Happy 245th Birthday, Rebbe Nachman!

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Tonight is Rosh Chodesh Nissan, and the 245th birthday of Rebbe Nachman of Brelsev, whom I credit with having saved not only my life, but the lives of my children and all (G-d willing) future generations from me and that husband of mine, who still can't seem to figure out which machine is the washer and which is the dryer, G-d bless him. Since I couldn't find a picture of a cake with 245 candles on it, I found the next best thing which is what looks to be like 100 candles on this edible monstrosity. Actually, the link says this cake has 1,000 candles on it. Do you think so? I think that the person who wrote that either needs an urgent eye exam or he needs to go back to first grade. I'm sure that you all would agree with me by saying that this is a totally insane idea by turning a cake into an explosive device. Maybe it's a Hamas birthday cake? Maybe instead of strawberry filling there's a bomb in the middle? I hope that all those terrorists blow themselves up. A-MEN.

This week, Rav Brody's talking about the number 70, and he says it's The Secret of Geula. While he makes some very insightful correlations between the number 70 and the Redemption, I'm too busy making connections between the number 70 and the horrifying realization that I probably won't be able to do Zumba like I do today. Will I need a cane? A walker with two tennis balls on the bottom? Oy, the horror! I cringe at the thought! I hope that the Mashiach will be here by then and we won't have to age anymore. Maybe 70 will be the new 30. Yeah, I can deal with that. I mean, why not? If people used to live for 800-900 years way back in the day, then 70 would have been, like, practically a newborn. 

Since it's Rebbe Nachman's birthday, I decided to celebrate it with an all-out carb fest. OMG, I feel so disgusting. Yesterday I ate SIX granola bars, tons of fruit, and these "chocolate" tea biscuits that you're supposed to dip in your tea I guess. They're called chocolate, but just because they're brown it doesn't mean they have any actual chocolate flavor. What a bummer. I'm totally grossed out. Yet, I still wanted to keep eating. So I'm in a bad mood because of it. 

Rav Arush is here to save the day, because he's telling me that if I had just had a little more spiritual sensitivity, I wouldn't be so prone to sinning because of my spiritual insensitivity. Well that made a whole 'lot of sense. But what he's really saying is that we've got to figure out where we're holding spiritually. Hashem is sending us challenges along our path of Finding Ourselves, because that's the only way we're gonna get it through our thick skulls that there are maybe one or two things about us that we need to change. Just one or two. What he really meant to say was that if I could just close my mouth for five minutes, I wouldn't feel like a blimp about to explode, because that's really what I feel like right now.

You know why I love Rebbe Nachman so much? Because he teaches that tomorrow is another day! I can start over tomorrow! Hashem is giving me another chance (hopefully) to resist my Evil Inclination and to eat like a normal human being, and not like three burly truck drivers stuffing their faces with double Whoppers at the rest stop restaurant in the middle of nowhere. I actually liked stopping at those rest stops on the Turnpike on the way to Disney World. I found them so incredibly exciting. I'm serious! 

Okay, husbands, listen up. My latest article is a must-read for every man that still believes he's a man and not a fairy princess that should really be living in her enchanted castle with her Prince Charming. Or is it Princess Charming? All this liberal gender identity crisis insanity is getting me so confused. And angry. Why do kids need to be taught to question their gender at age 8??? This world is completely crazy, I tell you! Anyhow, one husband wrote me wondering why his wife wasn't all into his smooth moves. Well, I gave Prince Charming a reality check, and it saved his marriage! It could make yours better, too! Could one of you please tell my Prince Charming to read this article??

So I always thought I was the queen of comebacks, like if some kid would call me stupid, so I'd say, "You're stupid!" For some reason, I haven't quite outgrown this stage, so even today if my husband teases me and says something to try to get my Iraqi Eyes to come out, I'll automatically turn it around on him: "You're wearing two different colored socks!" Take that, David. But now, I'm sad to say that Dennis Rosen has shown me that Hashem Loves Comebacks, but not the kind that I used to give. You mean there's another kind of comeback? 

Speaking of Iraqi, Pinney Wolman is obviously not Iraqi, because if he were, he would know that forgiveness is like a four letter word. So is cake, come to think of it. Pinney, kol hakavod for writing about Forgiveness and Humility. We could all use a little (or a lot) more of both. Except me, of course. Just wanted to make that clear.

Dr. Zev Ballen, one of our two incredible Emuna Therapists, shows us the power of Words that Fix.  He's explaining that talking to G-d is more than just a wonderful thing to do; it actually brings us out of the pre-verbal stage, where we're whining and complaining if things don't go our way. You mean there's another stage after that? OMG. I just realized that between my tantrum-style whining and juvenile comebacks, I may not be as mature as I thought. I'd better read this article AGAIN! 

Lori Steiner explains that even though our ancestors left Egypt, we're still stuck there in a spiritual sense. She gives us the Waze directions for the easiest, least congested Journey to Freedom. Lori, I love your article, and I'm wondering if you can write a sequel for the lovely ladies out there, called "Journey to Freedom II." It would discuss the exalted, invigorating feeling we would experience after finally seeing the entire house in order. The dishes would be cleaned, the laundry would be folded, the beds would be made, all the toys would be put away, and the toilet seats would be clean, dry, and in their proper position. I'm so ashamed to admit that this is what I fantasize about all the time. I need to get out more.

Rav Brody gives us an amazing connection between Rebbe Nachman, intellectual smarty-pants people, and Pesach in this special feature called Freedom from Nonsense. I could also use a little freedom from nonsense. Actually, I heard that the Ritz Carlton Spa in Herzeliya is offering a special Pre-Pesach "Freedom from Nonsense" massage/mani/pedi/facial package. I'd better book that asap!

Have a wonderful week! And don't forget - DUST IS NOT CHAMETZ!!!

~Racheli


The World Tikkun HaKlali: Are You In?

Tikkun Klali
Are you in? 

All of us here at the Beams are.

Tomorrow, March 27th 2017 (Rosh Chodesh Nissan) millions of people will synchronize their hearts in a global prayer rally for the benefit of the Jewish people and the entire world.

The Tikkun HaKlali is a powerful combination of 10 Psalms that brings healing to those who say it. The power of the Tikkun was known to select Kabbalists throughout the millennia. However, it was only revealed to the masses 200 years ago by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.

Now you can be part of this global movement, harnessing the power of this collective prayer with millions of people throughout the world.

All you have to do is set aside 15 minutes on March 27th @ 9:30 pm (GM+2 - Israel time) and join the multitude of people across the world reciting Tikkun HaKlali. The 10 Psalms are as follows: 16, 32, 41, 42, 59, 77, 90, 105, 137, 150. The gathering will start at 9:00pm Uman time with various words of wisdom and blessings from prominent Rabbis. The Tikkun reciting will begin at 9:30pm.

Israel time will be 9:30 pm, New York 2:30 pm, and Los Angeles 11:30 am.

Here is a short video of Rav Shalom Arush shlit"a inviting us all to participate in this worldwide momentous event. 

 


Four Cups, Four Worlds

With a mere four weeks until Passover Seder night, we not only must clean our physical domain, but our spiritual domain as well. Seder night is not some mere commemoration of something that happened three thousand years ago; it is the rectification of the entire world in general, and each of us in particular, as we'll learn in Today's lesson. Blessings for a lovely new week, and enjoy the lesson...


Vayakhel-Pekudei. 5777: How to Get the Most out of Our Talents

This week's Torah portion not only teaches us the source of our talents and aptitudes, but gives us the key to putting them to the very best use. Here's how to succeed, as we learn in our mini-lesson on this week's Torah portion:

Here's an important message from my esteemed and beloved teacher, Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit'a:

As the Rosh Yeshiva of Chut Shel Chesed, I feel that chesed - loving-kindness - is one of the most important mitzvoth there is; I'm sure that you agree with me. That's why I included the word chesed in the name of our yeshiva, to emphasize that helping our fellow human is a highest priority. The Torah says, "Love thy neighbor as thyself." "Flour for Passover" means to help the less fortunate of our Jewish brethren have a joyous Passover holiday by enabling them to have the necessary staples. This is something we're all obligated to think about with Pesach less than three weeks away.
 
Rebbetzen Arush and I do our utmost to identify the needy families who are too embarrassed to request assistance, and to give them the needed foodstuffs and financial support. I am privileged and honored to offer you a share in this mitzva.
 
Your donation to our "Emuna Outreach Kimcha d'Piskha Fund" will provide needy families in Israel with all their needs for Passover, including meat and poultry, wine, matzot, dry goods, fruit and vegetables. Since we purchase quality fish, poultry, meat, fruit, vegetables, matza and wine at bulk wholesale prices, we provide all the Seder needs for a family of six for a mere $180. For $72, you can sponsor a guest for the Seder and Yom Tov day. In any event, participation in our "Emuna Outreach Kimcha d'Piskha Fund" with whatever you can afford is a tremendous mitzva that will invoke miraculous blessings for you and yours. Donate to Emuna Outreach to make sure that these worthy families of sorely limited means will also be able to enjoy their Passover holiday. Your donation is US tax deductable. Blessings for a wonderful Shabbat and new month of Nissan. With prayers for your success, Shalom Arush


Killer Antibiotics

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This week, I'd like to address a very common and very big problem regarding the over-use of antibiotics. Now before some of you get all hysterical on me, yes, I absolutely agree that they are a wonderful life-saving invention. However, there are many - too many, in fact - cases in which antibiotics are prescribed when they're simply not necessary.

Take, for example, the all-too-common case of a young child with an ear infection. Typically, babies under two years old are more susceptible to middle ear infections because the eustachian tube doesn't drain fluid as easily as an older child's or adult's. You can clearly see the anatomical difference in the above drawing. 

I found this wonderful article that discusses the real cause of middle ear infections, and I highly recommend that all of you read this, especially the parents of young children. In a nutshell, most middle ear infections are caused by inflammation, but not as a result of bacteria! One Dutch study found that 88% of children with otitis media did not need antibiotics! Many times it's actually an allergic reaction to a food, dairy products being the biggest culprit. Well, what a surprise. Dairy is known to cause all kinds of health problems, from increased mucus production to all sorts of digestive problems to skin rashes, particularly around the mouth. My advice? Dump the dairy.

So what can be done when you have a child screaming in pain from middle ear inflammation? First, give the poor kid some Tylenol! Even though I hate Big Pharma, I am not a fan of screaming children, either. Why should they suffer unnecessarily? If you were screaming in pain, wouldn't you help yourself to a little relief?  I think even giving half a dose is also not okay, because would you give yourself half a dose if you had a fever or were in severe pain? I sure wouldn't! Don't turn your kids into martyrs, for G-d's sake.

Now that I have angered many parents out there, let me anger the doctors, too. I feel that it is completely negligent for a pediatrician or any physician to prescribe repeated doses of antibiotics for non-life-threatening medical issues. But you should know why they do this. First, their hands are tied legally. They are placing their licenses on the line if they give their patients any nutritional or natural healing advice. Second, they might really not know what other natural options are available, since it is well-known that nutrition and natural approaches to healing are not taught in medical school. So in reality, all they are left with is their little pen and prescription pad.

Some of you might remember the famous adage, "The pen is mightier than the sword."

Well, I've just given it a 21st century makeover: The pen is deadlier than the sword.

Believe me, I wish I were exaggerating. The CDC states that 2 million people per year become infected with antibiotic-resistant germs, and 23,000 of those people die as a result. Each year! If this were a plague, everyone would be running hysterically through the streets. Even if a person doesn't die from repeated antibiotic use, they are placing their health in major jeopardy, because antibiotics act like an atom bomb when ingested. They kill off the bad and the good bacteria, which allows the bad bacteria to grow unchecked by the dead good bacteria, and the vicious cycle continues. 

Now, let's take off our angry caps and put on our thinking caps. How, oh how, can we fix this problem? Well, there are many solutions. First, I would recommend that everyone find themselves a good naturopath, homeopath, or doctor of Chinese medicine, and make that doctor their primary care physician. Just stay away from the psychopaths.

Second, regarding otitis media infections in particular, Mullein Garlic drops are excellent for relieving inflammation. Garlic is a powerful anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial healing agent! You can get them at the local health food store. I would suggest that if you have small kids, you should have a bottle on hand even though no one may be sick at the moment.

Third, we have to get back to basics. As I've said time and time again, the entire approach of modern medicine is backwards. Instead of focusing on building up the body's defenses, their entire aim is to break down the body's defenses, all in the name of killing the enemy.

Let's put this strategy into perspective, shall we? If you were involved in a war with another country and you had to send your troops out to battle, would you drop an atom bomb on everyone on the battlefield, knowing that you will be killing your own soldiers in the process of trying to kill the enemy? What do you think would happen to a general who came up with such an insane tactic? 

If the good bacteria have been decimated in an intestinal Hiroshima, the best thing to do is to eat probiotics. These help the good bacteria reproduce and strengthen your immune system. Here's a good article that discusses probiotics in more detail. 

Back to basics means that we have to focus on eating healthy and taking care of ourselves! Our diets are the main cause of our physical and mental states of well-being! How can you expect to be healthy if you're stuffing your face with fake food and sugary snacks? How can you ask why Hashem gave you an illness if you eat like garbage? If you want to be healthy, you have to eat healthy! There's no way around it. And, of course, you must must must exercise!

I have one more thing to add to parents who are looking for spiritual reasons as to why their children are sick. Yes, it is obviously a tikkun for the parents. I'm not arguing with that. But I know, as a BT, that it's easy for a religious person to get caught up in the spiritual aspect of a situation without giving much consideration to the physical, practical aspect of it. The best route is a combination of both approaches. Yes, look for the spiritual message behind it. But while you're looking, you've got to put forth your maximum effort by looking for physical solutions as well!

Let's get back to the common example of a kid is getting repeated middle ear inflammation and going for a prolonged period of time on antibiotics without recovering from the original problem. Why are the parents still taking him to this doctor? I personally think the message for these parents and the rest of us is that we've got to stop having blind faith in modern medicine. We need to educate ourselves about natural healing methods and especially about how to keep ourselves healthy, so G-d willing, we won't need a doctor ever again!

You are welcome to post your infuriated comments below.

Blessings for a healthy, happy, and educated week!

~Racheli