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Title: Chassidic Pearls

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Title: Chassidic Pearls


Author: Rabbi Lazer Brody


Publisher: Kalcom Publications


 


 


         A 241-page soft cover volume culled from lessons that Rabbi Lazer Brody presents at the Breslov English-language Internet site www.breslovworld.comChassidic Pearls is a soothing read.

 

         Heartrending issues and lighter sides of life become easy to understand, once Rabbi Brody explains them in his true-to-life style. The compassionate Breslov angle is always present in the readings and usually presented in a tailor-made fable format.

 

         Parshat Lech Lecha is an interesting setting for exploring important concepts about life, legality, suffering and our relationship to Hashem. Rabbi Brody makes a case for relishing every drop of sweat involved in his presentation about this Torah portion. He even makes readers think about the struggle to hold onto a Jewish Israel. Here’s one such excerpt, regarding our forefather Avraham’s saga with never-ending tests of faith.

 

         “Why must Hashem test Avraham’s faith 10 times? Why are the tests so difficult, from persecution and skirting with death in a fiery furnace to the akeidah, when he was asked to ritually sacrifice his only son? Doesn’t Hashem know that Avraham’s faith is steadfast? Hashem knows exactly how Avraham will react – with perfect, simple, innocent and unblemished faith. The tests are not for Hashem’s benefit, but for Avraham’s benefit.

 

         “Rebbe Nachman of Breslov explains (Likutei Moharan I:66.4) that the obstacles that a person encounters in life are designed to enhance that person’s desire. For that reason, before a person makes a significant accomplishment in the service of Hashem – especially in the acquisition of something that is vital to his or her Judaism . . . the person is tested with a series of obstacles. He or she must overcome these obstacles to attain their goal. Nevertheless, the obstacles fuel the desire to reach the goal. Consequently, the obstacles are the agents that extract a person’s very best efforts in making spiritual gain, since the obstacles fuel the desire.”

 

         Using the situation of a fictitious shidduch, Rabbi Brody tells the sly tale of a matchmaker using a playing-hard-to-get ploy on all parties concerned. The author helps his readers to see through the eyes of a social-climbing banker and his potential in-laws to envision the benefits of and beautiful future for the pious son of a poor tradesman and the banker’s suitable daughter.

 

         Rabbi Brody concludes the tale with the words that the shadchan’s “. . . ploy worked perfectly. The more obstacles he put in the banker’s way, the more the latter desired the match . . . Later, in the rebbe‘schamber, the banker literally begged [for] a blessing to the match between his daughter and the baker’s son.”

 

         Learn to look at life with an upbeat focus. Read Chassidic Pearls. 

Title: The Worry Worm

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007


          Rabbi Lazer Brody does kiruv with psychological savvy and a deep love for his fellow Jew. His Trail to Tranquility book sold over 100,000 copies within a year. His CDs, website and other outreach efforts are promoting teshuva and psychological relief among IDF members, and a wide swath of Israeli and other society. His newest book, The Worry Worm, is for children and the adults who read to them.


 

         Many Orthodox Jewish adults know the fable of the twins debating the essence of reality in their mother’s womb. One argues that the birth process is the gateway to death, the other that it precedes a new form of existence. It is as much a parable about this worldly life as it is about next worldly life. The concepts, however, are beyond the grasp of young readers. Rabbi Brody remedies the situation so that little children can be soothed about the nature and purpose of perplexing situations, too. The debate between the superficial Esau-like mind-set and the disciplined, calm sense of purpose that is the heritage of Yaakov can now be sounded out, simple syllable by simple syllable, among the young offspring of Jewish families.

 

         Two little worms living in an apple face an existential concern when their home begins to rock. Quick thinking on both their parts results in the charming story about how they, and the man who plucked the fruit for a snack, look at reality. Readers will find that the lilting meter of the story’s text moves things along with a smile.

