I have made a few new Jewish music videos with my guitar. They are currently uploaded to youtube and will be on torahvideo website soon. This is a new chapter i have opened in my kiruv, to sing stories and music with the guitar. I would appreciate some feedback.
April 6, 2012
November 10, 2010
My day with The Rebbe & Chassidim cont.. I feel like a speeding train came through Tzfat & I jumped on board while it was still moving. It was filled with all sorts of treasures. I took some in my pockets & I jumped off the train while it was still racing forward. Then I started to look through at what I grabbed. I wondered if I had time to really go through it & if I had the knowledge to really identify these artifacts. And what would I do with them…
January 29, 2009
I personally do not label myself since my teaching position is better left open so I don’t push people to be, “What I consider the only way”.
Many people from outside the USA are now finding themselves drawn to Breslov. I wanted to make it clear without going into details but the Na Nach movement of Breslov is not something I follow or the main stream Rabbis. You can contact me personally if you need to discuss details. I do respect all Jews and there is a purpose for everything. I just want to be clear since I teach many breslov ideas and have drawn thousands to Breslov, my intention is that a person follows the main stream should they be drawn to breslov. The Rambam in Hilchos Daos encourages this with all things in life and whatever movement you choose or decision in life, you should always find yourself towards the middle and not unhealthy extremes.
December 2, 2008
In our generation, since we are much more weaker, we might want to aim differently. Instead of constantly failing to make those neccisary large steps in teshuvah. When you see your are constantly failing, set your goals lower and do teshuva in smaller increments. Many small goals will eventually lead to a complete teshuva.
September 14, 2008
It isn’t the first time I have heard the Christian holiday songs in Israel but why are my religious neighbors playing this music? Some have it on their keyboards while others have this carols on their cell phones. The simply don’t know that the music is from not only non-Jewish resources. Not to mention it is completely impure for their ears. While I don’t go knocking on their doors to tell them different as soon the song will be over, I do shrink my face when I hear it. I mean come on! You really never heard of this song… Wow
July 28, 2008
I think us dads know that should we be found it, should our wives know we secretly give sugar treats to the kids, we could be finished. But how else are we supposed to make up for the unfair advantage the women has over the kids. You know, it breaks our hearts every time one of the kids screams in pain and runs to mommy passing over daddy’s outstretched arms. All we want is equal love. A fair chance to be there when they really need us.
July 8, 2008
Chazzanut from the other world, Mamish. I have just listened to this for the 7th time in a row. I think one more time and I will burst into tears.
January 14, 2008
Well, I have about 10 videos waiting to be edited but I am currently writing Tefillin. If anyone is looking for a pair, let me know. They are written specially according to the Arizal Kabbalistic Methods. Soferous Scribe Site
It is very difficult to be a scribe in the North of Israel as there are few poskim and all Batim & parchment manufactures are in Bnei Brak or Jerusalem. While means storing up on supplies and waiting for time to drive down and get them.
When I am writing, I try to put my head totally in the thoughts of the letters so I am not on the computer as much. I am always there though to answer any of your questions.
December 6, 2007
I am writing some tefillin in honor of Chanukah. I really like writing and if it wasn’t for all the time I spend in kiruv, I would probably write all day. In the middle of the night I had noticed I made a raish a drop small so the halacha teaches to show it to a child. I waited for him to wake up and then I asked him which letter he thought it was. When he said it was a raish and didn’t call it a vav, I started hugging him and squeezing him. I wonder what I would have done if he called it a mistaken Vav and I had to erase.
Children with their simple pureness are asked this question purposely because they won’t contemplate the answer but will just come out with what they think. I want to write a divar torah on this but my eyes are closing. Asa… can you finish?
November 25, 2007
Who can guess how many times I can listen to this song over and over again during one day?
November 16, 2007
I just finished a mezuzah which means I now need new klaf to continue writing. There are two stores in Tzfat that sell klaf but a true artist buys his klaf direct from the company in full sheets from piles of parchment. This means a drive to Jerusalem. Parchment can cost the script as much as $5 just for 1 piece and he must purchase a sheet of 20. Also, if he isn’t connected, he generally doesn’t get the companies best pieces. It isn’t easy being a sofer.
November 15, 2007
Over the years, I have noticed with my own relationships to many Rabbis and from the relationship I have with my students, the tendency to blame the Rabbi. A lot of thoughts run through a persons mind when they are confused. Some being, the Rabbi doesn’t make time for me, he doesn’t care, doesn’t appreciate enough the time or money I have given, why hasn’t he helped me more, how come he doesn’t come to my house, he doesn’t talk to me long, and he doesn’t return all my calls. Then the final though is, it is all his fault that I sin cause if he would have been there… etc..
I think people need to cut these important people some slack. They are totally overloaded and barely have time for their family or themselves. Also, they probably think about you a lot more often then you realize!
November 5, 2007
November 1, 2007
G-d gave Noah and all his descendants (B’nei Noach or “children of Noah”) seven commandments to follow.
Prohibition of idolatry
Prohibition of blasphemy
Prohibition of murder
Prohibition of theft
Prohibition of illicit relations
Prohibition of eating live meat
Prohibition of failing to establish courts of justice
Teaching the world and being a leader to the B’nei Noach’s is an untouched and important area for us to address. I am considering taking a little of this upon myself but not without more thought. If you are B’nei Noach and visiting the site, please give me your imput on how I can better assist the community.
I do believe it is important to focus on Jews as priority but a little bit of energy should go out to the world in declaring Hashem’s ONEness.
October 19, 2007
Every Rebbe has a gabi who connects you on the phone or in person to the Rebbe. Some people are deterred by the Gabi as they see him as an in between who at times will refuse time with the Rebbe. But when you look a little deeper into his plot, you see he is there to protect the holy Rabbi. The Rabbi’s time is very valuable and he has to make sure the Rebbe has time for his family and to also take care of his own basic needs. As I always do, I like to tease the gabi cause I have so much respect for them. They are my deepest friends.
Tonight, I asked to speak to a Rebbe friend of mine and the gabi said that this week its too difficult. He asked if I had a message he could give over. I responded, “How loud can you scream?”. He pushed me for a real message and I told him I was serious. Finally, he suggested that he would ask the Rebbe to pray for the entire family. I responded, “Also, let the Rebbe know I asked you to scream for me”. I then wished him a good shabbos. Okay, don’t try this yourself. I have known him for many years! I also know, he will tell this Rebbe I asked him to scream and the Rebbe will smirk. Ah, the gabi… he is very deep… and the Rebbes… ah… even deeper.