Monday, September 30, 2013

What's Right About People


Unlike most forms of psychotherapy that focus on what's wrong about people, faith-based emuna therapy and coaching focuses on what's right about people. We look for a person's strengths and help him or her to build on what they are already doing that works rather than on trying to "fix" what isn't working so well in a person. It's not that we deny that a person has limitations and that there are problems that he or she must tackle and overcome, it's just that building on one's strengths in the best strategy to defeat problems. We teach people that they are not their problems. They are their strengths. This is what gives people the motivation, hope and energy to grow.

G-d gave all of us strengths and limitations. Why do we choose to focus on a person's strengths? The reason is because the research and the Torah both agree that you will be more successful at maximizing your potential and reaching your desired life goals by focusing on your strengths than on your weaknesses. 

You actually have two types of strengths: those that you already realize that you have, and those unrealized strengths that with a bit of coaching, you'll be able to discover and utilize. Often times, it's your as yet unrealized strengths that have an even greater potential to catapult you forward in your growth and development than your already realized strengths do. 

Have a great day!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Truth


This Shabbos we started anew reading the Torah from the beginning. We are making a fresh start not only in reviewing the Torah that we previously learned (or are learning for the first time) but we have a wonderful opportunity to start applying the wisdom of the Torah's teachings to our lives in new practical ways. 

For example, the first three words of the Torah are "Bereshis Barah Elokim..." which means "in the beginning G-d created..." In Hebrew the last three letters of these words can be arranged to spell the word "Truth."

This means that G-d, who is the Absolute Truth, inscribed His truth onto every single aspect of creation from a tiny leaf to the celestial bodies. As it says, "The stamp and seal of the Holy One is Truth."  

Because Hebrew is a holy language, there is Divine significance in the spelling of every word. Isn't it fascinating that the three letters that spell truth in Hebrew: aleph, mem and tuf are precisely the first, middle and last letters in the Hebrew "alphabet?" This shows that the one true G-d can be found in the beginning, middle and end of everything in the world!

Every moment of your life has its truth which needs to be found and when you find it you have found G-d because G-d is the only Truth. You can always stay connected to G-d if you remember that in every single situation, conversation, event, success or even apparent "failure," there is some type of truth in those things that bonds you to Him. Regardless of whether its time to work or time to parent or time to pray or learn or eat or exercise or just breath - do it with authenticity. Do it with an awareness that this is truly a gift from your Father in Heaven who loves you more than any human is capable of loving you. 

Remember, if you find the Truth you have found G-d. Anytime you are truthful with yourself - even if it is about something that you want to improve in yourself - with your honestly you have bonded yourself to G-d himself and you will have His assistance in making the changes that you desire to make.

Have a great week and new year!
Dr. Zev Ballen




Friday, September 27, 2013

Change Your Luck


When I was trying to prepare this week's lesson, I got to a point where I realized that I was stuck, and that the creative juices just weren't there anymore. It has taken me years to figure out the signs that G-d sends me from my own body, but I knew that I was feeling that certain tension and tightness in my chest, that was G-d telling me, 'Zev, go and do something else for a while - anything else!' 
 
It's well known that the creative process sometimes requires breaks. Psychologists call this phenomenon, 'the inoculation period'. It could be a short rest, a day off, even five minutes in the kitchen, making a cup of tea - but it's highly productive for people who are trying to come up with inventions or trying to figure things out. So I got up and did something else. I turned off the laptop and went into another room, and while I was sitting there, trying to talk to G-d, I got another message that I should take the laptop into my daughter's room, and try to work from there. She wasn't home at the time, but I have so many pleasant experiences of talking to my daughter in her room, or saying the bedtime Shema prayer with her, for example, that I get a lift just from being there. The message was right - within a few minutes of relocating to there, I got the creative boost I needed to resume my work.
 
Change place, change luck
 
Our Sages teach us: 'change your place, and you'll change your luck.' Sometimes, we have to change our posture, or physical 'place' - that's enough to get us unstuck and out of our unproductive state of mind. Again, these don't always have to be dramatic changes. Sometimes, it's enough just to move 10 inches back from the computer screen. Other times, we need more, like a drive in the woods, or a walk along a deserted path. Sometimes, or bodies can stay exactly where they are, and we just need to make a mental change, and send our thoughts to a different place, even to the other end of the world. All I need to do is close my eyes and bam! I can go anywhere in the whole universe - and so can you. All of a sudden, our creative juices are flowing again, and we're raring to get on with whatever project or thought or idea we were in the middle of.
 
