The Light in the Darkness

The darkness is getting heavier by the day: good and righteous people are becoming infected with and dying from COVID-19. Antisemites around the world are blaming the Jews. The secular media both in the USA and in Israel are blaming the Haredim. The tests of emuna are unprecedented, especially in the critical ares of health and income, but it's no coincidence that this is all happening right before Passover. Is there any light in all this darkness? What's happening? Let's find out. Enjoy today's 29-minute shiur and have a lovely Shabbat!

Excess Baggage: The Common Denominator of Coronavirus and Passover Cleaning

It's no coincidence that the Coronavirus and its restrictions hit us at the exact time when we're supposed to be preparing full-speed for Passover. What's the message that Hashem is conveying to us and what does one have to do with the other? Enjoy today's podcast - blessings for your good health and a lovely Shabbat:

Purim and the Politically Incorrect

King Solomon, the wisest of all men that ever walked the face of the earth, said in the first chapter of Ecclesiastes that there's nothing new under the sun. We see this with our own eyes how the battle between the liberal Jewish establishment's political correctness and the seemingly antiquated Torah sages that took place in Mordechai's time back in ancient Persia is still taking place right now in the USA and in Israel.

Today's podcast combines emuna news with our annual Purim lesson. Feel free to the say this over at your Purim table. Happy Purim!

Chanukah Message from the Melitzer Rebbe shlit'a

Emuna Beams is privileged to host the Melitzer Rebbe shlit'a, one of the Jewish world's most highly regarded scholars and the epitome of upright character and holiness, a great grandson of the Baal Shem Tov and son-after-son of the holy and legendary Rebbe Michel'e of Zlatchov. The Melitzer offers some encouraging thoughts for spiritual strengthening, especially during Chanukah. Enjoy, and have a lovely Shabbat Chanukah and Rosh Chodesh!

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Never Enough Love

Today's podcast has a double message, one for parents and one for children, including young adults and married children. Love is not about things, but about togetherness. In parenting, there is never enough love. A child doesn't become spoiled from an excess of love, but from a sense of entitlement, when he or she thinks that they are entitled to whatever they want. We learn what good parenting really is from our Father in Heaven...

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A Happy and Healthy Chanukah

23.12.19 Chanuka Salad
We wish each other a happy Chanukah, but unfortunately for many, it's not so healthy, to say the least.

True, olive oil and cheese are traditional foods on Chanukah. Somehow, that filtered down to become a nightmarish unhealthy mixture of cheap oil, white flour and white sugar, filled with hauntingly high-sugar content jelly to make a fried donut that in Israel is called a sufganiya, literally, a "soaked ball of dough", appropriately called so because it's soaked with oil, sugar and empty carbs. Add to the fact that at many Chanukah celebrations, these donuts get washed down with banana liqueur. What a formula for high blood pressure, indigestion and weight gain! For sure, the Maccabees didn't touch these health hazards.

True, we eat cheese and olive oil on Chanukah in remembrance of the salty cheese that the brave sister of Yehuda Maccabee, Yehudit, fed the Greek King before she beheaded him. We eat foods with olive oil to commemorate the miracle of the tiny pure vial of oil burning for eight days when it only sufficed for one. But, there are many healthier ways to enjoy cheese and olive oil. Start with a Mediterranean Salad (photo, above), super healthy, easily digestible and very appropriate for Chanukah. Mix fresh veggies with olives, salt and pepper, olive oil and cubes of your favorite cheese. Add the herbs of your choice for extra taste. You'll have a healthy and enjoyable Chanukah meal, where you won't gain an ounce the whole eight days of this lovely holiday. We want your Chanukah to be just as healthy as it is happy.