25 posts categorized "Community and public service"

If There's No Flour

Emuna Outreach Kimcha 5776
Our sages remind us of the obvious: "If there's no flour, there's no Torah." In like manner, if there's no flour for Passover, there's no matza.

Our esteemed and beloved Rav Shalom Arush, the head of the Chut Shel Chesed Yeshiva, Breslev Israel and Emuna Outreach, does everything in his power to make sure that needy families here in Israel have the necessary foodstuffs for Passover. What's the connection between distributing food for Passover and spreading emuna? Simple - when a needy family that has no idea how they'll handle the exorbitant expenses of Passover suddenly receives shmura matza, eggs, vegetables, wine, chickens and more, their emuna gets a tremendous boost.

Emuna Outreach's Kimcha D'Pischa (Aramaic for "flour for Passover") Fund goes to putting food on the tables of worthy low-income families in Israel. We buy things in bulk and at wholesale prices, so that we get the most out of every dollar in our fund. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to "host" an entire family for Seder night, many of whom have six children and more. A minimum donation of $180 puts wine, shmura matza, vegetables, eggs, meat and/or poultry and everything else needed for Seder night on their table. This fulfills for you the two tremendous obligations of Kimcha D'Pischa, providing foodstuffs for the poor on Passover, and Kol Dichfin, opening up your home to the poor on Seder night. This is an easy way to fulfill Kol Dichfin, for when you sponsor a family's Seder night, it's the same as if you hosted them in your own home.

You can make your generous tax-deductable donation to Emuna Outreach's Kimcha D'Pischa Fund by clicking here. May Hashem bless you and yours with a truly happy and kosher Passover!


One Call Away

While our neighbors here in the Middle East are busy killing people as well as exporting murder to all points abroad and most recently Belgium, we here in Israel are busy healing people and extending humanitarian aid all over the world, sometimes before people's own governments act. When an earthquake devastated Haiti, an Israeli relief team of over 200 medical professionals arrived within 24 hours. When a typhoon crippled the Philippines, Israelis were there within 36 hours after Philippine medical facilities utterly collapsed. To quote one American relief volunteer, "The Israelis, who come from the other side of the world, get here before the government does!"

Since the Beams is dedicated to health of body, mind and soul, we thought it appropriate to feature Rachel Lester's award-winning video clip, "One Call Away". It's important for the truth to be told. See for yourself and have a wonderful new week:


Prayer for Rebuilding the Holy Temple

Here is the prayer that Rav Shalom Arush composed for us all to  say tonight at 9 PM (Israel, 2 PM NYC) when we all recite the Shema together:

B"H

Prayer for the Rebuilding of our Holy Temple and for Accepting the Yoke of Heaven

Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is One:

(whisper) Blessed is the Name of His glorious kingdom for all eternity.

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be in your heart. And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall speak of them when you sit at home, and when you walk along the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

The Lord, He is God: (repeat 7 times)

The Lord reigns. The Lord has reigned. The Lord will reign forever: (repeat twice)

Save us, we beseech You, O Lord! (repeat twice)

Forever, O Lord, Your word stands firm in the heavens. (repeat 13 times)

Master of the World, our merciful Father, please have mercy on the Jewish People and on the entire world. Reign over us, You, Hashem and no other, with mercy and compassion. Reveal the glory of Your kingdom upon us. God and God of our fathers, reign over the entire world in Your glory and may Your splendor be over the entire earth, appear in Your majestic power over all the inhabitants of the globe, Your land. May every action know that You acted upon it and may every creation know that You created it, and may anyone with a soul in his nostrils say Hashem the God of Israel is King, and He reigns over everything.

Master of the World, speedily rebuild Your city Jerusalem, and may the throne of Your servant David be speedily established within it, for King David our righteous Messiah shall reign over us in great mercy, with no wars, no terrorist acts and no suffering.

Master of the World, on the Tenth of Teveth, when the Heavenly Court decrees on the building of the Holy Temple, we ask all the tzaddikim – from our forefather Abraham to the tzadikim of today – to all stand in prayer together with us so that the Heavenly Court shall decree that the Holy Temple should be built this year right away, and may we merit that the Holy Temple should be built, for it is the house of prayer of all nations, speedily this month, during the month of Teveth, amen, may it be Your will.

(Singing) And so we put our hope in You, Hashem our God, to see forthright the majesty of Your power, to wipe idolatry of the earth and to utterly sever false gods, to rectify the world in the Kingdom of God and all of living flesh shall call Your name, all the wicked of the earth shall turn to You, every inhabitant of the globe shall recognize and know, the every knee shall bow to You, every tongue shall swear, before You Hashem our God, they will bow and fall prostrate and give honor to Your Name, and all will accept the yoke of Your Kingship (repeat 4 times) and You shall soon reign over them forever. For the monarchy is Yours, and You will rule gloriously forever. As it is written in the Torah: Hashem will rule forever. And it is said: And Hashem shall be King over all the earth and on that day, Hashem will be One and His Name One.


Worldwide Shema Yisrael, Monday, 21 Dec., 2015 - 9PM Israel Time

Shema-yisrael
Here is a critically important announcement that we request you pass on to everyone you know:

This Monday night, 21 Dec., 2015, is the eve of the Tenth of Teveth. This is a fast day that commemorates the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem, which ended in the destruction of our Holy Temple seven months later on the ninth day of Av, or "Tisha B'Av".

My esteemed and beloved teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush quotes the Chattam Sofer osb"m and explains that the Tenth of Teveth was the day that the Heavenly Court decreed that the Temple would be destroyed. Rabbi Arush explains further in the clip below, which I haven't had time to dub with English subtitles, that every generation who doesn't rebuild the Holy Temple is in effect guilty of destroying it. As such, each year, the decree is renewed in the Heavenly Court that the Holy Temple should remain destroyed. Therefore, the eve of the Tenth of Teveth is the opportune time to beg Hashem to reverse the decree, and rather than having the Temple remain destroyed for another year, it should be built this year. To invoke Divine compassion, Rav Arush is calling for a worldwide simultaneous recitation of the Shema prayer on Monday night, 21 Dec., 2015 at 9PM Israel time, which is 7PM London, 2PM NYC, 1PM Chicago, 12 noon Denver and 11AM Los Angeles. Please join us.

To further invoke Divine compassion, as Rav Shalom explains, we all must pray for four things:

  1. That the Kingdom of Heaven should rule on earth;
  2. That King David should rule in Israel;
  3. That the Holy Temple should be rebuilt forthright;
  4. That we should all return to Hashem in complete teshuva.

Rav Arush shlit'a stresses that this is a critical time and conducive for the Geula, the full redemption of our people.

Here's the original clip in Hebrew. Enjoy it and have a wonderful new week with good tidings.