Shalom! I’m writing to let you know that, IY”H I plan to begin a new round of the phone series I teach Lights of Emunah. Now that we’re entering into the “NINE DAYS” period, I believe there’s no greater way to prepare for this time of year and onward than by strengthening our Emunah. These days, culminating in Tisha B’Av, were triggered thousands of years ago when the Jewish people proclaimed in the desert that “its’ because Hashem hates us that He took us out of Egypt”. That fateful fallacy led to the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash and all the calamities that took place on that day. If these days are triggered and marked by a feeling of Hashem’s distance from us, they can only be repaired by a strengthening of our awareness and acknowledgement of Hashem’s great love for us. (For more on this idea, please refer to my class on the home page of www.G-ddirectTorah.com entitled: Finding Faith in times of Mourning https://app.box.com/s/6jgs1m3jcfk9v7x62qpm.)
As we draw nearer and nearer to the End of Days, and with everything going on in the world right now, I’d say we’re pretty close, it is only with our Emunat Hashem that we will usher in the final Geula. Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein expresses this idea very poignantly in a shiur he gave a couple years back where he describes that it is specifically those who hold on tight to their emunah amidst the confusion and chaos of the times who will witness the final redemption (to hear a quick five minute excerpt from this shiur, click Rabbi Wallerstein on the End of Days )
With this in mind, I invite you to join me on a very special journey. Lights of Emunah, as described by one of its participants, is a life-transforming journey toward a more personal and palpable relationship with HaKadosh Baruch Hu. The destination of this journey is no less than traveling to the deepest part of your inner world and coming into close personal contact with your true self: your Godly soul. In this workshop, you will:
* ACCESS your emunah resources and expand your G-d consciousness
* REMOVE the blocks that interrupt the flow of Divine blessing in your life
* BECOME spiritually empowered and experience greater joy in daily living
I hope you’ll have a look at the attachments (and feel free to forward to any of your friends you think may benefit as well) or else you can visit my website at www.G-ddirectTorah.com to find out more about this life-enriching endeavor toward a closer and more real relationship with Hashem. If you’re interested, please get back to me as soon as possible.
Devorah Yaffa Singer
Shiviti: Be Calm. Be Conscious!
Lights of Emunah with Devorah Yaffa Singer
Devorah Yaffa Singer has been a dynamic force in a variety of outreach programs, most notably a 5 year shlichut with her husband as directors of “Aish HaTorah on Campus” at the University of Maryland. Since returning to Israel and settling in a small haredi yishuv in Gush Etzion with her husband and four children, Mrs. Singer has been teaching Lights of Emunah workshops for four years in and around Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, Beit Shemesh/Ramat Beit Shemesh, and more recently via her tele-shiur, has reached women throughout the U.S., Canada and South America. She has been the guest speaker for Rosh Chodesh programs organized by the women’s seminary Midreshet B’erot Bat Ayin; a featured speaker at the OU Israel Center in Jerusalem during Elul for the L’ayla Women’s Initiative: Preparing for the Yomim Tovim; and has presented her inspiring seminar to the Aish HaTorah Women’s “Naishay” Organization and to the Aish Wives Smicha Program in Jerusalem (to hear an 18-min. excerpt, go to: http//www.box.com/s/huyodht9asz4b6jf9ei8 ).
Lights of Emunah will introduce you to practical tools to clear the blocks that interrupt the Divine Flow of blessing in our lives. Discover new ways to deepen your Emunat Hashem and as a result your simchat chayim by enhancing your consciousness of Hashem’s Presence in your daily life. Devorah Yaffa’s curriculum has personal haskama from Rav Yitzchak Berkowitz, shlita, Rosh Kollel of The Jerusalem Kollel.
Participants Say:“In our hectic race to get things done, our mitzvos often are missing the crucial essence of a conscious connection to HaKadosh Baruch Hu. Devorah Singer’s workshops are a unique opportunity to acquire insights and tools to focus on what counts most in life.” Rebbetzin Bayla Berger, Jerusalem
“Material and tools that are a breakthrough for me, delivered articulately, with great love and humility”. Rebbetzin Naomi Geffen, Ramat Beit Shemesh
Devorah summed up the most powerful concepts of our existence in just one sentence: The only thing we have control over is whether or not we acknowledge that Hashem is in control. That was just one nugget that is priceless. The entire series is invaluable for personal growth.” Yachad Shiffman, Director of Holistic SOULutions Wellness Center, RBS
Email: Singer_y@netvision.net.il Tel: (from U.S): 847-513-9422. (Israel): 02-930-9965.
Testiomonials for Lights of Emunah
“From my work on Rabbi Doniel Katz’s The Elevation Seminar and my experience in this chabura, I truly feel this kind of avoda is what our generation needs to bring Moshiach. Devorah Yaffa is very humble in what she’s doing; it’s such an important project filling a dire need for many Jews.” Laurie Baron, assistant to Rabbi Doniel Katz of “The Elevation Seminar”.
