42 posts categorized "Outreach"

Strengthening our Soldiers

This post is about strengthening our soldiers and the security of Israel; by doing so, we strengthen ourselves, as you'll soon see. Let's start with this letter from Emuna Outreach's mailbox:

Dear Emuna Outreach,

Thank you so much for the emuna books and CDs you brought to our unit on the Gaza border. Thanks to the teachings of Rabbi Arush, my guard duty flies by. It used to be a long and scary night on guard or on patrol, because you never know what might hit you down here. But now, after learning emuna, I talk to Hashem all night long and my shift flies by. Even more, despite our good training, there's no such thing as a soldier who isn't tense or afraid, however you want to call it. The emuna gives me confidence for I feel that Hashem's with me. Also, the connection with Emuna Outreach and particularly with Rabbi Brody means a lot to me as a lone soldier with my family in America. As a little note of thanks, I'm enclosing some photos: The first (see photos below) is of me reading "In Forest Fields". The second is of our guys saying Selichot at 1 AM (most of them are Sefardim so they say selichot the whole month of Elul.) The third photo is our crew praying together before going on patrol. Even our commander says that we've become much more motivated. Emuna Outreach has really been a great influence on our unit. Thanks so much and Shana Tova!

Signed, D from the Golani Infantry Brigade, IDF

At Breslev Israel and Emunah Outreach, we get letters like the above one all the time. You should know that the spiritual battle and the physical battle go hand-in-hand. We need your help, but we'll help you a hundred-fold in return. How?

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. As such, families who desire to invoke Divine compassion and sweeten harsh judgments make a special effort to do a Pidyon Nefesh some time during the month of Elul in preparation for the awesome Day of Judgment on Rosh Hashana.

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." What's more, when the tzaddik uses the money for saving other souls and bringing them closer to Hashem, like Rabbi Arush does with Emunah Outreach - spreading emuna all over the world and making sure that every Israeli soldier can attain emuna books and CDs - you have no idea how powerful this is. You help protect Israel and its soldiers and Hashem protects you and your loved ones - measure for measure. Rav Shalom guarantees that no form of charity in the world can come close to spreading emuna.

Rav Shalom Arush will be happy to do a pidyon nefesh for you and your loved ones. Any amount is acceptable with a recommended $180 per family or equivalent; for a Pidyon to be especially effective, one should give with dedication. One cannot hope for a major salvation without giving to the limits of one's capability. 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 5776.

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Slichot Gaza 2
Prayer and Patrol Gaza

Emuna Outreach with the Jerusalem Police

Lb with Jerusalem Police
You can frequently find Emuna Outreach in the hot stops of Israel, such as in the areas of missile attacks in the south and on the Gaza Border. But lately, one of the hottest flashpoints in Israel is Jerusalem, especially the portion that borders on the Arab neighborhoods.

The Police in Israel have suffered from bad raps after several scandals in its upper echelons were uncovered. Yet, the rank-and-file Israeli "blues" (the Israeli nickname for cops - "greens" are IDF soldiers) are doing a phenomenally dedicated job to keep the streets of Jerusalem safe. Sure, terror is on the rise and one must be alert when walking down the streets of Jerusalem, but the press doesn't tell the story of the many terrorist attempts that are foiled.

Emuna Outreach and yours truly had the privilege of spending a morning recently with police forces in the Old City of Jerusalem. We saw first hand what they do and in turn, we gave them a talk about emuna under pressure. They appreciated that because their whole daily lives are pressure-packed. Not only did we speak to Jewish police, but to Arab and Druze police as well. Emuna is universal and everyone deserves to be connected to Hashem.

If you'd like to participate in our efforts to spread emuna not only in Israel but around the world, you can make your online donation by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top left-hand toolbar of this site.

Do you think that the individual below could pass for a cop?

LB Cop

For a Strong Israel

EmunaOutreach Poster

Israel has tremendous challenges as we all know. Yet, the only way to contend with these challenges is to build a spiritually-strong Israel, for with emuna, we'll prevail on all fronts. Help us in this sacred task and be a full partner in spreading emuna by making your tax-deductible donation to Emunah Outreach; simply click on the "Donate" button on the upper left-hand toolbar of this site. Thanks and G-d bless!

A Condolence Call to Rabbi Arush

Dear Rabbi Lazer,

I wanted to leave a comment on your website along with all the other condolence comments, but it felt so impersonal. As a grandmother myself, I can't bear the thought of (a million times Heaven-forbid!!!) losing a grandchild. I know that Rav Arush's emuna is great and he surely accepts Hashem's judgments with love and without a doubt, but I'm sure he has pain too - tremendous pain. I couldn't live through a test like this. How can I do something really meaningful, to convey my condolences and ease some of Rav Arush's pain? I owe so much to the Rav for his books and CDs, which have added so much light to my life. I want to do something for Rav Arush in return. What do you suggest? Sincerely, Betty Sorren, NJ.

