Bayer and Monsanto: Axis of Evil

Block 10
Block 10
 (image, above) was the infamous hellhole in the bowels of the Auschwitz concentration camp where the epitome of evil Nazi "doctor" Josef Mengele performed his atrocious experiments on humans during the Holocaust. Block 10 leads to Mengele, Mengele leads to Bayer, Bayer leads to Monsanto and Monsanto leads to the convenience food you're eating, either at home or on vacation. Sounds surreal? We wish it were...

The closer we get to Moshiach, the more we see Divine justice settling unfinished scores. An apparently innocuous item on the international news-wire reveals an iceberg of evil that Hashem's fiery wrath will soon erase from the face of the earth. The shares of Bayer Pharmaceuticals just fell 10%, the result of  their subsidiary Monsanto's failure to warn of the cancer risks posed by its infamous weed killer, Roundup

Before I tell you who Bayer is, they bought Monsanto earlier this year for $63 Billion. Our sages teach that evil attaches itself to evil. In short, Monsanto is a conglomerate of evil that creates pesticides that destroy every type of viable seed - not only weeds - except for seeds that Monsanto genetically engineers. So, once you spray your field with Roundup, your soil is poisoned to regular seeds and you can only use Monsanto's genetically-engineered seeds. But, new types of weeds set in that are immune to conventional weed killers, which require more and newer Monsanto weed killers. With mafia-like tactics, Monsanto has gone around the world, not only impoverishing farmers, poisoning their soil and indenturing them into virtual slavery, but causing an epidemic of farmer suicides, especially in India.

Monsanto also hijacks faculties of agriculture in the world's universities, so that agronomy students will learn to use their products only. Thank goodness I majored in horticulture and deciduous orchards, where Monsanto's poisoned hands didn't yet reach my teachers. Fortunately, you can grow an apple, a peach or a plum without spraying Roundup...

Back to Bayer, who owns Monsanto. Do you know who Bayer is? Have you ever heard of IG Farben?

Both my pulse and my mind are racing much faster than I can type (chill, Lazer!) - let's take it slow.

Do you know that IG Farben was behind the Nazi's mutilation of our holy teacher, Rav Shalom Arush's spiritual guide, Rabbi Yehuda Zev Leibowitz of saintly and blessed memory? That's why he could never have children. Let me be more specific:

IG Farben financed Hitler’s electoral campaign and became a staunch supporter of the Nazis. IG Farben worked closely with the Nazi party to take over manufacturing plants when the Germans invaded other European countries. IG Farben also held stock in and was represented on the board of the company which produced the gas used in the Holocaust gas chambers. IG Farben tested its products on the concentration-camp prisoners of Auschwitz. Even more, IG Farben had its own concentration campJosef Mengele, the gruesome butcher of Auschwitz, the SS doctor (sic) and Hitler's right-hand man in the planned annihilation of European Jewry, worked with IG Farben in doing his experimentation on human guinea pigs, one of whom was our sacred and beloved teacher Rabbi Yehuda Zev Leibowitz who succeeded in surviving the Holocaust.

Bayer is the successor and continuation of IG Farben. Monsanto belongs to Bayer.

Is the GMO and GE domination of our fields, crops and foodstuffs a continuation of the Nazi conspiracy to dominate the world? You make your own conclusions.

For anyone who seeks my advice, eat natural and organic as much as possible. Steer clear of US commercially grown corn and soybeans as well as processed foods that are full of such derivatives as corn syrup solids and soy isolate. If you have a headache, don't take Bayer aspirin. Chances are that your headache - and many other ills, such as your close friend's, your relative's or your own autistic child - come from the use of Roundup in growing the food you eat.

The closer we get to Moshiach, the more we'll see evil's foundations crumble. Meanwhile, don't lose heart, because the darkest darkness is right at the end of night, before the dawn of a new day.


And End to Gog and Magog in Your Home

Gaza Barrage
Right before the weekend, the south of Israel suffered barrages of over 200 rockets from Gaza. There's not much time to take cover, and the dangers are great, but there's a situation much worse that terrorist rocket fire.

It's easier to spend a night in a bomb shelter than it is to spend a night in a home where there's domestic strife. A luxury home in Beverly Hills, Bal Harbor or Great Neck can be twenty times worse that living within rocket range of Gaza.

Our sages hit bulls-eye when they said that family strife turns a home into a battlefield of Gog and Magog (Berachot 7b). Nothing is more aggravating to parents than fighting and bickering among their children. Strife and tension between parents and children is just as unsettling.

Here's the good news. You can return (or bring, in case you never had it) harmony to your home in less than five minutes. This is probably the easiest and most effective "feel fine in five" hacks that we've written about in recent weeks. Any family who has ever done this has reported phenomenal success, and I'm talking about families with 5+ rambunctious kids who go to war for every block of Lego.

