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”
A Tribute to Rav Noach Weinberg
Rabbi Noach Weinberg, zt"l
This Sh’vat edition is dedicated to the memory of Rav Noach Weinberger, HaRav Yisrael Noach ben Yitzhak Matisyahu, zt”l on the anniversary of his eighth yahrtzeit next week on the 11th of Sh’vat. Rav Noach had a very profound impact on my life personally, particularly in the area of Emunah and Ahavat Hashem . His love of Hashem was absolutely infectious and any of us who had the special opportunity to be in this Gadol’s presence felt that love pour through him in a most palpable way. Rav Noach used to say: “you gotta get up in the morning and get a hold of the love of Hashem”. To view A 4-minute film on the life of Rabbi Noah Weinberg, commemorating his 8th yartzeit, zt"l, Click here
To commemorate the Rosh Yeshiva's yahrtzeit, there will be a 4 day "Women's Yarchei Kallah" program at the Aish HaTorah World Center in Jerusalem from Monday February 6th through Thursday February 9th. There will be some wonderful speakers including several "G-d Direct" favorites such as Rabbi Tzadok Cable; Rabbi Yitzchak Berkowitz; Rabbi Aryeh Nivin and many more dynamic speakers drawing on the greatness and the passion of the Rosh Yeshiva zt"l. For more information and to register, go to: firstname.lastname@example.org or aish.com/wyk
Guarding Our Holiness By Increasing Our Ahavas Hashem
Rabbi Moshe Weinberger, Aish Kodesh, Woodmere, NY
The time of Shovavim (the parshios from Shmos through Mishpatim) is especially appropriate for maintaining our kedushah, guarding and protecting ourneshamos from negative external influences, and thereby increasing our love for Hashem. This is the firstshiur(click here)of a three-shiurseries based on the teachings of Rav Tzvi Meir Zilberberg to help us work towards this important goal of Ahavat Hashem at this time of year..
A Contemplation for Love of G-d
Rabbi Tzadok Cable, The Binah Tree
During the time ofShovevim,there is a special “segulah” to accessing Ahavat Hashem/Love of G-d as we purify ourselves in service. LISTEN to a riveting 18 minute excerpt from a class given recently by Rabbi Tzadok Cable clearly explaining from the Sefer Tanya how to access Love of G-d. “Our souls are trapped”!, Rabbi Cable powerfully explains, and we are yearning to be free to express the G-dly light that has been constricted inside of us. We need to have mercy on our souls and serve G-d with a passion and an awareness that we are releasing spiritual light and energy in every aspect of our Divine Service.
Rabbi Cable has an absolutely unique ability to express the loftiest ideas in the most practical of terms.If you like this sample, you’ll for sure want to sign up for the Rav’s new chaburah starting up in two weeks learning Rav Shlomo Wolbe’s “vaad” on Hakarat HaTov: Appreciating the Goodness in our life as the key to Ahavat Hashem and true Simcha. For more information or to register, contact me directly at DevorahYaffa@G-dDirectTorah.com.
To order Rabbi Cable's in depth and foundational sefer on the Six Constant Mitzvot, click here.
Loving Hashem with Gratitude
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 Gratitude towards Hashem. This class is part of a 6 part series Devorah gives on line called Breakthrough. In this series, you'll learntools 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 - a perfect way of building our Ahavat Hashem at this time of year.
To read more about the importance of Gratitude in building our Ahavat Hashem, click here.
Tu B'Shevat: In The Dead Of Winter, There's Life - Class #1
Rabbi Doniel Katz
Rabbi Doniel Katz has a unique ability to communicate Torah that speaks straight to the heart and soul of the Jew. In this class, Rabbi Katz describes what he calls a "Tu B'Shvat" moment when the light begins to shine through the darkness and we understand with clarity and emunah the plan Hashem has laid out for us. When we begin to feel Hashem's love and the perfection of every detail of our lives, then we can sing the song of life, emunah and joy. This class contains messages of Bitachon, Emunah and Ahavat Hashem for all year long.
