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7 posts from September 2009

Shomer Yisrael: Guardian of Israel

Imagine that the mightiest ocean or the most prodigious tsunami is no where comparable to a single tear in Hashem's proverbial eye. We can all sleep soundly at nights knowing that Hashem is "Shomer Yisrael," the Guardian of Israel.

Here is a beautifully inspiring film clip with Rav Shlomo Carlebach of blessed memory singing "Shomer Yisrael."  Enjoy!


Easy Fast

Many Ashkenazi Jews have a custom of giving each other 39 mock lashes on the afternoon before Yom Kippur. What's behind this custom? Is it the real deal? Read The Lashes of Yom Kippur Eve to get your answer on this week's issue of Breslev Israel web magazine. 

There's certainly no need to suffer on Yom Kippur, which according to the Gemara in tractate Taanit, is one of the happiest days of the year. To make life easier, here are some important pointers to facilitate Easy Fasting.

Have you ever wondered why we blow the Shofar at rhe conclusion of Yom Kippur? Have you been following our serial allegory, The King and the WoodsmanThe Secret of the Shofar is an interpretation of the allegory's underlying imagery, which you're sure to enjoy.

Our beloved teacher and spiritual guide Rabbi Shalom Arush teaches us that prayer connects us directly to Hashem in With Prayer, With Hashem.

In ancient Egypt, only 20% of the Jews believed in the Geula. Have things changed since? See Geula and 20%.

Can women earn The Crown of Torah?

The Melitzer Rebbetzen talks about The Right Influences in child education. We are truly grateful to her for her eight-part series, of which this is the conclusion.

 13935  One of the most important things Rav Shalom Arush ever taught me is The Gratitude Option.

Breslev Kids enjoy a brand new series: David the Shepherd Boy.

Breslev Israel, Emuna Outreach and the Beams wish you a "Gmar Tov", a final sealed signature in the Book of Long and Wonderful Life with a meaningful Yom Kippur and an easy fast.


One Hour a Day

Do you remember the song "Peace of Mind" from way back when, by a group named "Boston"? Well, Menachem Herman and I got a hold of it. I changed the lyrics and called it "One Hour a Day," turning it into a song about hitbodedut, talking to Hashem for an hour a day in personal prayer. Menachem of course plays the music better than the original, just like he did in Sweet Home, Jerusalem. Here's something to really brighten your day:

ONE HOUR A DAY

Music by "Boston", performed by Menachem Herman and Emuna - Lyrics by Rabbi Lazer Brody

Now if you're feelin' kinda low 'cause your soul is cryin'
The Geula's coming much too slow
And you shout in the darkness 'cause you feel like dyin'
There doesn't seem to be any place to go
Yeah, yeah, yeah

I understand about deep depression
But I don't care what people say
My heart and my soul need their daily expression
I'll talk to Hashem for one hour a day. (yea...)

Now you're lookin' around for some real action
Something that's good for your head
But wherever you search you get a bad reaction

So why not try Hashem instead?

I understand about deep depression
But I don't care what people say
My heart and my soul need their daily expression
I'll talk to Hashem for an hour a day.. 

One hour a day, an hour a day, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah...woa!

Now everybody's got advice they just keep on givin'
Doesn't mean too much to me

Lot's of people out to make-believe they're livin'
'Cause emuna they don't yet see.

I understand about deep depression
But I don't care what people say
My heart and my soul need their daily expression
I'll talk to Hashem for an hour a day.. 

One hour a day, an hour a day, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah...woa!


Pidyon Nefesh Saves Lives

Pidyon Nefesh is a surrogate for a sacrifice in the Holy Temple that mitigates severe judgments - it is charity money that is given to a true tzaddik who knows how to invoke Divine compassion for the soul of the donor. A Pidyon Nefesh can safe a person's life. It is highly recommended to give a Pidyon to a true tzaddik before Rosh Hashanna.

Send your Pidyon to Rabbi Shalom Arush here. You'll be glad you did.