“Thank you for a really wonderful and deep learning experience. Your enthusiasm, or should I say passion, is contagious. And your classes are so profound and crucially important that they deserve to be listened to over and over again. May H’ bless you with Yiddishe nachas from your children for bringing His children closer to Him.” Dr. Yehudis (Judith) Mishell, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist; teacher/counselor Neve Yerushalayim, Jerusalem
“It’s both a pleasure and a life-awakening experience to learn with Devorah Yaffa Singer in her Lights of Emunah Chabura. The enthusiasm and breadth of knowledge which she brings to her classes are a great enhancement to anyone seeking to develop a closer relationship with Ha Kadosh Baruch Hu.” Rochel Schwartzbaum, “The Bamboo Cradle”
“In our hectic race to get things done, our mitzvos often are missing the crucial essence of a conscious connection to HaKadosh Baruch Hu. Devorah Singer’s workshops are a unique opportunity to acquire insights and tools to focus on what counts most in life.”
Rebbetzin Bayla Berger, Jerusalem, Israel
“Material and tools that are a breakthrough for me, delivered articulately, with great love and humility”.
Rebbetzin Naomi Geffen, Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel
“Devorah summed up the most powerful concepts of our existence in just one sentence: The only thing we have control over is whether or not we acknowledge that Hashem is in control. That was just one nugget that is priceless. The entire series is invaluable for personal growth.” Yachad Shiffman, Director of Holistic SOULutions Wellness Center, RBS, Israel
“With only positive experiences with the other chaburos I am in, your shiur spoke to me so much more than any of the other chaburos I am currently in!!” Rachael Gudema, Passaic, NJ
“First, I want to let you know how much I appreciate you and your razton. every day that our family lives and breathes Israel is in your zechut and I treasure the lifelong connection I have fostered with Hashem due to you and your insights. Also your last shiur was so profound, so inspirational that I cannot really believe the other women on the call at the end of the shiur did not give you a standing ovation – every word of yours resonates with me! I cannot thank you enough. “
Chaiya Danielle Ledder, Nof Ayalon, Israel
“Devorah — I am listening to the last class (I think #10?) and I have to tell you that you are like cool water on parched skin…Seriously … I just love love love this shiur. Makes me cry. You should be zochah to see brachos in this world for your efforts!”
Lara Gedzelman, Passaic, N.J
About the Workshop
This workshop is designed to help us access the greatest pleasure available to humanity: namely, the pleasure of a deep, personal, and tangible relationship with our Creator. As the Ramchal states in the Path of the Just: “Man was created for the sole purpose of rejoicing in G-d and deriving pleasure from the splendor of His presence; for this is true joy and the greatest pleasure that can be found.” (Path of the Just, ch.1).
If Hashem’s purpose in creating the world, and specifically in creating mankind, is to bestow upon us this pleasure, then it must be that this pleasure is indeed accessible. Our purpose then is to learn how to receive this pleasure, in particular how to make ourselves into vessels that are strong and capable of receiving all the pleasure that Hashem wishes to shower upon us. If our lives are not what we want them to be, the block is not in Hashem’s ability to give, but in our ability to receive. The key to opening ourselves to this abundance of blessing is to learn how to clear the blocks which we place in the path of this Divine flow.
The biggest block to receiving is our general state of being more or less unconscious of Hashem’s all-pervasive presence. We know Hashem exists, but how much do we really feel His presence and live with His Reality on a moment-to-moment basis? In this workshop we will learn practical tools and work on strengthening this awareness, and as a result deepen our Emunah.
How do we do this? One way is by learning how to pop the illusions that bombard us and keep us disconnected from Hashem and our true selves. We will use guided meditation and other tools in order to help us get more in touch with ourselves, learning to hear the voice of our neshama, which is often crying out for attention and a safe space to reveal itself. Once we learn to quiet our minds, clearing away the static, we can tap into much of the richness, beauty, and positive Divine resources hidden away inside.
Bottom line is that every moment carries within it the potential to help us draw closer to Hashem. Every scene is carefully scripted by the Director and offers us access to spiritual greatness. The tools we will be exploring, all of which were given to Adam and Chava at their birth in Breishit, serve one purpose: namely, to drill into us the conscious awareness that Hashem is right here, right now.
To the extent that we are true to this reality and live within this consciousness is the extent to which we can make the right choice in any given moment, no matter how seemingly mundane the situation.
In reality, the only thing we control is how open and aware we are of Hashem’s all-encompassing, loving presence at every moment in everything that we do. If we can tune into that feeling of light and love, not just intellectually, but get it into our consciousness on a deep emotional level, then we can handle any challenge and clear any block.
Ultimately, we will receive the greatest gift of all – a real and personal relationship with Hashem. And, the more tangible that relationship is the more open we are to receive and the more Hashem is able to give. And that gives Hashem the greatest nachas because after all, that is why we are here and that is why He began this whole enterprise in the first place!
To find out more, contact:
Devorah Yaffa Singer in Israel tel: 02- 930-9965
In the U.S. 847-513-9422
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To hear a 40 min. excerpt of a class given to the Aish HaTorah Wives Smicha Program, go to: http://www.box.net/shared/static/xyqirqjt99.mp3