38 posts categorized "Lazer's friends"

Rabbi Avraham Nachman Simcha Veitzhandler, osb"m

Rabbi Avraham Nachman Simcha WeitzhandlerWith 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!


Yisrael Dagan: Im Ata Ma'amin

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.


The World Will Be Amazed

Rebbe Nachman of Breslev told his students and followers that before Moshiach comes, the tests of faith would be very difficult. He therefore instructed them to stick together in unity. Finally, he said, "The world will be amazed at the love that there will be among you." Guy Tzvi Mintz put these beautiful words to song, which he sang during Melava Malka at my home this past Motzaei Shabbat (Saturday night). Enjoy!


Lev Tahor - A Pure Heart

Rebbe Nachman of Breslev says that hearing the music of an upright musician is beneficial to one's soul and spirituality; that's why it's so good to hear the music of my very dear friend and "brother", Guy Tzvi Mintz, may Hashem bless him always. Even if you don't understand the Hebrew, you'll find the music lifting you higher. G-d willing, the Jewish music world will be hearing a lot more from Guy Tzvi - he's as pure and as invigorating as the late afternoon breeze in the Judean Hills. Like fine wine, he keeps getting better and better.

This song is entitled "Lev Tahor" - a pure heart, and based on Psalm 51 and Rebbe Nachman's teaching in Likutei Moharan I:156 - "Give me your heart, and I'll take you down a path that no person has ever walked down. This is from an evening of song and inspiration we did several years ago during Chanuka. Enjoy it!


Avraham Abutboul, of blessed memory: The sweet strains of a Breslever

His music was honey from the portals of kedusha. He spoke to Hashem every single day, for he was a true Breslever chassid.

Internationally, Avraham Abutboul wasn't quite the household word. But, he was a brilliant composer whose music oozes with emotion.

Fourteen short years ago, Avraham Abutboul was one of secular Israel's favorite actors and singers. But, the magnitude of his shining neshama needed a lot more nutrition than what the stage, the theater, and Tel Aviv's Bohemian coffee-house circuit could give him. In short, Avraham became a Baal Tshuva, a student at "Chut shel Chessed" - Rav Shalom Arush's yeshiva in Jerusalem, and a Breslever chassid.

"Chut shel Chessed" in recent years has become a spiritual magnet for actors and musicians. Shuli Rand, award-winning star of Ushpizin, is also a student of Rav Arush's. In Ushpizin, Avraham Abutboul made his cinema comeback as a Haredi, starring alongside Shuli.

Avraham wrote his own music, and applied the heavenly words of Rebbe Nachman of Breslev to his own divine strains. If you can imagine a Chassidic Leonard Cohen with the strumming ability of a Joan Baez, you can begin to understand where Avraham was coming from. 

Avraham hated war and violence of any kind. Here, he is singing his "Milchama Arura", cursed war, that was a big hit in Israel, even in the secular world.

2 short months ago, Avraham was diagnosed with cancer; the nasty disease consumed him like a wildfire. He left the physical earth last week. We mourn him and miss him, and pray that Hashem comforts his widow and orphans.

We don't forget you, Avraham!