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!
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Tonight and tomorrow, Tuesday night and Wednesday, are Yom Kippur.
A person can't make teshuva with a clogged heart. To help us all unclog our hearts, here are two of my favorite "Yitzchaks", Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot and violinist Yitzchak Perlman with their rendition of Kol Nidre. Close your eyes and listen to the melody, and you'll feel the innermost spark of your neshama yearning to return to Hashem. Enjoy it, and may Hashem bless you with the most meaningful and very best Yom Kippur of your life, amen!
Tomorrow night, Motzaei Shabbat (Saturday night), Ashkenazi Jews join our Sephardi brothers in saying Selichot.
Meanwhile, would you like to hear the voice of an angel? Here's one of my favorite niggunim and favorite chazzanim, Shulem Lemmer with the Shira Choir singing "Avinu Malkenu," a prayer we say twice daily during the ten days of repentance between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur when we ask Hashem to listen to our voice and inscribe us in the Book of Life for a wonderful New Year. It's our privilege to share this rare gem with you - Shabbat Shalom!
We here at the Beams are delighted to feature select lessons, brief and comprehensible, from Breslev Israel's distinguished staff of English speaking rabbis. We surely hope you enjoy this, so don't let your day go by without grabbing some Torah, especially ideas that you can say over at your Shabbat table. What's more, each week we feature a taste of the Chassidic world's most popular niggunim, which you can also sing at your Shabbat table. This week, we're featuring once again our very dear and super-talented friend, Dudi Knopfler, who's singing, "Rebbe Nachman says, be happy!" But first, let's learn some Torah:
Lesson #1 - Rabbi Lazer Brody on Parshat Ki Tetze: "What Am I Doing?" (8 minutes duration):
Every Jew is a warrior; we read "Ki Tetze" during Elul to teach us that now especially, we must wage war with the most stubborn, dangerous and subtle of enemies, our individual evil inclination…
Lesson #2 - Rabbi Dr. Zev Ballen: "Shattering Limits" (21 Minute duration):
Lesson #3 - Rabbi Aharon Dobinsky: "Look & See" (11 minute duration):
Lesson #4 - Rabbi Ralph Cohen: "Preparation for Rosh Hashanah" (37 minute duration):
Now, for the spiritual, calorie-free dessert - the musical cherry on our cake:
We'll soon be in Uman again, G-d willing and - "Rebbe Nachman says to be happy!" Here's Dudi Knopfler singing, dancing and picking out his favorite bottle of red wine for Shabbat. You'll love this:
Have you done your Pidyon Nefesh yet? Don't procrastinate - Rosh Hashanah is almost here! Donate to Emuna Outreach and Rav Shalom Arush will do your pidyon nefesh for you; your contribution is US tax-deductible and you'll be our full partner in spreading emuna, especially where it's needed most. Blessings for an inscription in the Book of Life for a wonderful New Year 5779.
We here at the Beams are delighted to feature select lessons, brief and comprehensible, from Breslev Israel's distinguished staff of English speaking rabbis. We surely hope you enjoy this, so don't let your day go by without grabbing some Torah, especially ideas that you can say over at your Shabbat table. What's more, each week we feature a taste of the Chassidic world's most popular niggunim, which you can also sing at your Shabbat table.
With many of our rabbis still on vacation, this week we'll hear from Rabbi Shalom Arush and Rabbi Lazer Brody, who are manning the fort. Our musical guest this week is our cherished friend from Monsey, New York, one of Jewish music's leading singers, Shloimie Daskal, singing a gorgeous rendition of the Chuppa niggun, Mi Adir, accompanied by Yisroel Lamm and his orchestra in a fantastic production by our esteemed and dear friend Aaron Teitelbaum. Enjoy and have a lovely Shabbat!
