A nation of miracles

Miracles "For the people of Israel, miracles are the way of nature, for the people of Israel are above nature." Rebbe Nachman of Breslev

Don't be upset with the nations of the world because they don't understand us; they're not capable of understanding us.

Many of our own brothers and sisters don't know what it means to be a Jew, so what can we possibly expect from our neighbors? One of life's biggest tragedies is when the King's own son and daughter don't know who their father is.

Our Father in Heaven can do whatever He wants, whenever He wants. Nature is nothing more than a tool in His hands. Whenever He so desires, He overrides nature. We call that miracles, but for Hashem, it's business as usual.

How can we invoke miracles?

My beloved teacher and spiritual guide Rabbi Shalom Arush says that if you haven't yet seen a miracle today, it's because you haven't said thank-you to Hashem today. So what are you waiting for?

Mi Adir, Shloimie Daskal

This post is in honor of Sara Techiya Litman, whose father and brother were killed in a terrorist attack last week, and her fiancé  Ariel Beigel, who are getting married tonight at Binyanei Hauma in Jerusalem. The Beams, Emuna Outreach and Breslev Israel wish them every blessing in the world!

With all the turmoil around us, let's not forget that there's much to rejoice in, such as our young people getting married. In Jewish tradition, as the bridegroom enters the wedding canopy or chuppa, we sing a moving melody entitled, Mi Adir, or "He who is mighty". Here is my special friend Shloimie Daskal singing Mi Adir with the inspiring "You Raise Me Up" melody by Josh Groban. Enjoy, and sing along. For your convenience, you'll find the lyrics in transliteration and translation below the vid:


Mi adir al hakol,
mi baruch al hakol,
mi gadol al hakol,
mi dagul al hakol,
hu yivarech es hechasan
hu yivarech es hakallah
hu yivarech es hechasan v'es hakallah


He who is mighty above all beings,
He who is blessed above all beings,
He who is great above all beings,
He who is distingui​shed above all beings,
May he bless the bridegroo​m
May he bless the bride
May he bless the bridegroo​m and the bride.

Danger: Desensitization

More Israelis have been killed in terrorist attacks during the last four weeks than in the last two Gaza wars combined. Barely a day goes by without tragedies, funerals and multiple terrorist attacks all over our beloved country, with Jerusalem and Gush Etzion being hit the worst. Yet, we're now faced with a new danger - it's a spiritual toxic call "desensitization", where people become desensitized by violence and killing. New widows, new orphans, weddings that turn into funerals and parents who lose children no longer bring tears to desensitized eyes. The hallmark of a Jew, as our sages tell us in the Mishna, is compassion, mercy and bashfulness. Desensitization kills all three of these beautiful traits. It is the evil inclination's covert plot to neutralize Jewish souls, not just bodies. We must fight against this danger with all our might.


Pray for the injured. Visit the sick. Ask what you can do to help a family who suffered a tragedy. Help strengthen them. Don't be apathetic. Encourage the unfortunate and help spread emuna. Remember, our sages tell us that when tragedy strikes one of us, we should all take it to heart.

Independent, or Not?

Independent or Not
The industrial and technological revolution has given many people - even governments - the feeling that they are totally independent and self-reliant. Current affairs are Hashem's way of showing us just how much we still need Him...

Don't miss today's live broadcast and emuna shiur entitled "Independent, or Not?", 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.

Five Steps to Greatness

5 Steps
You too can be great. It's not easy and it won't happen overnight, but you have a hidden potential that's like a diamond - all you must do is dig it out from the depths. Maybe we won't be able to attain 135 IQ's and 20" biceps, but we can all build courage and conviction. Don't be satisfied with mediocrity - check out Five Steps to Greatness, my feature article in this week's stimulating issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

This week's Torah portion is Vayishlach. In cleverly veiled but polite terms, Jacob tells Esau that if he wants a fight, he'll get much more than he bargained for... read all about it in Mitzva Munitions.

Also featured this week:

Rabbi Shalom Arush - Light in the Darkness

Rabbi Nissan Dovid Kivak - The Perfect Salvation

Dr. Zev Ballen - The Power of Negative Energy

Racheli Reckles - The Godly Reflection

Jenn Safra - The Belated Wedding

Dennis Rosen - Better Prayer, Step by Step

Rav Shalom Arush says that spreading emuna has never been so critically important. When you Donate to Emuna Outreach, you are doing your part to combat the darkness of this world and to expedite the full redemption of our people. What's more, your contribution is US tax-deductible.

Bright Beams blessings for a wonderful new week!

Europe Died in Auschwitz

Gas Chambers Auschwitz
In light of current events, the following essay - written in 2004 by a Spaniard using the pen-name of Sebastián Vilar Rodrigez - is especially timely. It tells a truth that few people want to hear:

I walked down the street in Barcelona, and suddenly discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz.

We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world. The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world.

These are the people we burned. And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

They have turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime. Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naïve hosts. And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition.

We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for hoping for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe.

If you don't think that the USA is already making the same mistake, see this from ABC News.