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Healthy Drinking

Dear Rabbi Lazer,

I don't know what to do. My legs have become terribly swollen and I have a problem with varicose veins. The doctor gave me a diuretic a year ago; the swelling has cut back but now it seems that my kidneys are affected. My doctor wants to add another med to protect the kidneys. Is there some kind of spiritual remedy? Janet from DC

LB answers: Do you drink soft drinks, diet soft drinks, or coffee, and how much per day? 

Janet responds: I only drink 2-3 Diet Cokes and maybe 4 cups of decaf coffee. I only use good artificial sweeteners.

LB: Diet soft drinks are poison. So is processed decaf coffee. Get rid of all these beverages and all artificial sweeteners and replace them with mineral water, club soda, and herbal tea. The more natural and the less processed your drinks are, the better. Water is the king, what you should be drinking most of. Beyond water, I always say that the way Hashem created it is the best way to eat or drink it. Try my advice and within three weeks, G-d willing, you'll see a dramatic change in the swelling and in the vein problems. Be sure to walk a half hour a day. Just stop and think about the price your body pays for the diet-Coke habit or for the artificial sweeteners. You could be saving a load on doctors and meds if you only kick the habits that are detrimental to your health. There's no better spiritual remedy than overcoming bodily urges that are detrimental to the gift of health that Hashem gives us. Have a great week! Blessings always, LB

Herb tea


Painless Self-Healing: Part 2, Refa'enu

Hashem Healer
Our daily liturgy contains a special prayer for health and healing that we say three times a day in the Shmona Esrei prayer. This particular blessing is named after its initial word Refa'enu, which means "heal us". The following is a translation of the blessing:

Heal us, Hashem, and we shall be healed, save us and we shall be saved, for You are our glory, and send a complete cure for all of our ills, [here you can insert all your private health requests, both for yourself and for others] for You are our Lord King faithful and merciful physician. Blessed are you, Hashem, physician of His people Israel's afflicted.

Rav Eliezer Burland shlit'a laughs cynically when he sees people racing through their prayers to go stand in line in some clinic or outpatient center waiting to see a doctor who is neither faithful, merciful, nor capable of curing. Rav Burland says, "If you spend two minutes saying 'Refa'enu' with intent and composure, then you'll save hours standing in line in Kupat Holim (public clinics - LB) and in doctor's offices."

Rebbe Nachman of Breslev teaches that a person's main efforts in overcoming an affliction should focus on prayer. Refa'enu is not only a blessing for the sick; it's a blessing for the healthy that want to stay that way. The next time you pray, say Refa'enu slowly, word by word, with composure and concerted intent.

Don't ever forget that the keys of life and death are in Hashem's hands only. Since Hashem is the physician of all flesh and Hashem cures sicknesses, one is much better advised to turn to Hashem rather than turning to anyone else. Do so while you're still healthy... 

But even if you're not well, remember that prayer achieves anything. Refa'enu in itself is enough to keep us healthy. If we really had emuna, we'd turn to Hashem and to Hashem only in earnest prayer, saying each word deliberately and with deep intent. Isn't your health worth an extra 2 minutes of prayer three times a day?

Some people ask why we close the above blessing with, "Blessed are you, Hashem, physician of His people Israel's afflicted." Is Hashem only the physician of Israel's afflicted? What about the other nations? Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a answered this probing question and explained that since Israel relies on prayer and emuna, then Hashem personally cures them in a supernatural manner, for if Israel relies on the supernatural (prayer and emuna), Hashem gives them back measure for measure and cures them miraculously beyond the limits of nature. But, as the other nations (and many Jews, unfortunately) rely on natural means with little or no belief in the supernatural powers of prayer and emuna, Hashem lets them fall into the hands of the doctors and "natural" cures.

By virtue of prayer and emuna, Hashem becomes one's personal physician. Isn't that worth reinforcing our emuna and our praying? You bet it is!

