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Chanukah is almost here and with it awesome potential to bring us salvation, peace and the Final Redemption.   How so?  The Slonimer Rebbe, author of Netivot Shalom,  explains that the strategy of the Greeks to defeat the Jewish people was not through war.  They knew that natural means would be ineffective in conquering the invincible  Jewish  nation.  So what was their strategy?  Chazal tell us: “they darkened our eyes.”   The Greeks understood the secret of Jewish survival, perhaps even more than we knew ourselves:  the strength of the Jews lies in the Light of Emunah shining in our hearts and minds.  The only way to defeat the Jewish people was not by conventional warfare – but rather  by confounding our clairty,  by “darkening our eyes”, by severing the connection to our Creator.

The Slonimer Rebbe explains that the whole purpose  of life is to learn to see clearly the light of HaKadosh Baruch Hu and how that light of Hashem’s Presence sustains and is manifest throughout all of Creation.   When our eyes become darkened, which was the intent of the Greek decrees, we lose our connection with the Reality of Ayn Ode Milvado, that Hashem’s Presence is all there is and that the whole world is filled with nothing other than His loving  glory.   Once that clarity is diminished, we become vulnerable to destruction.  

Chanukah is the holiday of healing our eyes, of healing our vision and getting back the clarity of Who is Really in control and protecting us on a moment-to-moment basis.   

Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein states very poignantly in a shiur he gave during Parshat Yisro in 2009 that only those Jews who hold on tight to their Emunah and trust in Hashem during these times of turbulence and uncertainty will merit to witness the unfolding of history and be a part of the climactic finale of the final redemption (to hear a 5-minute excerpt from this shiur, click here). 

In light of all the darkness and confusion surrounding Klal Yisrael right now and the world at large, now more than ever we need to strengthen ourselves in our Emunat Hashem and connect ourselves ever so deeply to our Creator.  For there's no greater way to fight the darkness than by shining a lot of light!  This is how we beat the Greeks then and this is how we will beat "the Greeks" now!

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Chanukah - Sight Unseen
Rabbi Moshe Weinberger, Aish Kodesh, Woodmere, NY

This impactful talk shows us how to see beneath the surface and behold Reality for what it really is.  Chanukah is the holiday to heal our vision and learn to see life through, as Rav Weinberger calls them: “Chanukah eyes”.  Click here to download mp3

To access more awesome torah by Rabbi Weinberger, go to: http://www.yutorah.org

 


A Woman's Avodah in Kislev
Rabbi Itamar Schwartz

Rabbi Itamar Schwartz, author of the life-transformative series Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh, shares with the women in Klal Yisrael what our unique potential is in the month of Kislev:  sleep and dreams.   Rabbi Schwartz speaks in hebrew with an accompanying english translation.  To download, click here. 

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For more shiurim on Chodesh Kislev, click here.  

For all English transcripts on Chanukah talks, click here.

To hear more amazing shiurim by Rabbi Schwartz, go to: www.Bilvavi.net


Seek and Ye Shall Find - The Message of Chanukah (Parshat Vayashev)
Rabbi Avrohom M. Alter, Lakewood

An awesome explanation as to the difference between hidden and revealed miracles.  On Chanukah, as in all of life, Hashem mirrors our actions.  To the degree that we search and we want, and we exert ourselves to make the connection, to that extent does Hashem turn nature upside down and we can rise to the level of revealed miracles in our lives.  Click here to download mp3  

Parsha Vayeshev is coming up and there we read about Yosef HaTzadik who the Torah describes as an "ish matzliach"/ "a successful man".  What is the secret to Yosef's success?  Answers the midrash: that he talked to Hashem all throughout the day!  (For more details on this Avodah, see the next shiur's description below). To hear a wonderful shiur describing this avodah from today's "ish matzliach" the "Bilvavi", click here.

