Our cherished friend and sweet-singer David Dome from London sent me a gorgeous traditional Irish ballad by the name of "Wild Mountain Thyme". He performs this balled ever so beautifully with new emuna lyrics I wrote for him. We now call this lovely song, "Voice on the Mountain," which we hope you'll enjoy. I can't stop listening to it. Sing along - the lyrics appear below the vid.
Melody: Traditional Irish, "Wild Mountain Thyme" Instruments, Vocal and Arrangement: David Dome Lyrics: Rabbi Lazer Brody
Oh Mashiach times a comin' And the trees are sweetly bloomin' And The Voice from the mountain Calls in love and in emuna Come home Neshama Come home....
And we'll all go together To hear The Voice on a mountain And we'll sing a song forever Come home Neshama Come home
I will then say a prayer By yon high and holy mountain My love song for my Father Flows like waters from a fountain Come home Neshama Come home...
And we'll all go together To hear The Voice on the mountain And we'll sing a song forever Come home Neshama Come home.....
Come home Neshama come home Neshama come home
Hashem forever be with me For there never is another And it's His Voice on the mountain Calling you and me dear brother Come home , Neshama Come home......
And we'll all go together To hear The Voice on the mountain And we'll sing a song forever Come home Neshama Come home My brother Come home My sister Come home Neshama Come home....
For a long time now, I've been entertaining the idea of adding a co-author here on the Beams team, which until now, was pretty much a one-person venture. I envisioned someone young, at least a generation younger than me. I had a tough bill to fill because I wanted someone with outstanding writing talents, intelligent, humorous, charismatic, compassionate and most of all emuna-oriented who is totally on board with the teachings of Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a and well-versed in my books as well.
Tough bill to fill, no?
Nothing is too tough for Hashem. He sent me a young lady who scores a 10 on every one of the things I was looking for. Her name (officially) is Rebbetzen Rachel Reckles. We all call her Racheli.
Racheli is the wife of Breslev Israel's distinguished Program Director, Rabbi David Reckles (see image at right - Rabbi David is decked in a tallit at the brit of his son Nachman, while I am saying the blessings of the name-giving).
I got to know Racheli when she wrote me nearly eight years ago after reading The Trail to Tranquility. She was progressing on her path as a baalat teshuva, and had recently been introduced to the wisdom of emuna. We developed a nice connection, and soon enough, she was consulting me as her rabbi and spiritual guide.
When I told her that we would be in Miami soon, she quickly arranged to sponsor an emuna talk, and generously offered her husband to be our driver and chaperone for our three-day stay. It was at our first personal meeting that I told the Reckles family they should make aliya in the next five years. They made it here within 18 months, and never looked back.
Racheli began writing for Breslev Israel nearly five years ago. Now, she is one of our favorite writers, and her unique twist on emuna is enjoyed by thousands of readers every week. She loves to play the piano, exercise, and cook for her husband and her five beautiful and rambunctious boys.
I'm sure you'll enjoy Racheli's articles and we thank Hashem for the privilege of having her on the Beams Team.
Here's something special for your Shabbat table: in the clip below, Cantor Ushi Blumenberg and I are on the banks of the Bugg River in Breslev, Ukraine, where Rebbe Natan composed his famous Oz VeHadar niggun. Here's the story behind it and here's the niggun. Shabbat Shalom and a wonderful New Year!
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!
Here's a clip you can't miss. My dear friends of the Diaspora Yeshiva Band, iconic pioneers of contemporary Jewish music, reunitde in a high-energy concert in New York City last January. Here's a priceless clip that shows you just how young you can be after 50 or 60: