Friday, February 17, 2017

The Secret of Success

 If you want to live a passionate and inspired life there are three steps that you'll need to take...

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Trauma and Recovery

People who have been exposed to repeated violence and life-threatening trauma fall into three groups, either they: never recover, just manage to cope, or thrive as a result. What's the difference that makes a difference?

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Humility and Faith vs. Arrogance and Heresy

Research shows humble people of faith are far more vital, energetic, enthusiastic, joyful, generous, healthy, better educated and popular than people without faith--But why?

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Turn Self-Blame into Self-Love

Shavua tov, friends (a good week). Anyone who needs more self-love and practices this for 10 days straight, will start loving himself/herself like never before!

With blessings,
Dr. Zev

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Breslev Israel Welcomes Rebbetzin Yehudit Channen

I am very proud to announce that Rebbetzin Yehudit Channen of Ramat Beit Shemesh has joined the Breslev Israel Emuna Coaching staff. 

Rebbetzin Channen is married to HaRav Doniel Channen, the internationally known Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Keter HaTorah in Ramat Beit Shemesh.

Rebbetzin Channen brings to Breslev Israel her many years of experience in the mental health field. The Rebbetzin's rock-solid emuna together with her intelligent practical approach to working with people, have made her a highly successful coach here in Israel - now she will be available to people abroad as well. 

In addition to being a gifted healer and emuna coach, the Rebbetzin is known for her beautiful writing. You will certainly enjoy reading her articles which will be featured on the website in the very near future.

Rebbetzin Channen has my highest recommendation. She is Hashem's answer to my prayers. She is someone whose strength and wisdom and faith I can have confidence in. She is someone with the rare gift of being able to deeply help people in the most personal ways with Torah and emuna. She also has the blessing and endorsement of our Rabbi and teacher, Rabbi Shalom Arush. 

Anyone who is interested in a private meeting with the Rebbetzin can arrange to speak with her by calling our confidential line: 718-577-2975 ext. 1(outside Israel) or 02-532-3339 ext. 1 (in Israel). Or email us at: 

Monday, November 21, 2016

What isYour Self Worth?

When a baby feels hungry, he thinks about food and the hunger goes away. If he’s cold he wishes for warmth and problem solved. If it’s a bit too noisy in the room, he lets out a cry and that’s that – instant silence…

It’s what psychologists call primary process thinking or magical thinking. The child “omnipotently” wishes for something and thinks that he causes the result. Mommy didn’t do it; he did it through his “all-powerful” thinking. To the infant, mommy hardly exists at all as a separate person – she is still undifferentiated since “mommy and I are one”. 

How do we know that the baby thinks this way? Did a baby ever tell a researcher about his fantasies of grandiosity? The question always bothered me. But these days, I have more than science to answer my questions. Keep reading and the next time that you look at your baby not only will you understand “how he thinks” but you’ll understand the fundamental problem of our lives.

The main thing that we all suffer from is nagging doubts about our self-worth: “Do people like me?” “Am I competent at what I do?” “What have I accomplished with my life?” From doubts about our parenting abilities, to doubts about how to use our time best, to doubts about our faith, to doubts about our doubts!! We humans are so obviously using so much of our time trying to prove ourselves to ourselves and to others in some way.

The first question is why do we do this?  Why do we need to assert our self-worth and prove our self-worth? Don’t we know that we have intrinsic worth by virtue of the fact that G-d created us and we exist?

The second question is related to the first. Since almost everyone is trying to prove their worth, in some way, the question is how are they attempting to do this? How are people attempting to master their feelings of existential inadequacy?

According to Rabbi Shalom Arush, the prevalent problem of our culture is narcissism and arrogance. We, especially, are a generation which prides itself on “The power is in my hands…”; “I am the master of my fate”; “I am the captain of my ship”; and “the power of positive thinking” (mine, of course) – these and similar expressions show how we moderns think. We like to take credit for any good fortune that comes our way. I’m not sure if it’s still in print, but there actually was a magazine that “modestly” captured the theme of our generation, it was called “SELF” magazine – it’s all about “ME”! Which are what interests people most – THEMSELVES.

It shouldn’t surprise us to know that there is also a psychotherapy by the same name. It’s called “self-psychology”.  It’s not hard to see what Rabbi Arush is talking about when he says that our lives are really battle against our outdated arrogant, magical, omnipotent fantasies that we are G-d. This then answers question number two: we try to prove our worth through arrogance, narcissism and the massive denial that we are creations and not the Creator.

But don’t we have to build ourselves and give our children a strong sense of self as a foundation for a healthy life? Is the world really ready for “self-less psychology”? Continue here...

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Real Secret to Trump's Success

Historians will record the reasons for the "Trump phenomena" as a readiness for change amongst Americans due to political, economic, social, and military concerns - but none of these are the primary cause for Trump's victory...