Lesson #1 - The Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a: Paradise in This World (4 minutes)
This world can either be a Garden of Eden or a terrible purgatory. It all depends on the choice each of us can make, to live with emuna or not. Let's hear our beloved teacher, Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a (Hebrew, with English subtitles):
Lesson #2 - Rabbi Lazer Brody - Parshat Shoftim: Be Your Own Cop (10 minutes)
Every single general directive in this week's Torah portion also is an intrinsic directive for every individual, especially during the month of Elul. Just as we have a national judicial system, each of us should have an individual judicial apparatus…
Now, for the spiritual, calorie-free dessert - the musical cherry on our cake:
In Jewish tradition, as the bridegroom enters the wedding canopy or chuppa, we sing a moving melody entitled, Mi Adir, or "He who is mighty". Here is Shloimie Daskal singing Mi Adir with the inspiring "You Raise Me Up" melody by Josh Groban. Enjoy, and sing along - for your enjoyment pleasure, you'll find the lyrics in transliteration and translation directly below the vid (don't let the gray screen scare you - click on the vid, it works):
Mi adir al hakol,
Mi baruch al hakol,
Mi gadol al hakol,
Mi dagul al hakol,
Hu yivarech es hechasan
Hu yivarech es hakallah
Hu yivarech es hechasan v'es hakallah
He who is mighty above all beings,
He who is blessed above all beings,
He who is great above all beings,
He who is distinguished above all beings,
May he bless the bridegroom
May he bless the bride
May he bless the bridegroom and the bride.
ROSH HASHANAH IS IN 3 SHORT WEEKS - DON'T FORGET PIDYON NEFESH
Pidyon Nefesh is a very special and powerful prayer and blessing that has the spiritual strength of a sacrifice in the Bet Hamikdash to atone for sin and to mitigate severe judgments. The bigger and more pious the tzaddik, the more effective the "pidyon", which literally means "redemption", where one's money is literally a sacrifice for one's body and soul. The pidyon money "redeems" the nefesh, or soul, in other words, "Pidyon Nefesh." This is used when a major salvation is needed, such as in the case of a dangerous illness, a severe court case, or as a rescue from trouble or danger. Rebbe Nachman of Breslev says that Pidyon Nefesh is the "sweetening", or mitigation of harsh decrees and serves as a salvation from any trouble, for the main cure and solution of sickness is the pidyon (see Likutei Moharan II:3).
We strongly recommend sending a A Pidyon Nefesh to Rav Shalom Arush via Emuna Outreach, who'll pray for you in Uman on Erev Rosh Hashana.
Rebbe Klonimus Kalman Shapira (1889-1943), of saintly and martyred memory, aka the "Aish Kodesh" Rebbe of Piaseczno, Poland, is one of my all-time heroes. The beacon of light and strength in the Warsaw ghetto, he was ultimately shot to death by the Nazis in the Trawniki concentration camp in 1943, may Hashem avenge his sacred martyred blood.
The Aish Kodesh rebbe was born in the Mashevitzki county of Poland. My maternal great-great-grandfather, whom I'm named after, was Rabbi Eliezer Mashevitzki, whose last name came from the area that he came from. I don't know if this has anything to do with the Aish Kodesh Rebbe, zatza'l, whom I always felt a special connection to, until my cherished friend Eli Levin sent me an exquisite painting of the Aish Kodesh Rebbe by Shani Levin-Weinberger (above, partial view). This floored me: look at the Chassid sitting next to the Rebbe; look familiar?
In any event, here's a special tribute to the Rebbe, which I'm sure you'll find as moving as I did:
People think that if they're not millionaires, in the headlines, Rosh Yeshiva or member of Congress, that they're failures. That's just not so.
I said I love you and that's forever
And this I promise from the heart
I could not love you any better
I love you just the way you are.
The above lyrics come from Billy Joel's famous hit, "Just the Way You Are", which spent months in the Top Ten back in 1977. Today, I look at those lyrics and interpret them as Hashem talking to the soul - yours - which He created. Hashem says, "I love you just the way you are."
Don't miss today's emuna lesson and live broadcast from Jerusalem entitled "Just the Way You Are", which will take place, G-d willing, on the ground-floor main sanctuary of the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva on 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street in Jerusalem at 7 PM Israel time; the shiur is open to the public - both men and women are invited. You can see today's lesson here - the broadcast, as well as our lessons posted from now on - are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in on time. If you are not able to view today's broadcast live, then G-d willing, you'll be able to see the video tape of it later this coming week on Lazer Beams.
And for your Oldie-but-Goodie enjoyment, here's Billy Joel from way back, singing "Just the Way You Are." Enjoy it!