Enough of the guilt! Some things are worse than COVID-19: one of them is the terrible tendency people have to blame themselves for things that go wrong in life. But, as opposed to COVID-19, we have a fool-proof remedy for self-blame that we learn in today's podcast.
Shavua Tov! So many people nowadays feel short-tempered, or nervous, or worn out, or all three. The lurking threat of sickness and the difficult challenge of lockdown, quarantine and kids at home are eating away at their nerves. If you feel like that, don't be down on yourself, because it's natural and even mentioned in the Gemara. Hear all about it in today's encouraging podcast, which is bound to make you feel better about yourself.
To understand what's happening today in current events, and to understand yourself better in the midst of the pandemic and subsequent limitations and difficulties, let's look at three types of people who encounter an obstacle in the road. They're driving to an urgent meeting in a neighboring city and all of a sudden, they discover that a whole section of the road they're travelling on has been washed away in a rain-storm flash-flood from the previous night. How do the three different types react? Which one are you?
Why are so many good and upright people dying in the Corona pandemic? Is there anything one can do to protect himself from severe judgments? How could a person be his own worst enemy? Today's podcast could potentially save people from making disastrous mistakes.
There's a classic historical pattern whenever Antisemitism exploded in full force; it was always preceded by plague, unemployment or economic crises. The same pattern is repeating itself right now with all three phenomena simultaneously, and it's becoming more acute every day according to the new 8-page Simon Weisenthal Center report. What can we do about it?
Every act of charity and lovingkindness - chesed - earns the merit of multiple Torah mitzvoth simultaneously. The good a person gives comes back eventually in an amazing manner as we learn in today's podcast as we see the words of our prophets come alive.
UPDATE: Meet Yuval Carmi, the hero of our story in the podcast, and see the Channel 13 clip that caught the undivided attention of all of Israel, including the Prime Minister. Even if you don't understand, your heart will feel the pain of someone who has lost his income; not even the reporter could keep from crying. But, Hashem dried those tears as you heard in our podcast. Here's Yuval:
Vertigo is a term that jet pilots use to describe spatial disorientation. When a pilot approaches the sound barrier, strange things can occur, especially on a clear-day's flight over water. The pilot is liable to become disoriented, and to confuse the blue of the sea as the blue of the sky, and vice versa. Enjoy today's podcast and have a lovely Shabbat with a very healthy summer.
The Ramcha'l osb"m wrote a Kabbalistic discourse nearly 300 years ago entitled, Ma'amar Hageula, or "Discourse of Geula." There, he brings forth some seemingly cryptic preconditions for the full and final redemption, all of which are happening today before our own eyes, as we hear in today's amazing podcast...