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Talking to Hashem all day long
Rabbi Itamar Schwartz, author Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh

We read in Parshat Vayeshev all about Yosef HaTzadik.  The verses describe Yosef as an “Ish Matzliach”: a “Man of Success”.  What is the secret of Yosef’s success?  Rashi brings the midrash which describes how Yosef’s master Potifer observed Yosef constantly whispering something under his breath.  What was he whispering?  To solve this riddle, the Ramban and the Arbanel and other Rishonim bring down that Yosef HaTzadik was praying to Hashem, repeating and internalizing over and over: "Shiviti Hashem l'negdi Tamid."    This, the Rishonim conclude, was Yosef’s powerful formula for success.   If this is the "key to success", what is the meaning behind these sacred words?  To unravel this mystery, check out my article here.  To hear the accompanying mp3's to this article, click here and here.

We are blessed in our generation to have someone who epitomizes this avodah. To hear a wonderful shiur describing this practice from today's "ish matzliach" the "Bilvavi", Rabbi Itamar Schwartz. on The Importance of Talking to Hashem all Throughout the Day click here .

Also just released, a fantastic essay dealing specifically with a Woman's Power of Speech.  Get a sneak preview into the Bilvavi's just released new sefer: GATEWAYS TO HASHEM FOR TODAY’S JEWISH WOMAN.  For the PDF, click here.

For information on how to order this book, click here.

 

 


Finding Hashem in the Chanukah Lights
Mrs. Devorah Yaffa Singer, G-d Direct Torah

These presentations, which describe the deeper connection between Chanukah and building a more conscious, intuitive, "ayn od m'lvado"  awareness of Hashem's loving Presence in our lives, are part of an on-going series given by Mrs. Singer - Lights of Emunah -  a life-transforming journey toward a more personal and palpable relationship with HaKodus Baruch Hu.

"Ayn Od M'lvado" Inspiration and Chanukah Chizuk November 2015: Click here for mp3 file. For the continuation part II, click here.

To hear a Chanukah Meditation click here to download mp3

To see a video presentation of a Chanukah class I gave with Orit Ester Riter a couple years back, click here to view.

To download your "Ayn Od M'lvado" wallet size tefillah, click here.  Say this everyday between now and Chanukah and you will see miracles revealed, please G-d!


Chanukah: Finding Light in the Darkness
Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi , Aish HaTorah, Jerusalem, Israel

Listen in as Rabbanit Mizrachi weaves us along a Chanukah journey, showing us how no matter how dark the situation we’re in, there is always the light of Hashem to be found.  With her humour, frankness and sincerity, Rabbanit Mizrachis draws out our hearts and our souls in our Avodat Hashem. This class was given live at the Aish HaTorah World Center In Jerusalem,  Chanukah  5772.  

Click here to download mp3

 


The Historical Relevance of Chanukah: Then and Now
Rabbi Tzadok Cable, founder of The Binah Tree

Once again Rabbi Cable offers us an in-depth historical overview of the seeds, built into the fabric of Creation, leading the Jewish People into the Greek exile.  Based on the teachings of the Maharal’s Ner Mitzvah, Rav Cable shares with us a fascinating look into what is Chochmah (wisdom) and takes his listener into the mind of the Greeks.  It was the Greek’s civilization and their desire to uproot Jewish Wisdom, and specifically our connection to Torah and HaKadosh Baruch Hu, which was at the core of our nation’s battle with this fomidable enemy.  Click here to download. 

To find out how to be a part of Rabbi Cable's ongoing and dynamic phone chaburas, click here. 

Give a Special Chanukah Gift of Torah to yourself and/or a loved one:  Available now -  a BRAND NEW CD series/ 61 tracks recently recorded by Rabbi Tzadok Cable on the Maharal's famous Sefer Ner Mitzvah.  For more details and to order,  contact us.


Chanukah Lighting/Illuminating Marriage
Rabbi Yaakov Zalman Labinsky, Becoming Divine, Cleveland, OH

Rabbi Yaakov Zalman Labinsky describes how the Avodah of candlelighting at Chanukah can be used to powerfully enhance our marriages.Chanukah Lighting/Illuminating Marriage.  

