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Like Riding a Bull...

Rodeo fall

You learn about life from everything, especially from a Texas rodeo. When I saw the above scene, after breathin' easy that the cowboy ridin' that bull came out alive, I thought that life is like trying to ride a crazy bull - we try our best to hold on, but sometimes we get thrown, and pretty hard at that. OK, so we eat some dust, but there's always another chance for the strong of heart...

That's an emuna reaction. The reactions of the locals were different - I'll tell you what they were saying, and then how they said it:

Spectator #1: That cowboy had no business trying to ride that bull - "He dug up more snakes than he could kill."

Spectator #2: Ain't no way he'll come out of this alive - "He's tradin' in his guitar for a harp."

Spectator #3: What a brave cowboy - "He's double-backboned."

Spectator #4: After the cowboy got clear of the bull and was lucky enough to survive the fall - "He could sit on the fence and the birds would feed him."

Spectator #5: Describing how mean that bull is - "Like a tornado on a trail drive."

Our sages say that the evil inclination embodies itself in a wild bull (see Petach Ha'Ohel, parshat Behaalotcha). With that in mind, emuna can tame a bull much better than the most experienced cowboy can. So good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, we'll see y'all in Texas soon for "Texemuna." For details, to arrange an event or set up a private appointment, give a holler to staff@breslev.co.il. 


Yearning for Hashem: Yedid Nefesh, Friend of My Soul

Yearning for Shabbat

The anti-emuna media here is like a coin or two in a jar - shake the jar and it makes a lot of noise. If the jar were full of content, it wouldn't make noise.

The true picture in Israel is that people are coming back to Hashem right and left. They see that the only thing that can save a soul from depression and despair is emuna and a connection with Hashem. As such, there are virtually no Baal-teshuva yeshivas or seminars with empty seats.

Many of Israel's finest singers and musicians are coming home to their spiritual roots and making teshuva. Several have got together and created a Shabbat-Song Project, where voluntarily, they're recording Shabbat songs so that everyone can learn them. Our appreciation to Roni Eylon and "Shamayim" Center. Enjoy - already on Thursday, we start looking forward to the light of the coming Shabbat, the day that we put aside worldly matters and spend completely with Hashem, Father in Heaven and Friend of our Soul.


"You Saved My Son!"

You saved my son!
Do you remember DG From the Pits of the Texas State Penitentiary? He's the one who received the Garden of Emuna on the day he decided to commit suicide, losing all hope in the doubly depressing predicament of life imprisonment and solitary confinement. DG was angry - at the warden, at the guards, at all the Jew-hating inmates who made his life unbearable and at the whole world. To make a long story short, instead of committing suicide, DG sat up all night reading the Garden of Emuna...

Rabbi Shalom Arush and I now get letters form DG every month. By way of Emuna Outreach, we send him our latest emuna books and pamphlets. DG is now out of solitary confinement and he works night shift in the prison boiler room. He does two hours of personal prayer five nights a week, a six-hour personal prayer session on Shabbat, and one hour on Fridays, when he's getting ready for Shabbat. He thanks Hashem for being imprisoned, because it brought him closer to Hashem.

Hold it - that's not the main story...

Three weeks ago, when Rav Arush and I were in Houston, a women came up to us after our lecture with tears streaming down her face: "I'm DG's mother; I came her to thank you - you saved my son's life!" What a moment that was! The 450-500 people that were there all witnessed that moving moment.

Rav Shalom says, "We don't deserve the credit. Imagine the Gan Eden (paradise) that awaits the person who donated the $20 to Emuna Outreach that enabled us to send the Garden of Emuna to DG.

You can save a life for $20!

We have hundreds of requests for Emuna books and CDs from the state penitentiaries of Florida, Texas and New York State. We need you to partner with us - Rav Shalom says that there is no tzedakah (charity) on earth that can compare to spreading emuna, especially when it's so instrumental in rehabilitating prison inmates and preventing suicides.

