Our Noahide Convention in Wales this past September was unforgettably meaningful and inspiring. Seeing what emuna does for people from all walks of life, no matter who they are, where they live and what they do, is an awesome experience. This is our second lecture in Wales, and we certainly hope you enjoy it:
Join us for this wonderful shared experience: here is a replay of our central message to the Noahide group in Wales during our recent visit there where we offer spiritual guidance to all people, without distinction of creed, nationality or race. We surely hope that you enjoy this and find it empowering:
A personal prayer workshop in Wales? Is Moshiach here already?
Not yet, but we hope so soon. And yes, the personal prayer workshop is the real deal - it's only part of our upcoming Noahide Summit in Worcester, UK. So, if you're in the UK, take a delightful Sunday drive in the English/Welsh countryside and by all means, join us! Here are the details:
OMG, for the fifth year in a row, I did it again. I've forgotten somebody's birthday in the family. This year I forgot that today, January 16, is my oldest son's 12th birthday. I already forgot my third son's birthday last month, and I remember forgetting my own birthday at least three times. What is happening to me? I don't even know the calendar date most of the time! Is it the whole aging thing? If so, I'm really not digging it.
So I actually had to go online and look at a calendar to see what date it is, and I found out that today, Monday (it's Monday, right?) is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Phew! So glad I caught that one in time. Actually, yesterday was his birthday. Now those of us that didn't skip half of high school might recall that Dr. King was a famous civil rights activist and made it his life's mission to end racial segregation and make racial equality a reality. His "I Have a Dream" speech is what most of us remember about the youngest ever Nobel Prize winner, but here are a few quotes that prove that Martin Luther King was also a secret Breslever:
-Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
-The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
-Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
And here's the kicker: Dr. King earned his Ph.D. in theology, in which he compared two religious philosophers' views on God to his own idea of a "knowable and personal God." Hidden Breslever all the way, baby!
In honor of Dr. King's birthday, I'd like to share with you my dream. You see, I have a dream, too. In my dream, I will wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee, just like in the Folger's commercials. I will slip my feet into my faux-fur-lined slippers and walk into my hers-only bathroom with a full jacuzzi tub and my very own toilet that no one else is allowed to use. I have a dream that the kids will get out of bed without me having to scream at them, and get dressed and ready all by themselves. I have a dream! That my husband will make me breakfast one morning and do the dishes. Yes! I have a dream! That the laundry will fold itself and my husband will know where the kids' clothes are. I HAVE A DREAM! That I will have... a WALK-IN CLOSET!
Rav Shalom Arush has a dream, too! In his dream, people are serious about working on their personal holiness. You see, he explains that it's not enough to just read about emuna and guarding your eyes, and then expect yourselves to just change in an instant. That's called a pipe dream; i.e., a fantasy. People, do you also have a dream that one day you'll reach those spiritual goals that you set for yourself? Then take advantage of The Power of Shovevim to make your dream a reality!
While we're on the subject of influential leaders in the U.S., Rav Lazer Brody talks about Donald Trump's upcoming Presidential inauguration. With an emuna perspective that you just don't see anywhere else, Rav Brody shows us, through Trump's less-than-unexpected win, that Hashem is totally running the show. Don't miss The Delivery Man!
You know what? I'd like to add something to my dream speech. I have a dream that all men will finally understand what it means to be a good husband. Men, are you giving your wives the Three A's? Uh, oh. You're asking what The Three A's are? You mean you don't know? Well, then you'd better read The Princess and the Caveman, PRONTO!
Oh, boy. After complaining that I don't have enough space to put all of my stuff, Dr. Zev Ballen comes along and writes that we all just have too much stuff. There goes my walk-in-closet fantasy. But, really, Dr. Ballen asks if we are any happier with all of our extra stuff than those people who lived a few generations ago. So what are his suggestions for Living the Simple Life? Great questions! Read the article!
Okay, so here's another great question: what do Beards and Babies have in common? Eww, I can't stop imagining a baby with a beard! So freaky! Thank G-d, Eliezer Guterman isn't submitting any baby pictures to the Guinness Book, but he is sharing an unbelievable story about his twins' miracle birth(s?)!
Lori Steiner writes A Parent's Letter to Hashem on behalf of all parents who can't stop using autospell on their smartphones. This beautiful letter is a moving, powerful, and grammatically correct must-read!
I'm starting to wonder if our lovely Emuna Therapist Rebbetzin Yehudit Channen's life could get any more dramatic. You'll never believe what crazy situation she writes about this week In Plane Sight.
David Perlow shows us through his own life example how thanking Hashem for everything really brings about incredible salvations. His Miracle in the Forest is so cool that I'm tempted to think he made it up. Maybe I shouldn't have written that. Just kidding, David!
Wishing all of our awesome readers a wonderful week!
p.s.- Can one of you out there please put my birthday, June 23 in the English/ 18 Sivan in your google calendar, so you can send me a reminder? And a gift?
When a person really desires truth, he or she finds it, as you'll see in the following letter:
Dear Rabbi Lazer,
Until six months ago, I was a member of a Protestant church here in Tennessee. Our pastor, a highly respected individual with a PhD in Divinity, wrote a hand book describing the main doctrines of the church, because so many people in the congregation were confused about what they were supposed to believe in. Shortly after I read about how exactly I'm supposed to believe, I had a business appointment with a colleague in Alabama. I drove to Montgomery, arrived at his office, and saw this eye-catching book on his desk. The name of the book was "The Universal Garden of Emuna". By the way, my colleague is not Jewish; he's a Noahide. I had never heard the term Noahide before, and he explained to me that these are non-Jews that simply believe in the Jewish concept of the One God, with no additions or subtractions. My colleague (JP, who you know well) is no fool and certainly not the type for fad religion.
Anyway, I ordered a copy of the book for myself, which by miracle arrived within 96 hours to my home. I read it three times. The truth simply felt like a glove that fit. But, years of conditioning left me with doubts. I took the book's advice and went down to the river for secluded personal prayer. I held the pastor's manual in one hand, and the The Universal Garden of Emuna in the other hand. I cried, "Dear Lord, please show me the truth!" I thought that an hour went by, but by the time I finished praying, 3 hours went by. I never felt so exhilarated in my life. Such simplicity - The Lord, emuna, and me. All the pieces of the vast puzzle just came into place in my mind. I didn't have any lightning-struck revelation, but I walked away knowing the truth. I threw the pastor's hand book in the river. Then, I immersed myself in the river and declared myself in my heart a pure believer of God, nothing more and nothing less.
Gradually, the near-disappointments set in. I was ostracized by my old friends, yet no local Orthodox rabbis were interested in talking to me. I tried my luck and started writing you, never dreaming I'd get an answer. You really surprised me with your warm and speedy reply.
I owe you a big note of thanks, Rabbi, for making yourself available to a non-Jew like me. Rebbe Nachman of Breslov and his modern-day disciples like you are truly the light unto the nations. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. JT, Nashville
JT's letter shows just how hungry people are for the real deal in spirituality. People get ready, 'cause the train's a-comin'!
Would is the task of a Jew in the world? What is the task of a Noahide in the world? Will the Noahides have a portion in the world to come? Who must learn the 7 Noahide Commandments? Let's get some answers: