Here's good news for all of our friends in the Beit Shemesh - Jerusalem - Gush Etzion - Hevron area: My beloved spiritual brother Shlomo Katz and I will be together for an evening of hitorerut, strengthening of the soul with music and emuna on this coming Sunday evening, June 23, 2013 at 8 PM, at Kehillat Shirat Shlomo, the Carlebach shul in Efrat, Netzer Yishai street, in the Efrat Retreat center. Admission is free, and you're cordially invited!
Warmest regards, blessings for everyone and Shabbat Shalom from Rebbe Nachman's holy gravesite in Uman. We're looking forward to an uplifting and most inspirational Shabbat, for leading us in the singing at the Shabbat table will be cantor Ushi Blumenberg. Here's a taste:
We had a pleasant surprise in Singapore earlier today: Robin Stienberg, President of National Critic's Choice magazine and website, presented me with the "Lifetime Achievement Award" for Jewish Inspirational Literature. All I can say is that I've been trying to be a faithful mailman, bringing Hashem's messages to people of all backgrounds. Thank You, Hashem - it's all Your honor.
I don't remember if it was Tony Bennett or Frank Sinatra (maybe both?) that sang, "I left my heart in San Francisco". I can safely say that I left mine in Meron.
Meron on Lag B'Omer defies description. This year, I won't be able to be in Meron for Lag B'Omer, because I'll be on a plane to Singapore; my first task is to spread emuna around the globe. But, if you can imagine a Woodstock of complete holiness, with the spirit of one of our people's greatest tzaddikim of all time - Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai - walking around in your midst, where the tears of elation mix with the tears of a broken heart, dancing on air in perfect unity with people you might not speak to all year long, while on-the-house food and drink flow out of trees and stones, that's Meron - a little place of heaven on earth. Here's a small taste from a few years ago (takes a few seconds to load). We look forward to seeing all of our friends in Singapore, mainland China, Hong Kong and the UK between May 10-23, 2012.