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Shabbat Chazon - The Sabbath of Vision Before Tisha B'Av

Greetings & Blessings!
Have you ever had a goal, maybe a project or a change you wanted to make, that seems endlessly beyond reach? You work on it and work on it. You think you’re getting closer. Then another year goes by and it’s still not done?!

Yeah. Me, too. I’ll tell you more about that below (That’s why I asked for your encouragement!).

And it’s not only you and me. It looks like G-d also has an unfinished project that seems like it’s going on forever (at least from our perspective). It’s rebuilding His home in this world.

This Shabbat is the Shabbat before Tisha B’Av, the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Menachem Av [The fast day of Tisha B’Av, is observed this year on Monday, July 31, from sundown, until Tuesday, August 1, at nightfall.] 

Chazon means “vision” and is the first word in this week’s Haftorah. The Lubavitcher Rebbe said that this vision is shown to the neshama, our soul, at the very first moment of Shabbat, since the whole Shabbat is called "Shabbat Chazon."

Our sages tell us that on Shabbat Chazon, the Jewish soul is shown from afar a vision of the 3rd Bais Hamikdash (may our Holy Temple be rebuilt immediately!). If you don’t consciously see it, don’t worry. This is a spiritual vision of the 3rd Holy Temple, (which will be permanent and everlasting).

One year I actually DID have an amazing vision of the 3rd Bais Hamikdash from afar. Did I ever tell you about it? (I can’t remember if I did.) What surprised me is that I thought that if I was lucky, I might have a vision of the Holy Temple while I was asleep. But it came while I covered my eyes in prayer after Shabbat candlelighting, as the Rebbe said, in the first moment, and… WOW!

By the way, if YOU have a vision of the 3rd Holy Temple, please share it with me after Shabbat. I’d love to hear about it!

So, I’m a little embarrassed about this, but I’ve been saying that I’m launching the first book of my Joyfully Jewish series for a LONG time.

Too long. MUCH too long.

So, I’m delighted (and terrified) to announce that, G-d willing, on August 10, I’m launching, not only my new book, but a course to go with it, “Create Your Joyfully Jewish Life in 30 Days!”

But I need your help.

I’ve tried and failed so many times to complete this first volume, I could really use your encouragement. So, if you wouldn’t mind...

Please comment below and send me a few encouraging words to cheer me on to the finish line. 

I would really appreciate it!

Remember last time I told you I had lost one of the most valuable things I ever had? I continue my personal story in the P.S. after my blessing for you below. 

May your worthy projects come to fruition, and the true visions of your heart become reality, with the greatest joy & delight every step of the way, and may we celebrate together with Moshiach, in G-d's soon-to-be-finished project - our 3rd Holy & Eternal Temple in Jerusalem!

May you be blessed with success and only good things!

Rae Shagalov
Author, Master Calligrapher & Chief Doodler

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My story continued: When I went to Hebrew school as a child, I'm sorry to say that it never made much sense to me. Thank G-d, I learned how to read Hebrew and I learned about some of the Jewish holidays.
After my bas mitzvah, I was “confirmed,” but I felt like I was “graduating” from Judaism.

“Now,” I thought, “I can look for something that is truly spiritual,” And that’s what I did. For 10 years I forgot about Judaism and became a “spiritual tourist.”

Then, one day I saw something that stopped me in my tracks.

That’s when I realized I had lost something that was very dear to me. When I saw it, tears started rolling down my cheeks. I’ll tell you what it was in my next email. 

P.P.S. Please don’t forget to send me your encouraging words in the comments below! It would mean a lot to me to know that you care. 

And if YOU would like encouragement to finish a project, tell me about it, and I’ll encourage you, too.

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