We here at the Beams are delighted to feature select lessons, brief and comprehensible, from Breslev Israel's distinguished staff of English speaking rabbis. We surely hope you enjoy this, so don't let your day go by without grabbing some Torah, especially ideas that you can say over at your Shabbat table. What's more, each week we feature a taste of the Chassidic world's most popular niggunim, which you can also sing at your Shabbat table.
With many of our rabbis still on vacation, this week we'll hear from Rabbi Shalom Arush and Rabbi Lazer Brody, who are manning the fort. Our musical guest this week is our cherished friend from Monsey, New York, one of Jewish music's leading singers, Shloimie Daskal, singing a gorgeous rendition of the Chuppa niggun, Mi Adir, accompanied by Yisroel Lamm and his orchestra in a fantastic production by our esteemed and dear friend Aaron Teitelbaum. Enjoy and have a lovely Shabbat!
Lesson #1 - The Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a: Paradise in This World (4 minutes)
This world can either be a Garden of Eden or a terrible purgatory. It all depends on the choice each of us can make, to live with emuna or not. Let's hear our beloved teacher, Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a (Hebrew, with English subtitles):
Lesson #2 - Rabbi Lazer Brody - Parshat Shoftim: Be Your Own Cop (10 minutes)
Every single general directive in this week's Torah portion also is an intrinsic directive for every individual, especially during the month of Elul. Just as we have a national judicial system, each of us should have an individual judicial apparatus…
Now, for the spiritual, calorie-free dessert - the musical cherry on our cake:
In Jewish tradition, as the bridegroom enters the wedding canopy or chuppa, we sing a moving melody entitled, Mi Adir, or "He who is mighty". Here is Shloimie Daskal singing Mi Adir with the inspiring "You Raise Me Up" melody by Josh Groban. Enjoy, and sing along - for your enjoyment pleasure, you'll find the lyrics in transliteration and translation directly below the vid (don't let the gray screen scare you - click on the vid, it works):
Mi adir al hakol,
Mi baruch al hakol,
Mi gadol al hakol,
Mi dagul al hakol,
Hu yivarech es hechasan
Hu yivarech es hakallah
Hu yivarech es hechasan v'es hakallah
He who is mighty above all beings,
He who is blessed above all beings,
He who is great above all beings,
He who is distinguished above all beings,
May he bless the bridegroom
May he bless the bride
May he bless the bridegroom and the bride.
ROSH HASHANAH IS IN 3 SHORT WEEKS - DON'T FORGET PIDYON NEFESH
Pidyon Nefesh is a very special and powerful prayer and blessing that has the spiritual strength of a sacrifice in the Bet Hamikdash to atone for sin and to mitigate severe judgments. The bigger and more pious the tzaddik, the more effective the "pidyon", which literally means "redemption", where one's money is literally a sacrifice for one's body and soul. The pidyon money "redeems" the nefesh, or soul, in other words, "Pidyon Nefesh." This is used when a major salvation is needed, such as in the case of a dangerous illness, a severe court case, or as a rescue from trouble or danger. Rebbe Nachman of Breslev says that Pidyon Nefesh is the "sweetening", or mitigation of harsh decrees and serves as a salvation from any trouble, for the main cure and solution of sickness is the pidyon (see Likutei Moharan II:3).
We strongly recommend sending a A Pidyon Nefesh to Rav Shalom Arush via Emuna Outreach, who'll pray for you in Uman on Erev Rosh Hashana.