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Last Chance for Some of the Greatest Prayer Days of the Year!

We’re SO excited!! 11 days til Purim!  As you may already know, on Purim, if a person asks us for tzedaka, we don’t check their credentials (as we would during the rest of the year); instead we just give without question.  So too, we trust Hashem will mirror our actions, by giving us whatever we ask for, without looking into whether or not we are worthy on Purim.

It’s an eis ratzon (opportune time).  We will be at the Kotel davening extra hard and long for you on this day if you sign up for the 40 days between Taanis Esther and the 8th day of Pesach.

May Hashem answer all of our combined prayers and may you truly feel the light emanating from here!

Purim is for Prayer!! And How You Can Make Better Decisions In Life…

This is it – Purim is in the air and is coming up in just 2 and a half weeks.  It is an incredibly powerful day of prayer and teshuva.  In fact, Purim is so holy that Yom Kippur is actually called ‘Yom HaKippurim’ – a day that is like Purim.  We are meant to pour our hearts and souls out to Hashem and ask him for absolutely everything we need!  Don’t get too distracted by everything else going on in the day – Purim is for prayer!!  That’s why we are sending a prayer agent to the Kotel that day to say extra Tehillim on your behalf if you sign up for the 40 days between Ta’anis Esther and the 8th day of Pesach now!

Rabbis always tell me that peoples’ main issue is what to do in life.   Everyone wants to know what decisions to make.  How do I pick the best career for me, get the best job in the best place and for the best pay?  How do I pick the best spouse for me?  What makes this even more complicated is that there is no objective answer to this – what’s best for someone else likely won’t be best for you.  Plus, what you think is best for you may not wind up being best – only G-d knows what in the end is really best for us.

There is something you can do about this.

David HaMelech says that we should pray to Hashem that our thoughts and decisions should reflect Hashem’s will for us.

Every day when we wake up, we can say ‘Hashem, please guide all of my thoughts, decisions and actions today to be in line with what You want for me’.  Then you can relax – because even though you are driving the car, you are driving it in G-d’s direction, where the destination is the absolute best for your soul’s destiny.  When we take control, although we feel more secure on the outside, in truth we are less secure because inside we know that we cannot possibly know what’s best for us.  But when we give up control of the map by letting G-d “waze” the way, we can relax and feel more confident that whatever will be, is really the best for me.

We are here to help you with these and all of your prayers at the holiest place on earth for one of the holiest times of the year!  The Kabbalah sources teach that the feminine presence of G-d (the Shechina) will always dwell at the Kotel – especially during this time of hidden and revealed miracles.

May Hashem bless us all with perfect direction, with the ability to let go of full control of the wheel and with only revealed good on the stops and path of your life!

Pray for me through Purim and Pesach and we will say extra psalms for you on Purim!!! (If you haven’t already signed up.)

Take the opportunity now! Purim through Pesach 40 days! And Mazel Tovs to…

We miss you!  What’s happening in your life?

We feel very much invested in you, your successes and challenges, and feel honored and privileged that you share with us your prayer needs.

May Hashem soon answer all of them!

Some Mazel Tovs first… Mazel Tov to Shoshana on her engagement to Yehoshua after her 40 days at the Kotel, Mazel Tov to Melissa on her victory in court during her 40 days, and Mazel Tov to Edward on landing his dream job after his 2nd round of 40 days!

If you didn’t already know, Judaica Press recently published a book about my late husband:  https://www.judaicapress.com/products/the-secret-life-of-gershon-burd

We have been getting beautiful reviews about how it changed people’s lives.

In it I discovered a new 40 days story I had either not known or forgotten…

My sister-in-law in America, Jessica Burd, had been dating for many years but had not even come close to meeting a man she would consider marrying.  Since her devoted brother, Gershon zt’l, lived so close to the Kotel and felt her pain, he decided to pray for her for 40 consecutive days.

Guess what?

On exactly the 40th day Jessica got engaged to an amazing man Shmuel.

She only found out later about the prayers at the Wall.

Shmuel later enabled Jessica to co-write this book and publish the story….

You just never know when it’s your turn.

In just 3 weeks begins an incredibly powerful 40 day period of which you have to take advantage!  March 10th is the day after Taanis Esther and 40 days later is the 8th of Pesach.
During this time passes arguably the most powerful prayer day of the year (Purim) and culminates in the splitting of the Red Sea  – a time so powerful that it is compared to the finding of shidduchim.

Don’t miss this amazing time at the Kotel.

Reserve your prayer shliach now!

With blessings for only good things!

Another Tu Bi’shvat Segula? Yes this one is on us!

For the first time ever, I am writing to you from the ‘occupied territory’ of the Old City of Jerusalem. Now, I don’t like to get political here, so instead I will get spiritual….
Ever notice how things sometimes get worse before they get better?
You have a serious pain in your stomach and for some reason the Dr. sends you to inflict more pain by operating? You were trying to get rid of your pain, not have to go through more!! Silly… you know that at the end of the operation, not only will the pain of the surgery subside, but also the stomach ache. The extra pain was just the way back to complete health and a lack of any pain. It was an ANSWER to your prayers for less pain, not a worsening of the pain! You have to trust in the process….
So too with the Geula.. if we truly want to ‘own’ this land, we may have to go through a process of being pained that we don’t truly have it first.
So what about our prayers – for marriage, for success? What if we just don’t see them coming to fruition right away? What if things are even getting harder or more confusing?
That’s when it is up to us to remember the secret – trust – in the process and in G-d. No prayer is ever wasted. Each of your prayers is being counted and safeguarded – building up a storage house for you to be released when the right time comes and for the right thing. We don’t know how many prayers a specific request needs, all we know is that we have to keep trying and doing more and letting go and trust in the process until it happens. Everything else is in G-d’s hands.
Speaking of adding to your prayer storehouses, I wanted to give you a Tu Bi’shvat present. Remember the segula to hang the name of someone who needs a shidduch around an almond tree for the whole of Tu Bi’shvat? After Tu Bi’shvat, we take the name down and send it to you so that you can keep it with you at all times (under your pillow or in your purse). Hamodia wrote about this Segula a few years ago here.
If you’d like us to do this for you, it would be our pleasure in appreciation for your ongoing support. Just fill in your details and prepay the postage online and we’ll mail you the almond-tree wrapped paper directly. Tu Bi’shvat falls on February 11 – in just over 2 weeks. Just click here to sign up and feel free to post/send to friends.
Remember that even though we do segulas, we don’t take them too seriously – they are to give us added help from Above. Ultimately we know that our prayers are answered by Hashem alone and He put these segulas into the world to help us, help ourselves.
With blessings for good news and enough prayers to put you over the top for all of your hopes and dreams!
Batya

Some Amazing Stories and Last Chance for Chanukah Prayers!!!

Isn’t it interesting how tragedy often brings us together and how elections pull us apart?  We are so connected to what we value and who we look up to.  The good side is that we all look up to and point our prayers to the same place – Har HaBayit in Jerusalem. And, no matter who you wanted to vote for to rule the US, we all cast our vote for the same ruling Creator of the world.  So our prayers for you here can truly re-unify us now G-d-willing.

I had to share some of your recent thank you feedback – besides for the usual girl meets boy stories, there are so many of you that just needed a little help from Above in normal life.  Of course we have to ask Hashem for help in EVERYTHING!

Irina came to us because her son Ahron was having some developmental issues when she signed up for 40 days with us. Through the weeks of prayers she was thrilled to see him improve in every area – his teacher even sent home a beautiful note saying that in the last *4-6* weeks he had a huge improvement, and the speech therapist said that he made a great leap just after the prayers started.  Not everyone’s prayers are answered so quickly and so obviously but for Irina this was a clear wink from Above that her prayer agent made a big difference.  We are so happy for them both!

Shelly wrote us when she was having a really tough time in her marriage.  She had gone to several different marriage counselors and had gotten prayer agents before, but life at home was still a rough ride.  After giving the 40-days one more try, somehow this time the prayers took hold.  She said that what was interesting is that she could feel it getting better, like a beautiful sort of energy traveling all the way to California, and that things had been well ever since.  “Thank G-d” is all we can say!  Good for her for continuing to try and persevere until she got to the place she wanted.

Just like you, we are just doing our hishtadlut (putting in our maximum required effort) with prayer at the Kotel and charity, and hoping G-d will do the rest.
And we are not just helping you, you are also helping us.

Your donations to support this project are literally helping to build the holiest place in the world by filling it with talmidei chachamim (Torah scholars) and Torah-learning.  You are a partner in helping Torah to thrive in the King’s Palace.  So thank you also – fellow mitzva-partner!

Now to Zos Chanukah!  What some circles refer to as the 3rd Neilah of the year is almost here! If you haven’t already done so this is your last chance to get your prayers in before the closing of the gates (although we know that the gates of tears are never closed!).  With what could you use a little help from Above?

Pray for me through Zos Chanukah!

With blessings that all of your dreams are soon realized and that all the bumpy roads on the path of your life are soon smoothed out,

Batya

How Barry met Dali and Your Chance to Catch the Third Neilah!

I was so happy to hear from an old friend ‘Dali’ after Rosh Hashanah.  Dali was a superstar over-achiever frum girl trudging away in the shidduch scene for double-digit years already.  At what point do people give up trying to set up these singles?  I hope never, but it wasn’t simple to find someone on her spiritual, emotional and life level. Anyways, she had incredible news to share.  She was engaged to a similarly over-achieving long-time single ‘Barry’ – heavily involved in the world of chesed.  Both were thrilled over the moon.  “Check your database,” she says to me. “Why?” I wondered.  “Because I just finished getting a minyan to daven for me at the Wall.  He proposed right after, and I really saw him being impacted during this 40 days.  I tried many segulas and even had people at the Wall for me before, but this was the first time I had gotten a minyan. I really felt it working.”

Mazel tov, Mazel tov! May we only hear more simchas!

Now back to work….

We all know about the neilah of Yom Kippur – the moment your judgment for the year is sealed. We also know about the second neilah – Hoshanah Rabba. Hashem gives us a second chance.

But what about the rest of us? What if we did not merit the judgment we wanted on Yom Kippur or on Hoshanah Rabba? Certain circles refer to a third and final neilah – Zos Chanukah. Although we know that the gates of tears are never closed, Zos Chanukah is our opportunity to be sealed for life and blessing this year.

The Ner Yisroel says that on Zos Chanukah, a Jew can accomplish for himself and his friend what a Tzaddik can accomplish on Yom Kippur!

So let’s use this time to remind Hashem where you want to go this year and to knock hard enough until the door to it G-d-willing opens.

If you didn’t already do so, seize the opportunity now to get your prayers to the Wall before the final Neilah.

Pray for me for 40 days through the 8th day of Chanukah!

With blessings that we only hear good news from you soon!

Light versus Darkness and Your Chance for Zos Chanukah!

Happy Chodesh Cheshvan!

What a month!  It is the only month in the Jewish calendar with no holidays.  But it will be the month in which the 3rd Beit HaMikdash will be inaugurated – may it be soon!  And when it is, I hope we can merit to be the ones bringing your offerings to it. :-)

So the days are now getting shorter and the nights getting longer.  The winter clothes are coming out and the sneezing is starting.  Did you know that before the flood of Noah, there was perfect weather all year round?  After the flood, Hashem made 4 seasons so that we would appreciate good weather when we have it.

