There is a broad consensus amongst our Gedolim that we are in a period of time now calledIkvese Demeshicha– or theEnd of Days. (Click here to read this letter from the Gadol HaDor Rav Chaim Kanievsky stating emphatically that we are indeed in the days known as the Ikvesa demeshicha or the End of days). More recently Rav Kanievsky has been reported as urging the Jewish Olam to make aliyah for the imminent redemption. When asked what message he had for klal Yisroel at this time and for a chizuk for the Jews of chutz la’aretz (the Diaspora), Harav Kanievsky solemnly declared: “The coming of Moshiach is imminent and he is on his way… It is stated in the Talmud that after the conclusion of the shmitta year Ben Dovid (the scion of Dovid) will come.” To view this report, click here.
How does a Torah observant Jew in the 21st century traverse such a potentially volatile and confusing time period? What can we rely on, when from every side, every aspect of life is unravelling? We have nowhere to turn, no solutions, other than turning to Hashem Himself. This is the answer given in the Mishnah at the end of mesechta Sota. The Mishnah asks: “upon whom do we have to rely? “ and it answers: “we can only rely on our Father in Heaven,” (‘Avinu Sh’bshamayim’). Thus, there is one basic overarching strategy for dealing with this time period which is "relying and turning completely and only to Hashem". (to learn more about what we need to strengthen ourselves during the End of Days, go to our Community of Resources/Binyan Olam .)
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 taking these words very much to heart, we have embarked on this endeavor to provide you with easy, fingertip access to multiple resources, including: seminars, audio links with inspiring shiurim and uplifting musical selections. Videos and inspiring articles. They all share one aim: to build a community of Jewish women who are dedicated to developing a more palpable and personal relationship with the Creator. It is in the merit of the righteous women, the Midrash tells us, that the Geula will unfold. Amongst these women are those who are building their homes and teaching their loved ones the secret of “relying and turning completely and only to Hashem”
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.
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 feww weeks 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 for the coming fast of Tevet. To access this shiur, go here.
A Woman's Avodah in Tevet
Rabbi Itamar Schwartz, author Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh
Rabbi Itamar Schwartz, author of the life-transformative series Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh, shares with the women in Klal Yisrael the unique avodah specific to the month of Tevet..As the Rav explains: “The month of Teves is one of the hardest months of the year. Teves is the hardest month because of all the difficult events that took place in it. Just like when a person enters a dangerous place he feels scared, so do we feel scared when we enter a time of the year which is dangerous. Our soul is scared and we need to deal with it.”How do we deal with these fears?The Rav answers: “Feeling close to Hashem soothes our scared soul”.
The Rav speaks in hebrew and there is an accompanying english translation. To downlaod, clickhere.
To receive an english transcript of this class, go here.
Tevet is also a time to learn how to be m'taken the middah of anger. To read more from Bilvavi on this avodah, go here. To read a personalized account of how one woman overcome her debilitating middah of anger, check out this transformative article here.
10th of Teves: A Day of Judgment on Will
Rabbi Yaakov Zalman Labinsky, Becoming Divine, Cleveland, OH
Everyone must listen to this incredible shiur on the true meaning of the 10th of Tevet. Once again, Rabbi Yaakov Zalman Labinsky weaves for us an incredible tapestry as to the inner meaning of the moed at hand: this time tying together why we fast, what is the Teshuva that is unique to the 10th of Tevet, how can use the energies of the day to upgrade our relationships and specifically our marriages, and how each of us getting this message clear can pave the way to the restoration of the Beis HaMikdash.
DOWNLOAD NOW this inspiring and transformative shiur and share this link with your friends.
This class is part of an ongoing women's phone chaburah on Becoming Divine in Marriage. For more information on how to be a part of this ongoing life transforming and marriage transforming FREE phone chaburah, email: email@example.com
To hear last year’s Becoming Divine shiur on the 10th of Tevet, click here.
For more awesome, life transforming shiurim by Rabbi Yaakov Zalman Labinsky, check out his website at:BecomingDivine.com
Activating Will in Our Avodat Hashem
Mrs. Devorah Yaffa Singer, G-d Direct Torah
According to the Chassam Sofer, the 10th of Tevet is actually a Day of Judgement. What is Hashem judging us for on this moed? He is judging us on our Will / our Ratzon. Our will for what? How much do we really want the Beis HaMikdash to be re-built! On this day Hashem decides from Shamayim whether or not the Beis HaMikdash will be re-built this year or it will chalila remain in ruins. It is within our hands and within our hearts that lie the seeds to everything that will happen to us as individuals and as a nation. On this day, it's imperative that we examine our choices and understand better the underlying Ratzon / Will that is driving us. To learn how to activate and empower your Will in your avodat Hashem, LISTEN HERE.
This class is part of an ongoing series Lights of Emunah. For more information, click Here.
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.
The Tikkun of the Tenth of Tevet
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller, Jerusalem Israel
Listen to an elucidating shiur by Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller on how to learn from the lessons of the past to fix our present reality. The Tenth of Tevet is the beginning of a process that culminated in the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash. Just as the 3 “cardinal sins” led to the destruction then, so too learning the relevance of these sins in our lives today and how to be ‘mtaken’ them will lead to its re-building, Iy”H! To download, click here.
Feeling Safe in an Unsafe World
Chaya Hinda Allen, Jewish Positive Thinking
GoHEREto 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 to become a "Chaiyil" member 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
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 access more of the Rebbetzin's shiurim on Shalom Bayit, go here.
Mother of Murdered Israeli Teen: A Timeless Message of the Power of Jewish Unity
Rachelle Fraenkel, Nof Ayalon, Israel
Watch this uplifting and moving video of Rachelle Fraenkel mother of Naftali Fraenkel, zt"l,and her inspiring message to the Jewish people. “Pick an act”, she so poignantly asks of us, to keep the incredible unity that was generated alive and carry it throughout the year. As Rachelle recounts:. “It was said we went out searching for the boys and we discovered ourselves.”
VIEWthis video now (courtesy ofwww.aish.com) and please forward this message of hope and unity to others.
Putting into action Mrs. Fraenkel's suggestion of how to keep the Jewish Unity we created alive and spreading, a wonderful initiative has begun to create more Unity amongst the Jewish Women in Klal Yisrael. For more details on how to be apart of this special endeavor, clickhere.
I also recommend reading a wonderful piece from Parshat Noach entitled: United for Good.
Cry along with me as you view this wonderful video courtesy ofwww.Aish.comon the Power of Prayer.To view, click HERE.