Monday, January 31, 2011
Ari Goldwag sings this beautiful niggun that we sing during the Shabbat evening meal: "Ka Ribon Olam ve'olmaya - Ant hu Malka Melech Malchaya... - Master of this world and all the worlds, You are the King of Kings!" Played during an evening of inspiration with Rabbi Lazer Brody in Ramat Bet Shemesh, Israel.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
In this "Purimshpiel" (Purim parody), Menachem Herman and Rabbi Lazer Brody convert the classic Wilson Pickett Motown hit to a Breslever song That tells about hitbodedut - speaking to Hashem - in the midnight hour.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
A three-minute dream excursion to the untrodden sands of the Negev desert in southern Israel for a session of solitary personal prayer (hitbodedut) with G-d. You don't have to be a righteous saint to speak to G-d any time you like, anywhere. Your prayers - with the background accompaniment of the mineral, plant, and animal creations - are a symphony that ascends to the highest portals of Heaven and never come back unanswered.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
During an evening of song and inspiration with Rabbi Lazer Brody, Ari Goldwag sings this beautiful passage from the Midrash (Yalkut Shimoni, Isaiah 60:499), "Anavim", my humble children, the time of your redemption has arrived
Monday, January 24, 2011
Rabbi Lazer Brody dedicates his weekly Torah lesson to the sacred memory of one of this generation's Giants of Judaism, his Rosh Yeshiva from Aish Hatorah and a world leader in Jewish Outreach, Rabbi Noah Weinberg, of saintly and blessed memory
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Rabbi Lazer Brody takes us to the Upper Galilee, a few hundred meters from the Lebanon border, to the holy gravesite of Deborah the Prophetess, the same week that her holy song is recited all over the world on "Shabbat Shira"
Friday, January 21, 2011
Ari Goldwag sings his beautiful song, "Finally Here" to the background of photos of the lovely Land of Israel on the eve of Geula and Moshiach
A tour of ancient Ashdod, first built by the Philistines, then captured and rebuilt by King Uziahu, subsequently conquered by the Romans and later the site of a Byzantine fortress. This little-known gem of history and archeology is additional testimony to our ancient roots in the Holy Land of Israel.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Yosef Karduner and Rabbi Lazer Brody sing the Breslever version of Aishet Chayil, sung at the Shabbat eve meal before Kiddush. Entire lyrics in transliteration and English translation appear here:
Aishet chayil mi yimtza v'rachok mip'ninim michrah
An accomplished woman, who can find? Her value is far beyond pearls.
Batach bah lev ba'lah v'shalal lo yechsar
Her husband's heart relies on her and he shall lack no fortune.
G'malathu tov v'lo ra kol y'mei chayeiha
She does him good and not evil, all the days of her life.
Darshah tzemer ufishtim vata'as b'chefetz kapeiha
She seeks wool and flax, and works with her hands willingly.
Haitah ko'oniyot socher mimerchak tavi lachmah
She is like the merchant ships, she brings her bread from afar.
Vatakom b'od lailah vatiten teref l'vetah v'chok l'na'aroteiha
She arises while it is still night, and gives food to her household and a portion to her maidservants.
Zam'mah sadeh vatikachehu mip'ri chapeiha nat'ah karem
She plans for a field, and buys it. With the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
Chagrah v'oz motneiha vat'ametz zro'oteiha
She girds her loins in strength, and makes her arms strong.
Ta'amah ki tov sachrah lo yichbeh balailah nerah
She knows that her merchandise is good. Her candle does not go out at night.
Yadeha shilchah vakishor v'chapeiha tamchu felech
She sets her hands to the distaff, and holds the spindle in her hands.
Kapah parsah le'ani v'yadeiha shil'chah la'evyon
She extends her hands to the poor, and reaches out her hand to the needy.
Lo tira l'vetah mishaleg ki chol betah lavush shanim
She fears not for her household because of snow, because her whole household is warmly dressed.
Marvadim astah lah shesh v'argaman l'vushah
She makes covers for herself, her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Noda bash'arim ba'lah b'shivto im ziknei aretz
Her husband is known at the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.
Sadin astah vatimkor vachagor natnah lak'na'ani
She makes a cloak and sells it, and she delivers aprons to the merchant.
Oz v'hadar l'vushah vatischak l'yom acharon
Strength and honor are her clothing, she smiles at the future.
Piha patchah v'chochma v'torat chesed al l'shonah
She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the lesson of kindness is on her tongue.
Tzofi'ah halichot betah v'lechem atzlut lo tochel
She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Kamu vaneha vay'ash'ruha ba'lah vay'hal'lah
Her children rise and praise her, her husband lauds her.
Rabot banot asu chayil v'at alit al kulanah
Many women have done worthily, but you surpass them all.
Sheker hachen v'hevel hayofi ishah yir'at Hashem hi tit'halal
Charm is deceptive and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears God shall be praised.
T'nu lah mip'ri yadeiha vihal'luha vash'arim ma'aseha
Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.
Your wife deserves to hear you sing Aishet Chayil this Shabbat. Wait and see how she smiles at you!
Monday, January 17, 2011
In this rare audio clip, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach of blessed memory quotes Rebbe Nachman of Breslev and syas that Chanukah is a taste of what G-d is all about.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Shlomo Katz sings Ani Maamin, the Rambam's 12th principle of the Jewish faith: "I believe in the coming of Moshiach, and even though he tarries, I will nonetheless wait for him any day that he'll come."
Filmed during an evening of song and inspiration with Rav Lazer Brody in Ramat Bet Shemesh, Israel
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Yosef Karduner and Rav Lazer Brody sing an old Yerushalmi melody of "Shalom Aleichem" that is traditionally sung when coming home from the synagogue on Friday night before Kiddush.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
"Birkat Cohanim" is the Priestly Blessing. Shlomo Katz is a "Cohen", from the Priestly tribe of Israel; together with Rabbi Lazer, he sings this moving blessing in a rare taste of what's in store for us in the Holy Temple, may it be built soon, amen.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Yosef Karduner and Rabbi Lazer Brody sing a medley of contemporary Chassidic favorites during an evening of inspiration and emuna in the Land of Israel.