Hillel says: “Be of the disciples of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace, loving the creations and drawing them to the Torah.” (Avot 1:12)
These letters are for you with love from the heart of the Holy City of Jerusalem, whether you are Jewish, Christian, Moslem, Hindu, Buddhist, believer, non-believer, atheist, agnostic or anything else.
I offer you empowering Torah ideas on how together we may make something better out of today’s divided and confusing world, with perspectives on Current Affairs, End of Days, In-gathering of the Souls of Israel and Righteous of the Nations, our yearning for Mashiah and freedom from the yoke of the wild and wicked.
If we will search for the Unity that lies within our very diversity, we may learn to respect one another and follow the ways of peace.
Avraham ben Yaakov
I was 24 and living alone in New York City. I felt I had my back to the wall, with a string of broken relationships behind me, failure and frustration on all sides, and a sense of the total futility of life.
I decided to try a simple meditation practice, which was very soothing. At the same time, something impelled me to open the Bible in Genesis — in search of the lost paradise. It was hard to accept that the way must lie through the ancient Torah path, yet clearly there was no alternative, and I had to surrender and accept the Torah code.
Not long after that, I heard about Rabbi Nahman, the radical 18th century Chassidic innovator who, with the utmost grace and charm, proclaimed “a new pathway, which is really the old, old path our fathers walked”, the path of meditation, prayer, Torah study and practice that has enchanted me ever since.
I was trained as a writer, translator and communicator, and my goal is to try to share the eternal treasures of the Torah with you and with anyone else who sincerely wants to learn, regardless of their race, nation, background or beliefs. I have published translations and commentaries on the teachings of Rabbi Nahman of Breslov, and on those of Kabbalistic genius Rabbi Moshe Hayim Luzzatto (Ramhal). I am Director of the Azamra Institute, Jerusalem, Israel and I maintain the azamra.org website.