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I Prayed for This Child

The moving story of Hannah appears in the first and second chapter of Samuel I: Hannah had no children, and she begged Hashem in the holy tabernacle at Shilo that if He gives her a child, she will dedicate this child to the service of Hashem. Hashem heard her prayers, and Samuel was born.

When Samuel was weaned, Hannah brought him to the High Priest Eli in Shilo, where the little Samuel grew up devoting his entire life to serving Hashem. As Hannah presents her son to Eli, she says, "This is the lad I prayed for; Hashem granted me the request that I asked of Him" (Samuel I, 1:27).

In a beautiful age-old Jewish tradition, when we check on our sleeping children at night, and we see them like little angels fast asleep, we repeat the above passage as an expression of gratitude to Hashem, and we continue to pray for their spiritual and physical welfare and development.

Shraga Gold, soloists Motty Steinmetz, Levi Falkowitz, Moshe Mendlowitz and the Shira Choir sing Rabbi Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz's lovely rendition of Hannah's moving expression of gratitude in the following beautiful clip, which we hope you enjoy as much as we did. G-d bless and much joy from your children!

The Tiniest Light

Tiniest light
Try this experiment: go into a pitch-black room, like a cellar or a bomb shelter with the lights off. Take a pack of matches with you and light a match. Better yet, light a small candle. Notice how one tiny flame illuminates so much darkness. 

The above phenomenon is a wonderful spiritual metaphor: sure, there are tons of evil in the world - wherever you go, wherever you look. But, one righteous person engaged in charitable deeds and in spreading love, peace and joy virtually purifies the atmosphere. The Gemara teaches that such a person can save the world.

You, cherished friend, have every attribute to be that person. Even if you regard yourself as nothing more than one tiny light, you can illuminate the darkness, if you only believe in your ability to do so. G-d bless for a lovely Shabbat!

Turning Pain into Gain

Pain and Gain
Whoever said life was supposed to be easy? Do you know anyone great who had an easy life? A hassle-free life is like saying grass that's not green - it simply doesn't exist! Why? We're all down here to complete a mission, and a considerable part of our mission is dealing with the challenges of life.

Thank G-d, I'm out of the hospital after a bout with pneumonia and what looked like a clot on my brain that had knocked me for a loop, together with some cardiac issues as well. It's all for the best. The love, the well-wishes and the blessings that you, cherished friends, have been giving me are making the uphill road to recovery a whole lot easier. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It's all good, all from Hashem and all for the best - let's never forget that. Love you so much, LB

Separated, or One?

It's definitely no coincidence that the heated campaigns of the upcoming Israeli elections, called for April 9, 2019, are happening right now, in the weeks that precede Purim.

Would you like to know where you can read more about Israeli elections, from a really reliable source? Try the Megilla of Esther.  G-d willing, I'll show you where and explain everything in today's emuna lesson.

You won't want to miss today's emuna lesson and live broadcast from Jerusalem entitled "Separated, or One", 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. 

The Land of Israel: Glittering like Diamonds

Sunflowers Sunflower field in the Jezreel Valley

Our sages mention five special attributes about our beloved Land of Israel, as follows:

1. If a person is on a high enough spiritual level, he'll be able to see that the rocks of Eretz Yisrael glitter like diamonds (Be'er Maim Chaim - Rebbe Chaim of Chernovitz).

2. The soil of Eretz Yisrael is holier than the sky of Chutz L'aretz (lands outside of Israel) (Chasam Sopher).

3. The Gemara says (Berachos 59a) that since the destruction of the holy Temple, the sky has lost its purity; The Shatzer Rebbe ob"m (Da'as Sholom) says that the Gemara is speaking about Chutz L'aretz, and that the skies of Eretz Yisrael maintain their purity forever.

4. The world is like a funnel, where all prayers are channeled into Eretz Yisrael, and arise to the heavens from Eretz Yisrael (Aravei Nachal, Zohar).

5. Eretz Yisrael is so holy, that saying anything derogatory about it is virtually unforgivable; the slander of Eretz Yisrael lengthens the diaspora (Melitzer Rebbe shlit'a).

We here at the Beams send our blessings to all of you who are preparing to make aliya and may Hashem help you be successful. 

You Are A Masterpiece

DNA Divine Signature2LB
Why aren't you willing to accept that you're unique and talented, with a whole set of gifts that no one else on earth has?

I'll prove it to you, spiritually and scientifically: see my feature article You Are A Masterpiece on this week's new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

Also featured this week:

Rabbi Shalom Arush - Perfect Prayer

Racheli Reckles - Almost Blind

Gedale Fenster - How to Achieve Your Goals

David Ben Horin - The Trampoline and the Tightrope

Dennis Rosen - Gratitude First

Pinney Wolman - Moshiach's Dilemma

Shai Mor - The Newspaper Boy

As you can see in the above lineup, out of 8 articles, only one is written by a woman! Breslev Israel would love to publish quality essays from female writers. If you have something to say in a quality, well-written way, send me an email and I'll send you our submissions guidelines. Write - blessings for a wonderful new week!