Our souls transcend time and space; they aren't limited in the same way that our bodies and our intellects are. Each soul is a tiny microchip of G-d, and they are the creative source of all art, literature, music, scientific discovery or religious thought - it all comes down to us through that little, creative dot of Hashem, called the neshama. The Rishonim, who were a group of early commentators on the Talmud, wrote that a person's thoughts are more powerful than physicality. One of our early sages, Rabbenu Nissim (the RAN), says that if you can think of yourself in a certain place, then that's where you'll really be.
 
Coping with difficult situations
 
Going beyond our physical limitations in this way is a crucial component of kick-starting the creative process, and coming up with new ideas. But it's not just a strategy for Nobel prize winner- wannabes. It can also help each and every one of us to cope with the difficult or stressful situations that are part and parcel of everyone's life. For one person, it could help them to ace the important job interview that they have scheduled tomorrow; for someone else, it's going to help them deal with their fear of public speaking; yet another person could use...Continue here...


Have a safe and happy winter,
Dr. Zev Ballen

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Expect to be Liked


Research has shown that people who expect to be liked by others are received with greater warmth and acceptance that those who anticipate rejection. The reason is fairly intuitive. If I believe that you will accept me, I'm going to treat you with more warmth and as a result you'll like me more. When we anticipate rejection we then act less friendly towards others and consequently they don't like us as much.

From a spiritual perspective, the person who demonstrates his emuna, his faith in G-d, by expecting and anticipating acceptance and good will from others is rewarded from Above with more social success. The researchers coined a quasi mystical term to explain their finding. They call it "acceptance prophecy." That sounds nice. But you really don't have to be a prophet to make friends, you just need to believe in G-d and He'll send you the nice kind people that you believe He wants to send you.

Now take a moment and ponder this: Okay, science has shown that social optimism works (with people!) So if people, with all their flaws, reciprocate warmth when you expect them to do so, how much more will G-d, in His perfection desire to reciprocate warmth, and love, and health and livelihood, and well-behaved kids, and wisdom -  if you just believe in Him?!

With blessings for a wonderful new year!
Dr. Zev Ballen





















































Dr. Zev Ballen

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Think Good and it will be Good

 On this day we can still positively

Tomorrow is the last day of Succos - Hoshana Raba.  On this day we can still positively influence our "verdict" for the year. The best way to win this fight is with simple humility and commitment to be upright individuals who will be loyal to the values that G-d wants us to live by.

With all my blessings,
Dr. Zev Ballen

































































































































































Dr. Zev Ballen

ay to win this fight is with simple humility and commitment to be upright individuals who will be loyal to the values that G-d wants us to live by.  - See more at: http://www.zevballen.com/emuna-therapy/succos/#sthash.tyYvpnz6.dpuf

Monday, September 23, 2013

Transforming "Lows" into Highs

During the Simchas Beis Hashoeva, water-drawing ceremony that took place during the time of our Holy Temple. The greatest sages of Israel would come out and juggle torches. Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel would expertly juggle 8 torches at the same same.

Did you ever wonder why they couldn't have simply hired a regular guy who juggled for a living to perform these feats? Why did the greatest sages and leaders of Israel have to be the ones who performed? This was not the way of other nations. Usually a King would not "lower" his honor to entertain his own subjects. On the contrary, it was the common folk who would come forth to entertain the King while he sat comfortably on his throne.

The answer is at least twofold. First, the feats that were accomplished with the flaming torches were beyond the capacity of the regular person. They required the "performer" to possess miraculous spiritual powers. And second, because our greatest holiest and most learned sages of the Torah were the role models for the people, Hashem had another reason in mind for them to do the juggling. 

When one juggles the torch goes up, comes down,  is caught and then thrown back up again. This was a metaphor for the nature of life which has it's inevitable ups and down, highs and lows. What the sages were teaching was that one cannot deny that life will have lows as well as highs and that we need the skills to not get discouraged by our setbacks and "falls" in life. The ceremony teaches us that we must maintain our hope and joy that we too can turn the "downs" into new elevation, growth and progress.

We should look upon our difficulties as opportunities to start again but this time with more experience, wisdom and motivation to reach for even greater heights than before.

