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Sfas Emes Podcast

Sfas Emes Podcast

By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Exploring the profound teachings of the great Chassidic Master, the Sfas Emes, Rabbi Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter, the Ger Rebbe.
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Soul Charging - With Rabbi Yonah
Soul Charging - With Rabbi Yonah
Another Way of Looking at Shabbat. Shabbat can be a time of rest. It can also be a time to inspire us and recharge our spiritual batteries. If can prepare us for the week ahead. ______________ Inspiration and lessons on Parsha Vayeitzei from the Sfas Emes and other Chassidic Masters Dedicated to the complete recovery of Emunah Hannah bat Sarah Mullah A project of Alevy Pico Shul Learning Center to sponsor this class visit: www.picoshul.org/donate #inspiration #shabbat #spiritualliving #motivation #sfasemes #rabbiyonah #torahnow #picoshul #rabbiyonahbookstein #torah #personalgrowth #judaism #jewish #jewishwisdom #jewishlearning
12:35
December 02, 2022
Actually, Its Not All Up To You
Actually, Its Not All Up To You
We are told over and over again that our successes are made through our own efforts and that our failures are ours to learn from. However, is that really always the truth? From an episode in Parsha Chayei Sarah we learn that success can come when get out of our own way. When we realize that we are God's ambassadors in this world. ______________ Inspiration and lessons on Parsha Chayei Sarah from the Sfas Emes and other Chassidic Masters Dedicated to the complete recovery of Emunah Hannah bat Sarah Mullah A project of Alevy Pico Shul Learning Center to sponsor this class visit: www.picoshul.org/donate #chayeisarah #motivation #shaliach #messengerfromgod #sfasemes #rabbiyonah #abraham #torahnow #picoshul #rabbiyonahbookstein #torah #personalgrowth #judaism #jewish #jewishwisdom #jewishlearning
16:53
November 18, 2022
God Knows Where We Are Going with Rabbi Yonah
God Knows Where We Are Going with Rabbi Yonah
God tells Abraham to leave his home and go... but doesn't tell him where he is going. This offers a big lesson and insight into deepening our faith and connection with God. Inspiration and lessons on Parsha Lech Lecha from the Sfas Emes and other Chassidic Masters Inspired and informed by Rabbi Leff, Rabbi Shlomo Besser and Rabbi Elimelech Biderman. Dedicated to the complete recovery of Emunah Hannah bat Sarah Mullah A project of Alevy Pico Shul Learning Center to sponsor this class visit: www.picoshul.org/donate #sfasemes #rabbiyonah #abraham #torahnow #picoshul #rabbiyonahbookstein #torah #personalgrowth #judaism #jewish #jewishwisdom #jewishlearning
24:05
November 04, 2022
Connecting Gan Eden & Tishrei
Connecting Gan Eden & Tishrei
What connects the story of Adam and Chava being sent from the Garden of Eden, Avraham and Sarah, the giving of the Torah, the Jewish people and God, and the holidays? In this wide ranging discussion from the Sfas Emes, we see the progression of human history as not a fall from grace, but an intentional repurposing of humanity and its mission. Additionally, how do we keep the inspiration of the High Holidays with us after they leave? Do we inevitably have to fall from the elevated spiritual state of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Tishrei or is there a way to keep that with us all year? Inspiration and lessons from the Sfas Emes and other Chassidic Masters Inspired and informed by Rabbi Shlomo Besser and Rabbi Elimelech Biderman. A project of Alevy Pico Shul Learning Center to sponsor this class visit: www.picoshul.org/donate #sfasemes #rabbiyonah #breishit #adamandeve #highholidays #torahnow #picoshul #rabbiyonahbookstein #torah #personalgrowth #judaism #jewish #jewishwisdom #jewishlearning
27:26
October 21, 2022
Yom Kippur is Out of This World
Yom Kippur is Out of This World
The Sfas Emes teaches that Yom Kippur is a joyous day of self transformation and a taste of the World to Come. Inspired and informed by Rabbi Nosson Chayim Leff Z"L and others. A project of Alevy Pico Shul Learning Center to sponsor this class visit: www.picoshul.org/donate #sfasemes #rabbiyonah #yomippur #torahnow #picoshul #rabbiyonahbookstein #torah #personalgrowth #judaism #jewish #jewishwisdom #jewishlearning
19:08
September 30, 2022
It's Easily Within Reach — If You Remember Where Its All From
It's Easily Within Reach — If You Remember Where Its All From
Two dvar Torahs of Sfas Emes on Parsha Nitzavim and a true story to inspire us in our Rosh Hashanah Prayers. First Sfas Emes teaches about how we can achieve having Torah easily within our reach. The second is how we can turn around our lives even after going far away from where we want to be. #sfasemes #torahnow #picoshul #rabbiyonah #teshuva #roshhashana #baalteshuva #besser #truestory
