Saturday, December 13, 2014

Recording of Chanukah Class

Dear Friends,

I uploaded a recording of the class I recently gave: Lessons From Chanukah: Clarity, Purity and Joy
It’s a short class at 36 minutes. For the link, please click the title.

Please note, this time I’m using Dropbox, so you should be able to listen to the class right in your browser. 

If you want to download the file, right click over the play/pause button and click “Save video as…” and the file will save as an MP3.

Have a good week and a Happy Chanukah,


Yaakov

Saturday, December 6, 2014

New York City Class Dec 10th, 7:30pm

Dear Friends,

This Wednesday night, December 10th at 7:30pm in New York City, I will God willing be giving a class at the West Side Institutional Synagogue, 120 West 76th Street. (The synagogue is between Amsterdam and Columbus.)

The title of the class is: "Lessons from Chanukah: Clarity, Purity and Joy."

The class will focus on practical ways we can live with more clarity, act with more purity and feel more joy.
For those who cannot attend, it will be based on these articles:

Lessons From Chanukah: Clarity, Purity and Joy

Abraham + Isaac + Jacob = You

If you know anyone who might be interested in the class, please forward this post to them. Thank you.

Have a Happy Chanukah,

Yaakov


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

30 Minutes to Stronger Faith

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, I gave a class on how to build stronger faith. The class was a short one, just a little over 30 minutes.

To download the class, click here. (This link expires December 16th).

On a separate topic, Arutz Sheva published this week an article I wrote:

How to Respond Effectively to a Tragedy or Crisis

Please share the class or article with family and friends by using the icons below.

Take care,

Yaakov

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

How Do We Respond to Such a Tragedy?

Dear Friends,

We are deeply shaken by the terrorist attack in Har Nof. We mourn those who were killed and we pray for the speedy recovery of the wounded.

How do we respond to such a tragedy?

By allowing it to change us for the better.

By insisting that it does.

I updated two articles on this topic:

Who Caused This Crisis?

How to Respond Effectively to a Tragedy or Crisis

This Tuesday night, November 25th, at 8:30pm, in New York City, God willing I will be giving a class at the West Side Institutional Synagogue, 120 West 76th Street. The synagogue is between Amsterdam and Columbus. The class is entitled: "Unshakable Faith: What It Is, What It's Not and How to Build It." The class will be based on articles from this blog.

The rest of this post is about the Jewish month of Kislev, as it relates to The Chazak Plan: A 12 Month Journey to Spiritual Strength.

Rosh Chodesh Kislev begins this Motzai Shabbat (Saturday night), November 22nd and lasts for one day.

The theme we will focus on for Kislev is gratitude.

During this month we celebrate the festival of Chanukah, which commemorates the miracle of the oil, the victory of the Maccabees over the Greeks and the rededication of the Second Temple. A key message of the festival is expressing gratitude to God for the miracles He performs on our behalf.

Each day, preferably at the beginning of the day, spend time feeling grateful for the blessings your Creator gave you. Thank Him for His many gifts, for the bright side/silver lining of your difficulties, and for signs of His help amidst your challenges. In addition, express appreciation when someone does something beneficial for you.

The readings for this month focus on Chanukah and related themes. Additional discussion on gratitude is covered in the beginning of the article, 6 Tools to Enhance Your Mood.

Readings for the month:

Clarity + Purity + Joy = Transcendence

Abraham + Isaac + Jacob = You

Have a Shabbat Shalom,

Yaakov

Please forward this post to at least one person you think may benefit from it. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Three Fundamental Mitzvot

If you were asked, what are three fundamental mitzvot, what would you answer?

Many would say: Keeping Shabbat/holidays, observing the laws of Family Purity (which govern marital intimacy) and eating kosher.

Why is that? Even though every mitzvah is important, why are these three often singled out as being fundamental?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Everything Works Out in the End: Even when it doesn’t appear to

Many mistakenly think that having faith in God means believing that if we pray and make reasonable efforts, our difficulties will go away. What perpetuates this myth is that thank God, many difficulties do eventually go away. However, we cannot deny that sometimes they don’t. For example, even after prayer and effort, some people never regain their health, find a spouse or have kids. With this reality in mind, what are you to believe, that things will work out or that maybe they won’t?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cheshvan: Prayer

Dear Friends,

This Shabbat is the Shabbat Project. For an article about this worldwide initiative click here.

The rest of this post is about the Jewish month of Cheshvan, as it relates to The Chazak Plan: A 12 Month Journey to Spiritual Strength.