Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter



Gardening Tools

Yisroel Besser

Rav Shalom Arush has unleashed a revolution of faith with his books on emunah, gratitude, and peace in the home. He concedes it’s an unlikely success for a Moroccan-born Breslov baal teshuvah.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

rabbiThe knocking on my car window is gentle but persistent, much like the Jerusalemrain that falls softly on the hood. The rental car marks me as a tourist, and I have come to accept the inevitable requests of hitchhikers — or trempists, as they are called here — at each major intersection, often communicated with the jerk of a thumb or even a curt nod.

The young man tapping on the wet windowpane doesn’t want a ride, however. He wants to give me a CD — and he seems very determined. Not unlike the squeegee men, ubiquitous in the streets of pre-GiulianiManhattan, he weaves between moving vehicles in a slow dance of persistence, having mastered the pattern of the traffic light and knowing exactly how much time he has to make his pitch.

”You need to smile more,”’ he suggests as he slides the disc through the barely opened window, “this shiur will help you.” The light turns green, I move on and the soft, melodious voice of Rav Shalom Arush fills the car.

I don’t recall that particular shiur, but since that day maybe five or six years ago, the name of Rav Shalom Arush has spread wide. Like a rushing flood that finds its way into homes, under doors and through cracks, Rav Arush’s series of books has reached every stripe of reader in the Jewish world, from spiritually seeking to chassidish. The flood of faith he unleashed became somewhat of a revolution, inspiring readers worldwide to live happier, simpler lives through his series of Hebrew books (translated to English, then French, German, Russian, and Spanish), whose sales have topped one million.

It’s safe to say that Rav Arush no longer needs fervent young men to stand at intersections on rainy days to spread his ideas.

 

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.
CAPTCHA
Message


 
Letters That Speak
Shoshana Friedman They tell us what it is that our readers want
Peddlers of Hope and Faith
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A personal tribute to two warriors of the spirit
Coddled on Campus
Yonoson Rosenblum Animosity against Jewish students going strong
Take Yes for an Answer
Eytan Kobre We’re not rage monkeys with skullcaps
Sefirah? What's Sefirah?
Rabbi Henoch Plotnik A tragedy swept under the rug?
Top 5 Jewish Reminders
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin Have we lost our ability to remember?
Work/Life Solutions with Mordy Golding
Moe Mernick "It’s okay to change the plan as you go"
A Modern Eternal Flame
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman The classic rabbinic dictum still stands
I Don't Work on Shabbos
Baruch S. Fertel, MD, MPA, FACEP with Zivia Reischer You don't cut corners with Yiddishkeit
Mood Mix with Sheya Mendlowitz
Riki Goldstein "It’s a truly heilige niggun"
Truth Will Tell
Faigy Peritzman To constantly be in a state of upward motion
Mad at Dad
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Why many fathers get a bad rap
Eternal Victory
Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz To be personable, you need to develop your personality
The Baker: Part IV
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer "She’s just a pareve version of her potential self”