63 posts categorized "Outreach"

From the Children of Miami to the IDF on the Gaza Border

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In the above image, you see love letters from the children of Miami wall-papering an IDF armored personnel carrier on the Gaza border. Here's a better look at the mail:

Who made the connection between the children of Miami and the IDF on the Gaza Border? If you guessed Emuna Outreach, you're right.

One of Emuna Outreach's objectives is to instill our children around the world with a solid faith in Hashem from an early age. And, Emuna Outreach is always trying to strengthen our soldiers in the IDF, for our very security depends on emuna. It gives us so much joy to see the two connected.

You too can partner with Rabbi Shalom Arush in all the wonderful things that Emuna Outreach does. Donate to Emuna Outreach - wait and see the blessing it invokes for you.


My Life Without Emuna

Life Without Emuna
Life is hard. Sometimes I feel like we're collectively drowning under impossible challenges. And it doesn't look to me like things will get any easier.

Don't you feel that way? 

Just look at your own life. Many of you have really serious challenges, whether in health, finances or relationships. If you were to answer which challenge is the hardest for you to deal with, you might answer "All of the above."

What's the one thing that I can say has saved my sanity over and over again? 

Likely it's the same thing that you would say: emuna

Sometimes when I have a moment to reflect on my challenges, it's tempting to get upset and despair about them. Isn't it?

Don't you sometimes also wonder to yourself, "When will things get better? Will they ever get better?" 

I completely believe that if I didn't have emuna to support me during the difficult times, my life would be a total mess. I would be a total mess. Who knows where I would be? What would I be doing? Would I still be married? Would I suffer from anxiety? Self-persecution? Guilt? Even worse, G-d forbid?

Think about your life and ask yourself the same question: Where would I be without emuna? 

Really think about it for a minute.

Would you honestly say that emuna has literally saved your life? 

Maybe it saved your marriage, your children's lives? Maybe it restored your will to live?

Emuna is no joke. It's the only thing we have to help us survive this difficult time.

Now I'd like you to think about all those people in the world that don't have emuna to hold on to. 

How do you think they feel? Can you imagine what agony they must be going through each day? Suffering from impossible challenges, yet not knowing who to turn to for help and guidance? 

Does your heart not break for them?

Therefore, I ask you, I plead with you, to help us spread emuna around the world. 

I remember when I read "The Garden of Gratitude." I said to myself, "If this book doesn't bring Mashiach, I don't know what will." 

I am pretty sure you agree with me. Emuna and gratitude are our lifesavers. They're all we've got. 

So please. Donate to Emuna Outreach. Be our partners in giving others life, joy, self-worth, and belief in Hashem. With your donation, we will be able to spread more books and cd's, and improve our website, breslev.co.il. 

You know how much emuna has helped you. Now is your chance to share this life-saving wisdom with others. 

Because when life is over and you have to look back on what you've done in the world, you can be sure that your joy will know no bounds when you see how many people you've helped, simply by being a part of this tremendous cause. 

May Hashem bless you with all of your heart's desires, and may we all be together to greet the Mashiach in joy, Amen. 

CLICK HERE to donate. 

Have a wonderful day!

~Racheli


The Answer to Israel's Security

Kite Kids
Talk to any General in the IDF or to any senior security analyst outside of Israel and they'll both tell you that the next war in Israel - a biggie - is not a matter of if, but when. On the level of logic, military strategy and the current geopolitical map here in the Middle East, they are absolutely correct.

The IDF is preparing for war - it's no joke. They're taking into consideration that Iran will coordinate both Hezbollah in the north and Hamas in the south and that the conflict will be a nasty, multi-front challenge with an acute threat to our civilian population, Heaven forbid. And, as we've seen in real-time conflict, our best and most sophisticated anti-missile systems are not fool-proof, to say the least.

As you can see in the image above, Israel's most sophisticated weapons systems don't give all the answers. The Sitra Achra, the "other side" is always coming up with sinister new and unexpected surprises. As we wrote last week, and as the fires in he south are still raging as of this writing, the incendiary kites are doing tons of damage that will require decades to repair.

So what's the answer to Israel's security? What's the message that Hashem is conveying to us, when our brains and military might fail to protect us and our beloved homeland?

