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 for your enjoyment.
This week we'll hear lessons from Rabbi Shalom Arush, Rabbi Lazer Brody, Rabbi Dr. Zev Ballen, Rabbi Aharon Dobinsky and Rabbi Ralph Cohen. Our musical guest this week is our cherished spiritual son from Seattle, Washington - now Jerusalem - singing his gorgeous new song, "Mercy". Enjoy and have a lovely Shabbat!
Lesson #1 - The Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a: Coping with Tribulations (3 minutes)
Life is full of tribulations; how do we cope with them? Let's hear our beloved teacher, Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a (Hebrew, with English subtitles):
Parshat Vayeshev teaches us that a person reaps exactly what he sows; one's good deeds come back to aid him in the future, measure for measure, and the opposite as well…
Lesson #3 - Rabbi Dr. Zev Ballen - The Power of Joy (37 minutes)
Lesson #4 - Rabbi Aharon Dobinsky - Turn it All Around (12 minutes)
Lesson #5 - Rabbi Ralph Cohen - The Laws and Customs of Chanukah (30 minutes)
Now, for the spiritual, calorie-free dessert - the musical cherry on our cake:
Let's join Nissim Black outdoors, for his most exquisite musical personal prayer session (you'll find the lyrics directly below the vid:
Sometimes I feel like I'm running in the world on my own/ down and out/ please help I need you/ My heart aches/ I can't take it no/ I know that You’re here right now/ but You hide your face/ I can't wait to see You/ My G-d I seek You/ I know that I'm imperfect/ but I know that hurts when/ in my life when I don't feel you/ I become another person/ it ain't worth it No/ Fix me/ only give me what I need to proceed to the place I should be/ open up the gates and make em’ wait on me/ G-d please help me/ Cuz I'm low and I am falling down/ And I need you to pull me out/ Cuz just wanna grow/ grow/ grow/ yeah/ I want You to take control/ yeah/ And Have mercy on me/ Will You pick me up again/ will You pull me closer in/ Cuz I just wanna know/ know / know Ya/ And I want You to bring me closer/ Yeah There's times when I feel down and out/ and I can't figure out/ why you do it me/ yeah/ I'm surrounded on all sides/ I try/ to get back up/ but I find that fall maybe harder than before yeah/ G-d I'm in War yeah/ I feel I can't get up now/ Cause everytime I fall down/ I'm fighting an enemy/ and it won't let me break out/ Heal me/ only give me what I need to proceed to the place I should be/ open up the gates and make em’ wait on me yeah/ G-d please help me/ Cuz I'm low and I am falling down/ And I need you to pull me out/ Cuz just wanna grow/ grow/ grow/ yeah/ I want You to take control/ yeah/ And Have mercy on me/ Will You pick me up again/ will You pull me closer in/ Cuz I just wanna know/ know / know Ya/ And I want You to bring me closer/ Yeah I can feel you in my heart only sometimes/ But I need You in my life right now yeah/ can't move without You/ I'm full of doubts yeah/ Show me/ what I can do/ when I only want you/ I only want truth/ my King yeah/ You are my only help/ Yes You are my only help/ Yes You are my only help/ Yes You are my only help/ Yes You are my only help/ G-d please help me/ Cuz I'm low and I am falling down/ And I need you to pull me out/ Cuz just wanna grow/ grow/ grow/ yeah/ I want You to take control/ yeah/ And Have mercy on me/ Will You pick me up again/ will You pull me closer in/ Cuz I just wanna know/ know / know Ya/ And I want You to bring me closer/ Yeah
Our cherished friend and sweet-singer David Dome from London sent me a gorgeous traditional Irish ballad by the name of "Wild Mountain Thyme". He performs this balled ever so beautifully with new emuna lyrics I wrote for him. We now call this lovely song, "Voice on the Mountain," which we hope you'll enjoy. I can't stop listening to it. Sing along - the lyrics appear below the vid.