To listen to more wonderful classes by Rabbi Katz,click here.
Tu B'Shvat: In the Dead of Winter, There's Life - Class #2
Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein
Listen to Rabbi Wallerstein's as always dynamic and impactful shiur as he describes the power of human potential. Man is compared to "the tree in the field" and as the sap in the trees begin to rise, so too does the potential of each and every Jew. Rav Wallerstein shares some very personal examples of helping others realize their hidden potential. His message of hope and dreams fulfilled can certainly be enjoyed all throughout the year.
This impactful lecture shows us how we can grow through the yearly cycle, becoming more Divine as we traverse along the pathways of the Torah and her holidays. Rav Labinsky weaves for us a magnificent tapestry of the energies available during these transitions throughout the year and describes the unique potential in the air right now as Tu B’Shvat approaches.
Also, recently launched is Rabbi Labinsky's "Getting into Marriage" series where Rabbi Labinsky brilliantly describes how to use conflict and potential separateness inherent in every marriage to bring the couple to great sense of unity and togetherness. To hear a sample of this series, click here. For more information on how to become a part of this ongoing FREE phone chaburah, email: email@example.com.
A Woman's Avodah in Sh'vat
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 Sh'vat. Every month has in it a special ability which we can use to serve Hashem. In the sefarim hakedoshim our Sages tell us that the special avodah for the month of Sh'vat is the tikkun of eating. The Rav speaks in hebrew and there is an accompanying english translation. To download, clickhere.
To receive an english transcript of this class, go here. To read about the 7 species we eat on Tu B'Shvat, go here.
Sh'vat and Sh'viti: The Keys to Sanity
Mrs. Devorah Yaffa Singer, Ma'ale Amos, Israel
This class, describing the relationship between Tu B’Shvat and cultivating the seeds of Emunah within us, was the introduction to the Aish HaTorah Women’s “Naishay” organization’s “Sanity Series”. Learn how Living with Emunah in HaKadosh Baruch Hu is the key to emotional balance, middos development, and tremendous inner joy. Enjoy this free introduction to the phone seriesLights of Emunah
To gain a glimpse into how Mrs. Singer came to this pathway in Avodat Hashem, read here.
Spiritual Growth Begins Beneath the Surface
Rabbi Moshe Weinberger, Aish Kodesh, Woodmere, NY
The sap of the tree begins to rise in the roots on Rosh Chodesh, but on the 15th we see the first blossoming on the tree. Shammai's opinion corresponds to that which is concealed, the parts of our life where we cannot see Hashem. Beis Hillel believes that we need to have fruits and see Hashem's love for us. The renewal of life takes place in the month of Shevat as we leave the coldness of the winter. Click here to download mp3
To hear Rav Weinberger's shiur on Tu B'Shvat given at Yeshiva University, click here.
Every once in a while I come across a shiur that is so inspiring and so sincere that I have to share it with others. Meet, if you haven’t already, Rabbanit Amit Yaghoubi, as she teaches us about “The Secret Dance of Sh’vat”. The soil, Rebbe Nachman explains, that nurtures our growth is our capacity for Simcha/happiness. In every life situation, we have a choice to see it as complete or as lacking, and even in the lacking to see the potential for growth inherent in the lacking. Life is a dance between these two polarities and the month of Sh’vat contains the secret of striking that balance. Download here.
If you like this shiur, you must also plug into Rabbanit Yaghoubi’s Tomer Devorah series. You’ve never heard Tomer Devorah taught like this! Check it out here.
The Bnei Yissachar on Tu B'Shvat
I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I do listening to this amazing and brilliant woman who teaches very high and holy Torah from her cozy living room in Meah She’arim among other places in and around Jerusalem. Listen to this incredible shiur on Parshat B'shalach and the B'nei Yissachar's approach to Tu B'Shvat. To download, click here.
Here's another great shiur by Yehudis on the deeper meaning of Tu B'Shvat. To download, click here.
To hear more wonderful shiurim by Yehudis Golshevsky, click HERE.
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 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.
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
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.