Friday, January 30, 2015

How to Communicate

Remember, the art of communication also includes knowing what not to say...

Have a wonderful Shabbos!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Dr. Zev Ballen

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Today's Live Broadcast: The Sun and the Moon

The real true source of Light that illuminates both the sun and the moon is truth. How these two truths interact in all of our relationships is the subject of today's live broadcast. I hope you'll join me at 5pm Israel time on www. 

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.

G-d willing, we'll post a link to the broadcast 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. If you have any questions or comments regarding today's lesson, please write to me at: 

Wishing you and yours the greatest blessings in your life!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Dr. Zev Ballen

Monday, January 26, 2015

Enrollment Open for 4-Level Emuna Coach Certification Programs

The Emuna Coach Training and Certification Program

The Emuna Coach Training Program consists of four advancing levels or training modules of 25 hours each, which can be taken separately or as a whole. Upon completion of each training module, students are awarded a certificate from Yeshiva Chut Shel Chessed that is suitable for prominent display.

The four levels of training are:

1)  Emuna Coach Practitioner
2) Master Emuna Coach Practitioner
3) Master Emuna Coach Trainer
4) Master Emuna Coach Trainer and Consultant

All of the training is given by Rabbi Dr. Zev Ballen in the form of a one-on-one personalized mentorship. Rabbi Dr. Zev Ballen is the only emuna coach trainer in the world that has the full endorsement and blessing of Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit”a.

Students are able to conveniently structure their own hours and learn at their own pace. They may create their own classes to include friends, colleagues, family members, and volunteer clients (all are optional).

Outline of Training

* The foundation principles of Emuna Coaching

* Torah sources and relevant readings

* Quickly establishing rapport with clients

* Engaging clients in establishing their vision and goals

* How we use the client's strengths to select particular healing methods

* Deciding on a tentative plan of action and discussing it with the client

* How to decide if and/or when to include others (i.e. client's spouse or children)

* Understanding and learning to use emotionally healing language

* Accessing spiritual states of consciousness

* Helping clients recognize and utilize spiritual events

* Individualized custom training to meet your current personal and professional needs

* Live demonstrations by the instructor followed by supervised practicum of students

* Personalized support and supervision from Dr. Zev Ballen (available for questions by email in between classes)

* Emphasis on experiential training that is combined with lectures

* Students are sent relevant training materials including helpful outlines, summaries of strategies and techniques, articles and video presentations by the instructor

* Integrating relevant Jewish meditations, relaxation rituals, and guided imagery techniques into your coaching practice

* Direct and indirect coaching methods

* The use of therapeutic stories, metaphors, and tales of tzaddikim

* Classes may be recorded for your convenience

* Helpful hints for building your practice: the business and marketing aspects of coaching

* Learn to help others with the following challenges (you may request additional areas):

anxiety -- phobias -- panic -- social anxiety -- depression -- obsessive compulsive issues – anger prevention -- problems with attention -- work-related issues -- habits -- generalized stress -- child education -- marital difficulties -- personal prayer -- personal holiness -- mitzvah performance -- enhancing emuna -- accessing inner resources -- addictive behaviors -- physical health 
All sessions are available via phone or Skype.
For more information, or to enroll now call us at:

From the U.S: 1-718-577-2975
To dial directly to Israel: +972-2-532-3339 X1
Hours you can reach us: 3pm - 11pm Israel Time

Frum or Facade?

Scott was always being told by this father “don’t go out without your hat. If you don’t want to do it for yourself at least do it for me.” Scott could never understand why it meant so much for his father to see him with a hat on if it didn’t mean that much to Scott himself. What was dad gaining by forcing his son to wear a black hat?
But it was more than just the hat. Scott grew up never feeling that he was enough for his father in any area. He wasn’t fast enough or smart enough or organized enough or ambitious enough. In fact all of the qualities that dad excelled in were the qualities that he found fault in and criticized in his children. 
Scott’s dad emphasized many of the external aspects of Judaism and pushed them on his children but he didn’t spend time sitting and getting to know them as individuals.  The “white shirt” “polished shoes” and freshly pressed “dark suit” took precedence, in Dad’s mind, over the inner emotional lives of his wife and children. Everything had to look fabulous. 
It wasn’t that praying three times a day with a quorum of ten men was not important, it just seemed sort of empty to Scott. What was the point? He didn’t feel it and the more his father yelled at him to go the less he felt like going. Scott knew intellectually than these issues were important to his father and others, but he could never figure out why they were not important to him. Scott’s self-esteem suffered from not being compliant with his father’s expectations of him and he drifted even further away from Judaism. 
Scott heard his father say: “I pray every morning at 6 am; and I’ve learned a page of Talmud a day for the last 20 years.” Scott thought to himself “yeah for you. I still think you’re a jerk” but he didn’t know why. Scott, like many kids who can’t put their fingers on what’s wrong with their parents end up thinking there is something wrong with themselves. 
In Scott’s mind it was obvious why he was the bum and not his father. He was the one who was cutting out of school and failing. His father never behaved that way. He was the one who was hanging out on the street and drinking all night. His father never behaved that way. He was the one who kept getting thrown out of yeshivas. His father certainly never behaved that way; 
On the contrary, Scott’s father was a popular guy in their community and well-liked by Rabbi’s who he gave charity to.
So who was Scott to blame beside himself? Continue...

