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If one wishes to be a mechanic, a doctor, a lawyer, a burger flipper or anything else in this life one must learn what is required for success and perfect that skill set. Why would emunah be any different? Active, complete faith (or emunah in Hebrew) must be intentionally developed with accurate knowledge coupled with personal experience. The twofold foundation of emunah is Torah and Hitbodedut (i.e. personal prayer). A person with proper understanding of Torah (the Jewish Scriptures) who invests time in Hitbodedut (personal payer) will most certainly develop deep emunah. Through this alone one will merit to experience great joy and contentment.
Through the studies, live broadcasts and videos, comics and more, freely offered here, through our online shul, the House of Seven Beggars, and our various social media outlets anyone who wishes to learn emunah can freely develop meaningful active faith in HaShem and attain Devekut (real attachment to G-d). We are here to help.
In addition to my work here, I am also the Associate Rabbi of The House of Seven Beggars, the first and oldest complete online shul (synagogue). Our Rebbe is Rabbi Aryel Nachman ben Chaim. We and our congregation are here to assist you in any way we can. Let's talk!
Join Rabbi Shlomo Nachman ben Ya'akov and guests for our four weekly scheduled broadcasts on on Youtube.
Join us for free streaming traditional Jewish Shabbat and holiday services. I lead the monthly Shabbat Mevarekhim services, (i.e. the "Sabbath of Bessings" prior to each new moon) on the Keruv Media Network. The others are lead by Rebbe Aryel Nachman ben Chaim. Join Rabbi Aryel's two additional weekly classes, also on the Keruv Media Network.
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"Since there are enough people practicing rejection, I prefer to fill the role of one who embraces"
-- Rav Kook, first modern Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem.
There's an old story about Reb Zusya, a great Tzadik, that we can all learn from:Lying on his death bed, Reb Zusya was very upset and crying, tears streaming down his face.And we have this from Rebbe Nachman of Breslov:
His students asked with great concern, "Reb Zusya, why are you upset? Why are you crying? Are you afraid that when you die you will be asked why you were not more like Moshe Rabbeinu?"
Reb Zusya replied, "I am not afraid that the Holy One will ask me "Zusya, why were you not more like Moshe Rabbeinu" No, I fear that the Holy One will say, "Zusya, why were you not more like Zusya?"The essence of Judaism is to conduct oneself in pure innocence and simplicity, with no sophistication whatever. Make sure that whatever you do, G-d is there. Don't heed your own honor. If it enhances G-d's glory, do it. If not, then don't. This way, you can be certain you will never stumble. Be careful to act with true innocence and simplicity, but not foolishly. Sophistication, however, is quite unnecessary. Simplicity, innocence, and faith can bring you to the highest level of joy (Likutey Moharan II, 12).
Always remember: happiness is not a side matter in your spiritual journey --
It is essential -- Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
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