a young man, let's call him Alex, who is learning how to decipher G-d's
messages, and who is acting on what G-d is trying to tell him.
Recently, Alex and his wife went out and bought a new car, which was a
big purchase for them. They agreed that Alex would use the car one day a
week, and that his wife would have it the rest of the time. Alex could
do most of what he needed to do very easily traveling by bus and train,
but his wife was with the kids, or going shopping, and having the car
would make a huge difference to how quickly and easily she could
complete her chores.
was meant to be Alex's car day, but it started to happen that every
single Thursday, his wife was asking him if she could have the car
instead. The first week, no problem. By the second week already, Alex is
starting to feel uncomfortable: she's asking him for the car again, but
she's a reasonable person, and she knows Thursday is his car day.
What's going on here? He tries to talk to his wife about it, and she
offers to take him wherever he wants on Thursday, to drop him off and
pick him up. But she still needs the car… Alex is finding it hard to
agree. After all those years of no car, and now his one day to drive
himself around, wherever he wants, without having to worry about anyone
else's schedule or timetable. The freedom of the open road… Before they
know it, this couple is having fights every single week about the car.
the old days, this could have got very complicated, very quickly. Alex
would be feeling very disgruntled about how unfair the whole situation
is, but now, he goes to speak to G-d about it instead. "G-d, please let
me understand what's going on here. I've read the Garden of Peace, and
I'm remembering now that the world is a mirror,
and that everything is a message from You. What are You trying to tell
me through my wife? I know that she's the speaker system that's
amplifying the message that you want me to get. What it is?" Continue here...
Many people are afraid of life's ups and downs. But like the train track's hills and valleys, they are unavoidable. Emuna enables us to deal with challenges and changing situations while remaining emotionally 'on-track.' Just as the train tracks must constantly be maintained in good condition, so must our emuna (Rabbi Shalom Arush).
Less than a week before starting his service in the Israeli army, Avi Ballen found himself musing. So he wrote a song. He told me he is grateful to Hashem for the words and to David Dome for producing it and recording to this beautiful melody.
Fight with fire Fight with fire To find the truth And when I do I fight for what is right For the rest of my life Wiping out strife For a happy life
Fight what's false Yeah I'm fighting what's false Fight with faith Like the very first man That jumped into the sea It's gonna be me There's so much love Like G-d above
I've seen the devil's flame And the damage is done Now I'm fighting with fire And he's on the run
Fighting with fire Now I'm fighting with fire
I reached out for a star But I grabbed the moon instead Now there's nothing here dread It's all inside my head Yeah these ups and downs Are always for the best Now I'm gonna be wise Yeah the sun is gonna rise
I look deep within and who do i see A faithful warrior that man is me
Fighting with fire Fight fire with fire Yeah I'm fighting with fire That man is me Fighting with fire Fighting with fire That man is me That man is me....
Research has shown that people who expect to be liked by others are received with greater warmth and acceptance that those who anticipate rejection. The reason is fairly intuitive. If I believe that you will accept me, I'm going to treat you with more warmth and as a result you'll like me more. When we anticipate rejection we then act less friendly towards others and consequently they don't like us as much.
From a spiritual perspective, the person who demonstrates his emuna, his faith in G-d, by expecting and anticipating acceptance and good will from others is rewarded from Above with more social success. The researchers coined a quasi mystical term to explain their finding. They call it "acceptance prophecy." That sounds nice. But you really don't have to be a prophet to make friends, you just need to believe in G-d and He'll send you the nice kind people that you believe He wants to send you.
Now take a moment and ponder this: Okay, science has shown that social optimism works (with people!) So if people, with all their flaws, reciprocate warmth when you expect them to do so, how much more will G-d, in His perfection desire to reciprocate warmth, and love, and health and livelihood, and well-behaved kids, and wisdom - if you just believe in Him?!
David Dome plays the kind of music I love. He writes and sings about emuna - simple faith in G-d. David's a rising star, in Jewish music - his songs are inspiring many people to return to Hashem. Inspired by the teachings of Rabbi Shalom Arush, David's music is clean sweet and melodious with a sincerity that softens hearts and inspires people to return to a more authentic life of faith..
This beautiful song is one of my personal favorites. I promise you, if you listen to it every morning David Dome will have you "breathing each breath and taking each step" with emuna all day long! Thank you, David!
Bye the way, if you'd like to be friends on facebook don't be shy. All you've got to do is request it here!
Depression doesn't have to be the knock-out punch for everything else in your life. Once you realize that depression doesn't have to be a funeral march, and it doesn't have to kill you, you'll be the happiest, highest-functioning, most optimistic depressed person you ever met. With Hashem there are no rules that restrict you from being very happy while you are still depressed. Don't believe anything that you ever read or heard to the contrary. Remember, that we are entering the World of Emuna, where everything is run by Hashem, and anything is possible. Continue reading...
Here's some more great reading material for the week:
A young baby can't even lift his head, or speak when he's hungry or cold, so instead, he screams and he cries to tell his parents he wants something, or that he's in pain. If you're a two year old, that's an age-appropriate and effective way to get your mom's attention and love. But it doesn't work at 30 or 40 years' old; and it also doesn't work in a civilized world that has conditions. To see the full article click here.
Here are the rest of this week's articles from Breslev Israel:
Here's a real treat for the English-speaking world, a short but very inspiring clip of Rav Arush giving us great strength and hope. Watch it a few times and let the message sink in! (its also a good way to start learning Hebrew) Courtesy of Breslev Israel. Enjoy!
When you've got 'spiritual logic' you are no longer bound to regular logic. So when the events of your life don't seem fair and make no 'logical' sense, you have a way to be comfortable with the uncertainty. Shavua Tov, Dr. Zev Ballen