53 posts categorized "Hashem's creations"

Nature's Song

Look at the sky
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!


Israel and Ishmael, Order and Disorder

Aerial Photo North Gaza 2005
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.


The Charm of the Ibex

Yael - Negev Ibex
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: 

9:00 AM in LA and the West Coast, 10:00 AM Denver, 11:00 AM Mexico and Central, 12:00 PM NYC (EST), 5:00 PM in the UK, 7:00 PM Johannesburg and Capetown, 7:00 PM Israel. As soon as we can, G-d willing, we'll post a link to the lesson for all those who couldn't see it live. If you can't see the broadcast, you might need to download a new version of Flash Media player, which you can do here. We hope you enjoy the broadcast.


Rhythm of the Heart

Rhyth of the Heart

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.

Also featured this week:

Rivka Levy describes who The Good Friend really is. 

Rabbi Reuven Levy attended a so-called "Breslev-oriented" course in self-actualization called shikuf. He blows the lid on this in Focusing on Me.

After practicing psychotherapy for more than 30 years, Dr. Zev Ballen thought he had heard it all - that was, until he met Izzy.

With all that's going on in today's world, Rabbi Dovid Charlop asks Who Needs Marriage?

And that's not all: here's a Guide to Spiritual Cleaning for Pesach.

Where's Racheli? Breslev Israel's popular columnist Racheli Reckles is on maternity leave, but she'll be back very soon, G-d willing.

Beams Blessings


Nachlieli

Nachlieli 580
I love birds, especially the White Wagtail, known in Hebrew as the Nachlieli. Yesterday, coming back from my personal prayer session near the Lachish River east of Ashdod, a fauntless Nachlieli pranced right in front of me. Whenever I see one of these birds, my heart fills with joy. The Nachlieli I saw some time ago inspired a melody that appears on my Whispering Soul album - here's a taste:


The Land of Emuna

Here is a letter with an amazing lesson of Hashem's constant and complete intervention in the tiniest details of our daily lives. Yes, emuna is for real:

Dear Rabbi Lazer, I  just watched your "Hashem's Pharmacy" video and  was astounded at the end with Rabbi Nachman of Breslev's concept that the more Emuna, the more fruits and vegetables.

My husband and I made aliyah 29 years ago and he went into the IDF during the Gulf War. Money was limited, and I didn't have much food in the house. He came home on leave one evening and we went for a walk. I was thinking about salad but not concerned believing that the next day everything would work out and I'd get my fruits and veggies. As we were walking along the road, I saw something up ahead, it was already dark but there was a full moon. Something on the sidewalk ahead looked like small round objects. As we approached, I became more sure that what I was seeing was fruit or tomatoes or something like that. Sure enough, we arrived at the spot and that is exactly what I found. A couple of tomatoes, some small cucumbers, two peppers and even an onion! These veggies were in perfect shape, no bruises and not even a speck of dirt. I could have eaten them right there. It was a  still night and I looked around for a plastic bag to see if they had been dropped and there was none to be seen anywhere around.

It was very unusual for me to have a bag in my purse but I looked and I just happened to have one that night!  I gathered the produce and we went home. My husband was a little freaked that I would eat food I found on a public sidewalk by the road but I KNEW it was from HaShem.  It was the best Israeli Salad I have ever eaten and I never lacked for veggies after that. Yours always, MS

Lacking something in life? With prayer and emuna, you won't lack a thing. If you haven't seen "Hashem's Pharmacy", enjoy it below: