Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Modeling Belief Strategies




Let's say you admire a person's emuna, their rock-solid faith in G-d - especially during difficult times. By interviewing that person and asking the right questions you can determine their strategy for maintaining their high level of faith in G-d. Then you can just start doing it yourself and getting the same results. 

For example:

"Sam this may sound like a strange question but what is it that you BELIEVE that makes you a person of such strong faith?" Now if Sam is humble and he probably is if you admire his faith he may say something like "Well, I don't know, I guess I'm just lucky." If this is his response you'll have to probe further. Ask "Well, Sam if you did know what you believe that makes you a person of faith what might it be?" The question if you did know allows him to go beyond his conscious awareness and bring up beliefs that he truly has, but is not currently conscious of. You might even have to ask the question once or twice more if he continues to say "I don't know." But with persistence and curiosity added to the compliment that you are giving him about admiring his strong faith he will eventually come out with a belief like "Well I guess every time that I look at my Rabbi or hear his voice I think to myself 'What a great person he is; every aspect of my life has changed due to his positive influence. I'd do anything to be like him." Now you've got Sam's "strategy" which you can use on yourself.

Blessings for a great day1
Dr. Zev Ballen

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Grand Perfidy


Marvin was a trusted servant to the Grand Rabbi. He served as the manager of the Grand Rabbi's house and as the de facto mayor of the town that was established by the Grand Rabbi. No one other than the Rabbi's followers were permitted to live in his municipality. Marvin managed hundreds of servants, employees, and volunteers - all who served the Grand Rabbi. The Grand Rabbi even had his own housing department and security force which were under Marvin's control.
 
On Passover, Marvin supervised the koshering (ritual cleansing) of the Grand Rabbi's immense kitchen which serves thousands of guests every year from all over the world. The changing over of the kitchen to meet the requirements of the Passover holiday was done in accordance with the strictest interpretation of Jewish Law. On the holiday of Succos, Marvin supervised the building of the immense sukkah (tent) in which the Grand Rabbi observed the holiday and entertained his guests. On Shavuos, Marvin beautified the immense synagogue with plants and flowers in honor of the Jews having received the Torah on Mount Sinai.
 
After 25 years of service, Marvin had become a rather iconic figure in the community. On all public occasions throughout the year Marvin could be seen by the Grand Rabbi's side or riding nearby in his own official vehicle. Marvin loved the limelight and being close to the Grand Rabbi who became like a father to him. Marvin practically glittered whenever he was publicly together with the Grand Rabbi. 
 
Alas all that glitters is not gold. 
 
There was shadowy tormented side to Marvin's personality that began to emerge. At times he would act with great kindness and generosity to others and at other times he acted with heartless cruelty and violence -  he began to prey on innocent  teenage boys whose parents trusted Marvin and sent their boys to help Marvin with his work. Marvin would trick them and bribe them and sadistically threaten and spank them in order to force them into committing the most horrendous and degrading acts just to satisfy his physical lusts. Marvin's sickness became an all-consuming fire that literally destroyed hundreds of children's lives as it swept across that little town.
 
Marvin's position in town provided him with access to a continuous "work force" of many young men as well as the keys to plenty of trailers and office buildings where he trapped and killed the souls of his prey. It was in one particular trailer that Marvin methodically murdered the souls of countless teenage boys. These were boys who were raised in great holiness and purity - boys who implicitly trusted Marvin and viewed him as a Rabbi himself! Parents and teachers watched as boys who had been filled with a passion for living and learning Torah were turned into walking corpses before their very eyes. 
 
At first, the Grand Rabbi seemed to be in denial. Why was Marvin permitted to continue in his post? Why had no action been taken to stop him? What was the Grand Rabbi thinking about his "trusted" servant now? Marvin was like a son to the Grand Rabbi. When he found out what Marvin had done he yelled at him and ordered him to attend an additional Torah lecture every week. When he saw that these measures did nothing to stop Marvin, he ordered that Marvin receive counseling. When he saw that counseling did nothing to stop Marvin, he sent Marvin to a doctor who put him on medicine. The medicine (a form of chemical castration) did stop Marvin - but only as long as he took it. 
 
After stopping the medication, the servant of the Grand Rabbi was allowed to renew his trail of destruction. He was not reported to the authorities. He was not remanded to a secure residential treatment center for sexual offenders. As long as he had access to his victims he just kept going. 
 
Eventually the Grand Rabbi had no choice...Continue right here...


More great reading!

By Rabbi Shalom Arush - We Have The Power

By Rabbi Lazer Brody - Bright White Teeth

By Racheli Reckles - Kids Want Games

By Rivka Levy - Our World of Imperfection

Blessings for an outstanding day!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Your Identity

What is your identity? Where did it come from? Did you choose it, or did it result for forces outside of your control? do you believe that we can expand or even change our identities? In this video you'll find answers to these questions and more. 



Have a great week!
Dr. Zev Ballen


Friday, December 27, 2013

Negative Self-Talk


Negative Self-Talk is associated with anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, procrastination, anger and the list goes on. Here are a few very simple emuna coaching techniques that work really well with alot of people.




Blessings for a delightful Shabbos,
Dr. Zev Ballen



























































Dr. Zev Ballen

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The "Invisible" Woman


Rachel is a widow with grown-up children. She has been divorced for 15 years. Although she has wanted to re-marry she has not been able to. When she called me she was clearly in a major depression. She had not been having any pleasure from her life for many years. Over time, she had became progressively more socially isolated and fearful to venture out of her house. She had stopped driving completely.
 
During her years of widowhood, Rachel became progressively more insecure about her identity as well. Previously as a married woman she lived through her husband. For years she denied her own feelings and lost touch with what she thought or believed. Rachel is very bright yet she never disagreed with her husband because she wasn't aware that she had an opinion of her own.
 
Rachel married a super religious man because that was what she felt her father expected. So she married a man who gave her no love or support from the beginning of their marriage. He never considered Rachel's feelings or preferences. He was busy all the time with learning and religious activity but there was no love or connectedness in their relationship. She felt like the "invisible" woman.  She learned to "accept" that G-d's will was for her to clean this man's house, wash his clothes and raise his children. She sent her children to a school that would not allow them to visit Israel even though she didn't feel this was right. Ultimately, her son was expelled from this school without any warning or attempt to deal with the concerns that they had about him. According to Rachel, her son hadn't done anything at all to warrant being tossed out of yeshiva. This had a terrible effect on the boy's self-esteem and he subsequently gave up his religious lifestyle. He changed his dress to a more modern garb, married a secular woman and raised a family that is completely secular. Of course Rachel still loves her son but she doesn't speak about what happened her anguish is too great. 
 
Rachel had been to numerous psychotherapists during this time but none of them helped her. She just continued to sink deeper into despair and became more alienated from herself. Most of the therapists although they were religious, encouraged her to talk about her past in order to understand it better. But revisiting the pain on a regular basis, even in the presence of an empathic listener, only intensified it.  Her search for spiritual advice also hadn't yielded the results that she had hoped for. Continue right here...


More great reading!

By Rabbi Lazer Brody - The Optimistic Attitude

By Rivka Levy - Is There Time?

By Rabbi Nissan Dovid Kivak - A Tough Task That's Easy

By Racheli Reckles - Beyond Our Desires

Have a great day!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Today's Live Broadcast: What's Your Identity?


In today's lesson, I'll discuss questions such as: Did you consciously choose your identity, or is it the result of what other people have told you, significant events in your life, and other factors that occurred without your awareness or approval? What consistent behaviors have you adopted that now help to form the basis of your identity? Do you believe that you can expand your identity?

G-d Willing we'll be broadcasting today's lesson live from the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva in Jerusalem at 5:00 PM Israel time. The broadcast, as well as my lessons posted 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 as follows: 10:00 AM in NY; 7:00 AM in LA and the West Coast, 8:00 AM Denver, 9:00 AM Mexico and Central Daylight; 3:00 PM in the UK, 5PM Johannesburg and Capetown.

G-d willing, we'll post a link to the broadcast for all those who couldn't see it live by 12:01 AM  Sunday (Israel time). If you can't see the broadcast, you might need to download a new version of Flash Media player, which you can do here. If you have any questions or comments regarding today's lesson, please write to me at: zevballen@yahoo.com. 


With blessings,
Dr. Zev Ballen


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Luncheon


You are invited to a luncheon at New York’s famous Tavern on the Green.  The celebrity guest list includes: Thomas Jefferson, George Carlin, (comic), a new immigrant to Israel (oleh), Uncle Sam, Dr. Sigmund Freud, economist Victor Lebow, and Rabbi Nachman of Breslev.  They are discussing a subject that everybody is interested in – the nature of happiness and how to attain it.
 
Jefferson:  Gentleman the founding fathers of this great nation have stated in the constitution of the United States, that “…we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights…” which include among other things “the right to pursue happiness”.
 
Rebbe Nachman: Excuse me sir, I’m sorry to interrupt, but our Holy Torah tells us that one who pursueshappiness will never find it. Only those who appreciate what they presently have can be happy. The dream of trying to find the good life, will never work because people won’t appreciate what they have now.  There will be tragic consequences of founding your nation on such a mistaken idea.
 
Oleh: I agree with that. I spent my whole life pursuing the American Dream, but at the time, I didn’t think it was a dream - I thought it was a promise. As long as I worked hard, I was sure that prosperity, success and honor would be mine.
 
George Carlin:  (laughing) Hey dude - do you know why they call it the American Dream?  Because you have to be asleep to believe it! (Ha, ha, ha) 
 
Oleh:  Can somebody tell me why I believed it?
 
Rebbe Nachman:  That’s simple. Our Sages teach us that it is the nature of man to want more than he presently has. If he has 100 he wants 200. That’s why we need the Torah to temper our appetites.  We also have a tendency to overeat, over-spend and over-do a lot of things that are not healthy for us.
 
Economist: The Rabbi is correct. The American economic system seeks to exploit that weakness in man. The system is based on creating and fostering a desire to pursue goods and services in ever-greater amounts. Because consumption becomes a way of life, people consume in excess of their basic needs; and they measure their personal worth based on their ability to fight their way up the socio-economic ladder.  
 
Dr. Freud: (lighting his cigar) Of course Dr. Lebow. is correct, but don’t forget that there are major displacements going on here.
 
George Carlin: What do you mean Doc?
 
Dr. Freud:  I’ll explain.  Not long ago, before the industrial revolution, religion was the opiate of the masses, but in today’s atheistic world, the masses are seeking a displaced spiritual satisfaction through consumption.  The “neurotic” need to connect to a Deity is still with us, it’s just changed directions.
 
George Carlin: Oh c’mon doc. That’s a lot of psycho-babble. What’s wrong with a little religion?
 
Rebbe Nachman:  Actually Mr. Carlin, Dr. Freud is partially correct. Everybody is yearning to connect with something bigger and more powerful than him. And this is certainly healthy. 
 
The problem with American values is that they go against the purpose of creation; they foster selfishness and haughtiness. The Foundation of all Holiness is in humility. A person with humility says, “God, I know that I don’t deserve expensive jewelry, a luxury car and designer clothing so I’m not expecting those things; I just need you – you know what I need.
 
A person, who doesn’t expect anything, will be happy. He understands that the world is not his so he is happy with whatever he gets. But if he’s already dug his heels in and it has to be his way or the highway, then as soon as things don’t go his way (which is sure to happen) he’ll be in trouble.
 
Oleh:  That explains the relief our family has been feeling since we made Aliyah. We have let go of the need to buy and own so many things that we used to think that we needed. We’re so much happier without all of that junk.
 
Rebbe Nachman: That’s because the Gemora saysmarbin necosin, marbin dargas. The more things that you possess, the more worries you will have.
 
Uncle Sam: I’ve been listening to everything and I still don’t understand what’s so bad about owning a home and having nice things. I’m taking out my new sports car, after lunch, wanna check it out Rabbi? 
 
Rebbe Nachman: Dr. Freud could you take this one?
 
Dr.Freud: Sure Rebbe.  A home and nice things are not the problem, Sam. The problem is that you live in an upside down society where your very identity is embedded in the type of home you own and the model of car you drive.  You enjoy you sports car more because it is a status symbol than because of how it performs.  The proof of this is that you need to keep replacing you cars and other luxury items at ever-increasing rates in order to feel “satisfied”.
 
Rebbe Nachman:  Way to go Freudy, I’m really schepping nachas from you.
 
Uncle Sam: Ok but what now. If I give up my American dream what will I do? How will I live?
 
Rebbe Nachman: I’m glad you asked that Sam. We just learned about how the Jewish people constructed the Mishkan (temporary Temple) in the desert.  Included in the instructions about how to build the Mishkan were instructions on how to take it apart. The premise of the Mishkan is that even when everything is going our way, when the trumpets sound and Hashem’s clouds appear – we’ve got to drop everything and move on.
 
