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In Today's Issue
Editor’s Note: Chag Shavuos Sameach!
Links: Treasure Trove of Torah Thought
Torah: And Hashem came down on the Mountain
Chizuk: Attitude Towards Women
Links: Rabbi Feigenbaum - Shavous 5773 - Receiving Torah - Receiving Life
Links: Rabbi David Aaron - Shavuos 5773 - La'asok B'Divrei Torah
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Editor’s Note
Chag Shavuos Sameach!

Dear GYE Family,

I hope that this Shavuos you merit to recieve the Torah b'simcha ub'pnimiyus.

In this issue, we mixed it up for you a bit: In the Treasure Trove, you will find a variety of articles on Chag HaShavuos by GYE veterans; other articles that mention Shavuos are linked to separately. In particular, if you read nothing else, read the Attitude towards Women - a powerful testimonial to the power of recovery.

Two audio presentations are recordings of Duvid Chaim's guest speakers.


A gut yomtov!



A large collection of GYE articles on Chag HaShavuos.

Treasure Trove of Torah Thought


 Uplift this world along with its pleasures


It is possible


The Seductive Beauty of Hashem & His Torah

How can I be happy with how my wife looks when I have all the shmutz in my head?


And Hashem came down on the Mountain
By GYE Member

Shacharis. Shabbos morning. I'm not really feeling it. My mind wanders... before I know it, I'm holding by birchos krias sh'ma which speaks of the holy angels who praise Hashem..." It dawns on me, hey, does Hashem really need me? What am I, one small creature in a huge universe with billions of people, trillions of animals and other creatures? Do I really matter when he has myriads of holy angels who praise Him all day?!

Does He really need the simple words of praise coming from a lowly, perverted addict who has acted out thousands of times?

And besides, why mention all this praise from such high and awesome angels, what relevance does it really have--if any--to my prayers?

Suddenly, amidst the thoughts, it dawns upon me, "how exactly did I--who has been acting out for years and who has tried hundreds of times to stop--finally gain some sobriety from this destructive life I was living? Why am I so much happier now? What made me finally chance upon GYE where I found such renewed hope? I mean, just a couple of months ago I was acting out at every possible chance I had, hiding and living a life of lies, feeling so uncomfortable to show my face, which just minutes before was glued to my iPhone getting its hourly/daily dose of schmutz!

How can I explain that suddenly I see a brighter future in store for me? (Yes, I may fall again, and I am the same person with the same lusts I had then, nothing has changed. But the difference is that now I know I'm on a path of recovery, a path of healing, and there's real hope).

How did all this happen? Was it not that Hashem, King of all kings, has lowered himself from his holy and exalted chambers to pick up a filthy, good for nothing from the filthy slums? I guess I DO matter, He IS thinking of me. "Ahavas olam ahavtanu..." ("You have loved us with everlasting love") the words become alive, yes, He, the Creator of everything, melech malchai hamlachim who is "rom v'nisa, godol v'nora", and to whom such exalted angels "seraphim, v'chayos v'oifany hakodesh..." sing the most magnificent praises, has chosen to "lower himself" (kavi'yachol) to lift up from the dirt His children, a nation which fell so low in the depths of tumahs mitzrayim "ervas ha'aretz". "Chemla gedola viseira chomalto aleinu..." Out of His bountiful mercy he unties the knot, the meitzarim (restraints) that His dear child has tied himself into, and He personally cleans him off from his filth.

"Vekairavtanu malkeinu...", with deep emotion in my heart, my eyes start to well up with tears... Thank you Hashem for holding my hand and guiding me out of this pit of lust and hiding that I climbed into so many years ago... and please help the rest of your children who want so much to break free but just find it too difficult...

"Baruch ato...Habocher b'amo yisroel b'ahava..."


In light of Shavuos being a Chassuna (Wedding) between God and the Jewish people, we thought that this article is in order.

Attitude Towards Women

This comment was mentioned on our forum, and a member by the name of "Chl" answered powerfully. He writes:

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Rabbi Feigenbaum - Before Shavous 5773 - The Power of Na'aseh V'Nishma

Rabbi Feigenbaum - Shavous 5773 - Receiving Torah - Receiving Life

Rabbi David Aaron - Before Shavuos 5773 - Torah: The Master Key to Renewal and Transformation

Rabbi David Aaron - Shavuos 5773 - La'asok B'Divrei Torah
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