Tu B'Shvat, the New Year for Trees, is a week from now, this coming Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.
The question many ask is, "Why do Jews celebrate a New Year for trees?"
Tree planting in the Land of Israel goes way back to the time of our forefathers. What's more, throughout the history of our holy Land of Israel, tree planting has been the hallmark of settlement as well as the symbol of absolute tranquility, security and peace…
The trees in Israel, with the fingerprints of our forefathers on their ancient roots, bear testimony to Jewish settlement in the Land of Emuna since time immemorial.
For a deeper insight into Tu B'Shvat, don't miss today's (Wednesday) Emuna shiur and live broadcast from Jerusalem, entitled "Ancient Roots," will take place, G-d willing, on the ground-floor main sanctuary of the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva on 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street in Jerusalem at 7PM Israel time; the shiur is open to the public - both men and women are invited. 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. 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 later this coming week on Lazer Beams.
How can it be that 13 years have already passed since he was born? I can't even imagine what happens to a parent when his kid gets engaged.... YIKES!!
On one hand, I'm super excited because tonight we're gonna tear the house down at his bar mitzvah partayyyyy!! RIGHT, TZIPPY??!!
On the other hand, I'm feeling like I should go get some dentures or orthotics made.
Well I certainly ain't wearing no orthopedic shoes to this party! I'm gettin' all glamified, glamorized, glitterized, and gluttonized.
What does that even mean??
My mind is so distracted with this disaster of a house, so I'd just like to say the following:
Life. Is. Short.
Seriously. Appreciate every minute. Live every minute. Even during painful times, thank Hashem that you're alive and can spend time with those you love and care about. You can even thank Him for being able to spend time with those you love and hate, because, hey, we all have a spiritual correction to do, right?
Before you know it, poof! Life will be over before we know it and we'll all go back to Never Never Land. G-d what a depressing thought. I'm sorry, I can't help it.
It's a bittersweet moment for me, my son's bar mitzvah.
I can't thank Hashem emough for this tremendously special soul He brought into my life, at a healthy 9.1 pounds and 10 days late 13 years ago. With no epidural. Thank You for the traumatic great birth. At least I didn't have a c-section or suffer any complications, B"H.
I hope the fledgling little Good Inclination that just entered him will be able to sprout and help him turn into a kind, considerate, confident, wicked smart, tzaddik who manages to get through teenagerhood without having driven his mother into one of those fancy hotels reserved for mothers of teenagers who manage to drive them to special hotels that only serve people who have lost their minds.
Because their teenagers drove them crazy.
Yehuda, I love you so much and hope Hashem gives you every blessing in this world and the Next, Amen!!
Your Iraqi Mama whose bark is much louder than her bite. Except when she's hungry.
Oh, and one more thing! Today is a super important day, where we read Parashat HaMann for sustenance! Scroll down for Rav Brody's full explanation and links!
Don't forget to say "Parshat HaMan" today: Segula (spiritual invoking ploy) for a good income - on the Tuesday of the Parshat Beshalach week, our sages tell us that it's an opportune time to recite "Parshat HaMan", the story of the manna, the Heaven-sent bread that sustained the Children of Israel for forty years in the desert. One should read it in Hebrew if possible, twice mikra and once targum. For your convenience, here is a clearly presented Parshat HaMan which you are more than welcome to download. If you read English only, then I've translated it for you, here: Download Parshat HaMan - English. May Hashem send a wonderful income to everyone, amen!
The world's most technologically advanced country is now shut down. What's even more ridiculous is that people don't even know whether to go to work or not this morning, as the United States of America officially enters its third day of "shutdown" mode. Amazingly, the first day of the shutdown was Shabbat. Hashem forced all the Jewish Federal workers to refrain from working on Shabbat, yet He did it in a masterful way so that no one can blame Him for religious coercion. Instead, go blame the Dems and the Repubs...
All facetiousness aside, Hashem truly runs the world. The Almighty is showing us that where there is no peace, there's no prosperity. Like cowboys (or in America, must one be politically correct and say "cowpersons" to avoid insulting anyone) in a wild west movie, the Republicans and Democrats are both holding the US budget in ransom while each party tries to get its own way on the illegal immigration issue. Do they really care about their country? For sure, not. Truth and justice have nothing to do with Congress. The Dems want Trump out at all costs, even if it means that hundreds of thousands of federal workers are on leave without pay and that hundreds of millions of private citizens will suffer, directly or indirectly, from a frozen, non-functioning government. The entire US Military could even miss a paycheck. How does that feel? A soldier is fighting for his country and he's not even getting paid. Meanwhile, the Hollywood-style verbal showdowns in Congress have nothing to do with reaching solutions but with getting headlines in the media how the other side is to blame, especially with Congressional elections coming up. John Wayne, Steve McQueen and Clint Eastwood were professional actors, and they were the finest. Today's politicians are actors, but they're not professional and far from the finest...
There's a big difference between a statesman and a politician. A statesman cares about his country; a politician cares only about his chair.
Hashem is showing us that no matter how much money, hi-tech and resources you have, where there's no peace, there's no prosperity. This applies just as much in a marriage or in a company as it does in a government.