20:48
September 23, 2022
Keep Your Word
Keep Your Word
Being a person who keeps their word is so important. Based on The Tiferes Shlomo on Parsga Matos
12:42
July 29, 2022
God Has a Plan for All of Us
God Has a Plan for All of Us
Teaching on Parsha Pinchas. The Sfas Emes teaches that God's plan for us is revealed over time. We might want to forsake God, or even to act on God's behalf. And it's imperative that we examine our motivations. I am just upset because things didn't go my way? Am I genuinely concerned for others or only myself? Why should I be privileged to know the story of my life when no one else is? Inspired and informed by Rabbi Nosson Chayim Leff Z"L, Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser, and others. A project of Alevy Pico Shul Learning Center Soon on TorahNow.com to sponsor this class visit: www.picoshul.org/donate #sfasemes #rabbiyonah #pinchas #torahnow #picoshul #rabbiyonahbookstein
25:14
July 22, 2022
Seeking Equanimity
Seeking Equanimity
External and internal factors can impact our lives careers spiritual practice. Through using the example of Aaron The High Priest, the Sfas Emes teaches how to seek equanimity in life and Spirituality.
17:47
June 17, 2022
Holy Desire
Holy Desire
God desired to create the world. And Created within us a desire to connect with Him. But we get muddied in the complexity of the physical world and sometimes we forget that. Shabbos reminds us of our true spiritual roots and we can connect with God who is hidden in everything.
13:38
June 10, 2022
Torah Leads the Way
Torah Leads the Way
Somehow our body and soul have to live together and it creates an internal battle. The body and the soul both seek actualization. Based on the Sfas Emes teachings on Shavuot 5651 (1891). A project of Pico Shul Alevy Learning Center and Torahnow.org To sponsor a class visit: picoshul.org/donate #torah #sfasemes #body #soul #desire #balane #shabbos #meaning #actualization #mindfulpractice #chassidut #midrash
18:27
June 03, 2022
Finding God’s Presence Everywhere
Finding God’s Presence Everywhere
Toiling in Torah is both a necessity and a metaphor for travelers on the highway of life. It includes intellectual pursuit, searching, and mindful activity.
22:09
May 27, 2022
Fire of Torah in Everything
Fire of Torah in Everything
#mindfulness #chassidus #torah Sfas Emes and Rebbe Nachman teach us to see the holy fire of Torah and Godliness in everything. This insight originates in a discussion of the power of speech to inspire and destroy. We discuss self-image, spawning salmon, buying shoes, and how this all helps us see the Fire of Torah in everything. Based on the Sfas Emes commentary on the Torah portion of Behar 5632, informed by the teachings of Rabbi Shlomo Besser Rabbi Noson Chayim Leff Z"L. A project of Pico Shul Alevy Learning Center and Torahnow.org To sponsor a class visit: picoshul.org/donate #torah #sfasemes #rebbenachman #selfesteem #mindfulpractice #chassidut #breslov #midrash
26:00
May 20, 2022
Turning on Shabbos Mode
Turning on Shabbos Mode
Shabbos mode is built into the fabric of the world and with our actions we can bring holiness into time space and life. Based on Sfas Emes Parsha Emor תרמ"ב 1882
19:15
May 13, 2022
In The Future We Will See God's Voice
In The Future We Will See God's Voice
The insights of Tiferes Shlomo on Parsha HaChodesh The connections between the renewal of the month and the mitzvah of the New Moon, the future redemption of the world, Adam and Eves' fall from the Garden and the Jewish people's process of spiritual redemption. To sponsor a class picoshul.org/donate 
40:37
April 01, 2022
Experiencing God insights into Shabbos
Experiencing God insights into Shabbos
A journey with the Sfas Emes on Parsha Vayikra 5631 — The offering of Isaac, the offerings on the alter, coming closer to God, putting God's will in front of our will, experience God through our work, then experience God with just our will. To sponsor a class picoshul.org/donate A project of the Pico Shul Alevy Learning Center Soon on TorahNow.org
18:08
March 11, 2022
Connecting to Spiritual Roots Above
Connecting to Spiritual Roots Above
To sponsor a class picoshul.org/donate The Sfas Emes in a discussion of the accounting of the funds collected for the Mishkan teaches a powerful lesson. When we connect things to their source above, and we we are part of communal endeavors, we draw down blessings. A project of the Pico Shul Alevy Learning Center Soon on TorahNow.org
13:30
March 04, 2022
Shabbos All Week Long
Shabbos All Week Long
Shabbos is the key 🔑. The Sfas Emes teaches how Shabbos is a gift 🎁 how we can make the most of Shabbos even on during the week. And how on Shabbos we can return to a connection with God like before the disaster of the Golden Calf.
