Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum
Founder & Director AZAMRA

Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum is an internationally-known Torah teacher, author of over twenty-five books, and one of today’s foremost expositors of Chassidut and Kabbalah and their practical contemporary relevance in personal growth and wellbeing, preventive healthcare, healing and other vital areas.

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Born in Britain in 1949, Rabbi Greenbaum gained his MA in classics and social sciences at Cambridge University. As a Harkness Fellow he studied at Harvard and Columbia, after which he spent four years as a BBC Radio news commentator and producer.

A lifelong yearning for spirituality led to his return to Torah. In 1980 Rabbi Greenbaum moved to Israel with his wife and family and settled in Jerusalem, where he was ordained in 1988. He maintains the Azamra website, and teaches at the Tiferet Study Center in Jerusalem and on tour throughout Israel, Britain, USA and Canada.

Rabbi Greenbaum's books include Rabbi Nachman's Advice, Under the Table & How to Get Up, a handbook of Jewish pathways of spiritual growth, Wings of the Sun: The Torah Healing Tradition in theory and practice and translations of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto's Kabbalistic classics, Secrets of the Future Temple and 138 Openings of Wisdom.

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Jewish Spiritual Events
with Rabbi Greenbaum

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Exploring Torah spirituality with Rabbi Greenbaum has been a profoundly moving and enlightening experience for people of all ages and backgrounds. who have participated in his concerts, lectures, seminars, workshops and Shabbatons in Israel, N. America and Britain.

An accomplished pianist and guitarist, he skillfully weaves enchanting Chassidic melodies with experiential meditation and clear, striking, eloquent presentations of teachings from Rebbe Nachman of Breslov and the other classic sources of Torah spirituality, boldly affirming their relevance to the entire spectrum of concerns we face in the 21st century.

Rabbi Greenbaum confronts people's toughest issues with refreshing honesty and sincerity, offering insight, guidance and support in the struggle to enhance our own spirituality and that of the surrounding world.

Synagogues at which R. Greenbaum has taught include St. John's Wood and Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, Lincoln Square New York, Beth Jacob of Beverly Hills CA, Nessah Beverly Hills, ChaBaD of Long Beach and Malibu CA, Evanston IL, Eitz Chaim Viewmount Toronto and very many others.

Current Topics

Reb Avraham offers a variety of events: Text-based classes on Rabbi Nachman and Kabbalah, evening presentations (typically 60-75 minutes of teaching, music and meditation with time for questions and discussion); concerts of Jewish spiritual music; full or half-day seminars and experiential workshops; Shabbatons (with chassidic-style Shabbat meals, Melaveh Malka, singing and story-telling); scholar-in-residence programs; special events for doctors, healers, schools, colleges and yeshivas. Current topics include:

CONCERTS

  • Songs of Shabbat A piano-vocal recital of traditional Breslov chassidic and other songs for the synagogue services and Shabbat table with commentary on their origins and how we can use them to enhance our Shabbat experience and draw energy and joy into our daily lives.
  • Niguney Devekut: Meditation Melodies A piano-vocal recital of powerful, haunting melodies of Baal Shem Tov, Rabbi Nachman and other Chassidic masters for use in meditation and devotion, with commentary on their origins and practical use in our meditations and prayers.
  • The Kabbalah of Music A weave of teachings from Zohar and Rabbi Nachman on the secrets of melody and song illustrated with piano-vocal renderings of profoundly inspiring melodies handed down from outstanding Tzaddikim.


Reb Avraham performing piano-vocal arrangements of Breslover
Shabbat Nigunim in the Warsaw Nuzik Synagogue May 27 '08.

SPIRITUALITY, MEDITATION & SELF HELP

  • The Seven Pillars of Faith "If everything is controlled by heaven, where is our freedom? What is the correct balance between reliance on G-d and making our own efforts? If someone wilfully hurts me, is that person G-d's agent? If everything is a message, how do I sort out contradictory messages?" Vital answers to these and other questions are provided in Polish holocaust martyr R. Yitzhak Breiter's profound exposition of fundamentals of Torah faith on which this workshop is based.
  • The Name "I have set HaShem before me always" (Psalm 16:8). The Tetragrammaton, its meaning, the significance of its letters as a map of all creation and its use in visualizations, meditation and in the daily blessings and prayers.
  • The Kabbalah of Dance A presentation on the deep mysteries of Chassidic dance, which can also be practiced individually and in groups as the most amazing aerobic pathway to glowing health and joy
  • Hitbodedut: The Divine Conversation Meditational pathways from Sefer Yetzirah (the oldest kabbalistic text), Baal Shem Tov and Rebbe Nachman, and how they can be applied in practice by all in contemporary life.
  • The King's Table While our physical and mental energy derives from the foods we eat, the quality of that energy is intimately bound up with how we and what we eat and the blessings we make before and after our food. Derech Eretz ("manners"), Brachot (blessings) and Birkhat HaMazon (the grace after meals) as a life-enhancing pathway of joyous devotion.
  • Under the Table & How to Get Up This workshop uses Rabbi Nachman's amusing parable of the Turkey-Prince as the framework to understand a chassidic pathway of growth and personal development that includes faith, positive thinking, goal achievement and harnessing the power of words.
  • The Fixer Rabbi Nachman's gripping tale of the brilliant escape of an honest man persecuted as a joke by a wiley king provides life-saving lessons in faith, trust, resourcefulness and resilience in life.

