R’ Gil Barak had a long and winding journey from when he was a party boy to his spiritual search in an Indian ashram, until the night when his neshama was shaken up and he escaped. A short time later he met the Rebbe’s shluchim, learned some Chassidus, and his neshama found peace. * Today, R’ Gil is a psychological counselor who uses Chassidus combined with modern means to convey his messages
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In this education column we chose to speak not with a professional educator but with a rabbi, speaker and best-selling author including children’s books who previously served as a campus chaplain and a once U.S. karate champion – Rabbi Fishel Jacobs. He created the “Two Kings” children’s books series based on a central theme running through the Alter Rebbe’s Tanya. Two Kings has become a driving force in education. And its conceptual thesis effortlessly resolves the greatest internal conflicts in the minds and hearts of children
R’ Doron and his wife Yael Hagai take concepts from Chassidus and make them intelligible to those who are unlearned in Judaism by using the latest technology in the world of media, 3D animated videos. * Their videos are accessed all over the world, even Iran. * How can Elokus be explained in the language of animation? How does one hasten the Geula in this way? What level of professionalism is needed for it? Doron explains.
Stories of a little boy in communist Russia. * About learning Tanya with mesirus nefesh and how learning Chassidus saved many from sin. * Rabbi Moshe Nisselevitch a”h, former director of Chamah who passed away two years ago, shared hair-raising stories at a Chassidishe farbrengen. * Presented for Chaf-Dalet Teives, the yom histalkus of the Alter Rebbe-the Baal HaTanya.
It is hard to believe but a Litvishe yeshiva in Yerushalayim has its own shliach, R’ Yitzchok Shneur Zalman Yitzchakov. There was even a Tanya shiur in the rosh yeshiva’s living room! * Presented for Yud-Tes Kislev.
Avigdor Hameiri (1885-1970), a celebrated writer who was identified with the Leftist camp, became friendly with R’ Meir Blizinsky. As a result of this relationship, he had yechidus with the Rebbe and even began learning Tanya. However, when he finished learning chapter six, he wanted to stop learning since he began to feel the effect of Tanya in his life. * Presented for the upcoming Rosh HaShana L’Chassidus, the Chag HaGeula of the Baal HaTanya.
He printed a special edition of the Tanya in pocket-size. He hoped to get a “yashar ko’ach” from the Rebbe for this, but he had to wait. * Presented as we approach the completion of the daily Tanya study schedule.
Another installment about the special shlichus performed by R’ Zalman Chanin and R’ Laibel Zajac, to print the Tanya in Russia. * Two extraordinary private audiences with the Rebbe. * Part 5
We brought up the idea of going to Russia in order to print the Tanya but the Rebbe ignored our questions. * One time, when we brought Tanyas to the Rebbe and it seemed like a good time, R’ Leibel Zajac asked once again about going to Russia. * The Rebbe negated this out of hand * Part 1
The mashpia, R’ Yair Calev, speaks with Beis Moshiach about the personal significance of Tanya for each one of us. * He explains how the learning becomes alive within us, so that our avodas Hashem becomes a workshop for life and a Torah of life, that bestows meaning and clarity on every moment of our lives. * He shows how Tanya teaches us about relationships, giving us a new perspective.
In the enemy’s lair, under the noses of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, on the street in Arizona, closure in Sri Lanka – a compilation of stories about printing the Tanya all over the world, following the Rebbe’s instruction to print the Tanya wherever Jews are to be found. * Presented for Yud-Tes Kislev.