23:06
February 18, 2022
How We Bring Light
How We Bring Light
Parsha Tetzaveh - Through an analysis of the commandment that God gives Moses regarding lighting the menorah we learn a deep profound idea about the power of every person to bring light to the world.
16:27
February 11, 2022
This is The Way
This is The Way
The Parsha of Mishpatim details our relationship with fellow humans, and how we to live our lives without hate or jealousy. This is how we will merit a closer connection with God, merit the name Yisrael, and the final redemption. Based on Sfas Emes from Feb 11, 1888
20:15
January 28, 2022
Restore Your Soul’s Connection
Restore Your Soul’s Connection
What does one Shabbat do? What is the power of Shabbat in the world? How is not working connected with spirituality? Sfas Emes on Parsha Yisro - enjoy!
20:54
January 21, 2022
Elevating our Song of Life
Elevating our Song of Life
How can we imbue our lives with more sanctity and connection to God? The Sfas Emes reveals that some of these secrets are contained in the passage we read every morning, “az yashir” from the Song at the Sea.
23:39
January 14, 2022
Source of Renewal
Source of Renewal
On the 117th Yahrzteit of the Sfas Emes we learn about source of renewal, how the New Month creates avenues for renewal during the week, and why HaShem gave the Jewish people the mitzvah of Rosh Chodesh before the complete redemption from Egypt! Based on Sfas Emes 5631
21:18
January 07, 2022
The Snake and Scorpion
The Snake and Scorpion
Spiritual growth can also mean more temptation and the Sfas Emes explains one of the reasons we were slaves in Egypt. Parsha Va’eira
27:00
December 31, 2021
You Are a Star
You Are a Star
Spiritual malaise and depression share a similar source: a false perception about reality. Taking from two teachings on Sfas Emes on Parsha Shemos, 5761 and 5763 we delve into the meaning of names, the spiritual work of this time of year, and how we can always learn more about ourselves others and the universe.
20:54
December 24, 2021
Truly Living, Living with Truth
Truly Living, Living with Truth
The Sfas Emes explains how we can live holy lives in unholy places. Using the lesson of Yaakov, he explains how attachment to the truth helps us strengthen our spiritual foundations.
18:29
December 20, 2021
Our Differences are our Strength
Our Differences are our Strength
How can we reconcile very different approaches, different strengths, and not end up killing each other? Sfas Emes Reminds us that how God created all of us was with purpose and that just like Joseph and his brothers were able to reconcile their differences we can as well in a personal and a communal level.
14:16
December 10, 2021
In Hashem I Trust: A mind-blowing Chanukah teaching
In Hashem I Trust: A mind-blowing Chanukah teaching
The last day of this festival of miracles and light, called Zos Chanukah by Chassidim, teaches about the Godliness hidden within us and all creation. Based on Sfas Emes 5631. (I’m grateful to Sfas Emes blog for help in deciphering some of the deep insights of this teaching.)
