Yesod shebe Hod Rabbi Shmuel Braun

Our facilitator this week is Rabbi Shmuel Braun.

Rabbi Shmuel Braun is a teacher, mentor and lecturer, especially known for his ability to take the loftiest concepts in Jewish mysticism and connect them to everyday life in a way that students from any background and level of knowledge can appreciate. Rabbi Braun spent many years studying at the Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, in the Brisk Yeshiva in Jerusalem by Reb Meir Soloveitchik, and also in institutions affiliated with Yeshiva University, Munkatch, and Chabad.

His most recent lectures can be accessed on YU Torah and Or find him on Facebook,

For over a year now Rabbi Braun has been sending out a daily WhatsApp dvar Torah of 5-8 minutes which is received by over a thousand people every day. To join on Whatsapp send a join request to 9173751417

If you would like to invite him as a scholar in residence or for a shiur or lecture, contact him by email at

We said yesterday that that Shavuous is your wedding day. G-d is the groom, Klal Yisroel is the bride and the Torah is the ring.

How does a Kalla get a better ring (Alegorically speaking)? She becomes a better and more dedicated bride. She become more willing to the Groom’s will and to follow him through thick and thin.

So too us, before Shavuous. Our Kabbalos HaTorah is completely dependent on growing in our relationship to Hashem. If you want a better ring become a better and more dedicated partner with Him and you are guaranteed for an wonderful and amazing outcome.

By nullifying our will to G-d and by being willing to give it all for H-m we will merit to a fantastic and insightful year.

Excerpt from Sparks from Berditchov - an Inspirational Guide to Avodas Hashem by Yaakov Klein

Yearning for Shabbos: Our connection to the mitzvos we perform is commensurate to the amount we prepared for those mitzvos with longing and yearning. In the same way, our awareness of the treasures Shabbos Kodesh holds depends on how much we prepare for
Shabbos and how much we longingly await its arrival. If we were to think about Shabbos the whole week, not allowing a day to go by without looking forward to "the Day of the Soul," we would be able to fully appreciate its incredible holiness and approach it with the proper excitement, love,and awe.....

Interested in more Sparks from Berditchiv? Click here

A practical verbal introspection to help us focus when working on the midda of the day

Thank you Hashem for my life that is my unique opportunity to direct the life force within me that might naturally further conceal You.. Please help me purify my heart. I want to purify my heart so that I sincerely have heartfelt emotions only to fulfill the Torah and emulate You. May these deep emotions be honestly reflected in my speech and deeds so that Torah and the force of Your Lovingkindess are seen and felt in the world. May it be a merit for Klal Yisrael and an acceptable teshuva that fixes what needs to be fixed and that generates eternal life and makes a kiddush Hashem.

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