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”
The Teshuva Process
Rabbi Tzadok Cable, The Binah Tree
Plug into the intense energies and potential for transformation and teshuva in the air right now as we rapidly approach the Yomim HaNoraiim. Rav Tzadok Cable gives us a thorough and profound explanation of the Teshuva process during this time period and how to make our Teshuva real and personal.
Starting after Sukkot, Rabbi Cable will begin three new dynamic and thought provoking chaburas: 1) Simcha and Hakarat Hatov based on Rav Wolbe's Alei Shur vaadim; 2) The Kavannah Workshop and 3) The Hashkafa of Tzniyut. For more information on how to be a part of Rabbi Cable’s phone chaburah community, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: http://www.thebinahtree.com .
Growing Through Elul
Rabbi Yaakov Zalman Labinsky, Becoming Divine.com
Listen to another captivating shiur by Rabbi Yaakov Zalman Labinsky on the deeper meaning of Elul and how to "Grow Through Elul" as opposed to "Go Through Elul". To download, click here.
Also, recently launched is Rabbi Labinsky's "Touching From A Distance-Growing Through Taharas Hamishpacha" series where Rabbi Labinksy looks from a whole new angle as to how the laws of Taharat Mishpacha build and create a more dynamic and Divine marriage. To hear the introductiion to this series, click here.
For more information on how to dial into and be a part of this on-going free phone Chaburah that will greatly enhance your marriage, email:email@example.com
Activating Will in our Avodat Hashem
Devorah Yaffa Singer, G-d Direct Torah
Rosh Hashana is the birthday of mankind and as such, chazal tell us, it is the birthday of Man's most prominent characteristic, Free Will. Now more than ever we need to examine our choices and understand better the underlying Ratzon/Will that is driving us. To learn how to activate and empower your will this year for growth and transformation more than ever before in your avodat Hashem, CLICK HERE.
This class is part of an ongoing series Lights of Emunah. For more information, click Here.
Rosh Hashana in a Nutshell
Rebbetzin Tziporah Harris, originator of The Clarity Seminar.com
Listen to dynamic and down to earth Rebbetzin Tziporah Harris as she shares with us her secret to inner stability, clarity and personal transformation. Rebbetzin Harris gives us “in a nutshell” how to make the most of Rosh Hashana and how to listen to what Hashem’s plans for us are for the coming year.
Hashem Judges as WE CAN BE, Not as We Are
Rabbi Avrohom M. Alter, Yeshiva Migdal Torah, Chicago, IL
Rabbi Avrohom M. Alter gives us another fascinating insight into the secret of Hashem's love and mercy during these awesome days of judgement and Teshuva. The Rav brings a beautiful "chiddush" that shows how we're judged based on the person we're committed to becoming and not necessarily on who we are now. To hear this wonderful and inspiring shiur, click HERE.
If you like this shiur, I also highly recommend downloading Rabbi Alter's wonderful lecture entitled: Judge Me As I Am Now. In this talk, the Rav describes the awesome power of prayer, a sincere heartfelt prayer, as the key to tipping the scales in our favor.
Lessons in Forgiveness
Rabbi Avrohom M. Alter, Yeshiva Migdal Torah, Chicago, IL
We all know the powerful benefits of letting go of anger and bitterness. They work wonders for our attitude, health, and most importantly our relationships. Never the less, the familiar cliche 'Forgive and Forget' isn't nearly as easy as it sounds! Yosef HaTzadik's unbelievable words and incredible interactions with his brothers are beyond inspiring and teach us thatforgiveness is an offshoot of requisite, unconditional Jewish love-- an obligatory gift granted even to those who have hurt us.
With the opportunity for Teshuva upon us as we prepare ourselves to fast and repent, now more than ever we need to learn the art of forgivemenss which is so essential to Jewish Unity. LISTEN to Rabbi Avrohom A. Alter teach us how drawing on the lessons from Yosef haTzadik and the parsha.
Becoming Divine of Marriage: Growing Through RH, Yom Kippur and Sukkot Preparations
Rabbi Yaakov Zalman Labinsky, Becoming Divine.com
Don't miss this phenomenal marriage workshop that Rabbi Labinsky gave this time last year teaching in theory and in practice how to tap into the potential for growth in Marriage through our Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot preparations. Anyone wanting to make the most of this time period and bring your marriage to new heights of closeness to one another and to Hashem, this is a must listen series. Download part I here NOW. Part II download here.
Hitbodedut and Teshuva
Mrs. Aviva Aberman, originator of Geula From Within
Listen to this wonderful shiur from Mrs. Aviva Aberman as she walks us through step by step the full Teshuva process. Mrs. Aberman’s Torah is so real, so sincere and she allows us to personalize very deep Torah in a very practical, down to earth way. Click HERE for the mp3 recording..
Immerse Your Soul In Love: The Secret Of Yom Kippur
Rabbi Doniel Katz, The Elevation Project
Rabbi Doniel Katz captivates us once again with a phenomenal series for preparing for Yom Kippur. Rabbi Katz walks us through brilliantly step by step on how to approach this awesome day. He brings us face to face with who we really are, a G-dly soul, and only from there can the process of Teshuva and reconcilation begin culminating in Hashem's forgivemenss and compassion.
To download the first class in this series, click here. To hear the rest of the series plus more awesome and inspiring shiurim by Rabb Katz, go here.
For more information on Rabbi Doniel Katz and his now global Elevation Project, 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.
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..
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.