Torah's Healing Waters
"If there's no water, it's hard to put out fire even if you know it burns"
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One struggling member recently wrote us something beautiful and so true: "I need Kedusha to counteract Tumah. I need it regularly, and it will replace filthy thoughts with powerful desires to grow in a positive way. I know it works, I've experienced it and tasted the exhilarating sweetness and freedom that living "confined" to the guidelines of Torah truly represents. Postings and books on other non-Jewish porn-addiction websites, essentially describe the struggle between the yetzer tov and the yetzer hora but don't really have a substitute for being filled with filth. If there's no water, it's hard to put out fire, even if you know it burns".
"Barasi Yetzer Hara, Barasi Torah Tavlin - I created a Yetzer Hara, and I created the Torah as a medicine".
Make sure to learn Torah every day!
Here are some ideas:
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- There's nothing like a Daf Yomi Shiur. Gemara is "Sechel Hayashar" meaning "straight thinking", and when a person is thinking straight the Yetzer Hara can't get a grip on him! The Rebbes of Karlin used to say that the best mussar sefer is a blat of Gemara.... "Im paga becha menuval zeh, mashcheihu libeis hamedrash - if the Menuval meets up with you, drag him to the beis Medrash". Even if you're not a big Talmid Chacham, take an English Artscroll Gemara, go to the nearest Bet Medrash and spend a half an hour uninterruptedly in a blat Gemara. Sink your mind into the questions and answers of Chazal, work out the intricacies of a sugya, and you will walk away feeling freer than ever! "Ain ben Chorin Ela Mi She'osek Batorah - There is no free man like he who delves in the Torah" .
- Infuse your soul with holiness and read a few minutes of Zohar once in a while. Even if you don't understand it, your soul will feel the intrinsic holiness therein and it will cleanse you out. (Zohar is known to be a special Segulah to save one from the grasp of the Yetzer Hara. See Chizuk e-mail #476 on this page).
- For a little taste of the entire spectrum of the Torah, read each day's Chok Le'yisrael, for a little Torah, Nevi'im, Kesuvim, mishnayos, Talmud and Zohar. Altogether, the perfect potion to keep the yetzer hara far away!
- One member writes how he learns a few lines of Mesilas Yesharim each morning to set the tone for the day.
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Important Tip: When learning, have in mind the saying of Chaza"l about the Torah that "Hame'or Shebo Machziro Lemutav" - "The light in it [the Torah] will bring one back to good". If one has this in mind while learning, he can double the power that the Torah has in helping him get rid of the Yetzer Hara!
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Websites with FREE Torah Audio & Video (lots of fun! Browse, download, listen and watch at one’s leasure)
And as one member wrote us: "it’s good to use the same tool, the computer, for a kosher enjoyment, to make a kaporah for using it in the wrong ways".
www.torahanytime.com - Lots of great shiurim and videos
www.613.org - Lots of great shiurim. (We particularly suggest a series of shiurim on Emunah by Rabbi Wolfson over here).
www.naaleh.com - Enjoy hundreds of Torah Video Classes FREE Online in streaming, MP3 audio and IPOD video downloads
www.torahweb.org - listen to Rabbi Twerski talk about addictions + hundreds of other audio and video
www.kolhaloshon.com - listen and download mp3 files
theshmuz.com – Rabbi Shafier from Chofetz Chaim in Queens – torah and hashkafa, PERFECT for working yeshiva guys!!!
www.rabbileff.net - Rabbi Leff is extremely down-to-earth and wonderful to listen to.
www.ilovetorah.com - hundreds of video and audio lessons, chizuk, stories of tzaddikim
www.yutorah.org - YU Torah on-line. Over 23,000 Shiurim!
hadafhayomi.co.il - Daf Yomi in English, Hebrew or Yiddish - Video or Audio!
www.learnTorah.com - Torah classes by Sephardic rabbis (mostly)
Torah & Personal Growth
www.dafyomi.co.il - English summaries of every Daf in Shas!
www.revach.net - Great words of wisdom and beautiful articles!
www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles - inspiring articles by Rabbi Moss in Australia
www.globalyeshiva.com - Torah networking
www.guardureyes.com - Over 150 pages of information, stories, tips and more, on breaking free of internet addiction.www.jewishsexuality.com - Puts on the table subjects such as how to rectify previous wrongdoings, sexual health and "Keys to a Holy Union."www.tikunhabrit.com - Sources on sexual purity from all over and practical advice on how to control it.www.briskodesh.org - A long lineup of Kabbalah-related articles on the prohibition of masturbation.
www.nehorapress.com - The Kabbalah of R'Ashlag, the Ba'al Hasulam
www.inner.org - Rav Gisburgh of Galenaiwww.kabbalaonline.org - Rabbi Tilles
www.ascentofsafed.com - Rabbi Tilles
TheWellsprings.org - Rabbi J. Markel
www.obshalom.org - Rabbi Goltlieb, student of the son of the Ba'al Hasulam (Site is in Hebrew, with video Shiurim 24 hours)
www.kabbalah.info - Michael Leitman, student of the son of the Ba'al Hasulam. Warning! Please see Footnote 1 at the bottom of this page.