It is the time of the year when darkness increases.  At the same time, spiritual light has the potential of shining the brightest.  At the creation of the world, there were 36 hours of the most powerful spiritual light in the Universe.  It was then hidden away as a result of the sin and only comes back to the world now through 2 things: 1) the 36 hidden tzaddikim in every generation (by the way it was just my late husband Gershon zt”l’s 3rd yahrzeit) 2) the light of Chanukah (36 candles not including the shamash).

So, in just over 40 days we will be able to access this light in our own homes.

It all culminates on Zos Chanukah (the 8th day of Chanukah).  On this day you can find every major kever in Israel filled to the brim with people praying for salvations of every kind.  The potential of this day for teshuva and answered prayers is so powerful that it is written about in many sefarim.

The 40 days leading up to Zos Chanukah starts in just 3 weeks (Nov 23)!  You can bet we will be at the Kotel in droves taking advantage of this precious time to beseech Hashem for the right marriage partners, for health, for success and everything else we need!

You can be there with us!

Daven for me for 40 days through the 8th day of Chanukah!

With blessings from Jerusalem that the light of miracles be revealed in your life now and always through answered prayers,

Batya

Last minute RH thought and Last Chance for Rebbe Nachman in UMAN erev RH!

Rosh Hashanah is so close!  I always worry that I didn’t do the work I needed to do. Life is just soo busy!  But I remember one thing my late husband Gershon zt”l used to say to keep in mind for Rosh Hashanah.  Rosh Hashanah is about crowning Hashem King. But what does that mean?  Do I envision some great leader on a throne with a crown on his head and me bowing in servitude towards him?  Is this really the work that’s going to give me a better din on Rosh Hashanah?  Seems so childish.  Here I remember Gershon zt”l relaying the story of Akeidat Yitzhak as Rabbi Shimon Green used to tell it.

Sacrificing one’s son is an almost insurmountable test for anyone – let’s face it.  But do we really understand what it meant for Avraham?  Avraham was the pillar of chesed.  The one who knew he was chosen to bring the world back to truth, acts of loving kindness, and justice.  Who expected that his son Yitzchak would be the head of the great Jewish people through which all of mankind would achieve perfection.  He was famous throughout the world.  He was Mr. Kiruv himself!  Everything he did brought people closer.  He stood for G-d and goodness.

What would be of his reputation?
What would be of his role in the world?  His whole life was devoted to showing people the goodness of G-d so that they would also serve G-d.
Now, he was not only sacrificing Yitzchak, but everything he had stood for amongst the masses.  The next day the world would think he was a mad man and that his G-d a tyrant, chas v’shalom.  It would turn everyone away.

And still, he did it – at the expense of his kiruv and life efforts – because G-d said so.

So we blow the shofar, the ram’s horn, on Rosh Hashanah, who was sacrificed in Yitzchak’s place.

This is what it means to crown Hashem King. We all follow Hashem in some ways.  Some mitzvot are easy – how hard is it to smile at an old lady or take her hand to cross the street?  But what about the mitzvot that are hard for us?  What about the mitzvot that run counter to our beings or offend us in some ways?  What about the mitzvot that just get in the way of our parnassa or what we want?  We all have places that are our own potential akeidat Yitzhak.  And it is davka in those places, that we are asked to truly crown Hashem King.

Here we need help, and pray “Hashem, please let Your will be my will”.

This Rosh Hashanah, pick one mitzva that is hard for you and do it anyway, just because G-d said so.  There you will be crowning Hashem King where he was not King over you before.  There you will G-d-willing earn a better din.

And if you need a little more zchuyot for this year (who doesn’t) and haven’t already done so, this is your last chance to send your prayer request for Tikun Haklali prayers at Rebbe Nachman’s kever in Uman on Erev Rosh Hashanah.

Hashem should bless you that your prayers will be answered and that all of Am Yisroel merit a good, sweet year of health, fulfillment, and success in ruchniut and gashmiut.