May you and your loved ones experience the joy that only these days can bring!

Dr. Zev Ballen

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Chasing after G-d



If we fill our minds with Torah and with devotion to G-d; and we try to program our minds with positive thoughts; and we purify our minds as much as possible by being as careful as we can be about what we see, hear and say, then our knowledge of G-d will increasingly start to filter down into our hearts, and will increasingly purify our emotions and actions, as well. 
 
Increasingly, we'll want to do more good deeds and to follow His commandments, and doing good deeds for other people, in particular, is the main source of a person's strength. As the level of our knowledge of G-d increases, then one good deed that we'll certainly want to do more of is to chase after people and tell them about G-d. It's so beautiful to see G-d in everything; it's so compelling and inspiring, that we'll want everyone to have that gift. We'll want everyone to live their lives devoted to G-d, and to be speaking to Him on a regular basis. As we get to know G-d more, we'll want to chase after others and share with them that this world is a world of illusions, but that we can still all find the truth. 
 
This is such a fundamental lesson, it bears repeating: the more careful we are about what we look at, and what we listen to and what we say, the more our hearts will be purified, the more we'll be able to perceive G-d in every area of our lives, and the more we'll want to do good deeds. And in particular, we'll want to do the good deed of turning other people on to the possibility of developing their own, much deeper, relationship with the Al-mighty.
 
There's another, additional benefit that comes from sharing our deeper perceptions of G-d, namely that when we speak to other people about emuna, it completes our own knowledge even more. That's one of the reasons why tzaddikim like Rabbi Arush and Rabbi Brody are chasing after people with books and CDs. These type of people are not worried about money, health, life insurance, kids, or anything. Again, a defining characteristic of tzadikim is that they feel they have no lack in life. These people are with G-d; they know they can pray and get whatever they need, and they are also praying night and day for the needs of the whole world, too. Rabbi Arush and Rabbi Brody are not purposefully sharing their understanding of G-d with us in order to achieve even greater closeness with G-d but that is probably the greatest side benefit that accrues to anyone who puts others before themselves. They achieve very high levels of perfection in their service of G-d.
 
The same is true of the whole Breslev.co.il team, each of whom is a peak performer in their own right. These people are the cream of the crop, and they are the best there is at what they do, but instead of making million-dollar deals, or pulling off the sale of the century, or running billion-dollar companies, now they have joined forces to spread emuna. In the process, they are increasing their knowledge of G-d, and reaching more exalted levels of serving and perceiving G-d. Continue here...


With blessings,
Dr. Zev Ballen

Friday, September 20, 2013

The Place to Learn about Your Connection with God

If you have been inspired by the books of Rabbi Shalom Arush why not consider coming to learn at his Yeshiva? Yeshiva Chut Shel Chessed has a fabulous program especially designed for English speakers. The housing is affordable. Meal plans are available. You can build your own schedule based on your needs. It's conveniently located near the old city of Jerusalem near public transportation. But most importantly the environment is warm and friendly and open to all backgrounds. It's the place to learn about your connection with G-d.



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With blessings,
Dr. Zev Ballen



Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Meditation that's Correct



A law of the Sukkah is that it must appear to be a temporary dwelling and not a permanent one. And regarding this, our Rabbi's determined that a skyscraper-like Sukkah (over 40 feet) would seem to be a rather permanent building. There are many explanations that our Rabbi's give for the need for a Sukkah to be a temporary dwelling but the most meaningful explanation that I found for myself is in the writings of Rabbi Nossan of Breslev (see citation below).  

Rabbi Nossan says that a "temporary" dwelling means that we should never think that the level of emotional and spiritual development that we have now is sufficient even if we are on a very advanced level. We should be happy with our present level but still considerate it "temporary" because there are infinite levels that we can achieve and our job to strive to go as high as we can. 

Yet there is a right way of striving and a wrong way of striving. The wrong way of striving is to set our sights beyond the next level of wisdom that we can safely internalize.  How do you know how much new wisdom you can safely add to your present level of understanding? The Torah say "until 40 feet" but no higher for now. That is, keep looking up but if you strive to go too far it will be too much for you and you will lose more than you will gain. We must always look a little bit higher than where we are. The Sukkah can give us the incentive to do that. 