Here's what you do:

Click here to see Family Harmony in Five, my feature article in this week's enjoyable new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

Also featured this week:

Rabbi Shalom Arush - A Happy Mouth

Racheli Reckles - Kites and Cures

Dr. Zev Ballen - Post-Traumatic Growth

Alizah Teitelbaum - A Man of Light and Air

Yehudit Channen - All in the Mindfulness

David Ben Horin - Reverse Inheritance

Lior Yehudai - Exiled to Siberia

Time's running out!! There are still a few places in our group for Uman, Rosh Hashanah 5779. For the experience of your life,  call 718-577-2975 ext.116 (USA) or 786-515-9737 in (USA) or 054 322 5138(Israel) or 02-532-3339, ext.116. Or you can email uman@breslev.co.il.

Blessings for a beautiful new week and new month of Elul!


Rip Current

Inbal from Rechovot writes: "Rabbi Brody, this is one of the best lessons you ever gave. It rescued me from confusion and a most difficult predicament. I saw the live broadcast and urge everyone who did not to see the replay..."

Thanks so much, Inbal.

Life has many "rip currents", those unexpected situations that pounce on us and even threaten our lives. What do we do? The Gemara describes these very situations…


The Beams Friday Web Yeshiva: Shabbat Re'eh - Rosh Chodesh Elul

BB Friday Web Yeshiva

We here at the Beams are delighted to feature select lessons, brief and comprehensible, from Breslev Israel's distinguished staff of English speaking rabbis. We surely hope you enjoy this, so don't let your day go by without grabbing some Torah, especially ideas that you can say over at your Shabbat table. What's more, each week we feature a taste of the Chassidic world's most popular niggunim, which you can also sing at your Shabbat table. This week, we're featuring one of our all-time favorites - Shirat Ha'Asavim, "The Song of the Grasses", based on the teachings of Rebbe Nachman. We here at the Beams want you to have a great time and enjoy your singing and learning. Shabbat Shalom!

Lesson #1 - Rabbi Lazer Brody on Parshat Re'eh: "Who Guards the Borders?" (10 minutes duration):

This week's Torah portion commands that in the time of the Holy Temple, every single Jewish man above the age of Bar Mitzvah must come to the Holy Temple for each of the year's three festivals (see Deuteronomy 16:16). Who then guards the borders?

Lesson #2 - Rabbi Dr. Zev Ballen: "Resilience" (30 Minute duration):

Lesson #3 - Rabbi Aharon Dobinsky: "Who Are You?" (13 minute duration):

Lesson #4 - Rabbi Ralph Cohen: "Shabbat Re'eh" (7 minute duration):

Now, for the spiritual, calorie-free dessert - the musical cherry on our cake:

"The Song of the Grasses" is by Naomi Shemer based on the writings of Rebbe Nachman (Likutei Moharan I:63, II:11). Here is a beautiful rendition by Shlomo Lugasi, together with the lyrics transliterated and translated. This is one of our all-time favorites, which we're sure you'll enjoy. Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov!

Know that each and every shepherd has his own tune.
Know that each and every grass has its own song.
And from the song of the grasses the tune of the shepherd is made

How beautiful, how beautiful and pleasant to hear their song.
It's very good to pray among them and to serve Hashem in joy
And from the song of the grasses the heart is filled and yearns.

And when the the heart is filled by the song and yearns for the Land of Israel
a great light is drawn forth and goes from the Land's holiness unto it.
And from the song of the grasses the tune of the heart is made.

Transliterated:

Da l'kha shekol ro'eh ve ro'eh yeish lo nigun m'yuchad mishelo.
Da l'kha shekol eisev v'eisev yeish lo shirah m'yuchedet mishelo.
Umeishirat ha'asavim na'aseh nigun shel ro'eh.

Kamah yafeh, kama yafeh vena'eh k'sheshom'im hashirah shelahem.
Tov me'od l'hitpaleil beineihem uv'simchah la'avod et Hashem.
Umeishirat ha'asavim mitmalei haleiv umishtokeik.

Ukh'shehaleiv, min hashirah mitmalei umishtokeik el erets yisra'el.
Or gadol azai nimshakh v'holeikh mikdushatah shel ha'arets alav.
Umeishirat ha'asavim, na'aseh nigun shel haleiv.


Rip Current

Rip Current
The beach looks so calm and innocent. The surface looks like a pane of glass and the waves are less than a foot high. So what if there's no lifeguard and so what if there's a warning sign? What's more, you're an experienced swimmer. The day is gorgeous and you're on vacation and this secluded beach is a perfect getaway. Why not enjoy it? So you wade into the water - it's so silky smooth and clear, then suddenly...

You've lost control. A strong undercurrent, known as a "rip current" to experienced ocean swimmers, is sucking you deep into the ocean and far away from shore. It's no joke, and you're now fighting for your life.

Life has many "rip currents", those unexpected situations that pounce on us and even threaten our lives. What do we do? The Gemara describes these very situations, and our beloved teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush teaches how to survive them. That's what we'll learn, G-d willing, in this week's lesson.

Join us for today's emuna lesson and live broadcast from Jerusalem entitled "Rip Current", which 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 7 PM 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.