Whatever we’re working on at the moment must be put on hold because Hashem is sending us somewhere else to rebuild there.  The Mishkan reminds us that whatever possessions that we have in this world, will not last. At a moment’s notice we must be ready to let it all go and move on. 
 
With Emuna, my dear Sam, you will be prepared to let go of ‘consumption as a way of life’. At first, you may feel that things are coming apart, but it’ll just be a matter of time before Hashem will give you the sign and the instructions on how to start again. Continue right here...


With blessings for an extraordinary day,
Dr. Zev Ballen

Monday, December 23, 2013

The "Invisible Woman"


Rachel is a widow with grown-up children. She has been divorced for 15 years. Although she has wanted to re-marry she has not been able to. When she called me she was clearly in a major depression. She had not been having any pleasure from her life for many years. Over time, she had became progressively more socially isolated and fearful to venture out of her house. She had stopped driving completely.
 
During her years of widowhood, Rachel became progressively more insecure about her identity as well. Previously as a married woman she lived through her husband. For years she denied her own feelings and lost touch with what she thought or believed. Rachel is very bright yet she never disagreed with her husband because she wasn't aware that she had an opinion of her own.
 
Rachel married a super religious man because that was what she felt her father expected. So she married a man who gave her no love or support from the beginning of their marriage. He never considered Rachel's feelings or preferences. He was busy all the time with learning and religious activity but there was no love or connectedness in their relationship. She felt like the "invisible" woman.  She learned to "accept" that G-d's will was for her to clean this man's house, wash his clothes and raise his children. She sent her children to a school that would not allow them to visit Israel even though she didn't feel this was right. Ultimately, her son was expelled from this school without any warning or attempt to deal with the concerns that they had about him. According to Rachel, her son hadn't done anything at all to warrant being tossed out of yeshiva. This had a terrible effect on the boy's self-esteem and he subsequently gave up his religious lifestyle. He changed his dress to a more modern garb, married a secular woman and raised a family that is completely secular. Of course Rachel still loves her son but she doesn't speak about what happened her anguish is too great. 
 
Rachel had been to numerous psychotherapists during this time but none of them helped her. She just continued to sink deeper into despair and became more alienated from herself. Most of the therapists although they were religious, encouraged her to talk about her past in order to understand it better. But revisiting the pain on a regular basis, even in the presence of an empathic listener, only intensified it.  Her search for spiritual advice also hadn't yielded the results that she had hoped for. She was losing faith not only in herself but in G-d too. Rachel felt that G-d had abandoned her for some reason and didn't know how to get a connection back with Him.
 
When Rachel discovered Rabbi Shalom Arush's international bestseller the Garden of Emuna, she enjoyed it but had many questions about how she could apply it to her own life. She read other books by Rabbi Arush and slowly became intrigued by the idea of being attached to a tzaddik, a great holy Rabbi who could help her come closer to G-d. It was a foreign concept for Rachel because she had been taught that the concept of a tzaddick didn't apply in our day and age. So she wondered how a flesh and blood person could intervene in her life and bring her blessing and happiness. So she read more about the subject of connecting oneself to atzaddik on breslev.co.il and saw that Rabbi Shalom Arush said that the blessing of Rabbi Nachman of Breslev was on the emuna coaching programs that were being advertized on the website.  She decided to try it and enrolled for 6 sessions.
 
In our first session Rachel said that she wanted to find a man who lived in her country and in a particular city because that was where she felt most comfortable. She said she knew this was a tall order but that at her age it would be difficult to deal with someone of a different background and who had different customs. She also wanted a man who was "into emuna" and Rabbi Shalom Arush.  Her dream marriage was to partner up with a man who she could spread emuna with in her country.
 
After our first session she was told about a man who sounded like a real possibility. He actually gave lectures on emuna. Before meeting him though, Rachel decided to listen to one of his lectures on the radio. She liked it and they arranged to meet. Continue right here...


More great reading:

By Rabbi Lazer Brody - The Optimistic Attitude

By Rabbi Shalom Arush - The Good Life

By Howard Morton  - Dear Hollywood

By Racheli Reckles - The Shopaholic

Blessings for an extraordinary day!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Rules

There's a miniature court house in our minds that constantly presides over how we feel and what we do. Our rules can be overly strict, impossible to meet and doom us to massive pain, or they can be empowering and enable us to be happy anytime.