We must always look beyond our present level of  understanding and perceptiveness of G-d and strive for higher and higher levels of understanding, but the Torah warns us to do this incrementally. By reaching too high too quickly even for good holy things before we are ready to handle them can be down right dangerous.

Meditation

1. Sit quietly in your Sukkah and look up at the roof.
2. Contemplate that there are two levels of intelligence -  one that you currently possess and one that is just beyond you which is possible for you to acquire right now.
3. Breath slowly and deeply.
4. Remind yourself that absolutely everything comes from G-d and that he wants to reveal more of your transcendent soul to you now.
5. Gently imagine the space between yourself and the roof of your Sukkah as the new potential wisdom that you are ready to receive. 
6. Imagine that you are breathing in your next higher level of understanding and perceptiveness of who you are and what you are meant to accomplish with each breath.
7. As you exhale you are releasing yourself from your previous level of self-knowledge and moving up to the next level.
8. Continue this way for a few more minutes.
9. You will experience a joy that comes from knowing with increasing certainly that your essence is your soul and nothing else. 

Have a happy holiday!

Dr. Zev Ballen

See: Likutey Halachos. Orech Chaim. Third part. The laws of Succos. Law 1. Paragraph 2. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Achieve Massive Growth

The Vizhnitz Sukka in Bnei Brak, Israel, October 2012

Now that we have been cleansed and purified from all our wrong-doings on Yom Kippur, we are joyously preparing to enter into the sukkah. The sukkah is a unique environment for protection and spiritual growth. The pure "space" within the four walls of the sukkah is in the same category as the clouds of Glory that enveloped and permeated the Jews in the wilderness.  

The sukkah has the power to impart to a person an aspect of das gadol (great understanding and perceptiveness of G-dliness) and even ruach hakodesh (the spirit of prophesy). 

There are two levels of intelligence that a person's soul has - there is level which the person already has in his head, this current level of understand which he has internalized is called his penimi (it's already inside him) and there is something called makif that is the intelligence and wisdom that the person almost has, but it is presently just beyond him; it's close to him and surrounding him but he does not possess it yet.

Your soul has infinite levels of understanding of G-d and life but your makif is the next level that you can soon acquire. Our job is to strive to continually convert makifim to penimium and then to get new makifim. As the person learns new and better ways of living in relation to G-d and man he  internalizes the new understandings, everything moves up another level and he is given new makifim.

The sukkah is a makif that covers and encircles us. But only a person who is working to purify himself or herself can benefit from the sukkah's incredible power to elevate us to higher and higher levels. 

The way that a person can prepare himself to "dwell" in the sukkah is by purifying what are called the seven "candles" or menorah which refer to the seven openings to a person's brain. They are: the mouth which is the top candle, the two nostrils and the two ears. We all have this built in menorah in our head which is an aspect of the menorah that was in the holy temple. These 7 candles are referred to as the Light of the Face. Hashem shines His Light and illuminates a person's soul through these 7 openings to the brain and the soul.

This is why one of the most basic laws of the Sukkah is that the minimum area for a kosher sukkah is 7 by 7 handbreadths. This shows us that the minimal spiritual level that one must have in order to benefit from the sukkah is that he is working on purifying his these seven apertures to his soul. This means being careful about what he sees, hears and listens to, his speech, what he eats etc.

The walls of the sukkah are the boundaries that we must live within.  When the Torah requires us to "live" within the sukkah it means minimally to bring our dishes, food, drinks and bed into the sukkah. But even more so we must bring all of our personality characteristics -  in fact as much of our lives as possible into the sukkah. Certainly the main part of a person: his eyes, ears, mouth, and nose must be schlepped (dragged) within the boundaries of holiness and not be allowed to go out from the boundaries of holiness.

A person has 248 organs and they are all being controlled by these seven variables. A secular psychologist however brilliant he may be does not understand that a person's entire psychological functioning, his self esteem, his level of happiness, the quality of his memory, the quality of his interpersonal relations, his personality characteristics, levels of fear, anger, confusion, sadness and disappointment, his income and his very health - in effect the total sum of his psychological, mental, emotional and physical functioning follows the lead of these seven openings of the head that are the direct gateways to the soul. 

Another reason that the Gemora says that the sukkah must be a minimum of 7 by 7 handbreadths is because that is the minimum size that is necessary for  a person to fit his "head and the majority of his body and a [little] table" in there. Again these 7 openings are in the "head" which is considered the "majority" of the body.

Of course a sukkah can also be hundreds of times larger than this minimal size. You can make your sukkah a kilometer by a kilometer if you want. In fact the larger a sukkah is the more potential it has to hold holiness. The larger the sukka the more of yourself you can bring into it.

May we all merit to bring all of our earthly pleasures within the pure and holy parameters of the sukkah and have a wonderful and amazing new year!

Dr. Zev Ballen

Adapted from a lecture  by Rabbi Nosan Maimon: Likutey Halachos. Orech Chaim. Part 3. The Laws of Succos. Law 1. Paragraph 1.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Best Day Every Day

This video shows you how to have the best day of your life every day. It is also arguably the "best" video I've had the privilege of making so far. In any case, it's a great preparation for Succos. I hope you enjoy it!




 Blessings for an amazing new year!

Dr. Zev Ballen


Friday, September 13, 2013

Forgive! Forgive!



What greater revelation of Hashem's love for us can there be than His willingness to FORGIVE  us for all of our wrongdoings on Yom Kippur! This is why the Talmud in tractate Tinnus calls Yom Kippur the best day of the year. 

Now is a good time to think about how much we really owe to Hashem. Our debt to Him is far from small. Nevertheless, in His infinite mercy and kindness He will wipe our slate clean if we only regret our misdeeds and show a willingness to improve. Although the main theme of the day is to confess and beseech Hashem for forgiveness, remember to first review your points of goodness and your accomplishments, as you would on any day, so as to go into the confession phase feeling positive and optimistic about the outcome. There is no greater act of self-love that you can perform than to honestly admit to and show regret for all of your mistakes. If you cannot remember everything just admit to G-d that you are guilty for everything that you did wrong and He will surely forgive you. The moment that the weight of your wrongs has been lifted, you will feel a freedom and joy that only comes with a true yearning and commitment to do His will in the future.

We will be wearing white clothing and a white yarmulke to demonstrate our trust that Hashem will see our true regret and purify us for another healthy and prosperous new year.

It is customary to visit the grave-sites of tzaddikim on the day before Yom Kippur, to give as much charity as possible and to re-emerge into the mikvah after chatzos (mid-day). In many synagogues there is more than one time posted to pray the afternoon mincha service. The later time is preferable and the meal should follow after praying mincha.

It is essential that we try not to miss our regular personal prayer session today even though we are so busy with other good deeds.  G-d willing I plan to combine my personal prayer with a visit to a tzaddick's grave.

May you and your loved ones be sealed into the Good Book of the Righteous for happy and healthy new year!

Dr. Zev Ballen

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Stop Anxiety and Depression


Shortly after Succos we will be learning about Noah and the ark the G-d commanded him to build in order to save souls that were worthy during the time of the flood.

I 'm bringing the subject up now, even before Yom Kippur because the ark, or Teiva in Hebrew has the power to serve as a blessed refuge for us at any time that we think about it. Just as we learned that when we live in the "palace of the King" we are insulated from psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression and rage, so too do these diagnostic categories disappear when we remain safely and securely within our Teiva.

Here's how:

Rebbe Nachman says that the word Teiva not only means "ark" but it also means "word." So when we connect ourselves to the words of Torah learning, psalms, personal prayer and other holy books we build our own Teiva which protects us from the harsh elements of this world and keeps us powerfully bonded to G-d. We should never underestimate the power of the Hebrew letters or words spoken to G-d in any language to bond us to G-d, the Torah and the Jewish people for each letter is a soul and it is says in the Zohar that the Torah, the Jewish people and G-d are one.

May you and your loved ones be sealed into the good Book of Life for the new year!

Dr. Zev Ballen

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Today's Live Broadcast: Yom Kippur - The Year's Best Day!


Why do people dread Yom Kippur when the Gemora says that Yom Kippur is the best day of the year for the Jewish people? This is the subject of today's live broadcast.

G-d Willing we'll be broadcasting today's lesson live from the Chut Shel Chesed 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: 9:45 AM in NY; 6:45 AM in LA and the West Coast, 7:45 AM Denver, 9:45 AM Mexico and Central Daylight; 2:45 PM in the UK, 4:45 PM Johannesburg and Capetown, 4:45 PM Israel. G-d willing, we'll post a link to the lesson 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. Enjoy the broadcast!

