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JOY AND DEPRESSION

My dear friend, if you are sadly contemplating suicide; PLEASE contact the Suicide Prevention Hotline and then contact me; Rabbi Gershon Steinberg-Caudill, ecorebbe@earthlink.net/

Torat YHVH t'meemah, m'sheevat nafesh -The Torah of ADONAI is PERFECT, reviving the spirit.

Aydut YHVH ne'emanah, machkeemat pehtee - The eternal testimonies of ADONAI are SURE, enlightening the foolish simpletons.

Pikudai YHVH yishareem, m'samchai-lev - The precepts of ADONAI are JUST, gladdening the heart.
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Yihyu l'ratzon imrey-fee v'hegyon libee l'fanekha, YHVH tzuree v'goalee - May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to You, ADONAI, my Rock and my Redeemer.
- Psalm 19

"Todee'eynee ora'h 'hayyim seva sema'hot et-panekha ne'imot beemeenekha netza'h. (You make known to me the Path of life; in Your Presence is fulness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures for evermore)." PSALM 16: 11

OUT OF THE DARKNESS, COMES FORTH THE LIGHT. Genesis 1: 1.

THE ULTIMATE manifestation of that which we call GOD (AYIN), the Power that causes creation to be a possibility, IS IN THE DARKNESS. The FIRST creation is that of the ELOHIM, the Creative Powers of Nature - THE FORCE that allows for the creation of light.

The SECOND CREATIVE ACT is that of the Elohim bringing forth created LIGHT. The created light symbolizes the Ein Sof, (the Infinite Eternal PERSONAL God), as manifested in the Yod, Heh, Vav, Heh Name of God.


Hareini mikabel(et) alai et mitzvat HaBorei: Ve-ahavtah le-reiakha kamokha (I am taking upon myself the command of the Creator to "Love your neighbor as you love yourself).

JEWISH TEACHINGS ABOUT JOY AS A PRE-REQUISITE FOR WHOLESOME SPIRITUALITY

We got driven from our homeland and sovereignty: "Because you did not serve the Creator your God with GLADNESS" (Deuteronomy 28: 47).

"The Revelation at Sinai came down in a language of joy" (Midrash Tanna D'Bei Eliyahu Rabbah, Ch. 13).

"The authentic spirit of Torah can be experienced only through gladness" (Midrash Tanna D'Bei Eliyahu Zutta, Ch. 17 ).

"To be meaningful, the Torah needs to be practiced with delight and joy" (Midrash Vayikra Rabbah 34: 9).

"The Shechinah (Divine Presence) does not abide in an atmosphere of sullenness, only in one of gaiety" (Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 30b).

"Divine inspiration eludes an unhappy heart" (Jerusalem Talmud, Sukkah 5: 1).

"Says God: 'Rejoice in my precepts and I, too, will add further joy to yours" (Midrash Tanchuma, Tazria, Ch. 5).

"Power and joyfulness dwell in the place where God dwells" (1 Chronicles 16: 27).

"Rabbi Papa said: 'In the dwelling place of God, there exists only joy" (Babylonian Talmud, Chagigah 5a).


From "Classical Sources for the Flexidoxic Relational Nature of Halachah, compiled and translated by Gershon Winkler.

"It is a great MITZVAH (sacred deed) to be in JOY always... When there is a defect in one's quality of joy, it leads to illness... and it is through rejoicing that all illnesses are cured... The principle of the matter is that you should muster all your powers (YES, YOU DO HAVE INNER POWERS!) to be always in a state of joy. For our nature is to incline toward being depressive and sullen due to afflictions that befall us and to the circumstances of the moment, and everyone is filled with troubles. Therefore, you need to move yourself with great effort toward becoming joyful always, and to gladden yourself with whatever it is you can find, and even by means that appear silly. And while a broken heart, too, has its very positive qualities, nevertheless it should be regulated only to a particularhour of the day, to break your heart and pour out your troubles to the Source of Blessing, as is our tradition. But during the rest of the entire day, you should be in a state of joy!" (18th century Rabbi Nachman of Breslav in "Likutei HaMaHaRaN Tanina, Chapter 24, para. 1 & 2).
From "Classical Sources for the Flexidoxic, Relational Nature of Halachah," Compiled and Translated by Gershon Winkler

Depression is often seen as "going alone into the darkness." What the Rebbe teaches is that in the Darkness, one is not alone. In fact, it is in the Darkness that one can have the greatest experience of relationship with the Creator.

