A Talk with Rabbi Heshy Kleinman
Author of Praying With Fire and Yearning With Fire
As I speak with Rabbi Heshy Kleinman, bestselling author of Praying with Fire and Praying with Fire 2 and the newly-released Yearning with Fire, I can tell that he is, indeed, a man on fire himself – blazing with passion for every single Jew, on fire to help Klal Yisrael. Here, he articulates his vision for helping bring the geulah closer.
ArtScroll: Praying With Fire changed the way tens of thousands of Jews daven. What are your goals for your new book, Yearning with Fire?
Rabbi Kleinman: Especially in our challenging, tenuos world the goal is to hasten the geulah. I began to think about it after the Merkaz HaRav massacre in March 2008. Everyone said, “Moshiach has to come.” Then came the Mumbai terror attack in November 2008. Again: “Moshiach has to come.” So what do we do, and how do we do it? What is going to galvanize us? B”H, we had so much success with tefillah; why can’t we accomplish it with the geulah? There are many things that each and every person can do to hasten geulah in a very practical way.
AS: Such as?
RK: Chazal tell us very clearly what we can do, how to hasten the redemption. In the book we explain the connection certain mitzvahs have to geulah, and give very specific, practical strategies to actualize them.
AS: All this, in five minutes a day?
RK: Yes, even while sitting at your dinner table–your soup won’t even get cold! Think about Praying with Fire, also a five-minute-a-day program. Over 130 shuls have taken part in the “Shul Tefillah Initiative” in twenty-seven different cities like Philadelphia, St. Louis, Phoenix, Toronto and, of course, Brooklyn and Lakewood. Five minutes a day! A world of difference!
AS: Your book talks about strengthening achdus in Klal Yisrael as one of the strategies to hasten geulah. Is that a reachable goal, given all the unfortunate strife among us?
RK: Absolutely! Of course! I’ll tell you how: ruchniyus has the power to do this. Torah is called a “shirah,” a song. A song is enhanced with harmony, many different notes melding together. There were different berachos given to the twelve shevatim, – that’s the mark of Klal Yisrael. We have to focus on our spiritual source; then we can achieve true unity. And we can do it!
A Talk with Rabbi Heshy Kleinman
Nachum presented a great discussion with Rabbi Moshe Bamberger about his fascinating new book, Great Jewish Letters. In this unique collection, Rabbi Moshe Bamberger, a respected scholar and educator, shares with us 120 great Jewish letters, translated into flowing English from their original Hebrew. Spanning the centuries from the Gaonic period to today, these letters contain fascinating historical insights and profound ethical truths. Some of the letters are classics, others not well-known, but all share a sense of both intimacy and eternity, a message from a father to a son, from a teacher to a student, from a leader to his people. Nachum opened the phone lines for listener questions and had a great time with Rabbi Moshe Bamberger on The Nachum Segal Show’s Thursday Night Extravaganza. Click here to listen to the complete interview.
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Tour Jewish Europe with Rabbi Paysach Krohn – right from the comfort of your own home!
Through his unique book, Traveling with the Maggid, and three sets of CD-Rom videos, you’ll experience Rabbi Krohn’s trips to the historic sites of pre-war Torah life in Europe. The videos feature hours of awe-inspiring touring to such sites as Vilna, Volozhin, Telshe, Baranovitch, Minsk, Mir, Nikolsburg, Pressburg and more. You’ll absorb insightful background on such legendary giants as the Chofetz Chaim, the Tosafos Yom Tov, Reb Noam Elimelech of Lizhensk, Chozeh of Lublin, the Gerrer Dynasty, Rav Meir Shapiro, the Rama, the Bach, the Netziv, Sarah Schenirer, the Alter of Slabodka, Reb Chaim Ozer, Reb Elchonon Wasserman and other great leaders whose legacy still inspires us.
Rabbi Krohn’s book, Traveling with the Maggid, chronicles his journey through Lithuania and Belarus in 2003 with 125 group members, among them Rabbi Shlomo Brevda, Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Chodosh, Rabbi Shmuel Avigdor Feivelson, and Rabbi Avrohom Zelig Krohn. There are over 100 color images highlighting Rabbi Krohn’s stirring narrative. Readers will love this pictorial guide through eleven Torah centers.
The three-disc CD-Rom Catching Sacred Letters preserves the powerful impact of this tour, including many surprising encounters along the way. Eternal Luminaries is a three-disc expedition with Rabbi Krohn to renowned German, Austrian, and European towns & villages of past Torah giants. From Majestic Peaks to a Valley of Tears, also three discs, takes you on an unforgettable exploration of Jewish Poland.
Rising fuel costs are curtailing trips for many, but you can still enjoy exciting Jewish travels this summer. With the book, the CD-Rom’s and your computer, you can spend many evenings discovering the greatness and grandeur of the Torah world of yesteryear. It’s been said “we can’t know where we’re going until we know where we’ve been”. Through his one-of-a-kind book and CD-Rom’s, Rabbi Krohn has opened up a remarkable portal in time and space to enrich your personal journey into the Jewish future.