Happy new week! I'm so excited! It's only a few days away! Before I know it, hubby will be back from Breslev Israel's "Starting Over" tour with a massive suitcase overstuffed with, well, stuff! You Americans may think I sound pathetic. I remember my aunts visiting us from Israel and buying the strangest things, like toothpaste and Ibuprofen. I was like, they don't live on the moon. Why would they buy painkillers and cheap shoes here? Give me a break!
Ah, the irony. It's just perfect. Who do you think is ordering painkillers and cheap shoes now? Yep. That's right. Rub it in, why don't you. BTW, does this count as my teshuva for having made fun of my aunts when I was younger, since I'm admitting that I do the same thing? Sure, why not.
All this reminiscing made me remember my grandfather, Eliyahu, a"h. My grandparents usually came to visit us once a year from Israel, and they spent most of their quality time with us on the couch, watching television. My saba's favorite program to watch was WWF. Yes. Wrestling. I come from a weird bunch, don't I. Well, since we only had three tv's in the whole entire house, my siblings and I were stuck watching the garbage for hours at a time. We learned a lot of moves and used them against each other. My favorite was the jumping from the corner on the top rope move. I tried that a few times from the edge of the couch.
But no one out there can compare to the best, most famous wrestler of all time. And I'm not talking about ear-chomping gourmet Mike Tyson. I'm talking about none other than our forefather, Jacob. His Ultimate Death Match with the Angel of Death would have gotten the best ratings in tv that night. Rav Brody refers to this most famous Fight Night by asking some thought-provoking questions: why are we called the Nation of Israel? Why not just the Jewish People, or the Nation of Jacob? What happened when Jacob overcame the angel of Esau? Find out his insightful answer in Bout of a Lifetime.
Speaking of fighting, anyone with an addiction knows it's a fight that is nearly impossible to win. The evil inclination is just too strong. Or is he? Rav Arush has a few tips that can help anyone overcome an addiction in Drugs, Dice, and Denial.
It's no secret that I hate drug dealers. But there's no drug dealer I hate more than Big Pharma. Now that winter is upon us, they predictably overwhelm us their flu hysteria tactics. Is the flu shot guaranteed to protect you from the flu? Does it lessen the severity of the flu? What are the side effects of the flu shot? What if I don't take the flu shot? How can I protect myself? Read all this and more in my article, Forget the Flu Shot.
How is it possible that people with Alzheimer's or Dementia can suddenly engage in meaningful conversations, while at the same time, they can't remember what country they live in? Rebbetzin Yehudit Channen gives us a profound answer based on her work with such patients in Everlasting Soul. And don't forget - she's our newest Emuna Therapist, hand-chosen by our very own Dr. Ballen, and she's accepting appointments now! Contact email@example.com to set up an appointment.
Isn't it interesting to note that many of the people closest to us are the most different from us - family members in particular? Why does Hashem match up such opposites? Dr. Zev Ballen gives us the answer in The Smartest and the Bravest.
Jennifer Woodward gives us a great example of what it means to have a flaw in your emuna in The Laughing Gas Crutch.
Nearly everyone who has gotten married found out after the wedding that their spouse has certain qualities that they don't like. Everyone except my husband. Just ask him. Lori Steiner explains why it has to be this way in The Rude Awakening.
David Perlow gives us great tips on how to make praying more enjoyable and meaningful in Amida Prayer Ploys.
Have a fantastic week!