I have a few heroes in life, but Rebbe Akiva tops them all. He came from a modest background with no silver spoon in his mouth. His native abilities were limited. The high-brows scoffed at him. But he surpassed even the greatest of his generation. What made him so great? His perseverance and his quest for emuna.
People ask, why did Rebbe Akiva leave his two great teachers, the generation's leading scholars Rebbe Yehoshua and Rebbe Eliezer, to spend 22 years learning from Nachum Ish Gamzu?
You'll get an amazing answer in today's emuna lesson and live broadcast from Jerusalem entitled "Rebbe Akiva's Emuna", which will take place, G-d willing, on the ground-floor main sanctuary of the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva on 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street in Jerusalem at 7 PM Israel time; the shiur is open to the public - both men and women are invited. You can see today's lesson here - the broadcast, as well as our lessons posted from now on - are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in on time. If you are not able to view today's broadcast live, then G-d willing, you'll be able to see the video tape of it later this coming week on Lazer Beams.