109 posts categorized "Emuna and Spirituality"

The Immortal Soul

Immortal soul
Since the soul is a tiny spark of Godliness, it has the same characteristics that its Creator has. Just as the Creator is infinite, so is the soul. They both defy time and space, and neither ever dies. So, the more we live a spiritually-oriented life, the more we overcome the downward tendency of bodily-oriented depression and disappointment. The soul never gets old. If cared for properly, it never degenerates. And, if we provide its needs, we attain both happiness and inner peace.

A Time for Renewal

Sweet Beginning
This coming Shabbat is Rosh Chodesh Nissan, the first day of the first month of the Hebrew calendar. It's a special time that's conducive for renewal, rebooting ourselves and making a new start.

One of the main things I did during my election-day hitbodedut (personal prayer) was to take a good, hard look at The Beams and the direction we hope to be taking during the coming year.

The recent cyber face-lifting of the Beams (I hope you like it) is a reflection of our resolve for a renewed inner dimension as well. Politics and religious debates are a hopeless and utter waste of time; you can see the news, infighting and bashing on dozens of other web sites and blogs. My energies will be dedicated to spreading emuna, inspiring people of all backgrounds and to combine my training as a rabbi and spiritual guide and as a certified fitness trainer to help people maintain healthy minds, bodies and souls.

I believe that Emuna - the pure and unshaking faith in Hashem - is the key to personal happiness, our national survival, and world peace. Most people - clergymen included - have no idea what real emuna is all about. That's why Lazer Beams will be dealing more and more in emuna. Personally, I'd rather have an intimate reader-family of 800 emuna-seekers than the 4-5,000 news seekers I was getting daily when I was writing about current events. 

I'd like for Lazer Beams to be a cyber oasis of emuna and good health, and a place for you to come and just feel good about yourself, knowing that Hashem loves you and that we do too.

As always, feel free to comment and to share your thoughts with us.

100 Thank-You's

Thank You, Hashem
Halacha (Jewish Law) requires us to make at least 100 benedictions every day, including Shabbat (see Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 46:4, 284:4, 290:1). Rebbe Meir in the Gemara tells us that King David instituted this practice to invoke Divine compassion and blessings.

Our cherished friends and emuna activists Avi Hersko from NYC and Avrumi Nussenzweig from Jerusalem (who recently made Aliya from NYC to Eretz Yisroel), came to the amazing conclusion that if 100 blessings a day do so much for us, imagine the power of thanking Hashem at least 100 times a day! They started making a daily list of 100 things to thank Hashem for, and ever since, they've seen tremendous miracles.

Don't say that you don't know what to say "Thank-You, Hashem" for - doesn't every single heartbeat and breath deserve limitless gratitude?

Why don't you try 100 daily "Thank You's" too? For your convenience, we've prepared a 100 Thank You list print out. Click on the link and download the form, which you can print and use daily. You too can merit miracles! 

Kobi Peretz Becomes a Baal Teshuva

With all the difficult news from around the world, and all the hardships of our people - particularly in France - it's time for good news. The secular media is now reporting - and it's official - that Israel's tremendously popular singer Kobi Peretz has decided to become a Torah-observant Jew.

Kobi met my esteemed and beloved teacher Rav Shalom Arush, may Hashem bless him, and was so enraptured with him, that his whole life changed. Rav Shalom saved Kobi from divorce. Rav Shalom taught Kobi how to speak to Hashem in personal prayer, and Kobi even accompanied Rav Shalom on an "Emuna Outreach" mission of giving out books and CDs to IDF soldiers. Israel's Channel 2 released a documentary of Kobi's teshuva and his encounter with Rav Shalom Arush, which we're delighted to present here. Even though it's in Hebrew, you'll undoubtedly understand what's happening - this film speaks to the heart, as does Kobi's singing. This is all a small part of what Rav Shalom and Emuna Outreach are doing in Israel alone:

You can partner with Rav Shalom in spreading emuna around the world; click on the "Donate" button on the upper left-hand toolbar of this site. May Hashem grant you every blessing!