With blessings for a G'mar Chasima Tova; may you and your loved ones be sealed into the good Book of Life for the new year!


Dr. Zev Ballen

The Palace of the King



One of the most common problems that people deal with is how to control their thoughts. People have been asking me for years: "How can I slow my thoughts down?" How can I think more positively?" How can I stay more focused and make better decisions?" "How can I stay more present focused?" "How can I stop myself from worrying about the future or from beating myself up for something that I did in the past?" 
 
I was caught off guard, when as a young psychotherapist, people from all walks of life assumed that I knew a way to help them to control their runaway brains. It was then that I realized how much  power and omnipotence people were ascribing to me just because I was licensed to practice psychotherapy. What made them think that a 24 year old psychotherapist right out of school knew how to program his own brain to think positively no less to teach others to do the same? 
 
In an effort to bring myself up to speed I spent hours in the library searching the psychological literature and reading as much as I could about how to condition myself to think more positively and optimistically. Using what I learned, I set out to practice on myself. I made many attempts to improve the efficiency of my thought processes and reasoning ability but the results were always the same. With whatever method I would use, I would make some initial progress but I couldn't sustain it over time. The results were discouraging to say the least. I wasn't meeting any colleagues or supervisors who were able to consistently  think in a positive way either.
 
It took me years to finally admit to myself that despite the thousands of published scientific studies on this  subject, it appeared that nobody in the secular world knew how to feel consistently secure and positively oriented. 
 
What did we have in our lives that we could  feel so positive about anyway? How could people who don't belief that life has a purpose and continues beyond the grave be consistently confident, happy and positive about the future? How can those who don't believe that G-d lovingly overlooks every detail of their lives have the security and calm that is born of knowing with steadfast conviction where one is headed in life? How could someone without faith possibly have a positive orientation to the future? 
 
The truth was that we were just groping in the dark and bluffing ourselves and our clients. We were just putting up a front that we had the answers and that everything would be great.
 
As time went on, I discovered that those who trusted that G-d is taking care of every aspect of their lives and believed that He would provide them with whatever they needed, did actually have the means to think positively and optimistically all of the time. I learned from Rabbi Arush and Rabbi Brody that the key to perfecting our ability to think strong, positive, constructive, optimistic and confident thoughts was to enter a state of spiritual awareness. I saw that people of faith didn't need to strain themselves to be positive; they were automatically more present focused, positive and able to make better decisions because they were living in a state of spiritual awareness. Those who were living without spiritual awareness had to keep psyching themselves up to think positively but would keep falling because they had no solid ground to stand upon.
 
I have found that the following verse from Psalm 27 can powerfully help a person to enter and remain in a state of heightened spiritual awareness for long periods of time and therefore enjoy the mental calm and composure that comes with it: 
 
The verse reads: "Would that I dwell in the House of G-d all the days of my life to behold the delight of G-d and to contemplate in His Sanctuary." 


Continue here to see a meditation that I created on this verse that can give you immediate and lasting relief from whatever is bothering you.

Also featured this week:

By Rivka Levy - The Early-Warning System

By Racheli Reckles - The Happy Ending

By Rick Eskenazi - Star Wars

By Rabbi Lazer Brody - A Teshuva Melody

By Dr. Zev Ballen - Changing Your Luck

By Rabbi Shalom Arush - Suicidal Children

By Rabbi Dovid Nissan Kivak - The Power of Tikkun Chazot

By Rabbi Shalom Arush - Yom Kippur: Fear or Joy?

By Rabbi Lazer Brody - Queen of the Class

By Rabbi Pinchas Winston - Geula and 20% Zot Habracha


With blessings for a Gmar Tov (a good sealing into the book of life on Yom Kippur)

Dr. Zev Ballen
 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Forgiveness


On Yom Kippur we appeal to G-d to "forgive!" This cry of "Forgive!" opens up the gate [and there is a downpour] of the holiness of Chanukah, with its theme of the consecration of the Holy Temple - but it is only possible to do this when our sins are forgiven as they are on Yom Kippur. Nowhere is G-d's love for Israel more clearly revealed than in the forgiveness of sin.

~ Rabbi Nachman of Breslev



May you and your loved ones be sealed into the good book of life for the new year!
Dr. Zev Ballen

From: Advice by Rabbi Nathan of Breslev. Translated by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum. Published by the Breslov Research Institute. p. 184.