Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh Author on Speaking Tour in the US This Week

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bilvaviMany people wonder whether it is atually possible to attain a tangible closeness with Hashem in life. One common observation is that it is common to live the frum life, do the right things, and stay away from the wrong things without feeling any more “spiritual” in the process. Being a Jew seems to be more about checking off items on a to-do list than about creating a meaningful and palpable relationship with Hashem.

Many people have been touched by the writings of Rav Itamar Shwartz on this topic, in his well-know series of seforim, Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh. They offer a simple and practical way of teaching a person how to actually become closer to Hashem, even after the discouragement some feel after many years of doing the mitzvos without seeing the fruits of those efforts.

Fortunately, Rav Shwartz is arriving in the United States today for a weeklong speaking tour that will bring him to Lakewood, Woodmere, Monsey, Flatbush, Toronto, and Boro Park. The week will feature drashos in those communities and an all-day workshop in Woodmere tomorrow, Labor Day. Click here for dates, times and specific locations where Rav Shwartz will be speaking.

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  1. There is no one thing that may seem to work for everyone. But I would suggest that for such people needing to feel more spirituality, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov’s writings get right to the point. Perhaps the number one way of getting to this feeling is what is called Hisbodedus – talking one-on-one to Hashem privately – whether in the forest or under the covers in one’s bedroom. Many who have followed Rabbi Nachman’s advice such as this have gained very much spiritually as a result, and have found their prayers answered much easier and sooner. More details about this can be seen at the following link:

  2. Another excellent resource for people wishing a closer relationship with HaShem is Rabbi Zelig Pliskin’s book “My Father, My King.”

    It includes concrete thought and feeling exercises for building ruchnius, not just general principles and advice, and it is useful for all types – Modern, Litvish, Chareidi, Chassidish, Sefardi and the rest of the Jewish olam.


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