We hope you had an easy fast and a meaningful Yom Kippur. Now, with all the Jewish People on the level of righteous tzaddikim, Moshiach and Geula are so close - we're almost there. The thickest, deepest darkness at the end of the tunnel leads to the brightest light of Moshiach and our rebuilt Holy Temple, soon and in our days, amen!
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As a nation and as individuals, we have walls of physical and emotional adversaries that try to prevent us from connecting to Hashem, which in turn brings peace and happiness, once again on both national and personal levels. Our job is to knock those walls down, just as Joshua knocked down the walls of Jericho as a prelude to the conquest of the Land of Israel. Where do we begin? How do we knock down such formidable barriers in life?
Find out in today's (Wednesday) Emuna shiur and live broadcast from Jerusalem, entitled "Knocking Down Walls," which will take place, G-d willing, in the ground-floor main sanctuary of the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva on 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street in Jerusalem at 7PM Israel time; the shiur is open to the public - both men and women are invited. 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. 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 later this coming week on Lazer Beams.
If you ever see a person who is "religious" or looks "religious", yet fails to respect any other human being, then know full well that the disrespectful individual is light-years away from Hashem and His Torah.
My beloved and esteemed teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush, may Hashem bless him, once told me that Hashem spends most of His time forgiving people for the sins they commit against Him. Hashem's mercy is infinitely mind-boggling. But, Hashem absolutely does not forgive transgressions against fellow humans - no way!
In his own words, Rav Shalom says, "There are those who are apparently Torah-observant, yet they harm other people. These individuals live unpleasant and difficult lives. Hashem has enabled me to understand that those who live a good life are the ones who respect others. The better a person's character traits, the more he lives in harmony with his fellow human. Such a person earns the love of others and he lives a gratifying, quality life." Do yourself a big favor and read Rav Shalom's entire message about Respecting Others in this weeks exciting issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.
Do you remember the ash cloud in Bali last week? The volcano is still threatening to blow. At any rate, seven years ago in 2010, an ash cloud from a volcano in Iceland closed down air traffic over all of Europe before it spread to the Middle East. Israel was in grave danger because it's warplanes were grounded. Just as Iran was poised to attack, Hashem did a fantastic miracle. Chanuka miracles are still with us today as you'll see in Israel's Victory, my EmunaNews article for this week.
You usually get your weekly fix of Racheli Reckles here on Tuesdays. Don't worry, G-d willing it's on the way. But, we get another intravenous from her today. For a little lady, she's a dynamite-laden dragon killer. She exposes lies and kills mistruths, writing about important yet controversial subjects that the politically correct don't want to touch with a ten-foot pole. She blows the horn this week on the horrible way modern liberal decadent society is teaching kids to question their genders. Don't miss Racheli's article, Gender Bender.
Would you like to see the diference between darkness and light? Tiferet Israel in her amazing article Tale of Two Printing Presses contrasts the way Rebbe Natan of Breslev osb"m used his printing press and the way Hugh Hefner used his.
Also featured this week:
Dr. Zev Ballen - Thanks to My Evil Inclination
Yehudit Channen - Show Not Tell
Dovber Halevi - Freelancer
Yardena Slater - Healing Recipes
Jenn Safra - Shine a Little Light
Enjoy, and have a splendid new week.
You certainly don't want to miss this evening's life-changing emuna lesson and broadcast entitled "Hashem, are You there?", which will take place, G-d willing, in the ground-floor main sanctuary of the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva on 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street in Jerusalem at 7PM Israel time (12 noon EDT); the shiur is open to the public - both men and women are invited. 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. 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 later this coming week on Lazer Beams.
King Solomon, the wisest of all men who ever walked the face of the earth, said: "A person's foolishness takes him askew, and then his heart fumes at Hashem" (Proverbs 19:3). In other words, people choose courses of action that the Torah strongly discourages or even forbids; then, when their lives go haywire, they blame Hashem.
Hashem doesn't force a person to be righteous or otherwise. Indeed, one will discover that the path of righteousness is much more difficult and obstacle-laden than the path to the opposite. Nobody will stop you from going to a movie or a night club, but you'll get big-time resistance every time you open a Gemara. Accordingly, our sages tell us that there are paths that are rocky at first and smooth at the end (the paths of righteousness) and there are paths that are smooth at first and rocky at the end (the paths of cheap thrills).
Hashem leads a person down the path of his/her own choice, for He clearly sees what every person's heart desires. May we all make good choices always, amen! Blessings for a wonderful Shabbat!
The message that King Solomon, wisest of all men who ever walked the face of the earth, is conveying is to live within your means, don't owe money to anyone and you'll sleep like a baby at night, even if the only thing you have for dinner is a glass of water and a dry piece of bread. On the other hand, those who live lavishly and throw the "Goodbye Columbus" and "Keeping up with the Goldbergs" weddings, drive fancy cars and live in fancy houses - yet they owe thousands (tens of, hundreds of, or more...) of dollars to everyone in town - don't have an ounce of inner peace. In the middle of their rib-steak dinners, creditors are phoning and texting nonstop. That's what King Solomon calls the "steaks of strife". Who needs that?
Hashem gives us everything we need to live within our means. When a person can't make ends meet, he or she should assess themselves as to whether they're spending money needlessly, buying things they don't need or just trying to keep up with the Jones's (or the Goldbergs). My esteemed and beloved teacher and spiritual guide Rav Shalom Arush says that thinking that Hashem will cover debts accumulated from living above one's means if false trust. The true manifestation of emuna is when we're pleased with our lot in life; that means living within our means.