Tomorrow is the 10th of Teveth, the 174th yahrtzeit of our cherished rabbi and teacher, Rebbe Natan of Breslev, in whose virtue we have the teachings of Rebbe Nachman. Rebbe Natan was the prime disciple who not only wrote down Rebbe Nachman's teachings, but greatly expanded them and elaborated on them for the benefit of subsequent generations.
We don't stop and think how much we live and breathe Rebbe Nachman's and Rebbe Natan's teachings, which permeate every phase of our lives. For a Breslever, talking to Hashem is second nature. Everything we have in holiness, in emuna and in Torah are all the fruit of Rebbe Nachman's teachings as we received them from Rebbe Natan. Read all about it in Core Truth, in this week's new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.
Last week was a rough week in Israel. Increased terrorist activity claimed the price of our children's blood, including the two fallen soldiers from the terrorist attack at Givat Assaf last week, 1st Sgt. Yuval Mor Yosef, 20, from Ashkelon, and Sgt. Yosef Cohen, 19, from Beit Shemesh, as well as the Ish-Ran baby who was mortally wounded in a terrorist drive-by shooting last week. Our brothers and sisters abroad have also paid the price of blood, simply for being Jews, as was the case with the Pittsburgh eleven from the synagogue shooting on Oct. 27, 2018. Many people have asked what constitutes a martyr according to Jewish Law - you'll find the answer in my article, Who is a Martyr?
Also featured in our all-star literary lineup for this week:
Rabbi Shalom Arush - Three Partners
Rabbi Nissan Dovid Kivak - The Mud of Emuna
Racheli Reckles - Why Men Don't Respect Women
Dr. Zev Ballen - Reclaiming Your Real Self
Gedale Fenster - Generating Happiness
David Ben Horin - Mitzvoth by the Millisecond
We are delighted to introduce Rivka Malka Perlman - don't miss How Shame Hurt My Emuna - it's amazing.
Blessings for a wonderful new week!