18:53
December 06, 2021
Miracles, Thanks and Praises: A Deep Chanukah Insight for Living
Miracles, Thanks and Praises: A Deep Chanukah Insight for Living
The Sfas Emes offers an incredible lesson on the essence of praise, thanks, and miracles as they applied in the time of the Maccabees and today.
23:60
December 03, 2021
The Greatness of Humility
The Greatness of Humility
Yaakov teaches us That the greatest kindness that God did for him was having humility and recognition of where all the blessings come from. Also We discuss how to deal with negative thinking and the Yetzer hara.An awesome Sfas Emes
17:01
November 19, 2021
Tying yourself to the good - Yaakov’s Example
Tying yourself to the good - Yaakov’s Example
Sfas Emes gives us a way to maintain a deep connection, and how to safely navigate spiritual exile. Based on Parsha Vayeitzei.
19:58
November 12, 2021
Seeing Godliness and Miracles
Seeing Godliness and Miracles
Torah from Reb Shlomo and Sfas Emes on Parsha Toldos
16:55
November 07, 2021
The Origins of Redemption: Reb Shlomo on Parsha Vayeira
The Origins of Redemption: Reb Shlomo on Parsha Vayeira
An episode on the Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach with his teachings about Lot, Avraham, Moshiach, Reb Elimelech, The Seer of Lublin, Chief Rabbi of Iran, and Reb Tzadok HaKohen.
35:59
October 22, 2021
Achieving Completeness: Insight into Brit Milah
Achieving Completeness: Insight into Brit Milah
Brit Milah, circumcision, the tribal identification of the Jewish People, creates a connection to God, diminishing in order to have completion.
18:57
October 15, 2021
Walk With God
Walk With God
A fascinating discussion of spiritual growth and the process that it requires. We learn about Noah who walked with God’s help and Abraham who walked without gods help. And we learn how we can grow and nourish our spiritual lives
28:19
October 08, 2021
The Big Picture: The real enemy of spiritual practice and how to have strength to fight it
The Big Picture: The real enemy of spiritual practice and how to have strength to fight it
We often lose sight of the big picture that God encompasses all of creation. Even when we are involved in performance of our spiritual practice we can lose sight of why we are doing what we do. Here the Sfas Emes reminds us that Shabbos helps us keep perspective. A fundamental Sfas Emes and critical paradigm for life.
18:48
August 20, 2021
Shoftim: Equilibrium and Joy
Shoftim: Equilibrium and Joy
A Sfas Emes teaching on how to have equilibrium, perspective and greater access to God.
21:35
August 13, 2021
Choose Shabbos
Choose Shabbos
We have many choices for how we spend our time. The choice of spending Shabbos engaged with family, Torah study and prayer gives us access to a spiritual connection which guards us emotionally spiritually and physically.
20:35
August 06, 2021
The Incredible Joy of Shabbos Chazon
The Incredible Joy of Shabbos Chazon
In this episode we learn from the Tiferet Shlomo of Radomsk, Poland, who explains why this Shabbos is special, and the spiritual potential of every Shabbos.
20:54
July 16, 2021
A Clearer Version of What’s going on- Sefas Emes on Parsha Matos
A Clearer Version of What’s going on- Sefas Emes on Parsha Matos
The Sefas Emes Discusses the difference between our ability to perceive things during the weekday and on the Sabbath and how we attain more clarity.
20:35
July 09, 2021
Connecting to the Infinite: Techelet, Mezuzahs and Korach
Connecting to the Infinite: Techelet, Mezuzahs and Korach
What is the purpose of the blue string tied to the fringes of garments? How do we find a way of getting unstuck when we think we have hit a wall? What was Korach’s mistake? Join us for a inspiring class based on writings of Sfas Emes, Dr. Mark Rutenberg, and Rabbi Yonah Bookstein.
16:24
June 11, 2021
Everything Can be Transformed Into a Mitzvah
Everything Can be Transformed Into a Mitzvah
The Sfas Emes discusses how we can learn how to be spiritual in this world by learning more deeply about the episode of the sin of the spies.
21:56
June 04, 2021
Lord, Get me High: how do we elevate ourselves spiritually?
Lord, Get me High: how do we elevate ourselves spiritually?
Can a person look for ways to hack spirituality and elevate themselves with tests and spiritual dangers? How can we connect closer to God?