For more awesome Torah by Rabbi Labinsky, go to: http://becomingdivine.com/

Rabbi Labinksy is currently teaching a phenomenal chaburah learning his unique "mahalach" on preparing for shabbos called the 39 Melachos of Shabbos chaburah.  To view previous classes and see transcripts and/or to sign up for this amazing learning experience and participate live via zoom every week with Rabbi Labinsky and an amazing group of women who are learning and growing together in our Avodat Hashem, contact me for more details. 


Western Mind - Torah Mind
Rabbi Akiva Tatz

This is one of many shiurim Rabbi Tatz gives us sharing the awesome potential of Chanukah and specifically how essential it is we know how vastly we differ from the Greeks and the Western Civilization they gave birth to.

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Question of the Ages: How Much Hishtadlus vs. How Much Bitachon?
Rabbi Avrohom M. Alter, Lakewood, NJ

In the Torah Portiion, Parshat Vayashev, Yosef HaTzadik's request for "protexia" from the wine steward cost him an extra two years in jail according to our Sages.  Seems like a reasonable request to me but Yosef is held accountable for this "extra act" of histadlut (effort) on his part which brings up the age old question: When is 'enough' enough? When is enough ... really 'too much'? Haven't we all been perplexed by this question? Hishtadlus vs. Bitachon - how much is proper?  In matters of Shiduchim, Parnasah, Yeshuos, etc. Is it true that G-d only helps those who "help themselves"? When is 'enough' histadlus really 'too much' histadlus?  Rabbi Avrohom Alter gives a brilliant answer to these and other questions on how to understand the delicated balance between Bitachon and Histadlut,  Click here to download.

 

 


Chanukah: Doing the Impossible
Lori Palatnik, founder of MOMENTUM, "Lori Almost Live" Aish.com

Watch “Lori Almost Live” as Lori Palatnik, founder of Momentum,  shares her warmth, her sincerity and her passion as she describes for us how   When we invite God in, amazing things can happen."  This is the month of miracles.  When left up to our own devices, what can we do?  But when we ask Hashem to help us,  nothing's impossible.

To watch this aish.com video, click here.

 


The Transcendental Experience of Chanukah
Rabbi Doniel Katz, The Elevation Seminar

Rabbi Doniel Katz captivates us once again with a phenomenal class describing the power of the transcendental experience and how the potential energies of Chanukah give us the ability to tap into a higher spiritual consciousness.  Rabbi Katz brilliantly lays out the distinctions between a Jewish life of transcendence vs the superficiality and the emptiness of living a “this world only”, Greek orientation.  To access this shiur, go here. 

Please continue to daven for Doniel ben Sarah to have a full and complete recovery. To participate in helping us complete sefer tehilim on Rav Doniel's behalf, click here.  To join a "tehillim chat" on Rav Doniel's behalf to daven as a tzibur and receive ongoing updates, contact devorah.yaffa@gmail.com for that information.

 


Why G-d Lets Bad Things Happen and How to Make Them Stop
Rabbi Doniel Katz, The Elevation Seminar

Rabbi Doniel Katz captivates us once again with a phenomenal series answering the ageless question: “Why do bad things happen…”  This is particularly relevent now in light of all the darkness and confusing in the world right now.  Rabbi Katz shares with us the secret of how strengthening our consciousness  of always being in Hashem’s  loving Presence can diminish many of our problems in life. Download here. 

To hear the continuation of this series, go here.

Learning to build and maintain this "G-d Consciousness" is not only a way to diminish many of our problems but is also a wonderful way to correct our debilitating character traits.  Follow this personal and very practical account of one woman’s struggle with anger and how plugging into a greater awareness of Hashem’s constant and loving presence enabled her to overcome this debilitating middah.

To view article, click here

 


Be a "Spiritual Settler" and Not a "Spiritual Nomad"
Rabbi Tzadok Cable, Rav of Kehillas Ezra Hasofer Ramat Beis Shemesh Gimmel

Every once in awhile I hear a class that's so right on, so hits the "nail on the head" , and so resonates with my"G-d Direct"  wave length that I want to climb to the top of some high roof top and yell out: "hey women of Klal Yisrael, you gotta hear this stuff!"  The Rav clarified the difference between being a "spiritual settler" vs. a "spiritual nomad".  From the time we wake up in the morning to the time we go to sleep at night, we need to acquire the mind set of being "b'Makom" ; of being in "Hashem's place" and as such everything we do should be integrated within that framework and focus.

