196 posts categorized "Weekly Torah Portion"

The Beams Friday Web Yeshiva: Shabbat Ki Tetze

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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.


The Beams Friday Web Yeshiva: Shabbat Shoftim

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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): 

Transliteration:

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

Translation:

He who is mighty above all beings, 
He who is blessed above all beings, 
He who is great above all beings, 
He who is distingui​shed above all beings, 
May he bless the bridegroo​m 
May he bless the bride 
May he bless the bridegroo​m 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.


The Beams Friday Web Yeshiva: Shabbat Re'eh - Rosh Chodesh Elul

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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 one of our all-time favorites - Shirat Ha'Asavim, "The Song of the Grasses", based on the teachings of Rebbe Nachman. We here at the Beams want you to have a great time and enjoy your singing and learning. Shabbat Shalom!

Lesson #1 - Rabbi Lazer Brody on Parshat Re'eh: "Who Guards the Borders?" (10 minutes duration):

This week's Torah portion commands that in the time of the Holy Temple, every single Jewish man above the age of Bar Mitzvah must come to the Holy Temple for each of the year's three festivals (see Deuteronomy 16:16). Who then guards the borders?

Lesson #2 - Rabbi Dr. Zev Ballen: "Resilience" (30 Minute duration):

Lesson #3 - Rabbi Aharon Dobinsky: "Who Are You?" (13 minute duration):

Lesson #4 - Rabbi Ralph Cohen: "Shabbat Re'eh" (7 minute duration):

Now, for the spiritual, calorie-free dessert - the musical cherry on our cake:

"The Song of the Grasses" is by Naomi Shemer based on the writings of Rebbe Nachman (Likutei Moharan I:63, II:11). Here is a beautiful rendition by Shlomo Lugasi, together with the lyrics transliterated and translated. This is one of our all-time favorites, which we're sure you'll enjoy. Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov!

Know that each and every shepherd has his own tune.
Know that each and every grass has its own song.
And from the song of the grasses the tune of the shepherd is made

How beautiful, how beautiful and pleasant to hear their song.
It's very good to pray among them and to serve Hashem in joy
And from the song of the grasses the heart is filled and yearns.

And when the the heart is filled by the song and yearns for the Land of Israel
a great light is drawn forth and goes from the Land's holiness unto it.
And from the song of the grasses the tune of the heart is made.

Transliterated:

Da l'kha shekol ro'eh ve ro'eh yeish lo nigun m'yuchad mishelo.
Da l'kha shekol eisev v'eisev yeish lo shirah m'yuchedet mishelo.
Umeishirat ha'asavim na'aseh nigun shel ro'eh.

Kamah yafeh, kama yafeh vena'eh k'sheshom'im hashirah shelahem.
Tov me'od l'hitpaleil beineihem uv'simchah la'avod et Hashem.
Umeishirat ha'asavim mitmalei haleiv umishtokeik.

Ukh'shehaleiv, min hashirah mitmalei umishtokeik el erets yisra'el.
Or gadol azai nimshakh v'holeikh mikdushatah shel ha'arets alav.
Umeishirat ha'asavim, na'aseh nigun shel haleiv.


The Beams Friday Web Yeshiva: Shabbat Devarim-Chazon

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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:

Lesson #1 - Rabbi Lazer Brody on Parshat Devarim: "Tell, Don't Yell" (15 minutes duration):

We learn from Moshe Rabbenu and the great tzaddikim who is qualified to give reproof and how:

Lesson #2 - Rabbi Dr. Zev Ballen: "Who Are We?" (35 Minute duration)

Lesson #3 - Rabbi Aharon Dobinsky: "Joy Forever!" (12 minute duration):

Lesson #4 - Rabbi Ralph Cohen: "Shabbat Chazon" (14 minute duration):

Enjoy, and have a lovely Shabbat!


One Person to the Rescue

The Torah tells us how the acts of one person, who many people ridiculed, belittled and disparaged, saved the entire Jewish People. If he could, then every person alive today is ingrained with this same power…

The 26-minute vid you're about to see is the replay of this week's live broadcast, which Hashem turned into one of the most powerful broadcasts I ever did. You'll hear about how the suicide of a lone Jewish inmate in a rough Texas state penitentiary was prevented. You'll meet a former Golani sergeant who'll tell you in his own words how someone saved his life and the life of buddies on the Gaza border. This is an absolute must-see:

Can you imagine the reward in Heaven - and one earth - from saving lives? Unfathomable! You can be one of them. Now you can understand why Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a says that there is no tzedakah - no form of charity on earth that can compare to Emuna Outreach. You too can be one of these heroes who saves lives! Donate to Emuna Outreach - you'll be glad you did!