Who is the Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh – R. Itamar Shwartz?
He is an Israeli rabbi and author of the highly regarded “Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh” series (“In My Heart I Will Build a Mishkan”).
It’s likely because your mitzvot are separate from one another and no one has taught you to use them as the building blocks to construct a larger structure. A Mishkan in your heart.
Each Jew’s lifelong task isn’t just to serve Hashem at an intellectual level, but to integrate that service into our hearts. Once we learn to penetrate our hearts, we are meant to use our hearts to connect to our Creator directly.
Unfortunately, building that foundation for our personal Mishkan is something that very few Jews have been taught today – and that’s true of every community across the Jewish world. It’s a big part of why we often daven every day on “automatic” and our mitzvot can feel like individual bricks left lying around a construction site.
Rabbi Schwartz gives very specific, practical suggestions for building this foundation.
The reason these books have been so enthusiastically received is because they are just about the only books to address this subject directly in our generation’s language. Reading them is one giant session of “Oh, so THAT’S how I’m supposed to be doing it.” Just remember, you have to actually do the exercises the books suggest or none of it will take root in you.
There is an active website devoted to the Bilvavi books at www.bilvavi.net
. In fact, most of the books are offered free on the site in their entirety. Just go to bilvavi.net/content/view
to check them out.
And … watch and listen to the man of inner Torah give encouragement to our inner connection to Hashem~!
We all know and believe that Torah & mitzvos are what life is all about, but do we really feel that these are what make our lives meaningful Listen to the Rav’s personal account of how he searched and grappled with these issues, and how he came to feel these truths in his own heart. Listen »»
Permanence If a person seeks truth , he must be aware of the instability of this world, and not take it too seriously, and on the other hand, connect to the permanent world of Hashem and the Torah of the eternal world.This awareness will enable us to accept the Torah … »»
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