LISTEN for yourself to this transformative class.  Your Avodat Hashem will never be the same again!

And while we're on the subject of Simcha, if you liked the above shiur, you must listen to Rabbi Cable's class from Rebbe Nachman's "Avodat HaSimcha".  To download, click here.

To be a part of this or any other one of Rabbi Cable’s new live "ZOOM" chaburah community, go to:https://thebinahtree.com/or email.  

 


Hitbodedut: The Total Game Changer
Devorah Sisso Stieglitz, "Breakthrough" workshops

Meet Devorah Sisso Stieglitz!  Our latest addition to the “G-d Direct Torah” family, Devorah’s “Emunah Torah” is refreshingly real and down to earth.  Listen here to this wonderful class on Hitbodedut: The Total Game Changer. This class is part of a 6 part  series Devorah gives on line called Breakthrough. In this series, you'll learn tools to identify what's keeping you stuck in life, "break through" them, move on to the next stage, and attract what you truly want into your life... while recognizing that it's all from Hashem. Get excited about your future and your incredible potential again.  This is another one of those "hit the nail on the head" classes on Emunah that you'll want to listen to over and over.

Visit http://www.devorahspeaks.com/breakthrough for more information on Devorah and her series.

 


World Wide Nishmat Kol Chai Event
courtesy of Torah Any Time

A couple years ago, on Rosh Chodesh Nissan, something very special and unique took place in Klal Yisrael.  Over 4,000 women came together from all around the globe to join in the Nishmat Kol Chai Worldwide Event.  This event celebrated thousands of women saying Nishmat Kol Chai for 40 days in a row.  It was a celebration of our gratitude to HaKadosh Baruch Hu and a celebration of us, Jewish women, and our power to unify to bring the Redemption, closer, IY"H! This event featured inspiring and empowering talks by Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi; Rabbi Aryeh Nivin; Lori Palatnik and a special bracha from Rebbetzin Leah Kolodetsky. daughter of Hagadol HaDor, HaGaon,  HaRav Chaim  Kanievsky

If you haven’t seen this yet, or even if you have and you want to see it again, click here now.

 


An Interview with Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan zt"l
Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, zt"l

For the first time in 36 years, made available now to our G-d Direct Torah community, you can hear Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan zt”l in a radio interview he gave in 1980.  To hear Rabbi Kaplan describe the importance of hitbodedut/meditation and the examples he demonstrates on how to attain a state of “aloneness” and closeness with the Ribbon shel olam is truly life altering.  Thank you to Rabbi Avraham Sutton for making this audio available to us. To download, click here. 


Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh Women's Chaburah Siyum
Rabbi Moshe Weinberger, Yeshiva University/Aish Kodesh

Rabbi Moshe Weinberger pierces to the depths of the “pintele” yid with this shiur that he gave to a group of women in Lawrence, NY upon their completion of the Sefer Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh a few months ago.  Rabbi Weinberger tackles the difficult questions of how to maintain emunah amidst pain and suffering and how to transition this generation from one that “hears” and knows about Hashem’s existence to one that “sees” and “feels” Hashem’s existence moment to moment.  A must hear preparation to help us plug into the potential for "Ahavat Hashem" in the air right now..  To access this shiur, go here.


Inculcating Emunah in our Children
Rabbi Avrohom M.Alter, Yeshiva Migdal Torah, Chicago, Il.

Every once in a while, you hear a class that you can listen to over and over and over again.  The truth is my Rav, Rabbi Avrohom M.Alter, has many shiurim that fit this description but this one really struck a deep chord within my “Emunah driven” heart.  Listen for yourself and see.  This shiur on how to educate our children in Emunah and Bitachon is really about how to educate ourselves in Emunah and Bitachon.  Once we get it, they’ll get it too!  This shiur should be on your “favorites” to be listened to all year round.  For download, click here.

