really.

Have a wonderful day!

-Racheli

 


Hello, Kapparah!

Shavua Tov! I hope your Shabbat was great. Let's start the week off with a pop quiz. Doesn't that make you feel all nostalgic for school? Don't you just miss those dreaded days? So here goes:

In the past month, I have lost my:

a) house keys 

b) checkbook

c) brand new earrings that I didn't even get to wear yet

d) a large blue bag filled with all kinds of nice plastic table wares, such as plates, cutlery, napkins, etc. for Shabbat

e) all of the above

Now, if you may recall, if you don't know the answer, you're supposed to pick "c" for reasons beyond my limited understanding. But if you picked "c" in this case, sorry! You failed! The actual answer is "e!"

Yesiree. I really don't know what is going on with me. Why do I keep losing things?? It's so frustrating to not be able to remember where I put anything. Since I can't stand taking responsibility for anything (just ask my husband,) the real reason that things keep getting lost is because there is a secret black hole vortex somewhere in my house. I suspect that it's in the washing machine. 

Actually, I just came up with an even better possible answer. I think my husband is messin' wit' my mind. I think he hid everything at his office, just so he can see how frustrated I can get. Yes. This is definitely the reason. He's getting back at me for all those years I threw his stuff away without asking his permission. Most recently, he accused me of donating his Sukkot siddur to a local gemach, (a place where people can buy used stuff fo' cheap.) Of course I have no recollection of doing such a thing. 

One of these days I have to get over to the bank to check my account. I'm not in such a huge rush, because it's not like someone's gonna steal my millions. G-d willing, one day soon - like tomorrow - all of these things will just reappear. Until then, I have to accept all of these losses as a kapparah, a spiritual atonement for some transgressions that (fill in the blank) did. Like I said, I can't take responsibility for anything. Even typing that word hurts my fingers.

We should never think of our losses as random. Hashem has His own personal ledger, and He is keeping close track of what we owe and, well, what we owe. Because we really don't deserve anything. I'll share a little secret to happiness with you: consider whatever you get as a free gift, and whatever was taken from you wasn't really yours anyways. 

It's all for the best! At least, that's what I'm going to tell hubby as I steal some cash from his wallet to get me another pair of earrings. And while I'm shopping, I might as well look at updating my wardrobe too, no? 

Have a wonderful week!

-Racheli