Research has shown that there's a strong connection between severe childhood trauma and the development of psychosis later on.
Are children who are being raised by parents who live in accordance with emuna principles less likely to become psychotic?
Yes they are.
Even more so, adverse or traumatic events during childhood can predispose children who were raised with emuna to even greater levels of emotional and spiritual development than their peers.
How is this so?
There are many examples from the Torah of children who grew up under
circumstances that would be considered traumatic by today's standards
and they rose to incredible spiritual heights, for example King David
and Rabbi Akiva.
willing, I'll be speaking about this subject in much greater depth
tomorrow, in my live broadcast. The simple explanation for now is that
Divine Providence looks upon every soul and knows exactly what it needs
to be maximally happy and to fulfill it's purpose in the world.
If, G-d forbid, a traumatic event does take place in childhood, it offers the child of parents who have faith the opportunity to turn to Hashem with their pain, and in so doing Hashem
will lead them to find their true purpose in this world. Since
fulfilling their true purpose is the only way that they can live lives
of true happiness, these kids can end up better off than their peers who
never find themselves.
Today, the first day of the month of Nissan (the month of miracles) is Rebbe Nachman's birthday and the first day that we can make a blessing on the trees. To learn about the amazing connection between these two events read this!
I was alone in a field when I was accosted by six Ukrainian youth who were demanding my money. I saw on their faces the same insane hatred that senselessly murdered so many of my ancestors. They came at me throwing rocks. As I ran, I heard the rocks whizzing past my head...
Don't miss the dramatic conclusion in this week's article on Breslev Israel.
He was born on the 1st of the month of Nissan in 5532 (1772) in the city of Mejebuj, in the home of his holy grandfather Rebbe Yisrael the Baal Shem Tov, and passed away in 5571 (1810). Rebbe Nachman of Breslov was a special image in the world of Chassidus. During his youth he acquired expertise in all the holy works and was accustomed to meditate in solitude. At the age of six he authored one of his major works, the “Sefer HaMidos.” His Torah was very powerful but he faced many Rabbis who opposed him. In 1802 he moved to Breslov where he founded Chassidus Breslov. In 1810 he moved to Uman where he passed away. His works include: “Likutei Moharan,” “Sefer HaMidos,” and the “Sippurei Ma’asiyos.” He revealed the “Tikkun Klali - General Remedy” to rectify the blemish of the Covenant and made many miraculous deliverances. He promised his followers: “My fire will burn until the coming of the Messiah.” Multitudes visit his gravesite on Rosh Hashanah in Uman.