HEALTHCARE AND HEALING

  • Rambam's Advice to the Sultan The 40-page comprehensive guide to preventive healthcare penned 800 years ago by Moses Maimonides (Rambam) for his royal patient, the Sultan of Egypt, is not only the classic expression of the holistic Torah mind-body system but also an outstanding example of constructive dialogue between Jew and Moslem. This presentation explains the main contours of Rambam's system of healthy lifestyle, including diet, exercise and spiritual balance, and its practical application today.
  • Shrink or Rebbe? The roots of modern secular psychotherapy can be traced to the ancient Torah pathway of confession to a Tzaddik (the Sage). As we advance into an uncertain future, therapists should reconsider contemporary assumptions about mental health care and apply teachings of Chassidut in order to enhance the service they provide to their clients.
  • The Wings of the Sun: Torah Healing Wisdom As our culture searches for new paradigms of healing, the largely unexplored Kabbalah / Chassidic healing tradition of Judaism, with its emphasis on faith, joy and "balance of the elements", has a vital contribution to make to present-day healthcare and healing.
  • The Ten Pulses and Ten Kinds of Song Central to the kabbalistic view of the soul-body connection is the doctrine of the "Ten Pulses", which are indicative of healthy and/or morbid ways in which the spiritual Neshamah and Ruach levels of the soul vitalize the animating Ego-Nefesh. This presentation is an in-depth exploration of the doctrine of the Ten Pulses and the redemptive power of the Ten Kinds of Melody on which the Book of Psalms is based to revive and heal the spirit.
  • The Future Song: Individual and Global Healing People heal when they allow themselves to dream their highest dreams and discover what they want to live for. This experiential workshop explores the dreams and visions of ancient and latter-day shepherds, singers, prophets and sages about the end of days and their significance for us today.

TORAH & THE ENVIRONMENT

  • The House on the Mountain With the world under dire threat from global warming and other dangers to the environment, Jews need greater awareness that the Temple we pray for is designed to bring ecological balance. The different ways in which Abraham, Isaac and Jacob conceived the Temple - as a "Mountain", a "Field" and a "House" - are replete with timely teachings on environmental responsibility.

CONTEMPORARY WORLD

  • Rabbi Nachman and the Illuminati An examination of the unique relationship between the Chassidic master and three leaders of the Illuminati movement in early 19th century Ukraine helps us unravel his masterplan to build a bridge between traditional Judaism and the modern world.
  • The Kabbalah of Conflict In a world riddled with strife between nations, religions and cultures, between different currents among Jews in Israel & Diaspora, within our communities and homes and inside our very selves, Kabbalah and Chassidut provide vital concepts to help us rise above divisiveness to the higher level of consciousness - Da'at - that will reign in the prophesied Messianic future.
  • Anatomy of Hatred Insights from Kabbalah and Chassidut into the current worldwide surge of anti-Semitism. Enmity of the serpent; Esau's pain and rage; roots of hatred; projection, demonization and blame.
  • The Kabbalah of Money Lean times have forced many to make fundamental changes in attitudes to money, livelihood, wealth and their lack. This class explores Torah guidelines based on Kabbalah and Chassidut on how to cultivate healthy approaches to making a living, getting money matters in the proper perspective and enjoying what we have.
  • Gog and Magog in our times Separating fact from fiction about the prophesied war of Gog and Magog through careful analysis of relevant Biblical texts and rabbinic teachings and how they relate to contemporary political, social and cultural developments.
  • Rabbi Nachman's Secret Scroll (Megillat Setarim) A Bar Ilan University researcher claims to have deciphered a coded account by Rabbi Nachman of how Mashiach -- a young boy -- will come and entrance the entire world with music and healing. Vital prophecy or fiction? How the scroll was handed down by the Breslover Chassidim, how it relates to Rabbi Nachman's known teachings and its possible significance for our times.
  • Meah Shearim & The 21st Century A personal view of Jerusalem's unique ultra-orthodox neighborhood as seen through the eyes of a resident of twenty years who happens to be a former Cambridge University scholar of classics & social sciences and a BBC current affairs commentator. Illustrated with pictures.
  • Judaism, Christianity and Islam "On that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria a blessing in the midst of the earth" (Isaiah 19:24). Can a way of constructive dialogue be found to reconcile the world's three major monotheistic faiths?
  • Secrets of the Future Temple An experiential adventure of meditation, music and study of the design and rituals of the future Temple as prophesied by Ezekiel and explained in an outstanding Kabbalistic classic by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto ("Ramchal"). Why does the world need the Temple? What will the Temple do for us? What should we do for the Temple?

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would like to invite Rabbi Greenbaum for a visit,
please
CONTACT US.


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