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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.

 


Come From Behind

Finish Line
Rav Shalom Arush says that joy and resilience go hand in hand. Agility is a wonderful attribute in serving Hashem. If a soldier falls in battle, he can't think about what happened and why he fell; he must get back on his feet immediately and continue fighting. The same goes for the battle against the evil inclination; if someone falls and did something wrong, it’s over and done with! Get up and move forward! Even a fall is from Hashem and all for the best. But, if a person reacts with sadness and depression, a mere fall turns into total defeat. Yet with joy, a person can move forward, pray and do teshuva, and continue toward the ultimate victory of character refinement, building emuna and rectifying personal holiness. Read more of Rav Shalom's marvelous and empowering thoughts in The Strong Comeback, his feature article in this week's new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

Just so the nations of the world wouldn't have any excuse to complain about His future selection of the Jews as His chosen people, Hashem frequented every nation, offering them the Torah. One refused to outlaw adultery. Another was adamant about worshiping gold and silver. Still another nation dismissed the Torah's laws against same-gender relationships as antiquated and in opposition to their liberal ideology. No one wanted the Torah - except us. Want to hear more? See No Time for Questions, my elaboration on Mishpatim, this week's Torah portion.

Also featured this week:

Dr. Zev Ballen - Living in a Box

Racheli Reckles - Immodest Woman

Howard Morton - Jew Hatred and Mark Twain

Dovber Halevi - Straight Talk

David Perlow - No Fear

Udele Shem Tov - No Why's

Enjoy, and have a lovely new week!