 

         A little boy in the story is on hand to keep things real for little readers, and to evoke the life lesson that “No worry is needed when we continue to trust, for smart little worms, trust is a must!” The story concludes with a lesson for the ages: “A most valuable lesson to keep in mind/Is the One Who created us never leaves anyone behind. He’s always behind all the good and the (seemingly) bad/He takes care of our needs/He’s our loving Dad/Not the one who’s married to mother/The One all around us – we can’t see Him, but we know there’s no other.”

 

         Rebecca Shapiro’s captivating, colorful illustrations teach young eyes and hearts with their obvious narrative. This first entry in the debuting Little Lazer series of emunah educational materials is a must-have for anyone who loves little ones, and is a lap-sized charmer for the whole family, classroom and pediatrician’s office.

 

         Yocheved Golani is the author of It’s MY Crisis! And I’ll Cry if I Need To: A Life for Helping You to Dry Your Tears and Cope with a Medical Challenge (Booklocker.com)

Title: The Trail To Tranquillity

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

      Want to improve your appearance, enhance your effectiveness at home and at work, and stop having angry outbursts? The solution is not time at some spa or an expensive vacation, not even a tranquilizer. It’s a four-part plan for spiritual growth that culminates in inner peace. “The Trail to Tranquillity” by Rabbi Lazer Brody contains it all in a 280-page paperback that is your personal guide to overcoming anger and to attaining genuine inner peace. The book is such an effective tool in stress-filled Israel that friends are buying it for each other throughout the Holy Land. Recipients and givers smile instead of feeling insulted or worried.

 

         Bypassing the embarrassment that often goes with face-to-face therapy or in-your-face criticism, readers can discreetly study the lessons that Rabbi Brody presents when he describes levels of anger. The author allows each reader to identify his or her position on the spirituality continuum (it stretches from Total Anger to Tranquillity) in the safety of a silent reading. It’s the beginning of a vastly improved relationship with oneself.

 

        Progressing to spiritual map reading in the second part of the book, Rabbi Brody helps readers to grasp the concept of spiritual awareness and its crucial role in the achievement of inner peace. “That may seem like a bombastic claim,” writes the author, “but it’s really very simple. Emotional disorders stem from misuse of the soul As soon as we begin to use our soul properly, emotional difficulties become a figment of the past.” Then he explains how to become more spiritually aware and to activate one’s soul to maximum potential. The deep satisfaction that goes with that accomplishment eases the grimaces on formerly scowling faces. The radiance that results from the sense of calm permeating the spiritually aware mind shines upon all observers.

 

         Do you want God to talk to you? Rabbi Brody illustrates that He does talk to you, but has been misunderstood or overlooked completely. The lines of communication are open as Hashem stimulates our environments, guiding events in our lives. Now that you know, your spiritual awareness is improving, Rabbi Brody writes. Better yet, “The more we attain spiritual awareness, the more we neutralize anger. As such, spiritual awareness is the map that directs us to the trail of tranquility.” His claims are based on 3,300 years of Torah teachings guiding us in negotiating the ups and downs of life.

 

         A chart of twenty factors that affect spiritual awareness is conveniently placed on page 107 for easy reference and self-correction. It precedes the section about making peace with God. The high point of the book, it breaks the counterproductive emotional bonds strapping you to repetitive confrontations and litanies of lies or memorized complaints about life. You’ll understand how Dovid Hamelech could sing serenades of praise to Hashem as he outran his enemies, bemoaned strife in his life and kingdom, wondering if he’d live through the challenge before him. Rabbi Brody coaches readers on the next few pages about how to pray from newly liberated souls as honestly as King Dovid did. Plant your flag on the mountaintop capping the Trail to Tranquillity with words of personal yearning. You’ll have arrived there as you linger on the last page of this phenomenal book.

 

         Contact yaakov@kalcom.com at Kalcom Publishing (Israel, New York, London), or go to Rabbi Brody’s “Lazer Beams” website at www.lazerbrody.typepad.com to buy your “Trail to Tranquility.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/title-the-trail-to-tranquillity/2007/04/12/

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