Our sages all through the Gemara juxtapose Jerusalem and Rome – when one succeeds, the other fails; when one rises, the other falls. This is the same battle between faith and fate, and it's the secret of Rosh Hashanah, when the outcome of our entire coming year is determined, as we see in the current events that manifest themselves, such as Coronavirus.
"If we knew that a rare gift was concealed within our difficulties, we could laugh; but with emuna, we start laughing even before we discover the gift."
An old parable about a donkey in trouble gives us a different perspective on life's difficulties. Here's two-and-a-half minutes of encouragement:
Sometimes, a body suffers but doesn't know why. Is it a virus, a bacteria, some other destructive organism? In similar manner, the soul suffers too and also doesn't know why, but the person is inexplicably down or depressed for no apparent reason. More times than not, the culprit is jealousy, when a person sees him/herself as less successful than someone else. Jealousy is a lot more rampant than Coronavirus; what's worse, social distancing, masks and washing your hands can't prevent it. But, today's podcast can - hear this and with Hashem's help, you'll feel much better.
Who doesn't want more love in their lives? Now is the time to get it.
Today's podcast is not only enjoyable and inspiring, but it gets quite a bit done in 6 minutes, as follows:
1. Takes the confusion out of our task in Elul;
2. Provides simple but effective preparation for Rosh Hashanah;
3. Guarantees good health and adequate income.
Who can refuse such a deal? Not only does it not cost you a cent, but you may download this mp3 and share it with as many people as you like, courtesy of Emuna Beams and our wonderful supporters who, with Hashem's loving help, make this happen.
This is the emuna rendition of Elton John's "Candle in the Wind"
Arrangement, music and vocal: David Dome
Lyrics: Rabbi Lazer Brody
This old Jewish parable helps us prepare for a wonderful New Year, with advice that's good for all of us, no matter who we are.
First aid for depression:
1. Get up
2. Call out to God
3. GO FORWARD - the two most important words you'll ever need to know
If you don't think that our Talmudic sages saw far into the future with their crystal-clear spiritual vision, then hear today's podcast, which shows just how the holy Raba bar Bar Chana saw what would happen in our generation in general, and with the upheaval of COVID-19 in particular.
Here's today's emuna news: the preoccupation with Coronavirus has taken the focus away from Israel's northern border, where an acute threat of hundreds of thousands of Hizbolla and Iranian missiles are aimed at us right now. Moses saw all this in this week's Torah portion...