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6 posts from January 2008

Without Firing a Shot

We need Moshiach now. Rebbe Nachman of Breslev teaches that Moshiach will conquer the whole world without firing a single shot. My cherished brother Yosef Karduner put those words to music. The following 3-minute clip shows the two of singing the song together recently at Mevo Modiin, the settlement founded by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach of blessed memory.

This week's Torah portion is Yitro, the week of the 10 Commandments. In additon to a collection of lovely articles, you also get a Chassidic Pearl and a story for the Shabbat table . With all these resources at your fingertips, there's no reason why your Shabbat table can't be a wonderful family experience, and no reason why you can't sound like a Rebbe. Believe in yourself! Your family is bound to look at you in admiration when you talk Torah and tell stories at the table. May Hashem bless you with a superb and joyous week!


King Menachem Solo

So many people wrote and requested to see more of King Menachem, that we're posting another clip for your weekend enjoyment. G-d willing, the Beams will have more exclusive previews of the "Emuna Rock" project in the near feature.

A lot of people ask why Menachem plays a guitar that doesn't have a head to it. That's simple - Menachem thinks for the guitar - his head works for both. Enjoy your Sunday!


King Menachem of Emuna Rock

You all know the Menachem Herman, the Chassidic world's #1 rock guitarist and composer, who's done everything from accompanying Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach ob"m to arranging the music for the Toldos Aaron chassidim. At any rate, here's a special sneak preview of a project that Menachem and I have been working on for this last 6 months: Your favorite rock hits with Menachem's music and Lazer's lyrics. Who says Jews with beards and payis have no fun? More on the way, G-d willing...

This week's Torah portion is Bo, with plenty of thought-provoking articles including a Chassidic Pearl and a story for the Shabbat table. With all these resources at your fingertips, there's no reason why your Shabbat table can't be a wonderful family experience, and no reason why you can't sound like a Rebbe. Just wait and see how your family looks at you in admiration when you talk Torah and tell stories at the table. Enjoy the goodies and have a great week!


The Miracle of little Nissim Hillel

At the end of my talk this past Monday night in Ramat Bet Shemesh, a young father from the audience, Baruch Tannenbaum, called out to say that Emuna - pure and simple faith in Hashem - is for real. I invited him up to the microphone to tell his story. It's amazing - you can see it right here:

It's moments like this that give me strength. Thank You, Hashem.

This week is the second week of the six-week period of "Shovevim", Parshat Va'era. There's plenty of quality reading including a Chassidic Pearl and a story for the Shabbat table. Enjoy, and have a great week!


Rebbe Nachman's Gift to David

Harry and Susie Zettel, originally from Toronto and now in Ramat Bet Shemesh, are a magazine-cover couple and an Aliya success story. Just yesterday, I received this amazing letter from them that I'd like to share with you:

Dear Rabbi Brody,

Two years ago, I took my eldest son who was 12 to Uman for Rosh Hashanah as a pre- Bar Mitzvah present.

David_z Baruch Hashem, we have 5 children. One of our children, David (age 10, left), is developmentally delayed and suffers from epilepsy. Despite all the doctors negative predictions for David, David has continued to exceed all our expectations. His progress has made the doctor's predictions look silly. We made Aliyah almost 5 years ago from Canada; we thought that David would take 10 years to learn Hebrew, but thank G-d, his Hebrew today is better than some of my "Normal Children".

David has always had a very spiritual soul, he loves music and loves to dance (especially on his father's shoulder). However, David also has an uncontrollable streak, where he is subject to bad temper tantrums, where his teachers and mother have had a hard time controlling him.

Last year, when it was getting close to Rosh Hashanah, I asked my wife if she would mind if I went to Uman again this year. I was planning on taking our 7 year old boy with me this year. My wife said that I could go but I had to take all our boys (ages 13, 10 and 7) as she would find it hard to cope with all the boys, especially David without me being home. Financially this was a big struggle, but I thought it would be a great opportunity to bond with the children and to give them a great spiritual experience.

Most of my friends thought that I was nuts to travel with David to Uman, as he needs constant supervision. Well, we all traveled to Uman. I was able to pray while David played with other children. Daily we visited the Kever of Rebbe Nachman and sang and danced at night. We even took a full day trip to visit and pray by the graves of Rabbi Natan, The Baal Shem Tov, and Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev.

My wife has commented to me on many occasions that since the trip to Uman, David has been a lot more calm and his tantrums has decreased dramatically.

My wife and I believe that David received a very spiritual gift in Uman , the gift of being more at peace and calm with himself, which has also paid dividends to the family as a whole.

Best regards, Harry from Bet Shemesh