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Best-selling author, speaker, and spiritual guide, Rabbi Lazer Brody came to Israel from the USA in 1970 after graduating from the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture. He is a veteran of an elite IDF Unit, having served for nearly thirty years in the regular army and in the IDF reserves. Rabbi Brody pens the award-winning Lazer Beams weblog, is the editor of Breslev Israel web magazine, and the author of The Trail to Tranquility. His English translation of Rabbi Shalom Arush's international bestseller The Garden of Emuna has sold over a million copies. Rabbi Brody is also a musical composer; his Calming Waters is a collection of his original relaxing instrumental melodies and Judean Dream is an album of "Land-of-Israel" music recorded together with Guy Tzvi Mintz and Yosef Karduner. Rabbi Brody spends considerable time traveling around the world spreading the light of emuna.
September 2, the day of the planned DC Summit aimed at forcing Israel into evacuating large sections of our holy homeland for an illusion of peace is the same day when Earl is expected to hit the US East Coast...
Dear Rabbi Brody,
I am a meteorologist and forecast as part of my profession. We look at computer data to forecast the weather, and while this data leaves quite a bit of room for error it still has nevertheless been used with quite impressive results because of H"s sophisticated and orderly conducting of the world and the information he allows us to peek at to see that weather is not random or chaotic but rather an intricate and orderly system that He guides with intense precision and Hasgacha Pratis.
The reason I am emailing you tonight (this morning your time) is because there are some very ominous signs developing over the tropical Atlantic Ocean that I have been monitoring and after a further review of this (and with more data coming in) decided I needed to let you know about this.
A hurricane is developing north of the Virgin Islands. It's name is Earl and its sustained winds are currently sitting at 100mph, with steady intensification occurring. The forecast models over the next several days feature a rather complex weather pattern with varying possibilities...however...the latest data shows this storm to continue to get stronger as it makes a turn toward the Eastern United States. Right now, the prognostic charts still feature the hurricane to stay just off the US East Coast, however, not by much any more. The latest run of one of the forecast models we are looking at shows this hurricane to become possibly very strong as it approaches the Mid Atlantic US from Virginia to New York to Boston around Thursday September 2 and Friday September 3.
This is the time of the US-forced Israel-Palestinian "peace" meeting to be held in Washington D.C.
As always I really appreciate your insight on Lazer Beams, and your message reaches scores of people all over the world. May Hashem bless you and Rabbi Arush as you continue to point people to the Truth, and encourage people to open their eyes! Most sincerely, Ilya, USA
Will Earl be an additional guest in the White House? Time will tell...
Update, 12 Noon Israel time, 31 Aug 10:
The U.S. National Hurricane Center just now warned US coastal residents from North Carolina to Maine to watch Hurricane Earl's development closely.
Here's an amazing quote: Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said, "Earl's approach ought to serve as a reminder for Atlantic coastal states to update their evacuation plans."
Look at the connections: September 2, the day of the planned DC Summit aimed at forcing Israel into evacuating large sections of our holy homeland for an illusion of peace is the same day when Earl is expected to hit the US East Coast. Coincidence? Was Katrina a coincidence too, when 850,000 Americans were evacuated from their homes the day after 8,500 Israelis lost their homes in Jewish Gaza?
Heaven forbid that a single person should lose his home. Nevertheless, we all have free choice, and we should be aware that our actions have a strong spiritual cause and effect.
people are equally scared of truth as they are of terror...
It's amazing the way The Almighty maintains a perfect balance of good and evil in the world, in order to allow each of us free choice. As the Ramcha"l writes in the first chapter of Derech Hashem, outside the context of free choice, the notion of reward and punishment is meaningless.
Two men of Yemenite origin cause the entire world to tremble at about 9.3 on the seismographic fear scale. Yet, to keep the world in spiritual balance, one is the epitome of evil while the other is the symbol of righteousness. Who are they?
Excuse the juxtaposition, but the evil one is the icon of terror, Osama Bin Ladin, whose goal is to destroy the world. The other is my esteemed friend Rabbi Amnon Yitzchak, the icon of truth, who's trying to save the world from destruction.
As it turns out, people are equally scared of truth as they are of terror. Why? If you acknowledge truth, that the world is not a random happenstance creation and that there is an all-powerful spiritual force who not only created but continues to sustain each and every creation, you simply have to clean up your act in life. Millions of people are terrified at Teshuva, the idea of morally and spiritually cleaning themselves up. By the way, their evil inclinations and Bin Ladin both play for the same dark-side team. The only bigger terrorist than Bin Ladin is one's own evil inclination.
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Now, with Lazer Beams on the air every week here at Israel National Radio, you don't have to be afraid of truth any longer. Join us Tuesday evening, August 24, 2010 at 10 PM (Israel) for "A Teshuva Melody," to see how fulfilling and joyous real teshuva is. Teshuva and emuna will fill your heart with song always.
