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I Prayed for This Child

The moving story of Hannah appears in the first and second chapter of Samuel I: Hannah had no children, and she begged Hashem in the holy tabernacle at Shilo that if He gives her a child, she will dedicate this child to the service of Hashem. Hashem heard her prayers, and Samuel was born.

When Samuel was weaned, Hannah brought him to the High Priest Eli in Shilo, where the little Samuel grew up devoting his entire life to serving Hashem. As Hannah presents her son to Eli, she says, "This is the lad I prayed for; Hashem granted me the request that I asked of Him" (Samuel I, 1:27).

In a beautiful age-old Jewish tradition, when we check on our sleeping children at night, and we see them like little angels fast asleep, we repeat the above passage as an expression of gratitude to Hashem, and we continue to pray for their spiritual and physical welfare and development.

Shraga Gold, soloists Motty Steinmetz, Levi Falkowitz, Moshe Mendlowitz and the Shira Choir sing Rabbi Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz's lovely rendition of Hannah's moving expression of gratitude in the following beautiful clip, which we hope you enjoy as much as we did. G-d bless and much joy from your children!


V'Afilu B'Hastora: Hashem, Don't Hide Your Countenance

Amidst all the uncertainty, infighting and threats from our enemies around us here recently, we beg Hashem to have mercy on us and bring the spirit of emuna and teshuva to the hearts of all us. Above all, we plead to Hashem not to hide His countenance from us.

In uncanny timeliness, the holy words of Rebbe Nachman are now being sung all over the world by every leading Jewish singer in dozens of variations. This niggun comforts aching souls.

Rebbe Nachman of Breslev says in Likutei Moharan I:56 - "Even in a concealment within a concealment, Hashem is certainly there."

In the moving clip below, our esteemed friend and well-known pillar of Jewish music Yochi Briskman made this beautiful arrangement, featuring lead singer Yisrael Werdyger and the Mezamrim Choir. So you can sing along, here are the original words in transliteration, followed by translation (the first line is Yiddish, and the second two lines are Hebrew):

V'afilu B'Hastora - Even in Concealment

(1) Der Aibishter zogt inz, "Kinderlach, Anochi haster panai bayom hahu", ober di Rebbe zogt

Hashem says to us, "Children, I will conceal Myself on that day", but the Rebbe says

(2) V'afilu b'hastora shebatokh hahastora bevadai gam sham nimtza Hashem Yisborach

Even in a concealment within a concealment, Hashem may He be blessed is certainly there

(3) Gam me'achrei hadevorim hakashim ha'omdim alekha, Ani omed.

And behind the the difficult things that stand before you, I stand.

May we all hear good tidings soon, amen!


Yearning for Hashem: Yedid Nefesh, Friend of My Soul

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The anti-emuna media here is like a coin or two in a jar - shake the jar and it makes a lot of noise. If the jar were full of content, it wouldn't make noise.

The true picture in Israel is that people are coming back to Hashem right and left. They see that the only thing that can save a soul from depression and despair is emuna and a connection with Hashem. As such, there are virtually no Baal-teshuva yeshivas or seminars with empty seats.

Many of Israel's finest singers and musicians are coming home to their spiritual roots and making teshuva. Several have got together and created a Shabbat-Song Project, where voluntarily, they're recording Shabbat songs so that everyone can learn them. Our appreciation to Roni Eylon and "Shamayim" Center. Enjoy - already on Thursday, we start looking forward to the light of the coming Shabbat, the day that we put aside worldly matters and spend completely with Hashem, Father in Heaven and Friend of our Soul.


It Don't Come Easy

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Nothing in my life was ever easy. In athletics, everybody on the team had more talent than I did. In the army, all my buddies were stronger and faster than I was. In Rabbinical Yeshiva, I was always the last one in the class to understand a concept. Sounds like a curse, doesn't it, as if Hashem was giving me a raw deal, Heaven-forbid...

It was the biggest blessing. If fueled my desire and made me work harder. The desire and the willingness to sweat are what makes the tortoises of the world surpass the hares.

Due to the nature of the unit where I was privileged to serve in the IDF, our training was gruelling, long and forever challenging, both mentally and physically. In one instance, during a night-time run with full backpack on rough terrain, my legs and lungs were about to give out. Anyone who wouldn't complete this run would be kicked out of the unit. I had no more physical strength. The game was about to be over for me. Suddenly, one of my favorite songs from way back when popped into my head: it was Ringo Starr singing, "It Don't Come Easy". I kicked into gear with a second wind and a surge of strength, playing that song over and over in my head until I finished the run. This is the song that became my personal theme song during all my years of army service. And thanks to you, Ringo:

The problem with the internet and Ipod generation is that they expect instant gratification, a great life with no effort. Sorry, youngin's, things don't work that way. If you want to succeed big time, you have to take The First Step.


The Beams Friday Web Yeshiva: Shabbat Shoftim

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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):

Lesson #2 - Rabbi Lazer Brody - Parshat Vayeshev: Measure for Measure (8 minutes)

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:

Lyrics

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

Enjoy, and have a super Shabbat!


David Dome: Voice on the Mountain

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....