 

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Bringing Redemption Through National Will
Rabbi Pinchas Winston, Telzstone, Israel

Listen to a captivating shiur by Rabbi Pinchas Winston who has made it his life’s mission to prepare this generation for the imminent redemption.  What’s left for us to do?  We need to develop a strong national will for Geula.  This means making the prospect of Redemption more real and palpable in our lives. 

To access the video of this talk that was given recently in Ramat Beit Shemesh, click here.  To access the mp3 recording, click here.   


Feeling Safe in an Unsafe World
Chaya Hinda Allen, Jewish Positive Thinking

Go HERE  to receive a beautiful guided Imagery by Chaya Hinda Allen (www.JPThink.com)  to help us feel Hashem's love for us and His loving protection.  Practical and inspiring, we need this chizuk now more than ever!  This track teaches us how we can empower ourselves to face the challenges of stressful times with courage.  As Chaya Hinda explains: “By using our minds and our imagination (tziurei halev in the words of Rav Dessler) we can create deep and enduring feelings of trust and connection. It must be practiced, it doesn't necessarily come at once… No one is born trusting Hashem. It is the effort we put in to guide our minds and to think these thoughts that create the protection."

To be a part of Chaya Hinda's on-going on-line Thinking Positive! course, visit..  

You can also now become a part of a growing community of Jewish Women led by Chaya Hinda Allen by becoming a memeber of Chaiyil.  Members receive an 18-minute installment of Chaiyil every day - either an uplifting audio message, member success story, guided bitachon experience or practical exercise. To hear a sample chizuk message on the power of our wanting and willing, click here.  To sign up and receive more daily chizuk messages click here.

 


Empowering Jewish Women to Action
Rebbertzin Chaya Levine

We learn that in the merit of the Jewish Women, we were redeemed from Egypt and in the merit of the righteous Jewish women in the future, we will be redeemed again.  As we enter into this difficult time period, now more than ever we need to gather ourselves together as Jewish women,  do Teshuva, and pray that our Unity is no longer built on tragedy but rather built on Positive Actions and Unity Initiatives.  Listen to Rebbetzin Chaya Levine, widow of Rabbi Kalman Zeev Levine, Hy”d,  who was amongst the four kedoshim  brutally murdered in Har Nof.   During this very personal and poignant meeting with Rebbetzin Levine,  she described for us one such powerful initiative.  She also not only gives us as Jewish Women a Call to Action, but shares with us her personal story from the morning she learned of her husband’s death till today.

Special thanks to the Yashar Foundation for making this meeting possible.  To download, click HERE

For more information on how to be a part of this project, go to: http://www.theactionsproject.com 

To view a very inspiring video with Rebbetzin Levine and others describing this project in more detail, click  HERE.


One Entity: The Essence of a Jewish Marriage
Rebbetzin Ruchi Goldenberg, Beit Shemesh, Israel.

Chazal teach us that there exists a marital relationship between HaKadosh Baruch Hu and Klal Yisarel.  In order to properly appreciate this relationship paradigm better,  we need to understand what is the essence of a Jewish marriage, what is the inherent holiness between husband and wife.  Having been married almost 20 years, I’m just now beginning to understand thanks to Rebbetzin Ruchi Goldenberg.  LISTEN  to this beautiful and eye opening shiur revealing the true secrets of marriage or as the Rebbetzin teaches: “This is the way Hashem created the world; a woman draws her inner identity, her essence, from her husband.” This was a big chiddush for me and I'd like to share it with you. 

This shiur is based on a chapter from a newly published sefer entitled: My Soul Desire published by Beis Hamidrash Neizer Yisrael of Harav Avraham Tzvi Kluger.  To read this excerpt, click here. 

To order this wonderful sefer, go to:  www.feldheim.com.

To access more of the Rebbetzin's shiurim on Shalom Bayit, go here.

 


Prayer Power
www.Aish.com

Cry along with me as you view this wonderful video courtesy of www.Aish.com on the Power of Prayer. To view, click HERE

 

 


 

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