The Darkness of Depression is a false darkness. It is not that it is not real, but that it is an illusion of the mind out of balance. It is not a place of the healthy mind. It is the state of an ill mind. Thus, depression can be helped by medications, yoga, meditation and the prayers and blessings of Rebbes and friends.

One who is prone to depression must realize that they are ill and in need of a healing. They must be counseled to see a medical doctor and to get on a treatment program. They must realize the importance of taking their medications as prescribed by the doctor.

If the medications do not seem to be working, the person must TELL THEIR DOCTOR and get on to different medications. There is medication combined with proper therapy that will help you overcome your depressive state. And remember, THE REBBE IS SAYING HEALING PRAYERS FOR YOU EVERY DAY!

*** REB NACHMAN OF BRESLOV'S GENERAL REMEDY, ESPECIALLY FOR DEPRESSION***

Saying the following ten Psalms are a wonderful remedy for most problems, especially acute depression: Psalms 16, 32, 41, 42, 59, 77, 90, 105, 137, 150. (Rabbi Nachman of Breslov)

These Ten Psalms equal the Ten different songs in the Psalms, the Ten Sephirot of Kabbalah, and the Ten Commandment Categories in the Torah.

*AN APPALACHIAN SHAWNEE INDIAN REMEDY FOR DEPRESSION*

Take one bottle of natural Root Beer. Add one scoop of quality vanilla ice cream. Repeat as often as necessary.

*HERBAL REMEDY FOR MILD DEPRESSION*

Clove tea or brused cloves added to such herbal teas as chamomile, linden, or peppermint can often help lift a person out of a mild depression. Thus, it is a good idea to use a clove or two in the tea of those who tend to be depressed.

*ANOTHER REB NACHMAN REMEDY*

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, who was often beset with severe bouts of depression, taught that the best remedy for depression is to give to tsedakah, money to those worse off than yourself.

HOW CAN YOU HELP A FRIEND WHO IS HURTING?

YOU CAN LISTEN!

Let your friend tell you of his or her situation and his or her feelings. Don't give advice or feel obligated to find simple solutions. LISTEN and try to imagine how you would feel in his or her place.

BE HONEST!

If your friend's words or actions scare you, tell him or her. If you're worried and don't know what to do, say so.

SHARE FEELINGS!

At times everyone feels sad, hurt, hopeless or depressed. You know what that's like - share your feelings. Let your friend know he or she is not alone.

!!!GET HELP!!!

Take depression or suicide threats seriously! If you keep this secret you may lose your friend. Perhaps you and your friend can think of a helpful adult, a councilor, or a clergy person, your friend can talk to. If not, find someone to talk to yourself.

Your friend turned to you because your friend trusts you to help. You CAN help, but not by yourself.

GET PROFESSIONAL HELP!

TO SEE WHAT THE HEBREW LETTERS REFERRED TO IN THE FOLLOWING PROGRAM LOOK LIKE, CLICK HERE

***OVERCOMING DISPAIR AND DEPRESSION AND MAKING CHANGES***

*JEWISH SHAMANIC CURES FOR WHAT AILS YOU (folktradition)*

The Hebrew word for "cure" is refuah. Its gematria ("287", the numerical value of its letters) is equivalent to the word "rachamim" which means mercy.

A sick person should ask for mercy from God, and he should have mercy on others, as our sages have taught in the Talmud (Shabbat 151a):

"All those who have mercy on other creatures will receive mercy from Heaven".

Therefore, the sick person should give money to charity. Giving money to charities of any people, faith, or righteous cause is as though one is giving a sacrifice which causes GOD to move, "as it were" from the Seat of Judgement to the Seat of Mercy, which causes the cure to be affected.

To help you overcome your dispair, or to just make changes in your life, try this program for 40 days straight. There is no cost, EXCEPT that you must give charity ; the price of a sandwich and coffee, to someone who is wanting help, at least once a week. It is actually preferred you do it every day.

This program has three parts.

Part one is that you repeat the following prayer EVERY NIGHT:

"I, (So and So son/ daughter of so and so[mother's first name]), forgive everyone who has hurt me. I forgive my mother. I forgive my father, I forgive my children (if it applies), I forgive my spouse, I forgive EVERYONE, known and unknown.

And,I forgive me! I forgive all these people, the known and the unknown, for any pain they have brought into my life, whether in THIS lifetime or in another lifetime. I forgive me. I love me! I deserve that good things come into my life!

I surround myself with protecting angels. The Angel of Awareness at my right. The Angel of Strength at my left. The Angel of Vision before me and the Angel of Healing behind me; and over my head may the Divine Presence always hover.

Part two is that you write a daily journal.

Every day you must sit down before going to bed and write at least 25 words about what happened that day. Try to see it from the SUNNY side of life. In the morning, write down any dream that you've had in the night.

PART three:

In the morning, go stand before a mirror, look yourself in the eyes and say: I am a Child of God! My soul is only purity and goodness, it is White Light. I deserve that good things happen to me today. Thank you God for helping me to see this about myself.

**A KABBALIST-SHAMANIC HEALING MEDITATION**

First, go deep inside yourself. Look into your mind. Your intellect is where your "Spark of God Being" resides.

Imagine a white light that is growing in intensity.

When you see the White Light, realize it is WHO you really are at your deepest self-place.

Realize that it is YOU as pure love and God energy at your innermost core, YOU are a PURE soul.

You are LIGHT and GOODNESS.

Now, BREATH DEEPLY, in and out; let your breaths be strong, breathing in fully and then out fully.

Imagine a peaceful place, a meadow or garden; a safe place, a Temple Garden.

Imagine yourself in that place.

Know that nothing can hurt you here.

Be alone with YOU as a special person.

Realize that it is alright to be alone with oneself.

See yourself as being loved!

Realize that you cannot love others if first you don't love yourself.

This is a method of self awareness and self-healing.

Imagine a favorite picture of a Holy person.

Imagine your face where his/her face is in the picture.

Continue breathing in and out regularly.

This place of the face is to be seen as the Hebrew letter YOD.

YOD is the first letter in the four letter sacred Name of God; Yod, Heh, Vav, Heh.

Now, imagine your upper body where her/his upper body is.

Imagine a line drawn from the left shoulder and down the right arm to the fingers. Imagine that the left arm also has a line drawn from near, but not quite touching the top line. Follow this line down to the tips of the left hand's fingers.This is HEH in Hebrew.

Continue breathing in and out regularly, deeply, and completely.

Imagine your torso where the torso of the picture is.

Imagine a line from the base of the scull to the tailbone.

This is the VAV in Hebrew.

Imagine your pelvis and legs as the legs and pelvis of the person in the picture.

Imagine a line across your hips from left to right and down your right leg to the toes of your right foot.

Imagine another line down the left leg form near the top line at the hips, but not quite touching, on down to the toes. This is HEH in Hebrew.

Y
H
V
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YeHoVaH.

BREATH out the YEH; breath in the HO; breath out the VAH! Breath in the final Ha. Do it again and again.

This is YOU created in the DIVINE IMAGE!

YOD...HEH....VAV...HEH

Yod is YOUR head, HEH is YOUR arms and shoulders, VAV is YOUR torso, HEH is YOUR pelvis and legs.

YOU are a DIVINE being created in the Image of the Divine.

As this DIVINE being, you belong in a safe space.

You can go there anytime you choose.

You need not fear anything.

FEAR is why you need the INNER GARDEN

Build a wall of "stones" around the garden if you need to, to protect you from fear. See the "stones" as Angels with protecting swords.

We are all God.

All is God.

God is ALL there is.

There is no place or thing devoid of God.

**INNER PAIN MEDITATIONS**

AS WITH ALL CASES OF SEVERE PAIN, CONSULT A PHYSICIAN FOR THE REASONS FOR HAVING THE PAIN.

First you light a candle and set it in front of you on the floor. You sit on a pillow and look at the candle. You put on your Tallit saying the barokha; "Source of Blessing are You, Infinite One, Force of Creative Powers, Director of all Creation, that has sanctified us with Your asking us to commit to enwrapping ourselves in the fringed garment."

Now you focus your mind on where your pain is and bring up a mental picture of the pain as a color.

Once you have a color focused in your mind, you begin to chant "El na Refuah nah" over and over and over for about ten minutes, later as you get into it, for twenty minutes.

Either have a friend beat a drum object in a steady beat or do it yourself.

Now, comes the hard part.

Focus on the Hebrew letter YOD while chanting the chant "El na Refuah nah" to a different chant melody from the chant melody you began with, keeping the beat of the drum.

After a few minutes of this chant melody and focus, focus on the letter HEH, changing the chant melody again.

After a few minutes chanting "El na Refuah nah" to the new chant melody, focus on VAV, changing the chant melody again and chant for a few more minutes.

Finally, do the same with the final HEH.

You will find that if you do this your pain will lessen considerable if not all together.

Give tzedakah!

I had a man do this meditation and his pain went away completly. Never did come back.

REB ZALMAN'S THOUGHTS ON REINCARNATION

JEWISH INFORMATION ON DEATH AND DEATH RITUALS

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