There was once a Ukranian peasant who worked all day long in the hot sun harvesting potatoes. At the end of the day, he looked inside his sack and lo and behold, there were only a dozen or so potatoes. Where'd they all go? He looked behind him and saw a trail of potatoes along the entire length of the field where he had been picking. What happened? There was a hole in the sack! Every time he put one potato in the sack, another potato fell out of the hole...
In recent years, I've sometimes felt like that peasant. We travel around the globe devoting our lives to bringing people closer to Hashem, yet loads of kids born into observant families are falling off the derech, the way of Torah Judaism.
In my humble opinion, the "off-the-derech" kids are the number-one problem that the Jewish People face today, not Iran or ISIS...
The kids themselves are not the problem. Having done extensive research into the subject and having spoken to hundreds of such young people, I've come to the conclusion that the problem is rooted in three main causes:
The kids grow up in a home where the parents practice a stringent form of hellfire and brimstone Judaism, devoid of the joy that Judaism really offers.
The kids grow up in a home where the parents honor material and/or secular values more than they honor Torah values.
The kids never learn emuna, not from parents or teachers, so they have no motivation for Torah and mitzvoth, and no support system for life's challenges.
Fortunately, many of these young people are discovering emuna and the joy of their own personal relationship with Hashem by way of the teachings of Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit'a, which Hashem has given me the privilege of spreading in the English-speaking world. It's our goal to sew up the hole.
Lazer explains to a Nachal Haredi soldier at a Jordan-border checkpoint about saying Tikkun Klali and Perek Shira.
No rest for the weary. Just like harvest season is the busiest time of the year for a farmer, Elul or "teshuva season" is a rush time for Emuna Outreach. We are doing our utmost, with Hashem's loving grace, to help enhance our soldiers' emuna, for emuna is not only Israel's best defense, it's Israel's only defense.
Emuna Outreach reaches certain places that we're not even allowed to publicize, such as our recent meeting with a special group of Israeli airmen to pump some high-octane emuna into the Israeli Air Force.
Emuna Outreach wants to thank all of you who have been donating your pidyon nefesh to Emuna Outreach. By the way, there's still time to Donate to Emuna Outreach and have Rav Shalom Arush perform a pidyon nefesh for you in Uman. May Hashem bless you and yours with a happy and prosperous New Year 5776.
It's the end of summer and the hottest month of Israel's year. Where do you find Rabbi Lazer Brody? He's in the hottest place in Israel, down on the Jordan border where daytime temperatures are reaching 111F. What's he doing? He's strengthening IDF soldiers in emuna.
Emuna Outreach is well-accustomed to hotspots, as you'll see in the following clip:
Emuna Outreach has grown tremendously, so much so that Rabbi Lazer Brody could no longer handle the entire organization on his own. But, as they say in Hebrew, the bitter has yielded the sweet. Emuna Outreach is now an integral part of Breslev Israel and the Chut Shel Chesed Institutions, under the auspices of Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit'a. Scroll down to read the whole story:
Above video: Emuna Outreach in action during the Gaza War last summer, 2014
Weapons won't guarantee a strong Israel; emuna will.
For nine years, from August of 2004 until July of 2013, Emuna Outreach was virtually a one-man operation. With the help of dedicated volunteers and supporters around the globe, Rabbi Brody did his utmost in spreading the concept of emuna - pure and simple faith in The Almighty - in places where it was needed most: in combat zones, in prisons and in hospitals.
Tirelessly, Rabbi Brody personally spent extensive time with soldiers of the IDF on all of Israel's borders, teaching them how emuna enables them to function better under extreme stress. He spent weekends away from home and family just to be with IDF soldiers on the Jordan and Lebanese borders.
He regularly visited the wounded in rehabilitation centers and prison inmates in the process of rebuilding their lives. To places where he couldn't be personally, such as among the US Forces in Iraq and in Afghanistan, he'd send care packages of emuna books and CDs. Emuna Outreach has also worked extensively with the Aleph Institute, spreading emuna both in the American military and in the US prison system.
If that's not enough, Emuna Outreach sponsored emuna-awareness programs for as varied segments of the population as senior-citizens, toddlers and members of the International Noahide community, reaching as varied places as the Noahide community in Singapore and the native Americans of Texas, Tennessee and northern Canada.
But the job just became too prodigious for one individual to handle. So, in July of 2013, Rabbi Brody turned to the Minister of Emuna himself, his beloved teacher and spiritual guide Rabbi Shalom Arush, and asked for help so that the spread of emuna would not stop, Heaven forbid! As a result, Breslev Israel and the Chut Shel Chesed Institutions, both under the auspices of Rabbi Arush, have since taken Emuna Outreach under their wing. No longer a one-man organization, Emuna Outreach began to spread emuna on an even greater scale, as you see in the above film clip.
Rabbi Brody today is exclusively employed by Breslev Israel and his work in Emuna Outreach is completely under the auspices of Rav Arush, Breslev Israel and the Chut Shel Chesed Institutions.
With Rosh Hashana only a week and a half away, you can accumulate double merit for this awesome Day of Judgment. When you Donate to Emuna Outreach (recommended $180 per family, or as you can afford), Rav Shalom Arush will personally perform a pidyon nefesh (see video below) for you and your entire family. You gain a prodigious chunk of merit that insures a wonderful New Year and you become a full partner is spreading emuna around the globe. What's more, your generous support of Emuna Outreach is IRS-recognized and tax deductible. As Rav Shalom Arush says, there is no greater mitzva.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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