For Deeper Roots in the Land of Israel: Let's Continue Planting!

Thank you, cherished friends, for having helped us to plant well over 300 fruit trees in Israel.
The "Zo Artzeinu" organization and IsraelTrees.org have informed us that the double offer has been extended until Feb. 12, 2021 because the weather is still excellent for tree planting and next year is Shemitta (Sabbatical) Year when planting is not allowed. Let's not miss this opportunity to sink our roots deeper in the Land of Israel:

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More Lazers!

Today's podcast is so incredible that we decided to post it both in read and in listen formats. The mp3 is right below the written post:

I get plenty of email from all over, but this past week, I received an email from Texas that is above and beyond the imagination of Steven Spielberg or Star Wars. This is an amazing story of Divine Providence, how Hashem intervenes in the lives of people who seem to be the furthest thing in the universe away from emuna. This story is so unbelievable that I asked the young lady who sent me the email if she allows me to reprint it; not only did she agree, but she doesn't even mind our using her real name. So here goes, and not a single letter of this email is edited in any way; here's what she wrote me:

Hi there! My name is Kenzi, and I have a story to share. I hope you find it comical but also touching. 

My dad and I discovered you in a crazy but awesome way... And you have become a really important part of our lives ever since! 

We were in a dark place in life, hanging out with some others who were lost. This was a very temporary spot in time, lasting only a few months... We were introduced to some very powerful drugs and ended up going too far with these substances.

One night during a binge, in a trance-like state, we were listening to space music and my dad remarks, "Hey... it needs more lazers!"  And somehow his Google was activated, it pulls up this video on YouTube... We are not even looking at the phone whatsoever, just listening to the sounds. Both of us were silently listening to this mysterious but soothing voice, until we passed out asleep. 

The next morning, I woke up laughing. I told my dad, "I thought GOD was talking to us last night! It was like He was telling me all the secrets of the universe. And now I can't even remember what He said!!" 

My dad started laughing too and said, "Me too!! That's crazy!! What was that??"

We looked at the history on our YouTube and saw a video of yours. We crack up laughing; so THIS was what we thought was God speaking to us! 

But then we started listening to what you were saying. Some of it was very inspirational. Some of it we did not understand....

And ever since then, you have been with us, Mr Brody.... We listen to you when bored, frustrated, sad, or even sometimes upon waking up in the morning! 

Also, I love to play the Sims 4 on my computer, and I have created you as a Sim character and gave you a lovely family! 

Every now and again, my dad will ask, "What's Rabbi Lazer up to?" And we will pull up your videos.

We are 100% sober now, and feeling better than ever.  Looking back at those times, your videos were one thing that was happy, funny, inspirational, and peaceful. 

Thank you for your work...

~Shalom~

Peace be with you

Wow. That's Kenzi's email and that's the power of emuna, more than we can even imagine. When we help spread emuna, we have no idea about the lives we save. But more than anything, we learn about Hashem's love for a young lady in Texas named Kenzi Roady and her dad, enough to intervene in their lives and to throw them a life line that pulls them from the darkest dark to the light of emuna. May Hashem help all those in need to find the joy and light of emuna and may He give us all the continued strength to spread emuna far and wide, amen!


All About Moshiach

Today's lesson is a guide for the perplexed, those who want answers to the following questions:

1. Who is Moshiach and how will we recognize him?

2. What will happen when Moshiach comes?

3. Will life be different in the age of Moshiach?

4. Is there any truth to the claims made recently that Moshiach will come by a certain date? 

Watch now:


Get Your Heaven-Sent Bread - Today!

210. Heaven sent bread
"Parshat HaMan", which you'll find in Exodus 16:4-36 as part of the Torah portion "B'Shalach", is the account of the manna falling from heaven, the heavenly sustenance that Hashem fed the Children of Israel during the 40 years that they wandered in the desert. The special attribute of Parshat HaMan is that it unlocks the secret of an easy income.

Hashem gives us a free choice as to how we'll receive our income: If we choose to incorporate emuna – the pure and steadfast belief in Hashem – in our efforts to earn our daily bread, then we are assured an easy income. If we seek our income without emuna, and opt for a life of wage slavery, then Hashem allows us to seek our money in natural means. This way, especially with the economic situation what it is today puts a person in big trouble. Without Hashem, heaven forbid, a person is at the mercy of numerous cruel factors in a cold and cutthroat world, such as inflation, tight job market, competition, dishonest employers, clients that don't pay their bills, breakdowns – you name it.

Parshat HaMan begins with Hashem telling Moses, "I shall rain upon you food from heaven; let the people go out and gather each day's portion daily, so that I can test them whether they shall follow my Torah or not."

Hashem gives the Children of Israel a lesson in emuna, a lesson in trust – bitachon. Rashi explains that if the people will trust Hashem, and live according to His commandments, then they'll have their daily bread effortlessly, like princes in the royal palace.

Our sages teach us that a person with emuna and bitachon, complete belief and trust in Hashem, who has so much faith in Hashem to the extent that he believes that his daily bread will be delivered to his doorstep just like food from heaven, will have such an effortless income.

Most people can't believe in anything other than the might of their hand or the sweat of their brow. Yet, when a human depends on himself, he has nothing other than a wobbly reed to lean on, because even the slightest one-celled virus can totally incapacitate him, as the lesson of the COVID pandemic so painfully teaches. If we look at the world with even slightly spiritual eyes, we see that we're totally dependent on Hashem. If a person thinks that he or she is dependent on their own strengths and abilities, then spiritually, they're on the level of an ox pulling a plow. Physically and emotionally, their lives will become just as difficult.

Our sages teach that Hashem provides an easy livelihood for those who trust in Him. Trusting in Hashem means that we also do what He wants us to do, such as observing the Sabbath and dealing fairly with others. Many people think they can't make a living without doing shtick and try to generate income with dishonest dealings and going against Hashem's will. Ultimately, they end up losing what they have with breakdowns, sicknesses, and even lawsuits and jail sentences.

We should all be praying every day that Hashem should strengthen emuna and attain the level of bitachon where we can learn Torah more and work less, so that we too can experience the wonderful feeling of an income just as pleasurable as gathering heaven-sent bread, amen!

Today, Tuesday of the B'Shalach week, is an opportune day for saying Parshat HaMan, twice in Mikra and once is Targum, which you'll find here in Hebrew and here in Artscroll's English translation.

Here is the podcast of the above post for those who prefer to listen. Download your own free mp3 copy here to share with others and to listen on your own device.