36 posts categorized "Lazer's friends"
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:
With a heavy heart, we mourn the untimely passing of one of Chassidut Breslev's greatest scholars of this generation, Rabbi Avraham Nachman Simcha Veitzhandler of saintly and blessed memory (image, left), who died of a sudden heart attack in Jerusalem yesterday. He was 57, the father of twelve, and the head of the "Meshech Hanachal" organization, who did wonders in spreading the teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslev. As a youth and promising young scholar, he was the favorite of many Breslever tzaddikim including Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Binder, Rabbi Zeev Cheshin and Rabbi Shmuel Shapira, all of blessed and holy memory.
Rabbi Avraham was a close personal friend and my learning partner for several years when we were neighbors in Ramot Gimel, Jerusalem. He is the one who introduced me to Breslev teachings and thought, some 24 years ago. He had a brilliant Talmudic mind and was a prolific author. His 8-volume "Siach Sarfei Kodesh" is a classic work that all of Breslev holds by.
The loss of Rabbi Avraham Veitzhandler leaves an irreplaceable gap in Breslev as well as in the world of Torah. Words cannot express how we shall all miss him. Breslev Israel, the Beams and I personally send our heartfelt condolences to the Veitzhandler family, and pray that they will be comforted among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, amen!
When anyone thinks about the type of "upright melodists" that Rebbe Nachman speaks about in Likutei Moharan I:3, one of the first names that comes to mind is Yisrael Dagan, who represents everything beautiful of Breslev - the joy, the dedication, the fervor, the humility and the simplicity. Here is a shot in the spiritual arm: Yisrael is singing Im ata ma'amin, Rebbe Nachman's famous phrase, "If you believe that something can be ruined, then believe that it can be rectified." Don't ever forget that, and you'll always be happy and optimistic.