Chesed 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 now sit at the cusp of the Sefiros HaOmer experience. This is the most powerful time in the whole year to change one's character traits/emotions and to unify with Hashem In the most profound way.

Yet many of us are distracted and busy.

And in a just a few short weeks Shavuos will come around and we might come to miss the opportunity of the Har Sinai experience. We must now utilize the opportunity of Pesach Sheni to start again and move forward.

I wanted to share with a small segment from the Nesivos Shalom that shows us that even at Har Sinai itsself one can be asleep.

"Therefore of all the adversities that a servant of Hashem experiences—more than every seduction, every desire, every lack of motivation—the greatest adversity is in the area of G-d awareness.

One is constantly assailed by forces that cause confusion and the reduction of G-d awareness until one’s service remains in a contracted and small-minded state.

Our holy teachers explain the meaning of a verse concerning the giving of the Torah—All the people saw the sounds and the lightening… the people saw, recoiled, and stood far away.

The people refers to the simple folk who experienced nothing more than sounds and lightening though the heavens were all opened and they were shown that there is none besides Hashem.Nevertheless, they did not apply themselves to contemplate the vision beyond its externals. Therefore they stood far away. ...

This challenge exists in every generation—to overcome the adversity that diminishes mindfulness and clarity, that would have us remain in a state of small mindedness even in the highest spiritual moments."

Let us now utilize these remaining 3 weeks to make these days the greatest days of our lives.

Aryeh Nivin
Personal Development Chaburas for vitality, transcendance and powerful joy

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

An Abundance of Light: Without vessels, even a tremendous revelation of Divine LIght can be experienced as darkness. By studying Torah in the proper manner and with the proper intention to connect with G-d alone, we are creating vessels to allow for the great light of the Torah to shine within our souls. However, if we approach Torah study with the incorrect intention, we will be unable to access the LIght within. On the contrary, we run the risk of experiencing that light as a great darkness..

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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