The Beams is happy to take you on a journey of the macrocosm. Now think how Hashem makes the effort to confine Himself within your heart and brain, to make sure they're functioning properly. The author of this presentation probably had no spiritual intentions, but, I find this a mind-boggling aid in contemplating the vastness of Hashem and His lovingkindness. Fad and political correctness can't dispute the truth - Hashem is the King, the Master Creator.
Do you think you know how big Hashem is? He's infinite, beyond anything we can fathom. See for yourself:
If you can't answer the above question with a "yes", then here are five exquisite minutes of Hashem's creations to get you out of the confines of the office or the kitchen.
The sky as well as every other creation each has its own unique praise of Hashem, which was compiled by King David in Perek Shira, The Song of Creation. This is an amazing prayer that invokes phenomenal Divine blessings, which we invite you to download for free here, courtesy of Emuna Outreach. Enjoy!
Hashem in His loving grace and amazing compassion has enabled me to understand the current conflict between Israel and Hamastan-Gaza by way of physics, and particularly thermodynamics. We know that the physical manifestations of creation reflect the underlying spiritual laws that the Creator in His omniscience instilled in creation. Whereas science concerns itself with the mechanics of events within nature, emuna concerns itself with the mechanics of events above nature.
Without confusing you with the laws of energy and thermodynamics, let's simplify: there are two opposing powers in molecular theory - the power that seeks order and the power that seeks disorder. These two powers always fight each other. The more that the power of order prevails, the more the world obtains "Gibbs Free Energy", which is more commonly known as "free enthalpy", or useful energy. The more that the power of disorder prevails, the greater the "entropy" or chaotic, unproductive energy in the world. We can now understand how the same nuclear energy can illuminate the world when its in the responsible hands of a nuclear power plant, or destroy the world when it becomes the entropic energy of a nuclear bomb detonation.
The Torah juxtaposes Israel and Ishmael. Without bogging us down with dozens of quotes, Israel is the world's "free enthalpy", or useful energy. Israel has given society everything from morals to medicine, from agriculture to zero illiteracy. Israel has sponsored and spearheaded agricultural, construction, educational and medical projects around the world. Here at home, we've made the desert bloom. Our children learn to read at age three. We are a nation that exports compassion, for caring about others is a trait that Jews have an endless reservoir of. Our Torah is a "tree of life" whose ways are all peaceful and pleasant. Israel uses its resources to educate and heal people; our concrete and metal go to building schools, hospitals and factories. Our faith is emuna, spreading the light of Hashem's love for every human.
On the other hand, Ishmael is the power of disorder and chaos, destructive energy. As the Torah says, his hands are on everybody - he can't live without a fight. His contribution to society is negative, for he destroys rather than builds. Other than jihad, his constant holy wars, he has no claim to fame. His money results from his natural resources - oil - which Hashem gave him as a reward for being circumcised. He has no technology or knowledge base of his own. His children learn cruelty from a young age, growing up with the burning desire to kill his rival, Israel; so much so, that he'll sacrifice his own family without blinking an eyelash to spill the blood of Israel, Heaven forbid. Ishmael uses its resources to kill his rivals; not only Jews, but his own people as he does in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Gaza and everywhere else he lives. His concrete and metal resources go to building terrorist tunnels; his kids don't need to read and write as long as they can wield a knife and operate an AK-47. His faith is Jihad, holy war, killing anyone who doesn't agree with his darkside murderous treachery that he calls a religion.
The above explains the war in Gaza. No, it's not Israel's war with the Gazans. This is a struggle between the useful energy of the world and the destructive energy of the world. Israel must overcome in order for this planet to be a decent place to dwell in. The French, Germans, British and Belgians can now understand why their homelands are becoming less and less tolerable as they are being taken over by the Ishmaelites.
For the ultimate good of mankind and this planet, may Hashem help us prevail, amen.
Sirens wailed in the Tel Aviv suburbs yesterday - look how the elephants in the Ramat Gan Safari reacted. With sensitivity to their young that the terrorists should learn, the elephants make a protective circle around their young. Check this out (a tip of the shtreimel to Michal Kovan from Beit Shemesh):
The Ibex, or "Yael" in Hebrew, is the symbol of the Negev and its charm. The Torah is compared to this majestic animal, for it is the charm of the Jewish People, as we'll learn in today's emuna lesson, which will help prepare us for the upcoming Shavuot holiday…
With Hashem's loving grace, today's weekly emuna shiur (lesson) and live broadcast that will take place this evening (Wednesday) at 7:00 PM local time, at our Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva, 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street, Jerusalem, in the main sanctuary.
As always, the live shiur is open to the public - both men and women are welcome - so if you're anywhere near Jerusalem, come on by! You can see today's lesson here - the broadcast, as well as our lessons posted from now on - are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in on time as follows:
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Hebrew, the holy tongue, has many Divine secrets in every word that reveal the inner dimensions of Hashem's creations. The new month is the heart of creation's cycle of renewal. Our Kabbalistic sages teach that the lunar month is the heart of time, for the lunar month is the pulse of creation just like the rhythm of the heart.
The Hebrew word for "new" is chadash, while the word for "month" is chodesh, both come the same root and are spelled identically - chet, daleth, shin.
The Hebrew word for "moon" is levana. The first two Hebrew letters of levana are lamed-bet, which spell lev, or heart.
If the entire universe were a body, then the moon would be the heart, for it is the pulsation of creation. That's why Judaism uses the lunar calendar. The main two characteristics of the moon are heart and renewal; a woman's monthly renewal of fertility testifies to the fact that the lunar month is truly the heart of creation's cycle of renewal.
To gain more of an insight to the moon as rhythm of the heart, which is the underlying theme of Shabbat Chodesh which is this coming Shabbat, see my feature article Rhythm of the Heart on this week's soul-satisfying issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.
One of the intrinsic lessons of this week's Torah portion - Tazria - is that the body and the soul are one; therefore, any medical treatment can only be effective if a person treats the blemish to his soul that corresponds to the affliction to his body. Intriguing? Read all about it in my elaboration of this week's parsha entitled, The Bond of Body and Soul.
What does wealth have to do with cleaning for Passover? My beloved teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush explains in The Blessing of Wealth.