Mazel Tov! Two beautiful years!
Mazel Tov! Mazel Tov! Although it's the three weeks, I would venture to say that for this occasion, it is permissible to say "SheHechiyanu V'Kimanu, V'Higiyanu L'Zman Hazeh!"
The reason I say this is because, it is otherwise forbidden to say that Bracha of Simcha in this period as we lost our Bais HaMikdash. However, The Guard Your Eyes website, by its very launch, was the first step in the Bais HaMikdash's rebuilding; the first step in Klal Yisroel's rebirth.
I don't say this jokingly; I mean it!
(Note from admin: Actually, as "Battleworn" pointed out on the forum, the Beis Aharon of Karlin and his father R' Asher of Stolin had a Minhag to make a Shehecheyonu on the 22 Tamuz because of the Yartzeit of Rav Shlomo Karliner! And other Tzadikim also continued this custom...)
Too many members of our holy nation have stooped into the 50th level of Tumah, rachmana L'Tzlan, and thus have held Mashiach back from arriving.
The GYE revolution, which is being fought by each and every individual on the site, led by the chief tzaddik, R' Guard, is what will usher in Moshiach sooner than you can imagine!
On a personal level, Chazal tell us that Hashem always prepares the cure before the sickness arrives. About a year and a half ago, Baruch Hashem, I was given a second chance by Hashem.
I was steeped in a life of sin and decadence and firmly in the camp of our arch enemy, the Yetzer Hara.
Hashem orchestrated a series of events which led me to choose life, to throw away the yetzer Hara and embrace the beauty of Hashem and His holy Torah.
I had many struggles to overcome, many battles to win, many changes to implement, many ideals to embrace and many people to distance myself from.
It was hard. It was beyond hard. It was virtually impossible.
Yet, with Hashem's help, I began my journey to become a new and better person.
The very week that I began my return, I "happened" to see an ad for GYE on the Yeshiva world website (which is why all donations are important to help the ads be out there for others in need)
I can honestly say that had I not found the site, i would not have had the strength to hold on and to maintain my status as a Ba'al Teshuva.
I know myself. I know my strengths and my weakneses. I say this with complete confidence; Having the great people on the site as support and building a friendship with the great Tzaddik R' Guard, is the thing that kept me grounded and allowed me the resolve to do many of the things I was able to do in the past year and a half.
Every person is obligated to say "B'shvili Nivra H'Olam- the world was created for me!" (This is a responsibility, not a decleration of haughtiness. It means that every person makes a difference and that every little sin, can destroy the entire world! See Ben Yehoyada to Talmud Nidah 31b for more about this)
Well, I stand here today and say "B'Shvili Nivra H'Guard Your Eyes website".
And each and every yid that was helped, even in a small way, by the site, should get up and say it too!
Say it loud!
Say it proud!
Say it with resolve!
Say it without shame!
" I am a Guard Your Eyes Success Story!"
"B'Shvili Nivra H'Guard Your Eyes website"
My dear friends, Mashiach can be here before this Tisha B'Av!
Let's make it happen!
Let's throw away everything that the Yetzer Hara wants us to hold on to!
Let's show the lousy Yetzer Hara that his reign is O-V-E-R!!!!!
Your dear friend and brother,