Take advantage of your commuting time, and listen to Emuna CDs on the way to work. Emuna not only strengthens your soul, but is a phenominal income enhancer.
Where you see one mouse running across the floor, rest assured that there are another 50 underneath the floor
One of the most alarming phenomena in Israel today is a lack of sensitivity to basic national values - loyalty, commitment, dedication to people and country, just to name a few. This lack of sensitivity is inversely proportionate to one's degree of connection to G-d, to the Torah, and to one's fellow Jew. You can be sure, that the real lovers of every exquisite pebble and every charming grain of sand in our cherished Holy Homeland are the ones who are strong on the triple love of Hashem, Torah, and the People of Israel.
The entire fiasco of Anat Kam raises two painful and pestering questions: How in the world does a Jewish soldier in the IDF compromise her nation's security by releasing not one - but over 2,000 - classified documents to elements both unauthorized and outside of the army? Second, what's happening to our society when so many people - with the leftist media in the forefront, applaud her actions?
Where you see one mouse running across the floor, rest assured that there are another 50 underneath the floor. Anat Kam is no sole phenomenon. Former IDF soldier Eden Abergil from Ashdod was recently caught for plastering all kinds of damaging photos - unauthorized and uncensored, showing the incarceration and detention of terrorist suspects - all over Facebook. Miss Abergil is shrugging her shoulders with no idea that she did anything wrong. Who cares if the EU and CNN have more logs in their anti-Israel bonfire? It's utterly alarming how the young lady - and many of her friends - have no idea what she did wrong.
Why blame them? I don't think either well-meaning (benefit of the doubt) young lady knows about the triple love of Hashem, Torah, and the People of Israel, which of course leads to the truest love of our holy Land of Israel. Why? They simply don't know what it means to be a Jew - loyal to Hashem, loyal to Torah, and loyal to our people. Like the triple love, the triple loyalty leads to true loyalty to our beloved holy Homeland, may The Almighty guard over her always, amen.
Yet, I'm an optimist. Emuna is spreading like wildfire. Folks are learning that there's no future for our people without it. More and more people are reading, talking, and raising their children in Emuna and returning to their roots. Children with emuna will never betray their G-d, their Torah, or their people in a trillion years. Emuna will replace the warped education that produces the self-deprecating individuals who have no qualms about selling their people and their country down the river. Emuna now, amen.
our future is where our past is...
The world around us is nothing other than one big allegory. Rebbe Nachman of Breslev says that the intrinsic wisdom within each creation teaches us something about Hashem and brings us closer to Hashem.
There's a lot to learn from every person and every thing. A thief has a master key (in Hebrew, mafteach ganavim) that opens up all doors.
We too have a master concept that opens up all the locked doors that incarcerate our souls (and bodies!); that's the only word we need to know to succeed in life.
We'll learn that word on our upcoming show (Tuesday, August 17th, 10 PM Israel) right here at Arutz 7 INR. For a smile on your face and an hour of vitamins for the soul, join us!
Meanwhile, let's never forget that our future is where our past is. Have a great week!
Lazer Brody in the fortress of ancient Ashdod. Our future is where our past is...
Dear Rabbi Lazer,
As a new baal teshuva, I really appreciate your post from last Thursday, First Steps to Teshuva - it's ideal for a newcomer like me to observant Judaism. My question is about point #2, where you say, "Find a rabbi you like and trust, and appoint him to be your family spiritual guide. This will save you untold headaches in life." To be honest, I'm a university graduate with an MBA, and I don't particularly relish the idea of a rabbi telling me what to do. Can't I succeed on my own via your suggested reading list? Best wishes, Arthur from USA
I'm sure that you're an extremely bright and qualified individual. Your MBA is impressive, but the fact that you have the intellectual capacity to decide that Teshuva is the right path in life is what really impresses me.
This world is like a spiritual desert - if you know where to look, you can find the oases of the soul; if not, then you're in danger. The media and peer pressure, like snakes in the desert, divert naive people from the true oasis (Torah), and send them on a path of cheap thrills, substance usage, and conformism. None of the latter will get you safely through the desert. You need an experienced guide.
Look at the above photo: You're smack in the middle of the desert - one path will take you to Ashkelon, and the other to Beer Sheva. Which do you take? If you don't know your current position, then not even a map or a compass will help you. Despite your best intentions, you could die of thirst, G-d forbid. A local guide knows his way around. In like manner, an experienced rabbi can help you arrive safely at your destination of spiritual fulfillment and happiness - without him, you could suffer spiritual vertigo. All the books in the world won't help you unless you have a guide to help you.
Meanwhile, beware of snakes crossing your path - don't let them divert you. Warmest regards, Lazer Brody
A snake and a roadrunner cross paths in the Great Dunes south of Ashdod. Beware of snakes crossing your spiritual path.