What would you think if DG and those like him were your own brother? Guess what, he is. For every $20 Donation to  Emuna Outreach, you can save a life. Because of the money we save in shipping 10 books, for $180, you can save ten lives. Donate to Emuna Outreach - you'll reap blessings from Above and below, in this world and in the next. Thanks and G-d bless. 


Hangin' With My Crew

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O M to the G, my favorite holy moly crew was in town and it was off da hook!! 

It's been over 8 years since I've seen Rav Brody outside of Israel, and it was the first time I saw him on tour together with Rav Arush. Seeing them together was just uh.may.zing! 

I'm so excited from seeing them that I can barely spell. 

Having been the wife of the guy who was in charge of these tours for eight years, I had already known how hard the trips were. I knew about their crazy schedule and flight times. Of course, I was more focused on how hard I had it, being alone with my kids for so many weeks. 

But two nights ago, I was able to see the trips from a different perspective. I was watching them in action, and I have to say I've developed an entirely new appreciation for the incredible work they're doing. 

And I'm sharing this with you so you can develop a real appreciation for the superhuman sacrifices they're making.

I was fortunate to spend a few minutes with Rav Arush and Rav Brody before they went onstage, and I immediately noticed how tired Rav Arush was. Sure, he had that warm, delicious smile on his face, but it was obvious that he was exhausted. 

I watched them all night, for both events, speaking onstage, greeting people, signing books, giving blessings, listening to their problems, giving advice, and all with smiles on their faces.

Both nights they didn't leave the event before 1am, and as you can imagine, they were beyond exhausted. But the next morning they had to get up early and do it all over again. Full days of meetings, praying, running to lectures, setup for the evening event, and absolutely ZERO time for themselves.

And of course, let's think about the fact that many nights end after 1am, which means they don't get back to the place they're staying at until around 1:30, and until they actually get into bed and go to sleep, it's around 2am. 

Which is followed by an early morning flight, which means they have to get up at 5am - sometimes even earlier.

People! Even young and in-shape athletes with ripped six-packs would have a hard time with this schedule. It's brutal! But men who are about 70 years old? It's mind-boggling when you think about it. 

Just the two nights that I stayed up late ruined me for the next day. I can't even imagine how they're feeling.

Why am I making such a big deal about this?

Well, two reasons.

First, I hope you gain a deeper appreciation for how dedicated they are to their mission of spreading emuna around the world. I hope you understand that it's not about making money. Rav Arush and Rav Brody are famous enough. If they wanted to make money they would sit in their offices and take private meetings all day long. 

But instead they're breaking themselves because they believe so strongly in their mission. 

Second, I hope this motivates you to get out and see them. If they're coming to your city, you'd be foolish not to go. Just to be around them, to feel their energy, it's unbelievable. I know it's going to sound strange, but I could literally feel the holiness of Israel when I was with them. 

Yo, New York and New Jersey peoplez, get out there and show your support. Same goes for the rest of you lucky people who live in the city they'll be in. 

And when you're there, show the love. Buy a lot of books and support our mission to make everyone know what emuna is and that Hashem loves them. 

People are so lonely, so lost, so sad. Just to know that their Creator loves them beyond what they can even begin to fathom is an incredible thing. It has saved people's lives.

Imagine what your life would be like if you didn't learn about emuna. 

Isn't it fair that you pass that blessing along?

~Racheli

p.s.- New Yorkers, when you get to the event, go find Judah Cohen from my favorite pizza restaurant of all time, Pizza Time, and demand that free slice of pizza that he promised to give anyone who goes to the event. Stomp your feet if you have to. Tell him you're not moving from that spot until he brings you a slice of his world-famous pizza. If he still refuses, throw a tantrum on the floor. Stomp your fists and kick. Roll around. Then tell him Racheli sent you.

 

 

 


Strengthening our Soldiers

This post is about strengthening our soldiers and the security of Israel; by doing so, we strengthen ourselves, as you'll soon see. Let's start with this letter from Emuna Outreach's mailbox:

Dear Emuna Outreach,

Thank you so much for the emuna books and CDs you brought to our unit on the Gaza border. Thanks to the teachings of Rabbi Arush, my guard duty flies by. It used to be a long and scary night on guard or on patrol, because you never know what might hit you down here. But now, after learning emuna, I talk to Hashem all night long and my shift flies by. Even more, despite our good training, there's no such thing as a soldier who isn't tense or afraid, however you want to call it. The emuna gives me confidence for I feel that Hashem's with me. Also, the connection with Emuna Outreach and particularly with Rabbi Brody means a lot to me as a lone soldier with my family in America. As a little note of thanks, I'm enclosing some photos: The first (see photos below) is of me reading "In Forest Fields". The second is of our guys saying Selichot at 1 AM (most of them are Sefardim so they say selichot the whole month of Elul.) The third photo is our crew praying together before going on patrol. Even our commander says that we've become much more motivated. Emuna Outreach has really been a great influence on our unit. Thanks so much and Shana Tova!

Signed, D from the Golani Infantry Brigade, IDF

At Breslev Israel and Emunah Outreach, we get letters like the above one all the time. You should know that the spiritual battle and the physical battle go hand-in-hand. We need your help, but we'll help you a hundred-fold in return. How?

Pidyon Nefesh is a very special and powerful prayer and blessing that has the spiritual strength of a sacrifice in the Bet Hamikdash to atone for sin and to mitigate severe judgments. As such, families who desire to invoke Divine compassion and sweeten harsh judgments make a special effort to do a Pidyon Nefesh some time during the month of Elul in preparation for the awesome Day of Judgment on Rosh Hashana.

The bigger and more pious the tzaddik, the more effective the "pidyon", which literally means "redemption", where one's money is literally a sacrifice for one's body and soul. The pidyon money "redeems" the nefesh, or soul, in other words, "Pidyon Nefesh." What's more, when the tzaddik uses the money for saving other souls and bringing them closer to Hashem, like Rabbi Arush does with Emunah Outreach - spreading emuna all over the world and making sure that every Israeli soldier can attain emuna books and CDs - you have no idea how powerful this is. You help protect Israel and its soldiers and Hashem protects you and your loved ones - measure for measure. Rav Shalom guarantees that no form of charity in the world can come close to spreading emuna.

Rav Shalom Arush will be happy to do a pidyon nefesh for you and your loved ones. Any amount is acceptable with a recommended $180 per family or equivalent; for a Pidyon to be especially effective, one should give with dedication. One cannot hope for a major salvation without giving to the limits of one's capability. Donate to Emuna Outreach and Rav Shalom Arush will do your pidyon nefesh for you; your contribution is US tax-deductible and you'll be our full partner in spreading emuna, especially where it's needed most. Blessings for an inscription in the Book of Life for a wonderful New Year 5779.

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Slichot Gaza 2
Prayer and Patrol Gaza

Free At Last, Free At Last!

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All you parents out there know exactly what this picture's all about. 

And if you don't, just nod and pretend like you do. No one will know the difference, I promise.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT'S IN THESE MOUNTAINS OF BAGS???

SCHOOL SUPPLIESSSSS!!!!! 

And that means....

SCHOOL IS HERE!!!!

Do I sound a little too happy? Well, I am. Because I just spent the last nearly three months on the roller coaster ride of my life, and lucky me, the kids were a part of the excitement every step of the way.

See, isn't it nice how I wrote that? Like, all non-insulting? I could have said they annoyed me to no end with their fighting, complaining, whining, screaming, fighting, not sleeping, and complaining about everything. But I didn't. 

I tell you, I'm completely burnt out. The stress of this summer was astronomical. Gargantuan. Behemoth. Outer space, even. I have no idea what I'm saying anymore because my brain cells are on self-preservation mode. You know, when the machine shuts down into like a hibernation in order to stop it from burning out completely.

Does this make any sense?

Well, the kids started school yesterday and I feel like I deserve a medal or at least an Oscar nomination for Most Wacked Mother of the Year. I'm sure a few of you out there would happily give me that nomination.

Last night I went to sleep at 3:30 because we had just finished registering for the school the week before, and I had just gone school shopping over the past few days. It was completely overwhelming, because not only did I have to get supplies for five kids, which equals like 2,047 different things, but the boxes from our move are still mostly unpacked because I don't have any place to put anything. 

So the stress was... stressful. Very. Very. Stressful.

But in the end, the kids got into a great school at the last minute, and I managed to get 72% of the stuff I needed. Still another round or two to go, but the worst is over.

Finally, after a long, difficult summer, I'm finally starting to see the light. Hallelujah! 

Which leads me to my point.

All of our suffering, all of our challenges - as intense and difficult as they are, the good news is they don't last forever. 

Eventually they pass and we draw on our emuna and gratitude to help us heal and move on.

Sure, much easier said than done.

But that's what life is all about. Overcoming challenges. Learning and growing from those challenges. Completing our soul corrections.

As I advance into adulthood, at least somewhat, I am sometimes terrified by the things I see people going through, Hashem have mercy. While I can't take their pain away, at least I can give them awareness of the life-saving tools that we are so fortunate and blessed to know about.

I can help them understand the concepts of emuna and gratitude. You and I know that there is no greater wisdom to live by in this entire world. Emuna and gratitude literally save lives. They save people's sanity, their marriages, their everything.

No matter what part of the world I decide to hop to next, my life's mission is to help spread the wisdom of emuna and gratitude n any way I can. 

I know that if you're reading this blog, you've likely benefited from these amazing teachings. So I'm asking straight out for you to partner with myself, Rav Brody, and Rav Arush, and the entire Breslev Israel family in spreading emuna around the world. 

Especially with Rosh Hashana around the corner, now is the best time to start the coming year with blessings, both for yourself, your family, and all the people in the world that so desperately need these teachings.

Donate to Emuna Outreach.

Be our partner in making this world the beautiful place Hashem intended it to be.

I wish you all a happy and healthy Shana Tova, and may Hashem bless you with a year filled with health, love, spiritual and material abundance, and most importantly, joy. 

Don't forget to check out Rav Brody's weekly emuna lesson below!

~Racheli

 


Protect Yourself and Protect Israel: Pidyon Nefesh

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Don't wait until the last minute! Pidyon Nefesh is a very special and powerful prayer and blessing that has the spiritual strength of a sacrifice in the Bet Hamikdash (Holy Temple) to atone for sin and to mitigate severe judgments. As such, families who desire to invoke Divine compassion and sweeten harsh judgments make a special effort to do a Pidyon Nefesh some time during the month of Elul in preparation for the awesome Day of Judgment on Rosh Hashana.

The "Pidyon Nefesh" - translated, "Redemption of the Soul", is charity money used for saving other souls and bringing them closer to Hashem, like Rabbi Arush does with Emunah Israel-jordan Outreach, spreading emuna all over the world. This invokes phenomenal Divine compassion on the donor and on his/her loved ones. Here in Israel, Rabbi Arush makes sure that every Israeli soldier who so desires can attain emuna books and CDs at no cost to him (photos above and right, from Jordan border) - you have no idea how powerful this is. When you help protect Israel and its soldiers, Hashem protects you and your loved ones - measure for measure. Emuna Outreach goes way outside Israel's borders as far as US Troops in Afghanistan and Korea, to prison inmates in Israel, Canada, the UK and USA, all of whom seek a welcome a shot of spiritual encouragement.

Any amount is acceptable with a recommended $180 per family or equivalent; for a Pidyon to be especially effective, one should give with dedication. One cannot hope for a major salvation without giving to the limits of one's capability. Donate to Emuna Outreach and Rav Shalom Arush will do your pidyon nefesh for you; your contribution is US tax-deductible and you'll be our full partner in spreading emuna, especially where it's needed most. Blessings for an inscription in the Book of Life for a wonderful New Year 5779.