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, joined the Israel Defense Forces regular army and served in an elite infantry unit. He is a veteran of two wars and many counter-insurgence operations.
Following the Israel-Lebanon conflict of 1982, Rabbi Brody embarked on a new direction in life and left his mountaintop farm to study Torah in Jerusalem.
Nine years of intensive Talmudic, ethics, and legal studies, led to his rabbinical ordination in 1992. He subsequently furthered his postgraduate learning as the understudy of the famed Melitzer Rebbe in Ashdod.
In 1998, Rabbi Brody 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. The book has been widely acclaimed, and has received the approbations of Rishon Le'Tzion Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, the Bes Din of the Eda Haredis in Jerusalem, Rabbi Eliezer Berland, and others. 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.
Other Brody books include the English-language "Chassidic Pearls" collection of original parables on the weekly Torah portion, a delightful children's book, "The Worry Worm," beautifully illustrated by Rebecca Shapiro, and Lazer Beams, an exquisite collection of his best quotations edited, illustrated and compiled by Rivka Levy.
Rabbi Lazer Brody is also a musician and composer. His first music CD, "Calming Waters", is an exquisite collection of relaxation and meditative music played on his native flutes. His second CD, Judean Dream, recorded together with Guy Tzvi Mintz, is a flute and guitar collection of original Land of Israel melodies. His third CD, Whispering Soul, is a soul-soothing assortment of original Brody melodies played on native Land of Israel flutes.
As an ordained 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