Racheli never told you, but before she married Rabbi David Reckles, she was on the way to becoming a physician. She would have been a great one. The problem is today that many medical schools are funded by big pharma and doctors prescribe treatments according to what they learned in med school and along the lines of the incentives they get for pushing big pharma's products. Racheli has a built-in radar for truth and she'll go against the whole world to tell it like she sees it. She therefore would not have been happy in today's conventional route of medicine. Besides, we here at the Beams and at Breslev Israel are delighted that she became a writer and a mother and not a doctor. At any rate, whenever Racheli talks about health and medicine, she has something important to say. Her article Take Back Your Health in this week's new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine is no exception - you owe it to yourself to read it.
If you're a parent of more than one child, or if you grew up with at least one brother or sister, Rabbi Shalom Arush Tale of Two Sons is required reading.
The #1 blessing that people in Shidduchim ask for is clarity. Here's big help in finding it in the Path to Clarity, my feature article this week that is also an elaboration on this week's Torah portion, Yayera.
Low self-esteem is a big problem today. Dr. Zev Ballen has you take a look at yourself in What is Your Self-Worth?
Dr. Rivka Levron writes a letter to the holy tzaddik in A Letter to Rebbe Levi Yitzchak.
David Perlow tells about a prodigious tzaddik who was also Rabbi Shalom Arush's mentor in Remembering Rabbi Yehuda Zev Leibowitz of saintly and blessed memory.
Lori Steiner shares some beautiful insights in The Meaning of Holiness.
Jennifer Woodward makes a courageous decision in educating her child in Firing the Digital Nanny.
Enjoy and have a healthy and happy new week!