Hashem wants us to turn to Him, for only He can protect us, our beloved homeland and our people wherever they are. You don't have to go up north to the Lebanon border to see Hezbollah - you can see them in the streets of London.

My beloved and esteemed teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit'a says that we can both stop the next war in Israel and protect our families overseas by invoking the type of Divine compassion that mitigates stern judgments. How does one do that? We spread emuna. That's why our whole lives are dedicated to that very purpose, because the future of the Jewish People depends on it.

Spreading emuna is the only effective defense we have, both individually and nationally.

Spreading emuna is the only effective prison-rehab program there is. The emuna graduates of our courses in the Israeli prisons have the lowest percentage or returning to prison once they're out. A thousand policemen can't stop a crime, but one copy of the "Garden of Emuna" or "Trail to Tranquility" can.

Emuna is the best soldier-motivator on earth. One company commander on the Gaza border told me recently, "Rabbi, I'm not religious. And, I don't particularly like rabbis. I don't know what you've been doing with my men, but they are certainly more motivated and better disciplined; the company disciplinary problems have dropped to less than half of what they were. As long as I'm in command of this outpost, you and Emuna Outreach are always welcome." Instead of playing poker and watching unsightly movies on their duty breaks, the soldiers at that outpost are reading emuna books, praying and saying tehillim, as you can see in the image below, taken during one of our recent visits there.

Rabbi Arush, his students and I can't do this prodigious job on our own. We need your help. We need to reach every US soldier in Afghanistan, every prison inmate in the USA as well as Israel and every one of our brothers, in Israel and abroad. If you can't spread emuna books, pamphlets and CDs on your own, partner with us and help us do it. In doing so, you'll provide a spiritual protective umbrella for yourself, your family, and our people wherever they are, both in Israel and abroad. Even if you're not Jewish, by helping us spread emuna to communities around the world, you're hastening Tikkun Olam, the correction of the world. Donate to Emuna Outreach - wait and see the blessing it invokes for you.

IDF Gaza
 


From the Pits

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My esteemed and beloved teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush always encourages me by saying that the evil inclination makes life tough for us because of the emuna we spread, particularly by way of Emuna Outreach. He says that we have no idea as to the souls we reach and the effect that the emuna books and CDs have on their lives. The following handwritten letter is living proof of what he says. It arrived several weeks ago at Breslev Israel's Jerusalem office – it's amazing:

To Rabbi Shalom Arush and Rabbi Lazer Brody,

I hope that this finds all of you in excellent health and great humor. I am writing in order to express my thanks and appreciation for the work that you and your yeshivas do. I pray that you and all your students experience only blessings from the One True G-d.

I am a Jewish man currently incarcerated in the Texas prison system for a violent crime. I am 39 years old and have been incarcerated since I was 20. My father is Israeli, and my brothers and I grew up in Tel Aviv and when I was 11, we moved to Texas.

Being Jewish in the Texas Prison system is a strange experience, but I am proud to say that I have maintained my identity, and grown in observance. However, spending so much time in a such a harsh environment can either break a man, or force him to become very hard. I had become hardened, and so very angry...

Continue reading From the Pits in this week's new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

Also featured this week:

Rabbi Shalom Arush - Guaranteed Forgiveness

Dr. Zev Ballen - Who Do You Work For?

Racheli Reckles - Why Should I Marry

Yehudit Channen - Beware of Expectations

Basya Ruth Gilman - Introducing the Emuna Pharmacy

David Perlow - Blessing the Bitter

David Ben Horin - Surveillance

Enjoy, and blessings for a wonderful new week and a healthy summer!


Seder Night in Afghanistan

Emuna Outreach stays in contact with Jewish soldiers around the world. We just now received photos from our good friend, US Army Major Yoni, who is the Brigade Chaplain of the US Army base in Bagram, Afghanistan. Here's what the Seder Table looked like there:

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And here's Major Yoni in Bagram, Afghanistan:

Maj. Yoni Bagram  Afg

Breslev Israel and Emuna Outreach just yesterday sent a care package of emuna books, CDs, inspirational pamphlets of glatt-kosher chocolates to US soldiers in a small outpost in Afghanistan, not far from Taliban country. Here's our shipping manager, Inon, preparing it - look at the smile on his face! That's how delighted we are to encourage our soldiers, wherever they are.