Hashem is using the USA as a mirror that the Israeli government should look into and see itself. Israel's current political parties are also devoid of statesmen. The opposition parties want to bring down the government at all costs, justifiable or not. The bickering is ridiculous. The left is willing to trample internal peace to score a few populistic points. For example, my home town of Ashdod has a beautiful history of mutual respect and coexistence between religious and non-religious populations. No one throws stones and no one demonstrates. Yet, a government minister drove to Ashdod - on Shabbat, with a government car, government bodyguard and government gas that my tax money must pay for - to fuel the fires of tension and to score points with the secular population that he wants to lure to enlarge his party. What does he care about peace or Ashdod?
In a radio interview after the last Gaza war, Israel National Radio anchorwoman Tamar Yonah (who has moved over to Israel Talk Radio, Fox News' Israel affiliate) asked me how I explain all the tremendous miracles of rockets from Gaza falling in Ashdod and no one getting hurt. I said that since everyone gets along here, Hashem does miracles for us.
Unfortunately, like in a showdown, where there is strife, people get hurt. Miracles and strife don't go together. But where there is peace, there are both prosperity and miracles.
How do we attain peace? That's simple. Where there is emuna, there's peace. Where there is no peace, there is no emuna - there are categorically no exceptions to this rule.
King Solomon, the wisest of all men who ever walked the face of the earth, teaches us that even if a person is rightfully punished for doing damage in some way to a tzaddik, it's not good for the tzaddik (see Proverbs 17:26). Why? Rabbenu Yona explains that the tzaddik - the righteous individual - should forgive anyone who harms him. To be a tzaddik, one must at least be on the level of emuna where he knows that everything is from Hashem and all for the best.
My esteemed and beloved teacher Rav Shalom Arush goes a step further. He prays to Hashem always, saying, "Master of the World! Please use me only as an agent of good in the world, so I can bring only good and happiness to other people. Please don't use me as a rod to punish others." Rav Arush therefore forgives anyone who does any damage to him, because he doesn't want anyone punished because of him.
If there is anyone on earth who walks the walk before he talks the talk, it's Rav Shalom Arush. That's why his teachings are so effective and life-changing. You'll therefore want to see his article Forgive and Be Forgiven in this week's new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.
We are now in the midst of the period of "Shovevim", the 6-week period from the week of Shemot to and including the week of Mishpatim. This an opportune time for enhancing personal holiness. Personal holiness is the most significant factor that determines the quality of our personal relationship with Hashem, a secret that Moses knew, as we see in my article this week, Grab it by the Tail.
Shavua Tov! People dream of achieving a goal and reaching that faraway peak. But, they never seem to accomplish anything because they don't believe that they can. Today's shiur will change all of that dramatically. Would you like to be a winner at whatever you want to do? See this, and with Hashem's help, you'll attain success you never dreamed of.
In this week's portion, Hashem hardens Pharaoh's heart (Exodus 10:1) then goes ahead and punishes Pharaoh for his action. Is that just? Why does Hashem take away Pharaoh's free choice then make him pay a heavy price? Enjoy this week's 11-minute mini-lesson and have a lovely Shabbat!
In Israel, US President Donald Trump has a whopping 67% approval rating. Why does Israel like President Trump so much? Hashem has enabled President Trump to do some really good things, such as recognizing Jerusalem as our capitol, pulling the mask off the PA's cut-throat face, cutting funds to the UN and pulling out of the ridiculous pro-terrorist UNWRA. What's more, the President's tough stance has been keeping the world's tyrants barking, but afraid to bite; they know that this POTUS will bite back.
Since the decadent liberal media - which is devoid of truth, conscience and any morsel of Godliness - can't stand to see the President succeed, they blast him incessantly from morning till night. Yet, Hashem laughs at the scoffers and exposes their lies. Caught red-handed in the top 10 of the fake media awards are NYTimes, CNN, ABC, The Washington Post and Newsweek. Here are the top 5:
1. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.
2. ABC News' Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report.
3. CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.
4. TIME FALSELY reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office.
5. Washington Post FALSELY reported the President’s massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty. Dishonest reporter showed picture of empty arena HOURS before crowd started pouring in.
It would be interesting if someone arranged the Fake Media Awards for Israel. The liberal, anti-Torah media here doesn't fall behind America's liberal lying media, especially when it comes to distorting Torah and Torah values. One of the major reasons why we need Moshiach so fast is to explain to Israel's left, as well as those in the IDF today who are more concerned with feminism and liberalism than with winning wars, that the Torah is our only right and deed to the Land of Israel.
How do we know that the truth is so heavy? So few people can carry it.
Lately, following the lead of the magpies in the so-called Palestinian Authority and in Iran, all the anti-Zionists anti-Semites of the world have given license to their mouths and to their pens to not only deny the Holocaust but deny all of the thousands of years of Jewish history in the Land of Israel. Most of my mother's family was murdered in the Holocaust - in Grodno ghetto, in Majdanek and in Auschwitz. My Mom, may Hashem bless her, is a Levite. Her ancestors sang in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The Romans exiled us from the Land of Israel and our family migrated to Spain and later during the Spanish Inquisition, to Poland. Thank G-d, I was fortunate to return home to Israel 48 years ago in 1970. The above photo, taken in ancient Ashdod where Jews have lived for centuries, is my answer to the all the Holocaust and Land-of-Israel deniers. We'll never forget our history - it's in our veins. #WeRemember - period.
Jewish Law implores us to be bold like a tiger! Rather than cower at those who mock our observance of the Torah and Hashem's commandments, we should be strong and steadfast, with full and complete belief in what we're doing, as we see in today's lesson for the whole family. Don't forget to enter our weekly raffle, where we give out free gifts every week - you'll hear the details at the end of the lesson: