Following are some excerpts of Rabbi Lazer Brody’s, Lazer Beams blog – Reflections of Emuna with Rabbi Lazer Brody , which I think we should all read and be concened about.
Today’s headlines are one big conglomerate wake-up call from Hashem – it takes a deaf, dumb, and blind person to ignore them.
We can no longer take our water for granted, as the Kinneret is nearing crisis-level.
We can no longer take basic foodstuffs for granted.
Winds of war are blowing from the north.
Our silly government is taking apart the country ( Golan, Jerusalem, with more on the table) with its own soiled hands, secretly and unilaterally bending to the demands of those committed to our destruction, G-d forbid.
Read this great article from Lazer Beams
Reflections of emuna with Rabbi Lazer Brody
The Hebrew month of Nissan in general, and the week of Passover in particular, mark the season of miracles. For a person with faith, miracles are as natural as the laws of nature, since faith transcends any natural laws, putting one in a realm where miracles are reality.
The Yerushalmi Talmud (tractate Taanis, 17 a-b) tells about Rabbi Ada bar Ahava (Achva), a righteous scholar. If there wasn’t enough rain, all he would have to do is remove a shoe, and dark clouds would suddenly appear on the horizon. The Talmud continues to tell us exactly how Rabbi Ada acquired the power to perform miracles, listing 8 main criteria. The first 4 criteria apply to those who learn Torah, but the second 4 apply to each and every one of us.
Reb Akiva M of Mystical Paths has blessed me, by granting me permission to place this Video which is a demonstration of Birkat HaIlan, the blessing of the trees, a mitzvah for the month of Nissan, with Rabbi Lazer Brody, shlita and Reb Nati.
This video, placed with the kind permission of Reb Akiva M of Mystical Paths.
I requested Reb Akiva of Mystical Paths, to allow me place this video of HaRav Shalom Arush, shlita, where HaRav Arush, shlita, makes a special request of the world. Hebrew w/English subtitles.
It’s a blessing to hear HaRav Shalom Arush, shlita, in hitbodedut (personal prayer).
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Due the last news, which are quite disturbing, I requested Reb Akiva of Mystical Paths, to allow me place this video of HaRav Shalom Arush, shlita, where he gives a powerful example of hitbodedut (personal prayer), showing how to express one’s emunah (faith) in the Creator of the world. Rabbi Arush, shlita, is the author of The Garden of Emunah and the Rosh Yeshiva of Chut Shel Chesed in Jerusalem.
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When I read this post in November last year, it made my eyes watery.
This post had a very special impact on me, in that, I always keep remembering it, and I said this I must share with my beloved.
If you delve into it, you will find it has a profund message for all of us.
Posted by nava, Wednesday, November 07, 2007.
By Anonymous at Mystical Paths.
A man’s daughter had asked the local Rabbi to come and pray with her father. When the Rabbi arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows. An empty chair sat beside his bed. The Rabbi assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his visit.
“I guess you were expecting me”, he said.
“No, who are you?” said the father. The Rabbi told him his name and then remarked, “I saw the empty chair and I figured you knew I was going to show up.”
“Oh yeah, the chair,” said the bedridden man. “Would you mind closing the door?.” Puzzled, the Rabbi shut the door. “I have never told anyone this, not even my daughter,” said the man. “But all of my life I have never known how to pray. In Shul I used to hear the Rabbi talk about prayer, but it went right over my head. I abandoned any attempt at prayer,” The old man continued, “Until one day four years ago, my best friend said to me, “Johnny, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with HASHEM.
Here is what I suggest. “Sit down in a chair; place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith see HASHEM on the chair. It’s not spooky because He promised us, “I will be with you always”.
“Then just speak to Him in the same way you’re doing with me right now.”
“So, I tried it and I’ve liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours every day. I’m careful though. If my daughter saw me talking to an empty chair, she’d either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funny farm.”
The Rabbi was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old man to continue on the journey. Then he prayed with him and returned to the Shul.
Two nights later the daughter called to tell the Rabbi that her daddy had died that afternoon. “Did he die in peace?,” he asked.
“Yes, when I left the house about two o’clock, he called me over to his bedside, told me he loved me and kissed me on the cheek. When I got back from the store an hour later, he was no longer breathing. …But there was something strange about his death. Apparently, just before Daddy died, he leaned over and rested his head on the chair beside the bed. What do you make of that?”
The Rabbi wiped a tear from his eye and said, “I wish we could all go like that.”
I asked HASHEM for water, He gave us oceans.
I asked HASHEM for a flower, He gave us gardens.
I asked HASHEM for a friend, He gave me all of YOU…
If HASHEM brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
Happy moments, praise HASHEM.
Difficult moments, seek HASHEM.
Quiet moments, worship HASHEM.
Painful moments, trust in HASHEM.
Every living moment, thank HASHEM.
Daddy’s Empty Chair, reprinted with the kind permission of Reb Akiva of Mystical Paths.
Here you have it beloved brethren, the only weapon that will defeat Eretz Ysrael’s enemies, is PRAYER, not weapons, or any person or army but simple sincere PRAYER from way deep within our heart.
We have to get hold of our sword (Emunah) and start praying (Tefillah) to Hashem, in order to clean the path so that Mosiach can come and deliver Klal Ysrael from our enemies.
Rabbi Lazer Brody from Lazer Beams has a wonderful spiritual explanation about the threat against Israel and how to deal with it.
Kindly click here to listen.
Rama, Shulchan Oruch, Orach Chaim 481:2 – “This night is protected from the forces of evil.”
The Torah describes Seder night as a “night of protection” (Exodus 12:42), when Hashem personally took His beloved children of Israel out of Egypt. The original Hebrew lail shimorim is interpreted two different ways in the Midrash: First, it is a “reserved” night, since Hashem redeemed Israel from bondage on the night of the 15th of Nisan, he reserves this same night to redeem his children Israel in the future (Yalkut Shimoni, Bo, 210). Second, it’s a “protected” night (ibid), since Hashem’s divine presence repels all mazikim, the dark-side forces of evil.
“Night of protection” is no mere homiletic catchphrase; it’s anchored in religious law! The Abridged Code of Jewish Law (119:9), in explaining how to perform the latter part of the Seder, writes: “After grace following the meal, we pour the fourth cup. According to custom, we open the door in remembrance that tonight is a protected night and we fear nothing.”
A person can turn any night into a “night of protection” by simply pouring his or her heart out in personal prayer. Rebbe Nachman teaches that when a Jew desires to speak to Hashem, Hashem moves everything aside to listen. By virtue of our speaking to Hashem, we hasten the day of the ingathering of the exiles and the final redemption of our people, amen.
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