Wow, my son's hand looks giant. It makes me feel old, you know?
We found these stunning seashells and rocks at one of the most unbelievably gorgeous beaches in Israel, Palmachim Beach. The rocky coast is full of seashells and little sea plants swaying back and forth under the crystal clear water.
I tell you, the blues and greens there are just unreal. There is even a grotto there, and a large part of the shore is actually flat rocks that are so shallow, you feel like you're walking on water.
Not that anyone else ever tried that trick.
What can I say. It's a spectacular beach.
And these special rocks are no less spectacular. Just look at them. Aren't they so beautiful? So unique?
It blows my mind. Imagine, Hashem created every single thing in existence. Every. Single. Thing.
And just look at how much attention to detail He gave even the smallest rock. These little creations are so full of unique beauty and charm. Each one has its own special look that makes it stand out.
You know, I've always been amazed by nature. To me, just looking at nature gives me such a deep feeling of awe and wonder about Hashem. Those that take the time to enjoy nature would likely tell you it's a very spiritual experience.
When I think about the overwhelming amount of things people need to do in just one day, I'm not surprised that so many of us would say we don't see G-d. How can we see or experience G-d when we're constantly with our faces in our phones or computers, or frantically running one errand after another?
How can we see G-d if we're not even aware of our surroundings?
So I'm going to share a simple little trick that will help you connect with Hashem in a deep and profoundly spiritual way.
Take a few minutes to just sit outside during your coffee or lunch break. Open your eyes and look up at the sky. Look at the clouds, watch the leaves swaying gently in the wind. Listen to the birds chirping or dogs barking. Enjoy the colorful flowers. If you have a place to comfortably sit or walk on the grass, do it.
For just five minutes, immerse yourself in nature. Appreciate it. Enjoy it. Breathe it in with full, deep breaths.
I can't emphasize enough how much this will recharge you and put you in a good mood.
For those of you that want to add another level to your 5-minute recharge, speak with Hashem. Thank Him for giving you such a beautiful world for your senses to enjoy. Thank Him for having taken the time to make each and every creation so full of detail, so awesome and beautiful.
Try this today and send me a comment! I'd love to know how you felt!
And of course, don't miss Rav Brody's weekly emuna talk tonight! Scroll down for details.
Are you in trouble? Do you have a jam of some kind? Most everyone does.
Here's great news: you can turn your life around 180, to the point where everything turns into utter compassion. How?
In this week's shiur and live broadcast, we'll learn that for a person with the level of emuna where he or she knows that everything is complete Divine compassion, nature is a miracle and miracles are natural; there's no difference…
Don't miss today's (Wednesday) amazing Emuna shiur and live broadcast from Jerusalem, entitled "Overriding Nature," 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 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.
The IDF and IAF are now operating in Gaza (above image) in responsive to three barrages of nearly 30 mortar shells altogether that the Islamic Jihad in Gaza fired at the south of Israel earlier this morning. The Iron Dome Missile Defense system intercepted most of the mortar shells, but one sneaked past, exploded and peppered a kindergarten with dozens of chunks of deadly shrapnel (image, bellow) . At this time, there is quite a bit of jet fighter activity overhead. Thanks to Hashem, no one has been hurt.
Update, Israel time, 2:45 PM - more red alert sirens have just been heard in the south of Israel, for the 4th time today - we're awaiting further details
Update, Israel time, 2:53 PM - sirens are now sounding in the Ashkelon area
Update, Israel time, 5:03 PM - there have been more barrages, heavy machine-gun fire from Gaza and 107 mm rockets - the IDF just announced that 3 Israeli soldiers have been wounded
Start by loving yourself. What, you don't like the idea?
Try asking a person if he loves himself: an alarming number of people will respond, "Hey, I'm no narcissist!"
The world is utterly confused about narcissism, a definitely undesirable trait, and loving yourself, which is a key to your happiness, success and emotional health in addition to being the vital element in your relationship with yourself, with others and with Hashem.
Narcissism is extreme self-centeredness and excessive (even exclusive) interest in oneself and one's physical appearance. The narcissist is far from happy, for he craves praise and admiration. He wants to be the center of the show and needs everyone to tell him how great he (or she) is. The narcissist is an emotional cripple, entirely dependent on others.
The person who loves himself is the exact opposite and entirely independent. Like the Simple One in Rebbe Nachman's tale of "The Clever and the Simple", the individual doesn't need any outside reinforcement. He's happy with himself, no matter how seemingly unsuccessful or limited he might be.
Sure, we all want to grow and be better, but we can't make real progress until we love ourselves. Why? If we don't love ourselves, we won't be able to love anyone else. A person who doesn't love himself is never satisfied with himself, with anyone around him or with Hashem even!
If you want to be happy right now, and not wait until you become rich, get elected to the Senate or find the spouse of your dreams, then you must learn to love yourself. If you wait for the dream to materialize, you'll find that even then, you won't be truly happy, because loving yourself doesn't depend on that dream coming true either.
Here's how to love yourself in a few easy steps that take no more than five minutes...
Continue reading Love Yourself in Five, my feature article in this week's exciting new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.
Two Fantastic Positions Open at Breslev Israel for Immediate Employment:
1. Breslev Israel has an immediate opening for a fulltime English-language Program Director. This individual will be responsible directly to the General Director and in charge of program planning, coordination, and logistics both in Israel and in English-speaking countries around the world. This opening requires overseas travel that includes approximately four to five annual trips of 14-18 days each. The candidate should preferably be a native English speaker and fluent in Hebrew as well. Excellent communication skills are a requirement and experience in the fields of marketing, advertising and logistics is advantageous. The candidate should also be personable, diligent, a self-starter and a firm believer in the teachings of Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit'a. Excellent salary and incentives package for the right person. The work is based in Breslev Israel's Jerusalem offices. The employment interview will be held in Hebrew. Send CV to email@example.com.
2. Breslev Israel's English Staff has an opening for a fulltime employee who will be responsible for:
Proofreading content for the Breslev Israel website in English;
Technical writing for the marketing of products on our website in English;
Managing social media in English (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.)
The candidate should have an outstanding command of English and Hebrew is preferred. Interviews of candidates will be held in Hebrew. The work is based in Breslev Israel's Jerusalem offices. Send CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shavua Tov! If you don't believe that every pebble in the Land of Israel has a soul, and that the Land of Israel is alive, breathing and speaking like a human being - even on a higher level than a human being - then see this: