This coming Shabbat is Pekudei-Shekalim. We learn that Torah and prayer are accessible to anyone who wants them. Enjoy today's 17-minute lesson, and have a lovely Shabbat!
30 posts from February 2014
Are Christians and Moslems idolators according to Judaism? Do we pray for our non-Jewish friends? Here's my 5-minute answer:
With Hashem's loving grace, our weekly emuna lesson and live broadcast will take place as usual this Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM local time, at our Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva, 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street, Jerusalem, in the main sanctuary. This week's shiur is entitled, "The Logic Trap", and it will give some wonderful food for thought in preparing for Purim.
As always, the live shiur is open to the public - both men and women are welcome - so if you're anywhere near Jerusalem, come on by! You can see today's lesson here - the broadcast, as well as our lessons posted from now on - are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in on time as follows:
9:00 AM in LA and the West Coast, 10:00 AM Denver, 11:00 AM Mexico and Central, 12:00 PM NYC (EST), 5:00 PM in the UK, 7:00 PM Johannesburg and Capetown, 7:00 PM Israel. As soon as we can, G-d willing, we'll post a link to the lesson for all those who couldn't see it live. If you can't see the broadcast, you might need to download a new version of Flash Media player, which you can do here. We hope you enjoy the broadcast.
A mother and father ask me how to relate to their daughter, who married outside of Judaism. Here is my 7-minute answer:
A young lady asks me what to do in a situation where her boss treats her colleague much better than he treats her, something that causes her much anguish. What she doesn't see is that this is a blessing in disguise, as we'll hear in my 5-minute answer:
Judaism's two prime mitzvoth, learning Torah and praying, provide equal opportunities for the rich and the poor. No one can say in Judaism that they're denied the opportunities of doing both as much as they aspire. We learn especially from the mitzva of donating the half shekel that true Judaism is devoid of an elite or aristocracy. Read all about it in Equal Opportunity Mitzvoth, all about Parshat Shekalim which is this coming Shabbat, in my feature article in theis week's spiritually-nutritious Breslev Israel web magazine.
Purim is three short weeks away. On Purim, you really get to know a person. People think they're masquerading on Purim, but once they have a little wine, their true inner dimensions come out. So, in that respect, you see who they really are. See more in my pre-Purim article, Drunk on Love.
Also featured this week:
Rabbi Shalom Arush - Fear of Animals
Rabbi Dovid Charlop - Deja Vu
Dr. Zev Ballen - Blaming the Victim
Rivka Levy - Taking Responsibility
Captain David Ruderman - The Fifth Jump
Sam Mitzmann - Teshuva in Personal Prayer
Bright Beams blessings for a beautiful week!