"Vitamin E: Emuna for a Healthy Body, Mind, and Soul" - Join Rabbi Lazer Brody & Rabbi Dr. Zev Ballen on Breslev Israel’s Summer 2014 North America Tour! There are still a few event time-slots available, so if you'd like your community to be included, please contact David Reckles (firstname.lastname@example.org) right away.
Here's a "guest shiur" that I gave at the Chut Shel Chesed English-speakers' Kollel, where my cherished spiritual brother and friend Rav Dror Cassoutto is Rosh Kollel. This 24-minute shiur will help us prepare for Purim:
His original intention was eradicate the Jewish People in a non-violent manner. He made sure that all the food and drink at the palace royal feast would adhere to the highest standards of Kashruth. He even set aside separate tables for the Jews. But he knew that the Jews would see and mingle with the tantalizing Persian young ladies whom he arranged to tempt them, knowing, from the historical precedent of the Midianite women (see Numbers, Ch. 25), that the way to destroy the Jews is to breach their holiness and reduce them to moral decadence.
Lucky for us that Mordechai saw right through Haman's evil designs. But instead of saying thank you, other Jewish leaders called him "extreme" and "primitive", claiming that he stood in the way of good relations between the Jews and the regime of Achashverosh. As such, except for a select few who believed in the true tzaddik (sound familiar?), the vast majority of Jews participated in the feast, thereby invoking the sternest of judgments on the Jewish People. Read all about it in The Thorn in Haman's Side, in this week's outstanding issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.
Anytime in history when our leaders placed logic ahead of emuna, the Jewish People faced a potential catastrophe. Fortunately, Hashem sends us one true tzaddik with emuna just when we need him. Enjoy today's 42-minute emuna shiur, and have a wonderful new week and new month!