How do we cope with the growing threat of terror that has reared its ugly head lately? What does this have to do with Geula and Moshiach? Find out in today's emuna shiur and broadcast, entitled "Climbing a Glass Wall," based on Rebbe Nachman's saying that in the generation before Geula and Moshiach, attaining emuna will be like climbing a glass wall.
Today's shiur (lesson) and live broadcast 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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People are always trying to impress each other, especially since modern society places such an emphasis on the exterior. That's why clothes, cosmetics and coiffure are so lucrative. If you're looking for a soulmate, focusing on the facade could be a fatal flaw.
Look beyond the mask. Go deeper. Does he or she have a good heart? Don't focus on their appearance. Close your eyes and listen; discern whether you hear a tone of compassion and caring or a tone of egotism and blemished character. If you listen carefully, you'll be able to hear it. Don't be fooled.
Before a date, the best thing to do is to pray for Divine guidance, that Hashem should show you if this person is the right one for you. Don't go it alone - Hashem will be happy to help, just ask Him!
Prime Minister Bibi and his government coalition have been bending over backwards in denial that a full scale intifada - Arab uprising - is now underway. And like I've said and written repeatedly in recent weeks, if one doesn't heed Hashem's wake-up call, it only gets louder.
As long as Haredi babies and Yeshiva students in Jerusalem were being run over by car-terrorists, the government didn't react. When three soldiers were run over in Gush Etzion, while security cameras proved without a doubt that the terrorist driver intentionally swerved off the road to hit them, the government claimed it was a hit-and-run accident.
Why the denial? Teshuva and hedonism don't go together. The current government coalition wants the latter.
King David tells us in Psalm 127:2 that if Hashem doesn't guard a city, in vain is the watchman vigilant. We see how totally ineffective Internal Security Minister Aharonovitch has been; indeed, he has been the lead denier and the king whitewasher. Bibi has been acquiescent to keep the coalition boat from rocking.
Here are some spiritual facts that the media won't tell, for they too are just as hedonistic deniers as the government is. Intifada #3 is now in full force. It's even more than an Intifada, it's a war. In fact, whereas in Intifadas #1 (late 80's) and #2 (late 90's) all the terrorists came from Gaza, Judea or Samaria, Intifada #3 now includes Israeli-Arabs from all over the country, from Kfar Kana in the Galilee, to the Wadi Ara towns, to Taiba in the Sharon area, and on to Abu Ghosh on the way to Jerusalem. This is amazing, for Abu Ghosh was also affectionately nicknamed "Ashkenazi Arabs" because they were so friendly. Not any more.
Now, as of yesterday, even the hedonists are standing on their hind legs, for a 20-year soldier is fighting for his very life after having been stabbed outside the Tel Aviv train station. This is no longer Jerusalem and Gush Etzion, but the heart of the hedonist home where gay tourism and desecration of the Sabbath are official public policy. The politicians are starting to admit that this is an intifada.
Since its inception, the current coalition has declared war on everything sacred. They want to dilute the laws of conversion. They want to put an end to centuries-old traditional Torah education from the cheder to the yeshiva. They want to rob the Sabbath of its holiness. They have systematically been trying to deligitimize the Haredi population and rob them of basic rights. In short, this government has made an uprising against Hashem. In measure-for-measure fashion, is it any wonder that the Arabs are uprising against the government?
Many claim indignantly that the Palestine Authority systematically educates children to hate Jews. Have they looked in the mirror? The current government together with the media spews non-stop venom against the "black parasites who don't serve in the army and don't pay taxes" - they are referring to us, the Haredim. The fact that we do serve in the army and do pay taxes (through the nose) is a minor detail that doesn't interest the masses. So again, in measure-for-measure fashion, the war against the Haredim has boomeranged. Hashem has the government's hands full now with a war against mushrooming terror all over the country.
Without the benefit of emuna eyes, the government doesn't connect the dots between the Gaza War of earlier this year, the current Intifada, the USA's behind-the-back dealings with Iran, and the government's anti-Torah policies. If they don't wake up, things will only get worse.
The closer we get to Moshiach, the less effective the whitewash is. There is no other solution than teshuva - the sooner the better.
PS - A personal note to the Prime Minister of Israel: Sir, don't harp on the need for unity now. When Washington opend up a big mouth against you, we backed you up big time, on this and other forums. But now that your government has taken such a dangerous anti-emuna anti-Torah stance, you are responsible, for you are the Prime Minister. Your post entails responsibility, not only privileges. It's time to act. If Hashem gave you the job, He gave you the power to do it properly. Please use it.
An hour after I wrote the above, there has been another fatal stabbing attack. A young Jewish woman from Gush Etzion has been killed. Details are still not clear. May Hashem have mercy on us.
Update, 9 AM Israel
The soldier stabbed in Tel Aviv yesterday, First Sergeant Almog Shiloni hy”d, has lost his life. He was a graduate of the first Platoon Commanders' Course of the Nahal Hareidi battalion and served in the Negev Defenders' section.
The young lady who was murdered in Gush Etzion yesterday was 25 year-old Dalia Lemkos from Tekoa, a kindergarten teacher.
May their martyred and holy souls rest in eternal peace.
How would you judge this case? A landowner rents out a field. The renter is lazy and doesn't cultivate the field. The owner takes him to court claiming that the weed-infested field both gives him the owner a bad name and lowers the value of the property. The renter claims that as long as he pays the rent on time, it's his business what he does or doesn't do in the field. So what's the verdict? See Weeding the Soul, my elaboration on this week's Torah portion is Chayei Sarah, in this week's issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.
It's no mitzva to be right, but it's a tremendous mitzva to give in and avoid arguments even if you are right.
Nachum lived on the 4th floor of a crowded Bnai Brak apartment building. His neighbor Chaimke on the ground floor needed some extra money, so he decided to open up a furniture business at home. The problem was that sofas, chairs and tables blocked the entrance to Nachum's building. Nachum fumed, but he was in for a big surprise... let me tell you this amazing story: Saved by a Sofa.
If a person transcends the earth's field of gravity, he attains a state of weightlessness. By the same token, we can uplift ourselves from the spiritual gravity of this world that pulls us down and thereby attain a state of painlessness. Hear all about it in today's emuna shiur and have a wonderful new week with good tidings.
Why did Hashem tell Abraham that Sarah laughed and didn’t believe that she was capable of having a child? Isn’t this a form of gossip? Wouldn't this create marital strife? See this eye-opening mini-lesson on this week's Torah portion and have a wonderful Shabbat! Don't ever forget that Hashem loves you, and we do too...