I was deeply shaken by this experience of moving around the sanctuary in front of the deceased lying up there on the altar in his casket. I felt that over there on the altar was a very real presence waiting for the events of the day to unfold.
Yaakov Branfman is highly motivated by a statement that many have found perplexing: “The Chasidic way is the way of the eyes,” which was said to him by his teacher, Rabbi Shloime Twerski, ztzal, of Denver. He has lived in Jerusalem since ‘83, and the city is still a perpetual eye opener for him.
Recent articles by Yaakov Branfman
Illusion ceases to play its game when you can grab it. Its whole power lies in its inability to be grasped.
We can have access to sights, sounds, and senses that lie outside of our present spectrum, and it is very likely that therein lie the answers to questions we as individuals and as a community are so much in need of.
An exploration into The Zone found within and around every candle lit for a mitzvah, such as Shabbos and Chanukah, leads into the unique Alef Zone, making a person rich, and money may even follow.
Listen, the race is rigged. I know because my old friend Reb Shia told me, and he never lied to me in the 40 years that I knew him, and in the 50 years before I knew him he never lied to anyone else, not even himself. He told me just before he passed from this […]