Rabbi Lazer Brody was born in Washington, D.C. in 1949. Upon completing his agriculture studies at the University of Maryland, he moved to Israel in 1970 and joined the Israel Defense Forces. He spent 19 years in regular and reserve-army combat service before becoming a military chaplain, a position he held until his discharge from the IDF after 29 years of service.
A graduate of the Aish Hatora Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem, Rabbi Brody was ordained in 1992 by Rabbi Noah Weinberg osb"m, Rabbi Yitzchak Kulitz osb"m, and Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg shlit'a. In 1998, he became the "Rosh Kollel", or Dean of the Chut Shel Chesed rabbinical seminary branch in Ashdod, and began his close association with Rabbi Shalom Arush, head of the "Chut Shel Chesed" Institutions in Jerusalem, who became his revered mentor and spiritual guide. In 2005, Rabbi Brody began devoting his time to outreach, spreading the light of emuna - pure and simple faith - all over the English-speaking world. He has translated many of Rabbi Shalom Arush's major works including the international bestseller, The Garden of Emuna. His English CDs - translations and adaptations of Rav Arush's emuna lessons - now circulate worldwide in over 140 titles and more than a million copies. Rabbi Brody is also the English-language editor of Breslev Israel's highly popular English-language website at www.breslev.co.il.
Rabbi Brody's first book, Pi Habe'er, is a Hebrew-language contemporary commentary of Torah based largely on the teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslev. His second book, Nafshi Tidom, also in Hebrew, is a unique guide to coping with verbal abuse, embarrassment and insult.
Brody's third book - his first in English - is The Trail to Tranquility, a highly acclaimed self-help guide to overcoming anger and attaining inner peace. His newest release is Six Days to the Top, a life-changing motivational and inspirational book that helps people expand their personal horizons and maximize potential.
Rabbi Lazer Brody is also a musician and composer. His instrumental music CDs, Calming Waters and Whispering Soul, are exquisite collections of relaxation and meditative music played on his native Land-of-Israel flutes.
As a rabbi and spiritual guide, Rabbi Brody takes a holistic approach to health that includes body, mind and soul. As such, he is a qualified personal fitness trainer with ACCT and ExpertRating certifications.
"Lazer Beams," Rabbi Brody's award-winning daily web journal, has been instrumental in helping tens of thousands of people around the globe find joy and fulfillment in their lives.
Speaking engagements or personal appearances: Contact Yosef Nechama, General Director of Breslev Israel.
Original portrait by Disney illustrator Ken (Baruch) Becker