With blessings for a great week!
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Friday, December 20, 2013

Being Thin is so Delicious

When we overeat what we're really seeking is an experience - some type of feeling that we believe will satisfy an emotional need that we have. This less than 2-minute clip demonstrates how you can quickly re-condition yourself and feel emotionally fulfilled without overeating. 





With blessings for a wonderful Shabbos,
Dr. Zev Ballen
















































Dr. Zev Ballen

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hooked on Lust



Devori, age 17, is severely addicted to internet pornography. Like 34% of kids her age she got hooked the very first time. It happened when she found her mother's Iphone and was instantly hit by a tsunami of overwhelmingly stimulating images and sounds that took over her life.  Her biggest challenge became how to know reality from unreality.
 
As she sank deeper into darkness and self-hatred Devori was desperate for help but was afraid to tell her parents. She didn't feel safe with either her mother or father. Both her parents yelled at her and called her names for much less than having a pornography addiction. She had no one to confide in.  
 
Devori lives in a very "religious" place where she probably would be branded as evil the second news hit the street that she had a problem like this. She feared that her parents would also have the same reaction and disown her. It could be she was right. 
 
Finally unable to contain it anymore, Devori confided in a friend. The friend shocked her by saying that she had the same problem but that someone had helped her. It was a teacher. Devori couldn't believe that she could trust any of the teachers from her school. In Devori's school kids learned the hard way not to reveal anything less than perfectly religious and well adjusted behavior. Everyone was supposed to have 100% emuna 100% of the time. It's not the type of school where kids ask questions that might be bothering them such as why G-d didn't prevent the Holocaust. 
 
Nevertheless Devori found out that this teacher was an exception. She was from "out of town" and her popularity was growing fast amongst the girls. Devori's friend shared with her that she had spoken to the teacher, Mrs. Rand, many times on the phone and saw her at her house as well. Continue right here...


Are you a bookworm? Here's more!

By Racheli Reckles - Live-in Girlfriend

By Rabbi Lazer Brody - How Much are you Worth

By Rabbi Shalom Arush - A Life for a Life

By Rivka Levy - Find Yourself a Rav

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Today's Live Broadcast: The Rules of Happiness




Many of us are afraid that if we don’t have very intense rules then we won’t be driven to succeed, we won’t be motivated to work hard and achieve. The truth is that you don’t have to have ridiculously difficult rules to keep your drive! If a person makes their rules too intense, too painful, pretty soon they’ll begin to realize that no matter what they do, they can’t win. We certainly want to use the power of goals, the allure of a compelling future, to pull ourselves forward, but we must make sure that at the bottom of it all we have rules to allow us to be happy anytime we want.

G-d Willing we'll be broadcasting today's lesson live from the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva in Jerusalem at 5:00 PM Israel time. The broadcast, as well as my lessons posted 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 as follows: 10:00 AM in NY; 7:00 AM in LA and the West Coast, 8:00 AM Denver, 9:00 AM Mexico and Central Daylight; 3:00 PM in the UK, 5PM Johannesburg and Capetown.

G-d willing, we'll post a link to the broadcast for all those who couldn't see it live by 12:01 AM  Sunday (Israel time). If you can't see the broadcast, you might need to download a new version of Flash Media player, which you can do here. If you have any questions or comments regarding today's lesson, please write to me at: zevballen@yahoo.com. 


With blessings,
Dr. Zev Ballen




Monday, December 16, 2013

Escape From The Box




In the Chut Shel Chesed Yeshiva in Jerusalem, there are so many people with amazing stories of what they were doing before they ended up in Rav Arush's yeshiva. Some of the students were five star chefs; others were world-class kick-boxers; there's professors and doctors and lawyers from top Manhattan law firms - and they gave it all up to come and study Rebbe Nachman's Torah in Israel. Why? Because something, some message, some occurrence, hit them, and they all paid attention to what G-d was trying to tell them, and they acted on it.  Amazing things happen when we have the courage to act on the Heavenly messages we get. That's not to say that we go around making hare-brained or rash decisions. The correct approach is to process the message, pray on it, decide if it's really what G-d wants from you, and then to get a blessing from a tzaddik, a pious individual, and go for it! When we deal with our messages that way, we have an amazing 'calm' energy and excitement to try something new.
 