Melody: Traditional Irish, "Wild Mountain Thyme" Instruments, Vocal and Arrangement: David Dome Lyrics: Rabbi Lazer Brody
Oh Mashiach times a comin' And the trees are sweetly bloomin' And The Voice from the mountain Calls in love and in emuna Come home Neshama Come home....
And we'll all go together To hear The Voice on a mountain And we'll sing a song forever Come home Neshama Come home
I will then say a prayer By yon high and holy mountain My love song for my Father Flows like waters from a fountain Come home Neshama Come home...
And we'll all go together To hear The Voice on the mountain And we'll sing a song forever Come home Neshama Come home.....
Come home Neshama come home Neshama come home
Hashem forever be with me For there never is another And it's His Voice on the mountain Calling you and me dear brother Come home , Neshama Come home......
And we'll all go together To hear The Voice on the mountain And we'll sing a song forever Come home Neshama Come home My brother Come home My sister Come home Neshama Come home....
Watch our dear friend Chassidic singer Shulem Lemmer sing "God Bless America" at Fenway Park on Sept. 16, 2018 in front of 35,000 people, during the 7th-inning stretch of the Mets - Red Sox game. This is a phenomenal sanctification of Hashem's Name - we can all be proud of Shulem. Clip courtesy of esteemed friend and Shulem's agent, Yochi Briskman, email@example.com
Above image - the holy gravesite of Rebbe Levi Yitzchok in Berditchev, Ukraine
Today, the 25th of Tishrei, is the 209th yahrtzeit of the holy Rebbe Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev (1740-1809), may his sacred soul intercede in our behalf, amen. When Rebbe Levi Yitzchok died, Rebbe Nachman of Breslev said that the world became a darker place. Rebbe Levi Yitzchok is especially known as the senegor of Israel, the defending attorney of the Jewish People in the Heavenly Court, for he only saw the good in people.
Light a candle in memory of Rebbe Levi Yitzchok ben Sara Sasha. may his holy memory invoke blessings for all of us, amen.
Rebbe Levi Yitzchok's hauntingly beautiful niggun (melody) is one of my favorites. Here is Yehuda Green singing it for us. Enjoy this bit of inspiration, and may you be blessed with a healthy winter and a wonderful new week.
Guess what! We've all been invited to the Succah of one of our most cherished tzaddikim, the Vishnitzer Rebbe shlit'a in Bnei Brak, for the nightly Chol Hamoed celebration that we call, "Simchat Beit HaShoeva", commemorating the holy Chol HaMoed clebrations in our Holy Temple, may it be rebuilt soon, amen. Moadim L'Simcha and Shabbat Shalom!
Gmar Tov! We hope you're having the best Succoth holiday of your life...
Uman this year was so memorably meaningful. I already miss being by Rebbe Nachman, especially since yesterday was his 207th yahrtzeit. With this in mind, here is one of my favorite melodies, which I was humming the whole time I was by Rebbe Nachman's holy gravesite in Uman this past Rosh Hashana. It's called, "Rebbe, Rebbe".
A Breslever custom is to say a hitkashrut prayer before every mitvza, where we bind ourselves to all the true tzaddikim and particularly our own rebbe, Rebbe Nachman of Breslev, osb"m.
Yehudah Green turned the hitkashrut prayer into a beautifully stirring melody named "Rebbe, Rebbe." Here, our dear friend Chassidic singer Duddy Knopfler with the Meshorerim Choir sing a moving rendition, which I'm sure you'll enjoy as much as I do. Below are the lyrics in Yiddish transliteration, in Yiddish and in English translation. Enjoy and have a wonderful Succoth and New Year 5779!
Rebbe, rebbe, mir villen zich mikasher zein Tzu dir
Hinneni mikkasher nafshi, ruchi venishmasi lenishmas adoni mori urabi
Im shaar hatzadikim veha'avos hakdoshim ve'im shaar hatzidkanios vehaimahos hakedoshos