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4 posts from December 2007

Meet Yosef Karduner

Yokadunerp If you're as much as a Yosef Karduner fan as we are, then Breslov World is the site to visit. We have a fantastic new bilingual correspondent on our staff at Breslev Israel, Tal Rotem, whose father and I were close friends in the army. Tal gets off on a running start with this wonderful interview of the world's most humble musical superstar. In addition, there are two terrific mp3's of Yosef Karduner hits, and a superb-quality video clip.

Rav Shalom Arush talks about Fighting for the Truth and also gives us practical advice on Preparing for Shabbat. Rav Avraham Greenbaum presents us with more of what Rebbe Nachman says about faith. In this week's Kabbalah lesson, he explains the Sefirot and their attributes.

Yours truly elaborates on Rebbe Nachman's teaching Azamra - finding your good points and judging others fairly -  and ties it in to the story of a young soldier that was killed in Lebanon.

This week, we also talk about the Breslev Approach to Teaching.  For the kiddies, there's another exciting part of Rebbe Nachman's The Happy Clay Digger, retold and illustrated by Rebecca Shapiro. In a truly touching article, Alice Jonsson talks about Noahide Loneliness. Don't miss it.

This week is the second week of the six-week period of "Shovevim", Parshat Va'era. There's plenty of quality reading including a Chassidic Pearl and a story for the Shabbat table. Enjoy, and have a great week!


Tonight (Monday, 31 Dec / 22 Tevet, 5768), I'll be speaking in English at the Carlebach Shul (Kehillat Ahava VeSimcha) in Ramat Bet Shemesh Alef at 8 PM. The subject is "Attaining Inner Peace." Hope to see you there!

Adir Ayom

In this clip, Yosef Karduner and I sing a traditional Breslever niggun, Adir Ayom. Some say that it's an original Turkish melody, but my great great uncle - Reb Mendel Litvak, a student of Rebbe Natan of Breslev - put the melody to the words of this moving song that we sing every week at Melave Malka (Saturday night meal, ushering out the Shabbat Queen).

This week we begin Chumash Shmot with Parshat Shmot of course, including plenty of wonderful commentaries, a Chassidic Pearl, and a story for the Shabbat table. Enjoy, and have a wonderful Shabbat.

Anne's Story

When I first started visiting "Lazer Beams", I had never heard of "Rabbi Rambo" or of his accomplishments. I simply found it accidentally one day while I was browsing through various blogs. It quickly became a regular feature of my lunch time internet break. I was simultaneously fascinated and annoyed at Rabbi Lazer's confidence about everything and especially the way he often answers people's sticky questions, like the second-marriage type (boy, did that hit home). "He must make this stuff up!", I thought. "You can't just come up with a happy ending to this many different problems! It just isn't that easy." After all, I should know. My life had become a dreary blur. Due to what seemed to me to be a very tragic twist of fate, my hopes for a normal, happy life with my 2nd husband and our children (his, mine, and ours all under one roof) became a bitterly unattainable dream, especially now that my husband was laid off his job after 18 years (the plant where he worked closed down).

All the comforting words of my friends and family fell flat, and at times I felt so crushed that it was difficult to summon the will to breathe. I thought my soul would flee my body from sheer despair. I was enraged at G-d for inflicting this situation on me. My life lost direction. I couldn't face other people without a stiff drink so that I could work up a smile. The bottle became the focal point of my life to fuzz out the problems. I was sick of myself with tons of guilt too. Then, on an impulse, I decided to contact Rabbi Lazer. I had no real expectations, but I had nothing to lose, either. To my absolute amazement, he wrote me back, almost immediately. He sent me a gift - The Trail to Tranquility and his CD No to Drugs - and said it was compliments of Emuna Outreach.What was even more amazing is that the book and the CD really helped! I began to consider that perhaps endless suffering isn't really what Hashem intended for me. I continued to write to him, and in a very short time, years of pain began to fall away. Now, although my situation has not changed, I am no longer angry, no longer drinking, but instead am trusting in Hashem's care. The best part is that I have enough happiness to share. I am looking forward to a new life focused on bringing comfort and joy to other people. Anne G, USA

A formula of pure and simple faith, together with enhancing her own personal relationship with Hashem, has turned the tables for Anne. It'll work for the rest of us, too.

A Breslever Medley

Here's a taste of our 2 hours of song & emuna program last week at Yeshivat Torat HaChaim, Yad Binyamin, Israel. During the finale, which you'll see here, Yosef Karduner and I let our hair payis down, Breslever style. Happy Shabbat Chanuka!