By Breslev Israel Staff
Emuna Outreach has grown tremendously, so much so that Rabbi Lazer Brody could no longer handle the entire organization on his own. As such, he was forced to temporarily discontinue operations since last July, and as a result, was not accepting donations. But, as they say in Hebrew, the bitter has yielded the sweet. Emuna Outreach is now an integral part of Breslev Israel and the Chut Shel Chesed Institutions, under the auspices of Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit'a. Scroll down to read the whole story:
Above image: Emuna Outreach mascot, designed by Yaacov Kirschen of "Dry Bones" fame
What do the US troops in Afghanistan have in common with the First Nations of northern Ontario and the Noahides of Singapore? They're all learning about emuna...
In 2004, an American talk-show host interviewed Rabbi Lazer Brody. He thought that it was rather novel to host a Chassidic rabbi on his show who was also a special-ops combat veteran of Israel's Defense Forces. The interviewer asked, "Rabbi Brody, what's your dream in life?"
"I want to make the word emuna even more internationally well-known than Coca Cola." That same year, Rabbi Lazer Brody took the first step in realizing his dream goal by founding Emuna Outreach.
For nine years, from August of 2004 until July of 2013, Emuna Outreach was virtually a one-man operation. With the help of dedicated volunteers and supporters around the globe, Rabbi Brody did his utmost in spreading the concept of emuna - pure and simple faith in The Almighty - in places where it was needed most: in combat zones, in prisons and in hospitals.
Tirelessly, Rabbi Brody personally spent extensive time with soldiers of the IDF on all of Israel's borders, teaching them how emuna enables them to function better under extreme stress. He regularly visited the wounded in rehabilitation centers and prison inmates in the process of rebuilding their lives. To places where he couldn't be personally, such as among the US Forces in Iraq and in Afghanistan, he'd send care packages of emuna books and CDs. Emuna Outreach has also worked extensively with the Aleph Institute, spreading emuna both in the American military and in the US prison system.
If that's not enough, Emuna Outreach sponsored emuna-awareness programs for as varied segments of the population as senior-citizens, toddlers and members of the International Noahide community, reaching as varied places as the Noahide community in Singapore and the native Americans of Texas, Tennessee and northern Canada.
But the job just became too prodigious for one individual to handle. So, in July of 2013, Rabbi Brody turned to the Minister of Emuna himself, his beloved teacher and spiritual guide Rabbi Shalom Arush, and asked for help so that the spread of emuna would not stop, Heaven forbid! As a result, Breslev Israel and the Chut Shel Chesed Institutions, both under the auspices of Rabbi Arush, have now taken Emuna Outreach under their wing. No longer a one-man organization, Emuna Outreach hopes to spread emuna on an even greater scale.
Rabbi Brody today is exclusively employed by Breslev Israel and his work in Emuna Outreach is completely under the auspices of Rav Arush, Breslev Israel and the Chut Shel Chesed Institutions.
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6. Emuna Outreach with senior citizens
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