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”
Parshat Vayahkel: Dedicated Heart - The Key to Success
Rabbi Avrohom M. Alter, Yeshiva Migdal Torah, Chicago
In honor of this past week’s Torah Portion Vayahkel, I’d like to share with you my favorite Torah shiur of all time. LISTENto Rabbi Alter as he exquisitely explains the depth of what was required by the Jewish people to draw down the Shechina to dwell amongst them, and the lessons we can learn as to how to make our homes and our hearts a Mishkan for HaKadosh Baruch Hu. When we put forth our hearts and our full will into doing Hashem’s will, then we are able to merit tremendous siyata d’shmaya. Even if you've heard this before, you'll want to hear it again. I listen to this shiur over and over every year!
To learn more on how to activate your will in Avodat Hashem, click here.
In the Merit of the Righteous Women…
Rebbetzin Yehudis Golshevsky
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 (there are never enough seats to accommodate the many women who come to listen). In this shiur, she addresses the question of the role of the righteous women and how they brought merit for redemption from Mizrayim, and how we as women today can prepare our homes calmly and with simcha as a merit to evoking Divine mercy upon us now.
To hear more wonderful shiurim by Rebbetzin Goldshevsky, click HERE
A Woman's Avodah in Nissan
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 Nissan. 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 Nissan is the power of speech. The Rav also explains the connection between the tikkun of speech and the women's role in the redemption from Egypt. The Rav speaks in hebrew and there is an accompanying english translation. To download, click here. To read a transcript of this class in English, click here.
To read a thorough compilation of the Rav's "talks" on Pesach, click here . To access the Rav's guidebook on "Cleaning for Pesach", click here.
To hear more fantastic shiurim from Rabbi Schwartz on Pesach, go here.
Our Greatest Gift - The Power of Speech
Rabbi Nachum Chaimowitz, Rosh Yeshiva Lev Yisrael
Listen to a wonderful shiur by Rabbi Nachum Chaimowitz who elaborates on the awesome power of speech Hashem bequeathed to mankind. Speech is what distinguishes us from all other creations and is our most awesome koach. Rav Chaimowitz explains how the building blocks of the universe are made up of Hebrew letters and the incredible power we wield when speaking in “loshon hakodesh”. This is a perfect way to prepare for the month of Nissan in which our speech can best be rectified.
Rav Chaimowitz recently published the most clearly explained and succintly spelled out description of Who Hashem Is? What is the purpose of Creation? And How Can We Tangibly Create a Relationship to Him? This sefer, called "It's All For The Good" is an absolute must read!!!
Pesach and the Power of Speech to Alter Reality
Mrs. Devorah Yaffa Singer
“Peh sach” means “the mouth speaks”. The holiday of Pesach, amongst many themes, teaches us about the incredible power of speech. The “haggadah” which comes from the word “l’hagid” means to tell over. If the name of the holiday is at all indicative of its inner meaning, then we need to uncover and unleash the power of this “mouth that speaks”. Listen to a wonderful shiur that will open your eyes to the incredible power of speech and how to tap into our underdeveloped but awesome capacity to change reality with the words we utter.
This class was given as part of a series called The Lights of Emunah. To learn more about how to turn on your "Lights of Emunah", click here.
Power of Speech in Tefillah
Rabbi Tzadok Cable, Rav of Kehillas Ezra Hasofer Ramat Beis Shemesh Gimmel
A phenomenal shiur that is sure to absolutely change forever the way you pray. Given as part of a series from the classic sefer Nefesh HaChaim, Rabbi Tzadok Cable shares with us the awesome depth of the words we utter in prayer and our ability to partner with Hashem in creation through speech and tefillah.
Rabbi Cable has an absolutely unique ability to express the loftiest ideas in the most practical of terms.If you like this class, you’ll for sure want to sign up for the Rav’s newest chaburah 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.
To become a part of this fantastic “phone chabura” opportunity learning this along with other seferim kedoshim delving into the inner workings of the universe and our inner beings, visit: www.TheBinahTree.com.
Chometz: Friend or Foe or Maybe Both?
Rabbi Yaakov Zalman Labinsky, Becoming Divine, Cleveland, OH
Listen to Rav Labinsky’s masterful shiur as he explains the subtle distinctions between Matzoh and Chometz. Where is the Chometz in our personal lives and how can we get rid of it without making ourselves crazy?
Also, recently launched is Rabbi Labinsky's life transformative series on marriage called "Becoming Divine In Marriage" To hear Rabbi Labinsky's detailed and insightful discussion on how to take the chometz out of your marriage, click here.
For more information on how to become a part of this ongoing FREE phone chaburah, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more awesome Torah by Rabbi Labinsky, click here.
Growing Through the Pesach Preparation
Rabbi Yaakov Zalman Labinsky, Becoming Divine, Cleveland, OH
How can we grow through our Pesach preparations rather than just go through them? Rabbi Labinsky teaches us how to elevate the seemingly arduous Pesach cleaning process by connecting to the depth of what we’re really doing. He shows us not only how to clean our homes with alacrity and joy, but also how to clean ourselves with higher meaning and purpose.Click here to download mp3
To hear more inspiring shiurim to uplift our Pesach preparations,click here
Inner Preparation for Pesach
Rabbi Tzadok Cable, Rav of Kehillas Ezra Hasofer Ramat Beis Shemesh Gimmel
Plug into the intense energies and potential for growth in the air right now as Pesach approaches. Rabbi Cable shares with us in a very impactful shiur ways to prepare for Pesach on a personal and internal level. Listen in and learn how we can tune into the mitzvos of Pesach, understanding the deeper significance of these mitzvos, and how to elevate our whole holiday to a new level of growth and awareness.
In Every Generation They Rise Up To Destroy Us
Rabbi Avrohom M. Alter, Yeshivat Migdal Torah, Chicago, IL
We know the redemption from Mitzrayim was not just because it was "the right time" - it was in fact early - a direct result of Klal Yisroel's actively bringing about the redemption - a quid pro quo! Discover the secret of how the mitzvah of Ahavat Yisrael led to Klal Yisrael’s redemption from Egypt and how we can activate Hashem's Kindliness and Compassion to bring about our future Geulah… today!
To view a powerful video on the magical impact of "Ahavat Yisrael", 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.