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27 posts from February 2016

Correcting Bad Posture: Forward Head Syndrome

People who sit at desks and at computers all day long have something in common with those who learn Torah all day long - many of them suffer from bad posture, particularly forward head syndrome and upper crossed syndrome, rounded shoulders and a hunched upper back. In the coming weeks, I hope to be providing you with some corrective exercises that you can do on a coffee break, which will make you look and feel wonderful. Meanwhile, here is Dr. Brendon Bradley, DC with a wonderfully simple and easy exercise to correct forward head syndrome. Try it, and let me know how it works for you.

Clean Money

Clean Money
How do you know if your money is clean? Rav Shalom Arush says that until a person realizes that his job in the world is not to make money, he won't be free of the lust for money. That way, his money will always be tainted...

Don't miss today's super vital emuna shiur and live broadcast from Jerusalem, entitled, "Clean Money,"  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. 

The Mess of the Masses

Golden Calf
This week's Torah portion talks about the infamous "Golden Calf" fiasco. It's not just talking about 3, 328 years ago - it's talking about today.

The Torah is a timeless template for posterity. Whenever the masses seize power, the result is horrifying. Here in Israel, the rule of the ignorant masses – even those who have kippot on their heads – has led to a statutory and legislative uprooting of Torah values, Heaven forbid. These are the erev rav and those who partner with them. They are easily recognized by their readiness to trample the sanctity of the Sabbath, the institution of marriage, the conversion laws and Torah learning in the Land of Israel. They're willing to import every type of vice and spiritually contaminate our cities as long as it adds gold to their coffers. They scoff at our people's true spiritual leadership. Their real motivation - just like the time of the Golden Calf -  is to give a free reign to their base urges and appetites; not only that, but to legitimize them with legislation. As in the time of the Golden Calf, even decent people are afraid of speaking up against what's “politically correct”. “Political correctness” is none other than muscling of the ignorant masses by way of the erev rav's control of media, legislative and judicial organs. It's not truth – Torah is. Read all about it in Mess of the Masses,  one of my two feature articles in this week's new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

In my commentary on this week's Torah portion, Ki Tisa, I write that the skeptics who doubt the rationality of our spiritual leaders' decisions are right about one thing - Gedolei Yisrael, the true spiritual leaders of the Jewish People - defy human logic. See more in Visibilty Unlimited.

Also featured this week:

Rabbi Shalom Arush - Wings in Learning

Dr. Zev Ballen - The Magic Circle

Racheli Reckles - Chochma, Bina, Emuna

Dovber Halevi - Seduction Reduction

Yardena Slater - Healing Recipes

Jenn Safra - Dealing With Hardships

Yehoshua Goldstein - An Encounter with a Tzaddik

G-d willing, we'll see our friends in North America next week - see details on the upper right-hand toolbar of this site (click on it for a full-size poster and more information).