Dear Betty,

Thank you so much for your kind letter. Nothing makes Rav Arush happier than when another human being in the world calls out the Creator's Name. In that sense, nothing in the world is more important to the Rav than spreading emuna. I suggest that you pick up 100 emuna CDs which are subsidized and distribute them in memory of Feigie Channa bat Shimon Machlouf, Rav Arush's granddaughter of blessed memory. If you are unable for some reason to distribute them on your own, you can donate the cash equivalent to Emuna Outreach (see top left-hand toolbar on this site) and we will distribute them for you in the IDF, Israeli prisons or Israeli hospitals. Rav Arush will surely be comforted to see this letter. All the very best, LB

From the Heart: Rav Shalom Arush Speaks to Deaf Yeshiva Students

When we were in Toronto, Rav Shalom Arush placed highest priority to giving an emuna lesson in Toronto's Yeshiva for the Deaf - the only one like it in the world. This is the type of project that we use Emuna Outreach funds for. See this priceless clip:

Today is the last day for you to make your generous tax-deductable donation to Emuna Outreach and have it deducted from your 2014 income, and to help us continue this sacred work worldwide. Simply click on the "Support Emunah Outreach" donation button on the top left-hand toolbar of this site. As Rav Shalom Arush says, there is no greater mitzva. Happy 2015!

Breslev Israel, Emuna Outreach and Operation "Protective Edge"

The Soldiers of Breslev Israel and Emuna Outreach are seen here in one of their special missions, distributing material and spiritual goodies to the soldiers of the IDF on the Gaza Border, during Operation "Protective Edge"2014…

You can be a part of making a spiritually stronger IDF and receive Rav Shalom Arush's blessing as well. Click on Emuna Outreach's "donate" button on the top left-hand toolbar of this site. All contributions are US tax deductible. May we hear only good news!

A Strong Home-Front, IDF Ground Assault in Gaza

Ashdod morning 18.7

Ashdod, Friday morning, 10:05 AM - no, this is not Star Wars, but Iron Dome missiles intercepting a barrage of 7 Hamas rockets from Gaza

Last night, the IDF began a coordinated ground operation in Gaza. Having discovered the terrorist tunnel near Sufa, which could have ended in a devastating tragedy Heaven forbid, the government and the army were left with no choice but to do the utmost to free our citizenry from the threat of terrorist tunnels. As such, the combat engineers are playing a critical role in the assault. Our soldiers are performing a task that dangerous beyond description - we owe them our non-stop prayers and support. May Hashem protect them and give them success!

Since midnight, we've had 5 separate missile attacks here in Ashdod, whereas each attack consisted of multiple missiles fired at us. With Hashem's mercy, no one has been hurt.

If you or your children heard just one alarm siren, or the crash and explosion of just one missile, not only would you remember it in your mind always, but you could appreciate what our families are going through.

It's easy for the western politicians to tell Israel to restrain itself. If you live in America, then "war" refers to some faraway place like Afghanistan or Vietnam.

Israel has no such luxury. Here in the south of Israel, the front lines on the Gaza border are less than a half-hour's drive by car for hundreds of thousands of people. The Home-Front is therefore extremely close to the front.

There's a vitally important principle that no country at war can ignore: a capable and effective military is neutralized if the home-front is weak. Therefore, a strong home-front with a strong morale is vital for victory. Nothing keeps both the army and the home-front strong like emuna.

Emuna Outreach, now under the auspices of Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit'a, gives top priority to strengthening our home-front. We have been distributing emuna books and CDs all over the south of Israel, to civilians and IDF soldiers alike.

The outdoor market of Ashdod has in the past been a favorite Friday-morning Hamas target, particularly because of the concentration of people there. Rebbe Nachman of Breslev promised that anywhere his book Likutei Moharan is, there won't be fire or catastrophe. Emuna Outreach has already fitted quite a few armored vehicles in the IDF with Likutei Moharan. Earlier today, we made sure that bomb shelters and local merchants received the book as well, thanks to your generous support. Everyone who received the book was truly moved and tremendously grateful. I was asked to relay a ton of blessings to our contributors.

You can do your part in the war effort too. Your donation helps strengthen Israel's soldiers and civilians under fire. Your assistance in spreading emuna wins wars. Please donate with an open heart to Emuna Outreach - you can do so by clicking the "Donate" button on the top left-hand toolbar of this site. This is a tremendous mitzva and a direct contribution to the war effort and to the full redemption of our people. Thanks, Shabbat Shalom G-d bless always! 

Image, below: Emuna Outreach's "Strong Home-Front" Project: Merchants from Ashdod's outdoor market, hit in past by Hamas missiles, receiving Likutei Moharan from Rabbi Lazer

Strong HomeFront