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      Rabbi Lazer Brody looks at the world through eyes of emuna.
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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.

      Elul 8, 5770, 8/18/2010

      Triple Love and Triple Loyalty



      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.