Sharon from LA asks: Granted that Hashem is the physician of all flesh, but why does he make people sick?

Great question! You'll find the answer in Chapter Three of "The Garden of Emuna".


The King's Sword

The King's Sword
Some things in life - the ones of true value - defy price tags, such as a personal gift from the King of kings. The old expression says that the best things in life are free - it's really true, as we'll learn today...

Don't miss today's emuna shiur and live broadcast from Jerusalem, entitled, "The King's Sword,"  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 week on Lazer Beams. 


The Seeing Heart

Seeing heart
People often interpret things the wrong way, for although their eyes can see, the heart doesn't properly comprehend what the eyes are seeing. Read all about it in The Seeing Heart, one of my feature articles in this week's new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

This week's Torah portion is Tetzave. Peer and social pressure are like a fiery furnace; how did Hanania, Mishael and Azaria react when they were sentenced to burn in the fiery furnace? For many people, social pressure is worse than a fiery furnace. How? Check out The Royal Garments

Also featured this week:

Rav Shalom Arush - Each Little Lamb

Dr. Zev Ballen - Positive Trait or Neurotic Counterpart                                                        

Racheli Reckles - Imitation Emuna

Jennifer Woodward - A Good Point

Howard Morton - Curing the End-of-Days Blues

Dovber Halevi - Death Before Defilement

Yael Karni - Transcendence

Enjoy, and have a fantastic new week!


It's All Good

It's All Good
Many people ask how Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a can say that life is all good. Doesn't he see the wars, strife, terror, crime and corruption all around us? How can a person possibly be genuinely happy?

To get your answer, you'll certainly want to see today's emuna shiur and live broadcast from Jerusalem, entitled, "It's All Good,"  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 week on Lazer Beams. 


Daily Centering

Time for Yourself
Here's something I picked up from a health-and-fitness coach's manual (the bold-letter emphases are mine):

"The very first way to combat stress is to have your clients begin the exercise of taking 10 minutes each day - to simply sit and center themselves with their thoughts. They can find a quiet room somewhere and as they do, they should simply clear their mind or let their thoughts take place and then release them. This is a form of meditation and it can do wonders for helping to restore central nervous system balance, reducing ongoing stress and helping them feel that much better on a day to day basis. If they can’t do this for 10 minutes – 5 minutes will suffice. Any amount of time done daily or as close to daily a possible will have a very positive influence on their stress levels."

I don't know how many other health-and-fitness coaches follow the teachings of Rebbe Nachman, but the author of the above manual is right on the money. If 10 minutes daily ("5 minutes will suffice") does so much good for a person's nervous system, stress levels and overall good feeling, then imagine what 60 minutes a day of secluded personal prayer accomplishes! This is quality time, alone with Hashem, where you collect your thoughts, clarify issues and simply recharge body and soul. I like to do my daily sessions while walking, especially somewhere secluded and beautiful where heart and soul open wide up. It's the key to self-composure, happiness and sanity. Try it - you'll love it.

 


The Pep-Talk Selfie

Work on Yourself
The secret of winning coaches and mentors is knowing how to motivate their players, to "fire them up".

Even if you don't have a coach or a mentor, you can fire yourself up with "positive self-talk." Essentially, this is a pep-talk selfie.

Use positive language to describe what you hope to accomplish today, tomorrow and in the future. Tell it to Hashem and pray for it, too.

Unfortunately, people are constantly using statements that cause them to berate themselves, their efforts, or their abilities. What could be greater self-persecution? They need to learn how to turn these around into positive statements instead. That's where "positive self-talk."  You certainly know how to take a selfie with your cellphone camera, right? This is just as easy - give yourself a pep-talk selfie! Make 5 to 10 strong statements that reflect your aspirations and abilities. Share them too with Hashem, and tell Him that you're positive that He hears you and that He'll help you. Do this daily and you'll go a long way.

Don't ever forget though: true personal growth doesn't come easy. In fact, it hurts. But it sure feels great.