Inon Emuna Outreach

If you have soldier you care about serving overseas or in Israel, send us his name and address. Nothing is so encouraging to soldiers as a dose of emuna.


Don't Forget the Lone Soldier

EO Soldier SetThere are hundreds of native English speakers who have courageously left the comforts of their homes in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia and South Africa to make aliya and serve in the IDF. Many of them are on the front lines.

Do you have any idea about the emotional challenges of being  a US soldier stationed on the other end of the earth, in Syria or in Afghanistan?

To protect our soldiers - wherever they are - and to strengthen their moral, Emuna Outreach has put together the "Soldier Set" of emuna books, pamphlets and CDs, at a special low cost subsidized by Emuna Outreach. This is an emotional care package, which without a doubt, will uplift the spirits of our soldiers and help them cope with the difficult physical conditions and emotional challenges that they must deal with, especially if they are in combat units on the front lines. The Soldier Set, which you can order here, enables you to strengthen our soldiers while performing a huge mitzva.

If you don't know any soldiers personally, but you'd like us to distribute Soldier Sets in your name, Donate to Emuna Outreach - every $30 donation enables Emuna Outreach to send a Soldier Set to one soldier. In other words, for $180, Emuna Outreach will distribute six Soldier Sets. 

May the merit of this lofty mitzva protect our nation, our families, and each of us individually, amen!


The Emerging Anti-Iran Alliance

Hashem's world is full of surprises, yet there's nothing new under the sun.

In the above photo, you see an Israeli F-15 Eagle refueling from a Boeing 747 that is serving as "jet mom", the tremendous aerial refueling plane that replenishes the small jet fighters, thus increasing their combat range. If someone would tell you that the "jet mom" in the photo is an aircraft from the Royal Saudi Air Force, it wouldn't be true - yet. But it could be - soon. Israel and Saudi Arabia are already sharing sensitive intel. They both face a mutual existential threat - Iran. In fact, the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is all over the Middle East - in Yemen, in Iraq, in Syria and in Lebanon. The advantage that Saudi Arabia stands to gain from allying with Israel far outweighs and differences that Riyadh holds with Jerusalem. That's why a joint military maneuver between Saudi Arabia and Israel is something that could realistically happen, soon.

Here's more proof: when did you ever hear Kuwaiti and Saudi leaders speaking pro-Israel ideas?

Meanwhile, Iran continues to threaten Israel with annihilation.

Anti-Iran Alliance
Although Saudi Arabia stands to gain from allying with Israel, Israel - historically - does not. Throughout history, whenever Israel leaned on a wobbly reed - any source of help or reliance other than Hashem - Hashem broke the reed so that Israel will learn to depend on Him alone (see Ezekiel 29:6 and Rashi's commentary there).  The Israeli government would be much better advised to strengthen its adherence to Torah while we, Israel's citizens, should be working day and night to strengthen our emuna. This is our best defense against any enemy.

As far as strengthening emuna goes, it's not only the key to our survival but the key to Redemption too, as Rebbe Nachman writes in Likutei Moharan I:7. That is why the closest thing to Rebbe Nachman's heart was hafatza, spreading emuna teachings and bringing people closer to Hashem.
 
Emuna Outreach's and Breslev Israel's sole purpose in our travels around the globe is to spread emuna, for only emuna is the key to all of humanity living in harmony and to preventing this entire world from blowing itself to smithereens. I can testify that my beloved teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush's greatest joy in the world is getting another human being to call Hashem's Name. That's understandable; as we say three times every day in the Aleinu prayer, the world will attain its correction when all of living flesh calls Hashem's Name.
 
The IDF and the US Armed Forces are two focus-spots where we invest much time, effort and funds in spreading emuna. Look what happened at Fort Bragg.

For a complete overview of current events in light of emuna, see Revealing the Redemption, this week's Emuna News summary in the stimulating new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

Also featured this week:

Rabbi Shalom Arush - You're Ready!

Dr. Zev Ballen - Image of Eden

Racheli Reckles - The Right/Wrong Guy

Yehudit Channen - Force of Deception

Dovber Halevi - Your Winning Ticket

Dennis Rosen - Joyful Connection

Shai Mor - The Ring

Enjoy, and have a lovely new week with good news only!