Ballot Blues

For those who don't know, Israelis return to the polls on Monday, March 2, 2020 for the third time in eleven months, for both the April, 2019 elections and the September, 2019 elections caught our country split apart and unable to form a stable majority government.

Elections in Israel are not only a heartache, but they're useless. Worse than useless, they're destructive. Why? I'll answer you with one of my metaphors: "Elections in Israel is like looking at ourselves through a broken mirror." Maybe you don't understand what I mean – today's podcast explains both the metaphor and what's going on in Israel today.

The Power of a Mitzva

Today's podcast tells how one seemingly insignificant mitzva saved the life of an Israeli soldier in 1997, when two Israeli helicopters crashed in middair over Shaar Yeshuv in northern Israel, killing 73 Israeli soldiers and airmen in one of the worst disasters in Israeli military history.

Rebbe Akiva: Pillar of Emuna

Today's podcast come from the holy gravesite of Rebbe Akiva, overlooking the Sea of Galilee in Tiberias, Israel. The Gemara says that since Moses, there was no one greater than Rebbe Akiva, who overcame every possible disadvantage in the world while becoming the pillar of Torah and emuna, as we learn in today's podcast.

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The Ramcha”l: Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzatto osb”m

Today's podcast takes us to the holy gravesite of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzatto (1704-1746), renowned Kabbalist and master of Jewish ethics, author of the classic books "Path of the Righteous," "Way of Hashem" and many more. Buried next to Rebbe Akiva in Tiberias, many kabbalists consider the Ramcha"l to be a gilgul (reincarnation) of Rebbe Akiva.

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Rebbe Ammi and Rebbe Assi: Cooperating, not Competing

Today's podcast comes from the holy city of Tiberias on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, where many of our Talmudic sages are buried. From the gravesite of Rebbe Ammi and Rebbe Assi, who were students of Rebbe Yochanan in the late 3rd Century CE, Rabbi Lazer explains two significant lessons we learn from these two pious and righteous Torah scholars of impeccable character.

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Rebbe Hiyya the Great: Master of Outreach

During the height of Roman occupation and persecution of Jews in the Land of Israel, Torah was in danger of being forgotten, for the Romans outlawed Torah learning. Poverty and deprivation prevailed among our people. Rebbe Hiyya the Great, at this most difficult time, took his wife Yehudit, his two twin sons Yehuda and Chizkiya, his two daughters and his two nephews Rav and Raba bar Bar Chana and made aliya to the Land of Israel. When he saw the terrible material and spiritual deprivation, he planted flax seeds. When he harvested the flax, he made nets to capture wild deer. He used the venison meat to feed starving orphans and used the deer hides to make parchment. On the parchment, he wrote the Five Books of Moses, which he taught to the orphans,  making a single-handed revival of Torah.

No wonder that Rebbe Hiyya's two sons and two nephews became prodigious Torah scholars and righteous men of the highest caliber.

Rabbi Lazer relates the story of Rebbe Hiyya the Great from his holy gravesite in Tiberias, overlooking the Sea of Galilee. 

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G-d of Rebbe Meir - Answer Me!

Today's Emuna Beams podcast comes from the holy gravesite of Rebbe Meir Baal HaNess in Tiberias, where we learn the miraculous power of Rebbe Meir's emuna, something we can all tap into.

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The Trump Deal: Will it Work?

Right now, the media outlets here in Israel – right, left, center, religious, non-religious, Jewish and Arab – are all focused on one thing – President Trump's Peace Plan, what the Trump administration is calling, "Deal of the Century." Will it Work? Here is our Emuna-Beams analysis...

Control Freak

Today's podcast comes from the "Ad Halom" Israel Independence War Monument Park in Ashdod. "Ad Halom" in Hebrew means, "until here", to commemorate the most northern point in Israel that the Egyptian Army reached in 1948. Had, they captured Ashdod, there would have been nothing to stop the Egyptians from capturing the entire south of Israel as far as Tel Aviv - Jaffa in the north. But even in Ashdod there was nothing to stop the entire Egyptian Army except for a single-engine Piper piloted by a South African Jew named Eddie Cohen, of sacred and martyred memory, who was dropping Molotov cocktails from the cockpit on the heads of the Egyptians. Any objective observer knows that Hashem was controlling events, not the fledgling army. It's still the same, so there's no sense in trying to be a control freak...

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Deep Roots

Today, Rabbi Lazer broadcasts from the ancient Sycamore grove in the dunes of the northern Negev Desert south of Ashdod. What's the secret of these trees and their ability to thrive in such an arid climate with winds and shifting sands? These trees are an amazing living parable about the Jewish People...

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