With the greatest blessings,
Dr. Zev Ballen

Dr. Zev Ballen

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Please Join Us in Prayer

Rabbi Lazer Brody wrote the following today on his site Lazer Beams:

Breslev Israel and Emuna Outreach are mourning  the tragic death of Rav Shalom Arush's 18-month old granddaughter, Feigie Chana ob"m, daughter of Shimon and Daniella Arush from Jerusalem. Shimon, driving home last night from the Baba Sali's yahrtzeit celebration in Netivot, was involved in a head-on collision. The baby suffered a head injury and was killed. The rest of the family - the father, mother and two siblings - are currently hospitalized in Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon.

Please pray for:

Rav Arush's son -  Shimon Machlouf ben Miriam Varda, who is in serious condition and now being operated on.

Rav Arush's daughter inlaw - Daniella bat Zehava, who is in advanced stage of pregnancy and in moderate condition.

Rav Arush's grandchildren - Nachman ben Daniella and Miriam bat Daniella, also in moderate condition.

At the time of this writing (Sunday 12:15 PM Israel), the funeral of Feigie Chana is taking place in Jerusalem.

With broken hearts hearts, we extend our deepest condolences to our esteemed and beloved rabbi and spiritual guide, the international beacon of emuna, Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a and Rebbetzen Miriam Arush.

Please pray for the full and speedy recovery of Shimon, Daniella and their two children. May Hashem comfort them in this most painful time among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, amen.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan

In this video I'll show you how to integrate many of the practical emuna tools that we have been learning. I hope you like it. Have a great week my friends! 

Have a great week!
Dr. Zev Ballen


Friday, January 23, 2015

Are We Free or Not?

If everything comes from G-d, do we really have free choice or is G-d just moving us around like pawns on a chessboard giving us the illusion that we have free choice?

Have a wonderful holy Shabbat, dear friends!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Dr. Zev Ballen

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Today's Live Broadcast: How to Plan Your Day

Getting the most out of your day, requires a plan and then G-d's help in implementing your plan. Today we'll speak about how to organize yourself based on the wisdom of our sages...

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.

G-d willing, we'll post a link to the broadcast 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. If you have any questions or comments regarding today's lesson, please write to me at: 

Wishing you and yours the greatest blessings in your life!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Soaring Higher than the Angels

In what way can a human being surpass even an angel? Tune in and find out...

Wishing you the greatest blessings!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Dr. Zev Ballen

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Player-Coach

Some of the best speeches that I’ve ever heard are speeches where a highly successful person – someone who is universally loved, admired and respected – gives thanks to all of the people who helped him to become what he is.  
What is so captivating and inspirational about speeches in which superstars’ express their gratitude to those who encouraged them, disciplined them, and even forced them to become the best that they could be? Maybe it’s the sense that even we average or below average performers could also somehow reach far higher levels of production and achievement than we imagine is possible if we have the right coach and supporting staff to work with us. 
Maybe we derive hope from realizing that even the famous peak performers who broke records and accomplished so much with their lives are people too, and couldn’t have done it by themselves.  We love to hear that they too needed people to encourage them, discipline them, and sometimes even force them to believe in their gifts. We love to hear that they too would never have pushed themselves to get up early enough, to practice enough hours, to organize themselves and discipline themselves and work through the pain without the help of other people.
And what happens to a person who is never encouraged in the right way? He lives a life of “quiet desperation.” He lives a life in which his gifts remain hidden and alienated from himself. He lives a life in which he is frustrated by his own recognition that he possessed a certain greatness that he never learned to use – in short, that he wasted his potential.
Despite being very bright, Frank had always been an average student in school. When he was young, some of his more perceptive teachers noticed the huge discrepancy between Frank’s intellectual potential and his level of academic performance. Although Frank thrived and performed superbly for these few teachers, his abilities generally went un-noticed by his other teachers and parents. 
When Frank was in college, he again had a few special teachers who noticed his gifts. One professor tried to take Frank under his wing. He took him swimming and out to eat. The professor encouraged Frank to read more, to write more, to develop the fine mind that he had. But it was to no avail – Frank just didn’t believe in himself.
Frank graduated from college and professional school without distinction, and for years he worked for people who were far less capable than himself. Frank began to hate himself for not being able to actualize the greatness he sensed that he had. He became overly competitive and began to covet what others had – especially those in his own field who had achieved far more recognition than himself. 
When Frank was already married and had children, he chanced to meet a famous person in his academic discipline who he had admired for more than a decade. The world renowned professor was a superstar in Frank’s field and Frank yearned to be just like him. 
Even sleepy Frank could see that his “chance” meeting with one of his professional “idols” was more than sheer happenstance, so G-d helped Frank to push past his usual inertia and he volunteered to help the celebrity with his work. 
At first, Frank was so awed to be in the presence of the internationally acclaimed professor - his new mentor and coach.  Frank felt inadequate in relation to the famous intellectual wh
o had achieved so much in his field and who was so loved and sought after by millions. Continue here...

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Have a wonderful day, precious friends!
Dr. Zev Ballen

Dr. Zev Ballen

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Transcending Illusions

 One of Rebbe Nachman's deepest most intriguing lessons sheds light on how to be happy in today's world of competition, strife and temptation. Start you week off right, my friends. This one is only 29 minutes!

Have a wonderful week,
Dr. Zev Ballen

Dr. Zev Ballen