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Links: Audio Link of the Day - Rabbi Yosef Elefant (2.40 min)
Announcements: GYE's New Video Site
Announcements: Dov's Q&A Thursday Call
Chizuk: The King's Messenger and the Horse
Announcements: Get in your last tax deductions for 2016
 
 
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Rabbi Yosef Elefant speaks about why Klal Yisrael today faces perhaps the greatest challenge it ever faced, and how it relates to the battle between Yaakov and Esav before the final Redemption.

Audio Link of the Day - Rabbi Yosef Elefant (2.40 min)
Announcements
 
GYE's New Video Site
 

Announcing the launch of GYE's new Video website gye.vids.io

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The site currently has over 200 videos in over 30 categories such as:

 GuardYourEyes Videos  

 Stop Me from Falling  

 Understanding Addiction  

 Getting back up after a fall  

 Technology Dependence  

 Inspiration for Women  

 Inspirational Videos  

 Dealing with SSA  

 Overcoming Challenges  

 Improving Marriage  

 The Power of Giving  

 Lobbying for Cleaner Internet  

 Attitude of Gratitude  

 Parenting Software  

 Parenting Videos  

 Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski  

 Strengthen your Emunah  

 Rabbi Bentzion Shafier  

 Dealing with Depression  

 Using Technology Safely  

We hope these videos can inspire many people for years to come.

Note: The videos are not hosted on problematic websites like Youtube or Vimeo, but rather on a Kosher video hosting site called sproutvideo.com. Ask your filter company to open the site for you.

We would like to expand our selection of videos with time. Please help and send any good inspirational videos you may have to us via dropbox or google drive to eyes.guard@gmail.com. Keep in mind: the videos need to be 100% clean and somehow related to our struggle with lust. If the video can inspire us in any one of the categories above, it could be useful to our members.

Thank you!

Announcements
 
Dov's Q&A Thursday Call
 

Dov's Q&A call is a WEEKLY Thursday call

8am - 9am EST each Thursday

Click here for more info on Dov's weekly call

Want to hear recordings of previous calls? Click here.

Note: the Desperadoes Call continues to be Sundays and Wed at Noon.

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Do you like the 'Daily Dose of Dov' in the chizuk e-mails? We're proud to announce:

Dov's Daily Q&A Call

Thursdays, 8-9AM EST

Dial In Number:
From U.S. 515-739-1294
(For all other countries, click here).
Participant PIN: 382530#

Dov - from the "Daily Dose of Dov" - has been sober with Hashem's help through SA one day at a time since 1997 and has been a major part of GYE since 2008.

Recently Dov's story and some of his writings were published in Rabbi Twerski's latest book called "Teshuva & Recovery". (Click here to see Dov's excerpts from the book. The book can be purchased at menuchapublishers.com)

Be"H, Dov has been leading a closed 12-Step call on GYE for a few years (and that call continues). Through that call and the forum, he has spoken with and met with hundreds of GYE members over the years. For the first time, Dov will be leading an OPEN call. That is, the PIN of this call is being made public so that people can call in, ask their questions and discuss them.

This call will be recorded so that we can build a repertoire of Q&A material on GYE. We hope this resource will help many Jewish people around the world who suffer in shame and silence, until Moshiach comes.

Send in your questions beforehand to wequithiding2@gmail.com and Dov will try to address them in the call, as well. Spoken questions posed on the call will still have precedence.

We are excited about this new development and hope that everyone takes advantage of this amazing new opportunity to discuss your deepest secrets, fears and questions with a person who has been there and cares.

Click here for the full information about this call

Chizuk
 
The King's Messenger and the Horse
 
By Yaakov from GYE

Someone wrote to GYE:

I am a real sicko - a loser. I am so subconciously focused on lust and I am almost 50 yrs old. Why can't I just be normal? I agree everyone has nisyonos from time to time, but it feels like I'm always stuck in the mud!


GYE replies with a parable:

A great king lived in a beautiful palace, high above the cities that he ruled. One day, the king called in his loyal messenger and asked him to set out on a journey to the cities below on a mission to see where fixes were needed and what tasks needed to be attended to by the kingdom. The king promised the messenger great reward if he returned successful from his journey, and he supplied the messenger with a strong horse to ride to be able to carry out his bidding.

The messenger set out on his journey, but the horse was soon tired and wanted to rest. After a short stop, the messenger was eager to continue on his journey and fulfill the king's bidding, but the horse wanted to sleep some more. Finally he managed to rouse the horse but then it wanted to eat. The messenger gave the horse some oats and continued on the journey. Soon they came across a group of female horses grazing in the field. The horse began to stray off the path towards the mares and the messenger had no choice but to whip his horse back onto the path. When this kept repeating itself, the messenger fashioned a pair of blinders out of leather to keep the horse from getting distracted by seeing to the sides. After a few more hours, the horse again wanted to eat and rest, and when they were finally on the way again, the horse stumbled and got stuck in the mud. It took the messenger many hours to pull it out of the mud and continue on the journey.

And so it went at all stages of his travels throughout the kingdom. The horse kept straying, wanting to eat, rest and getting stuck in all sorts of unpleasant situations. Throughout it all, the messenger kept reminding himself of the king's mission and his great responsibility. He had to keep whipping the horse into submission so it would stay on track.

When the messenger finally returned to the king after many months of grueling travel, the king greeted him with great pomp and fanfare, personally coming out to greet him with a full royal entourage. The messenger was truly grateful, but asked the king why he had given him the horse in the first place. After all, it was continuously distracting to him, causing him no end of delays and hardships. The king smiled and explained, "My dear messenger. I knew that the horse would distract you and be a big nuisance, but without the horse you could never have fulfilled the mission. It was the horse that carried you down to the cities below and allowed you to travel throughout my kingdom and do my bidding. And it is precisely because you succeeded in spite of the hardships that I now wish to appoint you as one of my closest advisors. This mission I gave you was really a test was to see if the horse would succeed in distracting you from your duty to the king, or if you would always remember your responsibility to the king and keep the horse in submission."


Our souls were sent down to this world on an important mission for the King of kings. To this end, we were given a body--like the horse in the parable--to enable us to interact with the physical world and carry out the King's bidding. But we must always remember that we are the riders of the horse, with full control of the reigns! Yes, our "horse" keeps feeling hungry, tired, lazy and sometimes distracted by the "mares" out there, but we must keep the binders on its eyes and the whip in our hands at all time. When we feel overwhelmed by desire and tell ourselves it's too hard, we must remember that this is just our HORSE talking. We don't need to give in to the horse. We are the riders, and we have an important mission to fulfill!

Happy are those who ride their horse and keep it on track. How wonderful will be their lot when they return to the King of kings after 120; what great honor and reward awaits them! And woe to those who let their horse ride them!

Announcements
 
Get in your last tax deductions for 2016
 

Please help GYE reach our budget goal for the fiscal year 2016!

You guys will be amazed to see what we have planned for 2017 as far as expanding the site and making GYE much more effective and user-friendly.

Do you want to hear about our big plans?

Anyone who donates $180 and up until the end of 2016 will get a personal invitation to annual board meeting on Sunday, Jan 8th, as well as a password protected eBook of Rabbi Twerski's latest release, "Teshuvah through Recovery" written together with GYE. (We pay $10 to the publisher for each eBook we send).

Do you think you may have a porn addiction?
 

Do you have a problem with obsessive and compulsive porn use? Have you seriously tried the tools on GYE and feel that you are not getting better? Maybe it’s time to consider joining a 12-Step program.

Porn Anonymous (PA)
If you’re compulsively acting-out with pornography and masturbation we suggest you explore joining Porn Anonymous (PA). If you need help deciding whether to join PA, call Michael at 347-699-2368, or email help@pornanonymous.org to schedule a time to talk. For more information visit pornanonymous.org (Hebrew: p-a.org.il / Yiddish: pa-yid.org).

Sexaholics Anonymous (SA)
If your compulsive acting-out has progressed beyond the screen (with other people, paid sexual services, etc.) we suggest you explore joining Sexaholics Anonymous (SA). To figure out if SA is for you, call Dov at 917-414-8205, or email Dov at dov@guardyoureyes.org to schedule a time to talk. For more information visit www.sa.org.

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