The Light in the Darkness

The darkness is getting heavier by the day: good and righteous people are becoming infected with and dying from COVID-19. Antisemites around the world are blaming the Jews. The secular media both in the USA and in Israel are blaming the Haredim. The tests of emuna are unprecedented, especially in the critical ares of health and income, but it's no coincidence that this is all happening right before Passover. Is there any light in all this darkness? What's happening? Let's find out. Enjoy today's 29-minute shiur and have a lovely Shabbat!


The 25-Minute Indoor Family Exercise Routine

Let's beat the Coronavirus by eating healthy, getting lots of exercise and of course, profuse prayer.

Exercise? At home while confined? You bet!

Are the kids rambunctious in confinement all day long? For sure they are. Do you feel stressed or down? Sure, you do, but your body is probably lacking endorphins, those feel-good hormones that you get from physical exercise. People are going crazy how to keep the children occupied while everyone's confined at home. Here's a way to keep the whole family occupied, healthy and feeling good with this 25-minute family workout that requires no equipment and very little space. What's more, it's geared for people of all ages and all fitness levels, small children to seniors, beginners to advanced. Enjoy it, and below the vid, you'll find the whole list of exercises:

25-Minute Indoor Exercise Routine for Families from lazerbrody on Vimeo.

List of Exercises:

Stage 1 – 5-minute warmup

  1. March in place – 30 seconds
  2. March in place with pullup – 30 seconds
  3. Side steps – 30 seconds
  4. Side step with clap – 30 seconds
  5. Side lunge – 30'
  6. Side lunge with twist – 30'
  7. Elbow to Knee – 60'
  8. Jog in place – 60'

60' water break

Stage 2 – Aerobic, 40' work, 20' rest

  1. Jumping Jacks
  2. Clap Jacks
  3. Clown Jacks
  4. Skier
  5. Speedskater

60' water break

Stage 3 - Strength

  1. Pushups, 3 sets 20' work + 20' rest, 30' rest before next exercise
  2. Squats, 3 sets 20' work + 20' rest, 30' rest before next exercise
  3. Planks, 3 sets 20' work + 20' rest

60' water break

Stage 4 – Stretch and Cooldown

  1. Hug yourself – 60'
  2. Sprinter Stretch – 30' each side
  3. Windmill Stretch – 30' each side
  4. Sitting Stretch – 30' each side
  5. Bedouin Stretch and neck message – 60'

Where's Moshiach?

The twelfth of our Thirteen Principles of Emuna requires us all to eagerly anticipate Moshiach. I don't think that there's anyone, religious or not, who doesn't want Moshiach, so where is he? Why doesn't he come already? A lot of people are talking about Coronavirus as a catalyst for Moshiach, but is there any truth in that? Let's find out...


Coronavirus: Finding the Balance between Effort and Emuna

Today's podcast is entitled is a vital answer to what many people are asking now in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic about how much should we be putting effort into doing everything that the medical authorities tell us to do and how much we should be relying on faith and trust, what we call emuna and bitachon. A simple metaphor will help us understand...


Excess Baggage: The Common Denominator of Coronavirus and Passover Cleaning

It's no coincidence that the Coronavirus and its restrictions hit us at the exact time when we're supposed to be preparing full-speed for Passover. What's the message that Hashem is conveying to us and what does one have to do with the other? Enjoy today's podcast - blessings for your good health and a lovely Shabbat:


Hashem Says, "I'll Be There"

Time for a smile:

Upset about lockdown, Coronavirus and everything you have to do until Pesach? You don't know where the money or strength to cope with this will come from? Hashem has a message from Motown, by way of lead singer Levi Stubbs and the Four Tops - here it is:

Lyrics by Dozier Lamont Herbert, Holland Brian, emuna adaptation by Rabbi Lazer Brody

Performance, The Four Tops, 1966 (see below, it's a classic)

Now if you feel that you can't go on (can't go on)
Because all of your hope is gone (all your hope is gone)
And your life is filled with much confusion (much confusion)
Until happiness is just an illusion (happiness is just an illusion)
And your world around is crumbling down, beloved child

(Reach out) Come on child reach on out for Me
(Reach out) Reach out for Me
Hah, I'll be there with a love that will shelter you
I'll be there with a love that will see you through

When you feel lost and about to give up (to give up)
'Cause your best just ain't good enough (just ain't good enough)
And your feel the world has grown cold (has grown cold)
And your drifting out all on your own (drifting out on your own)
And you need a hand to hold, child

(Reach out) Come on child, reach out for Me
(Reach out) Reach out for Me
Hah, I'll be there to love and comfort you
And I'll be there to cherish and care for you

(I'll be there to always see you through)
(I'll be there to love and comfort you)

I can tell the way you hang your head (hang your head)
You're not happy now, now you're afraid (you're afraid)
And through your tears you look around (look around)
But there's no peace of mind to be found (no peace of mind to be found)
I know what your thinking
You're a loner, alone and on your own, but child

(Reach out) Come on child reach out for Me
Reach out, just look over your shoulder
I'll be there to give you all the love you need
And I'll be there you can always depend on Me
I'll be there


Coronavirus: The Concealed Blessing

Emuna teaches us that everything is from Hashem is a loving Father, so that everything He does is for our ultimate benefit. If we look close enough, we can find a concealed blessing within every creation. If so, the big question is, what could possibly be a blessing about a pandemic in general, and Coronavirus in particular? Let's get some answers in today's podcast...


Coronavirus: Effort or Emuna?

People are confused, especially when some rabbis have padlocked their synagogues while for others, it's business as usual. Many are asking me if listening to one's local medical authorities and refraining from praying in a synagogue or immersing in a men's mikva constitutes a lack of emuna. Today's podcast provides a detailed answer...