19:29
May 28, 2021
What is the Nature of Spiritual Impurity?
What is the Nature of Spiritual Impurity?
Looking into the ideas of Tu'ma and Tahara, the golden calf, and the para adumah. Much thanks to Sfas Emes Blog for the insights that helped unlock this torah.
08:08
March 05, 2021
Miracles of Chanukah Today
Miracles of Chanukah Today
What are deeper meaning of the menorah and why we light it today? How do we connect time, space and miracles with a mitzvah?  Today's class is in depth study of the Sfas Emes teachings on Chanukah in 1872. The Sfas Emes Podcast is text-based study  of the Sfas Emes with Rabbi Yonah Bookstein , Alevy Center for Jewish Life and Learning @ Pico Shul in Los Angeles --> Join our WhatsApp Group here: https://chat.whatsapp.com/HSTXB8QEMQ0J2GrIVy0tU4 ==>> To sponsor this class please visit: picoshul.org/donate
19:34
December 18, 2020
Creating Angels
Creating Angels
Learning the Sfas Emes on Parsha Vaysihlach, Class Dec 4, 2020. Text-based study  of the Sfas Emes with Rabbi Yonah Bookstein , Alevy Center for Jewish Life and Learning @ Pico Shul in Los Angeles --> Join our WhatsApp Group here: https://chat.whatsapp.com/HSTXB8QEMQ0J2GrIVy0tU4 ==>> To sponsor this daily class please visit: picoshul.org/donate
20:31
December 05, 2020
Creating Sacred Time
Creating Sacred Time
The Sefas Emes on Parsha Chaya Sarah with Rabbi Yonah Bookstein, from LA's Pico Shul
24:37
November 24, 2020
Shabbos is the Key to Spritual Knowledge - Parsha Toldos
Shabbos is the Key to Spritual Knowledge - Parsha Toldos
The Sfas Emes in his first discourse on Parsha Toldos discusses the metaphor of the wells that Yitzchak dug, how Eisav fooled his father and more! In memory of the Schulenrien Family of Warsaw killed by the Nazis. pls Forgive the bad recording.
14:18
November 23, 2020
Secret of Harmony in the Universe
Secret of Harmony in the Universe
Korach rebelled against Moses, but it’s much deeper. Korach rebelled against the oneness of creation and God.
19:51
June 27, 2020
Mission Possible: fixing the world
Mission Possible: fixing the world
In this extraordinary torah the Sfas Emes explains how we are specifically born into this world to pursue a mission only we can do.
24:27
June 19, 2020
Bringing the Light
Bringing the Light
The Sfas Emes on Parsha Behaloscha teaches how the Torah’s commandments / Mitzvahs bring spirituality into the world and our lives. He discusses how Shabbat and the weekday aren’t opposites, but rather one helps the other, and many other cool things!
26:00
June 12, 2020
My Soul’s Yearnings
My Soul’s Yearnings
The Sfas Emes on Parsha Naso. How are we both spiritual and physical beings? How can experience connecting to the Divine ? Shabbat provides an answer and a way.
25:58
June 11, 2020
Sefas Emes on Shavuos
Sefas Emes on Shavuos
An inspiring 20 minute class on the real meaning of Torah lishma, and the purpose of Torah study. Our torah learning is memory of the Szuldenrein Family killed during the Holocaust and for a complete recovery for Zvika Chaim ben Helina Shaindel.
19:45
May 25, 2020
Going Towards God
Going Towards God
The Sfas Emes on Parsha Bechukosai in 5632 analyzes how we attach ourselves to God on the highway of life.
20:10
May 15, 2020
Becoming Pure - Parsha Emor 5632
Becoming Pure - Parsha Emor 5632
Purity teaches the Sfas Emes is a state of connection to God. Refining our character and removing that which inhibits connections to God, is our work during the Counting of the Omer. Based on the teachings of Rabbi Nosson Chayim Leff.
18:11
May 08, 2020
Reconnecting our Souls
Reconnecting our Souls
Join us as we study the Sfas Emes on Parsha Yisro. In-depth look at connections between Shabbos the 10 Commandments and our souls.
17:47
February 14, 2020
February 14, 2020
February 14, 2020
00:30
February 14, 2020