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There is a broad consensus amongst our Gedolim that we are in a period of time now called Ikvese Demeshicha – or the End 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 selectionsVideos 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”

 

 

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A Woman's Avodah in Iyar: The Power of Thought
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 what our unique avodah is in the month of Iyar which is the Power of Thoughtful Contemplation.  To download shiur, click here.  To read the english transcript of this class, click here.

To plug into the awesome energies descending now as Lag B'Omer approaches, check out Rabbi Schwartz's Lag B"Omer Talks which can be accessed here.

To hear (and also read) shiurim from the Rav on the deeper meaning of Lag B'Omer and who Rashbi really was, go here.

You must also listen to another transformative talk by Rabbi Schwartz given on the importance of talking to Hashem all throughout the day and how to overcome our awkwardness in doing so. This class is relevant all year long, all day long!   Click here to download.

 

 


World Wide Nishmat Kol Chai Event
courtesy of Torah Any Time

Last month, 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 love and gratitude to HaKadosh Baruch Hu and a celebration of us, Jewish women, and our power to unify to bring the Geula, b'karvov 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 heard this yet, or even if you have and you want to hear it again, click here now.


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.

 

Click here for more Torah by Rabbi Avrohom Alter


Growing Through the Omer - Hod Week
Rabbi Yaakov Zalman Labinsky, Becoming Divine

Did you ever wonder how you could be great and small at the same time? In another brilliant and perfectly clarified shiur, Rabbi Labinsky explains the subtle nuances of the G-dl like quality of humility. As we are now in the middle of Hod week, you do not want to miss this shiur on the deeper meaning of Hod and how to awaken this middah within yourself and shine your Divinely given light in this world.  It’s yours to shine, Rabbi Labinsky explains, but you need to know Who is giving it to you. For Part I: Theoretical, download here.  For part II: Practical, download here. 

To listen to the next class in the series and prepare for the coming week’s middah of Yesod, go to: http://becomingdivine.com/omer/  

Rabbi Labinsky also recently started a Free Phone Chaburah called “Touching from a distance” where he goes through in detail each of the seven primary middos as they relate to marriage in general and specifically the laws of taharat mishpacha, also a perfect preparation for the Omer period and for all year round.  For more information on how to dial into and be a part of this on-going Chaburah, email: shulikleinman@yahoo.com. 

For a day by day description of the "avodah" for the week during the Omer period, click here.


“See you at Sinai”
Mrs. Devorah Yaffa Singer, Ma'ale Amos, Israel

With Shavuot only a couple weeks away, we need to practice getting ourselves into a "Har Sinai Vision" mode.  I hope you’ll enjoy this transformative and experiential 20 minute meditative exercise to help you plug in more deeply to your neshama’s memory of standing at the foot of Har Sinai. Join me as we go back in time internally and get re-acquainted with the special piece of Torah that was revealed to you then and connect it with the unique light that you’re meant to shine now.

Click here to download mp3

To learn more tools for strengthening G-d consciousness and re-connecting more deeply with your G-dly soul, check out Lights of Emunah


Making Ourselves into Vessels- A meditative preparation for Shavuos
Rabbi Shmuel Braun

Join us for a very special Live FREE Tele-Conference opportunity to prepare us for Shavuot: "Making Ourselves into Vessels- A meditative preparation for Shavuos" led by Rabbi Shmuel Braun.  Rabbi Braun, a close talmid of Rabbi Moshe Weinberger, is currently a lecturer at various yeshivos and seminaries in Jerusalem, and gives lectures on Chassidic thought in North America, Israel, Europe and the Far East.  This special tele-conference will be next Thursday, May 18th at 12:00pm EST.  Call in information:  712-770-4941 access code:349737#.  If you’d like to receive mp3 shiurim from Rabbi Braun, you can contact him at shmuelbraun@gmail.com.


Thankfulness and "Seeing" G-d
Rabbi Tzadok Cable, The Binah Tree

Did you ever wonder what the purpose of life is?  Rabbi Tzadok Cable teaches us in a wonderful shiur demonstrating the absolute centrality of Hakarat Hatov: Appreciating the Goodness in our life as the key to Ahavat Hashem and true Simcha.  When we fully appreciate and acknowledge the goodness Hashem bestows upon us, this is, as Rav Wolbe explains in the pivotal mussar sefer of our generation Alei Shur, what it means to “see G-d”.  Rabbi Cable, with his absolutely unique ability to express the loftiest ideas in the most practical of terms, shows us how.   Download here. 

If you like this class, you’ll for sure want to sign up for the Rav’s on going chaburah learning Rav Shlomo Wolbe’s “vaad” on Hakarat HaTov: For more information or to register, contact me directly at DevorahYaffa@G-dDirectTorah.com or visit www.TheBinahTree.com.

To order Rabbi Cable's in depth and foundational sefer on the Six Constant Mitzvot, click here.


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.

 


Pesach- Gratitude- Shavuos - The message for each of us!
Rabbi Avrohom M. Alter, Yeshivat Migdal Torah, Chicago, IL

This shiur was given post Pesach but has a vital message to convey to make our preparations for Shavuot that much more meaningful.  Rabbi Alter gives an uplifting shiur on the power of gratitude and how the gratitude we express from Pesach leading up to Kabbalat HaTorah is what serves in our merit to our deserving the Torah on Shavuos.  Listening to this talk will guaranteed fill you with love and appreciation for HaKadosh Baruch Hu and all His kindliness.  

Click here to download mp3

For more inspiring shiurim by Rabbi Alter, click HERE

To learn more about the awesome power and blessings of gratitude, read this beautifully written kuntris/article entitled: Thanking Hashem with Rabbi Avigdor Miller.

 


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.


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 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

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.

 


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.”  

VIEW this video now (courtesy of www.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, click here. 

I also recommend reading a wonderful piece from Parshat Noach entitled: United for Good.

 


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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