Malchus 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

Let us take stock now.

We are about to finish week 5 of the Omer. How do you think you are doing now? Do you feel you had a good week? Were you conscious of the Omer? Were you conscious of the power of these days.

Without getting too deeply into the science of the sephiros the Omer is divided into three parts.

Part One is Chesed, Gevura and Tiferes week.

Part Two is Netzach, Hod and Yesod Week

Part Three is the 7th week which is Malchus week. This parallels Shabbos which we will refer to later.

To make a long story short, next week is the final week of Part two and it symbolized the finale of the world of doing.

Next week symbolizes perfecting the final product and getting it right. And it is the finale of getting it right.

Make a commitment next week to be conscious of the growth in this time. Be conscious of your desires to be a complete servant of Hashem. (Eved Hashem). Be conscious of your yearning to connect and be one with your Maker.

Prepare now for next week so when Motzei Shabbos comes you will be ready.

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

Go, Descend! as we climb the ladder of spiritual growth, it is common for us to begin viewing the world around us through the prism of our own avodas hashem. This causes an inability to understand how others could act in such spiritually harmful ways. But it is so important to always remember that not everyone is where we are holding. We must always remember the lesson of:lech,reid," forever encouraging those who aren't as fortunate as we are instead of scorning their actions. If we learn how to climb to the greatest heights while never forgetting the view from below, we will be able to connect to those who so desperately ened our help and continue spreading G-d.s light in the world like never before....

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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