O M to the G, my favorite holy moly crew was in town and it was off da hook!!
It's been over 8 years since I've seen Rav Brody outside of Israel, and it was the first time I saw him on tour together with Rav Arush. Seeing them together was just uh.may.zing!
I'm so excited from seeing them that I can barely spell.
Having been the wife of the guy who was in charge of these tours for eight years, I had already known how hard the trips were. I knew about their crazy schedule and flight times. Of course, I was more focused on how hard I had it, being alone with my kids for so many weeks.
But two nights ago, I was able to see the trips from a different perspective. I was watching them in action, and I have to say I've developed an entirely new appreciation for the incredible work they're doing.
And I'm sharing this with you so you can develop a real appreciation for the superhuman sacrifices they're making.
I was fortunate to spend a few minutes with Rav Arush and Rav Brody before they went onstage, and I immediately noticed how tired Rav Arush was. Sure, he had that warm, delicious smile on his face, but it was obvious that he was exhausted.
I watched them all night, for both events, speaking onstage, greeting people, signing books, giving blessings, listening to their problems, giving advice, and all with smiles on their faces.
Both nights they didn't leave the event before 1am, and as you can imagine, they were beyond exhausted. But the next morning they had to get up early and do it all over again. Full days of meetings, praying, running to lectures, setup for the evening event, and absolutely ZERO time for themselves.
And of course, let's think about the fact that many nights end after 1am, which means they don't get back to the place they're staying at until around 1:30, and until they actually get into bed and go to sleep, it's around 2am.
Which is followed by an early morning flight, which means they have to get up at 5am - sometimes even earlier.
People! Even young and in-shape athletes with ripped six-packs would have a hard time with this schedule. It's brutal! But men who are about 70 years old? It's mind-boggling when you think about it.
Just the two nights that I stayed up late ruined me for the next day. I can't even imagine how they're feeling.
Why am I making such a big deal about this?
Well, two reasons.
First, I hope you gain a deeper appreciation for how dedicated they are to their mission of spreading emuna around the world. I hope you understand that it's not about making money. Rav Arush and Rav Brody are famous enough. If they wanted to make money they would sit in their offices and take private meetings all day long.
But instead they're breaking themselves because they believe so strongly in their mission.
Second, I hope this motivates you to get out and see them. If they're coming to your city, you'd be foolish not to go. Just to be around them, to feel their energy, it's unbelievable. I know it's going to sound strange, but I could literally feel the holiness of Israel when I was with them.
Yo, New York and New Jersey peoplez, get out there and show your support. Same goes for the rest of you lucky people who live in the city they'll be in.
And when you're there, show the love. Buy a lot of books and support our mission to make everyone know what emuna is and that Hashem loves them.
People are so lonely, so lost, so sad. Just to know that their Creator loves them beyond what they can even begin to fathom is an incredible thing. It has saved people's lives.
Imagine what your life would be like if you didn't learn about emuna.
Isn't it fair that you pass that blessing along?
p.s.- New Yorkers, when you get to the event, go find Judah Cohen from my favorite pizza restaurant of all time, Pizza Time, and demand that free slice of pizza that he promised to give anyone who goes to the event. Stomp your feet if you have to. Tell him you're not moving from that spot until he brings you a slice of his world-famous pizza. If he still refuses, throw a tantrum on the floor. Stomp your fists and kick. Roll around. Then tell him Racheli sent you.