Who was more intelligent, the Tannaic sage of 2,000 years ago or the computer analyst of today? The child who knows a tractate of Mishnayot by heart or the child who can edit photographs on Photoshop? Let's find out:
Every one of the Jewish People is asked to contribute something to the Mishkan, the Holy Tabernacle. But, contributions will only be accepted from willing hearts. What is a "willing heart"? Enjoy this week's mini-lesson and have a wonderful Shabbat!
Moshiach must certainly be close by. Lately, I've been receiving letters about young children with high levels of spiritual receptivity. Here is one of them:
Dear Rabbi Lazer,
Is it true that a three-year old can be highly receptive on a spiritual level? We had a maid that used to listen motivational CDs with subliminal messages and my son of 3 Immanuel (Hebrew for 'Hashem is with us' -LB) told me that he listened from that maid "ugly and scary messages" and we fired her. As a result of her CDs, he was having nightmares. I bought Calming Waters and let my son listen to the peaceful flute and nice sounds; my son insists that your CD is full of beautiful messages. The Gemara says that Hashem hides secrets and prophecies with toddlers and infants. I don't mean to pry, but is my son really receptive to subtle spiritual messages? Does your CD really have spiritual messages? Thanks so much, DR from LA
Yes, your son is very receptive, indicative of his very holy and pure soul. Make sure you give him the best Torah education imaginable. And yes, all my flute music has messages, since the melodies came to me during personal prayer, when I was speaking to Hashem at many special places all over the Land of Israel countryside. They reflect a yearning for Hashem and a desire get close to Him. That's why the melodies are so soothing to the soul. May you have much joy from all your children. Blessings always, LB
You're invited to join me on a virtual tour of Israel's countryside, with my flute in the background, right here:
Who was more intelligent, the Tannaic sage of 2,000 years ago or the computer analyst of today? The child who knows a tractate of Mishnayot by heart or the child who can edit photographs on Fotoshop? Today's stimulating emuna lesson and broadcast will provide the answer, G-d willing...
Don't miss today's emuna shiur and broadcast, entitled "Light of Wisdom," which takes place this evening (Wednesday), G-d willing, at 7:00 PM local time at our Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva, 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street, Jerusalem, in the main sanctuary. 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 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! If you are not able to view today's broadcast live, then G-d willing, you'll be able to see the video tape of it on this coming Sunday's Lazer Beams.
Where on earth can you find a six-year old who never heard of Walt Disney and doesn't know what a television is? And where in the world can you find a six-year old who can name the Kings of Israel and tell about the wars they fought, who was evil and who was righteous? I'll tell you where - in the Jewish villages of Judea and Samaria.
The media and the self-depracating segments of our people are forever injecting the public with doses of hate propaganda against the true pioneers and loyal sons of our beloved homeland. The children raised here are pure of mind, educated with the love of Hashem, the love of Torah, their people, and our homeland. The media demonizes such love, in favor of the twisted lusts (not love) of the Bohemian (from the word, behema) coffee-house society and the leftist anti-emuna oligarchy.
In the photo above - taken by David Bader near the site of our holy tabernacle in Shilo - little 6-year old Yishai is answering correctly every question I'm asking him about King David, the greatgrandfather of Moshiach, may we greet him in the nearest future, amen!
You, sir, with the belt in your hand and the threatening look on your face, are not the face of Judaism.
From the hundreds of "off-the derech" young people I've spoken to, both in Israel and abroad, they expressed how turned off they were by tyrannical parents and teachers "burning them at the stake" for the slightest misdemeanor, threatening them always with imminent Divine retribution and force-feeding them ritualistic religion as if they were geese.
That's not Judaism.
Judaism is not the hellfire and brimstone of the Salem, Massachusetts zealots who burned women for being witches. Judaism is love, compassion, mercy, and finding the good in everyone.
When parents use the whip of negative reinforcement, readily threatening, yelling and punishing, the child will despise whatever they're trying to teach. When a parent tries to use anger as a means of education, he is not educating at all, for anger does not instill love, but rather intimidation and hatred.
If you want to educate your child in Judaism, then use positive reinforcement only. Make every Jewish experience a joyful one. Don't force. Be a shining personal example. Then wait and see how much joy you'll get back.
This week's Torah portion is Truma, and it teaches all about the particular components of the Holy Tabernacle in the desert. Many people are unfortunately bored by these details, because they don't understand Hashem's intrinsic message, namely, that the most worthy sanctuary for the Divine Presence is the worthy heart. Read all about in in the Five-Star Heart, my feature article in this week's issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.
Eden is a very special young lady of 11. She likes to do all the things that people of her age enjoy doing, with one significant addition - Eden seeks emuna and is constantly trying to get closer to Hashem. Read our touching exchange of letters in Eden's Garden.
Purim is almost here! Breslev Israel will be happy to help you make your "half shekel and gifts to the poor" donation! This mitzvah has an enormous power to atone for ones sins and to mitigate severe judgments. Click here to donate.