So many of us try to work out our problems, or figure out what we need to be doing, or how we should be trying to prove ourselves, alone, without G-d's input. It could be we have 20 priorities, and we don't know what to focus on. The logical way forward would appear to be to work down the list, and see what happens. But when we put Hashem in the picture, He'll give us a clue that our real priority is number 17 - that's the realanswer to all my problems. If I relied on myself, it could take me weeks, months or years to get to number 17 - or maybe, I'd never get there. But once I've plugged into Hashem, I get a short-cut to the real solution, even if it doesn't always look like it from the outset. Hashem sees things in a completely different way, and He knows what's best for us, what's really going to 'work' in our lives, and what we're really down here to do.
 
Thinking out of the box
 
Dr. Milton Erickson had a very creative unconscious mind, and he was probably one of the top so-called secular doctors of the twenty-first century. Dr. Erickson was a psychiatrist, and he used to help people by showing them how to stretch their minds and think 'out of the box'. (If you're wondering where that saying comes from, psychologists did a number of famous experiments, where they took a person and put them in a box, and then asked them to solve some problems, and then took them out of the box, and asked them to solve problems. They found the 'guinea pigs' were much more creative and successful at problem-solving when they were 'out of the box'.)
 
We aren't in physical boxes, but a lot of us are still stuck in boxes inside our heads. Erickson would try to 'liberate' his patients from their own mental boxes by asking them silly questions. For example, he would ask his patients: "Madam, how many different ways can you think of to get from this room to that room and back again?" The lady would reply: 'I could walk there, and walk back." 
 
"Anything else?" 
 
"I could skip, there, and skip back." 
 
"Go on…"
 
"I could hop there, and hop back. Or crawl there, and then crawl back."
 
"Madam, is that the best you can come up with?
 
The lady didn't know what else to say. She'd exhausted all her possibilities, because she was stuck in her box. So Ericson told her how he would go from one room to the next, and back again. He told her that he would go in to the room, walk out the back door, jump in to his car, drive to the airport, and then get on a plane to Paris. Then, he would take a plane from there to Shanghai; and then visit Los Angeles and New York and Tel Aviv, before flying back to the airport in Phoenix Arizona, where he'd hop into a taxi, go home, go in through the front door, and then walk back into his room. And that was just for starters. 
 
Go away from your problems
 
We can solve our problems the same way. Rav Arush tells us that we can go as far away from our problems as we want. If you have a big, black problem, we don't have to jump into it and wrestle with it. Sometimes, it's a much better idea to distance ourselves from it, and let Hashem solve it - and when we do that, we'll see that He can solve it much better than we ever could. Leave your problem right here, and hop on that mental cruise to the Caribbean; or go and visit the moon; go up, far beyond space, and take a stroll in Heaven... when we travel away from our problems in our minds, we see that our problems shrink right down. Jump out of your problem, at least for a while, because when you do, you'll find that it's got much, much smaller when you return back to it.
 
This idea of jumping around, or of making mental leaps to different places and trying different things, in order to help us stay in the flow of life and to stay properly engaged, has its roots in the wanderings of the Jewish people in the desert.
 
For 40 years, the Jews had to get up many, many times to move to another camp, at the drop of a hat. 'Ok! time to pack up, and take down your tents, and load up the wagons. Let's go, G-d says it's time to move on!' Then they would get to their next destination, and strike camp, and put all the tents back up - and then sooner or later, they'd have to take it all down to move on, and repeat the whole experience somewhere else.  Sometimes they'd stay in one place for years; sometimes for months, and sometimes, it was just days. From the outside, it seemed like quite a repetitive, random experience, to keep breaking and setting up camp for no obvious reason other than it was G-d's will.  But that's the whole point. 
There are so many lessons to learn from the years that the Jews wandered in the desert...Continue reading here...

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Change Your Beliefs

What we believe about ourselves, about others, about the world and about G-d, send powerful and immediate commands to our nervous systems about what emotions we should feel. Our beliefs shape the totality of what we experience. What a person believes can make make him sick or healthy, happy or sad, productive or unproductive. The good news is that there are powerful ways of helping a person to change his/her beliefs. You will be amazed to hear how powerful the effects of beliefs are on peoples lives.



Blessings for a good week!
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