51 posts categorized "Outreach"

This One's for You, Jherin

Jherin Esther Gorcey (1995-2011) was an angel of emuna disguised as a bubbly sweet teenager who loved life and everyone around her. She was the daughter of our dear friends Rachel and Dr. Steven Gorcey from Deal, New Jersey. Jherin was sent to this world to inspire people, to spread emuna and to bring people closer to Hashem. Her influence on people, especially on her peers, was prodigious. She was just as adept on skis or on a surfboard as she was in her studies. Her heart glowed with love of Hashem, so much so that the words of her poetry that she left us ooze Divine inspiration.

Jherin gathered countless girls together for Torah classes in her home. She never discriminated, inviting every young lady, no matter which school she attended, her background or her religious level - Orthodox, Conservative, Reform or totally secular. She was a magnet of emuna and holiness. Jherin's mission on earth came to an abrupt halt when she had an allergic reaction to anesthesia during routine surgery in April of 2011.  She is buried here in Ashdod, Israel, may her holy, pure and blessed soul intervene in our behalf under the Heavenly Throne, amen.

I have shivers up my spine every time I read Jherin's poem emuna:

He is always there for us
no matter where we go
it is patience we need to give
for us to see that flow

It is the confusion I must overcome
the stupid things it comes from
but only one invincible might can stop that
and that will be Hashem

Bitachon is what we need
emuna is what we gain
the trust and love we have for Him
must empower all our pain

He is always there for us
no matter where we go
it is patience we need to give
for us to see that flow

and that will be Hashem!

Tal Vaknin and Gad Elbaz put Jherin's words to song in a most lovely way - may this be an inspiration for all of us and an eternal credit to Jherin, of blessed memory. You'll love this:

Emuna or Coca Cola - Who's More Popular?

Emuna Coca Cola
My dream has always been that the word emuna soon becomes more popular than Coca Cola. We still have work to do, because according to Google, Coca Cola is still 40,000 times more popular than emuna. No wonder that there's so much to fix in this world. There's one big difference though: whereas Coca Cola is disastrous to your health (bone fractures, osteoporosis, tooth decay, kidney failure, low fertility, dehydration, obesity and diabetes risk, just to name a few), emuna is fantastic for body, mind and soul and the best thing in the world for a happy and healthy lifestyle.

The job of spreading emuna in the world was much more than I could handle on my own, which I tried my best to do in the first nine years after Emuna Outreach was founded in 2004. Needing much more spiritual fire-power, the "platoon" of Emuna Outreach became part of the emuna army of Breslev Israel, under the auspices of the world's Minister of Emuna, by beloved mentor Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit'a, 3 years ago in the summer of 2013. Since then, we've spread emuna books and CDs around the globe and have personally visited peoples of all backgrounds in Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Australia. This is true Tikkun Olam, rectifying the world. You can partner with us and reap the phenomenal benefits of bringing people of all backgrounds closer to Hashem - Donate to Emuna Outreach - it's USA tax-deductible.

Bright Beams blessings for a beautiful Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh Nissan.

The Power of Understudy

The Gemara in tractate Berachot teaches that even if someone knows the entire oral and written Torahs by heart, but that hasn't done understudy under a true upright Torah scholar, the person remains inane. I therefore cherish every moment of understudy that Hashem enables me to do under my esteemed and beloved rabbi and mentor, Rabbi Shalom Arush shlit'a. During our recent trip to North America together, I spent a goldmine of time with my teacher; every word that comes out of his holy mouth, especially in his Torah learning and his giving advice to people, outshines a flawless 5-carat diamond. Here are a few photos that tell a small part of the story; enjoy them and have a wonderful Shabbat:

1 - Rav Arush and I leaving chilly Canada RSA LB Toronto

2 - Listening to pearls of wisdom before takeoff to our next destination Pearls of RSA wisdom

3 - Learning together in the Southern California morning air RSA LB LA

4 - Doing simultaneous translation of the Rav's emuna lesson in Las Vegas Translation booth LB

5- Rabbi Arush utilizing every moment of time - writing his newest book while waiting to be picked up from the airport RSA LAX

The Battle for Eilat - Emuna vs. Gambling

King David said, "It is a time to act for Hashem, they have voided Your Torah" (Psalm 119:126). Recently, I expressed my desire to steer clear of politics and current events and devote the Beams to body, mind and soul health, which we can never have enough of. The Israeli government, particularly the Prime Minister and the Tourist Minister, are forcing me to break my word. I can't sit back and ignore the continued plans to defile our holy homeland and corrupt our citizens.

Let me explain: Prime Minister Netanyahu and Tourist Minister Levin want to turn the Red-Sea resort of Eilat, Israel (photo, above) into a gambling town. This is a double declaration of war on the emuna-hungry population of Eilat. Spiritually-healthy children can't grow up in a place like that.

If that's not enough, we give loads of counseling to addicted gamblers; first hand, I've seen how gambling wrecks marriages, homes and innocent children. Gambling addiction is ugly and painful, one of the worst types of addiction that causes tremendous peripheral damage. The Government, in its lust to imitate the worst aspects of the West, will be destroying more of its own citizens and another Israeli city will sucked into a spiritual cesspool. As it is, the Government prides itself into turning Tel Aviv into the gay-tourism capital of the world, may Hashem have mercy.

The Government has been systematically trampling Torah in multiple ways; on a spiritual level, their actions are what create the stern judgments Above that manifest themselves in rampant terrorism, road accidents and disease down here...

The only way to fight the spiritual contamination of our beloved homeland that's spreading like a government-sanctioned cancer is to spread emuna and more emuna. But we need your help. If you are capable of doing it first hand, then by all means, go for it! If not, give us the backing and we'll continue the fight to spread emuna and to bring our people - and the whole world - back to Hashem. Donate to Emuna Outreach - Rav Shalom says that there is no charity that reaches the shoelaces of spreading emuna. 

Sewing Up the Hole

Hole in the Sack
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:

  1. 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.
  2. The kids grow up in a home where the parents honor material and/or secular values more than they honor Torah values.
  3. 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.

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!