Lord Get Me High: Chabad Ohel, Gan Emunah And Carlebach Shul
In 2012, a career survey revealed that behind being a commercial pilot, working in Public Relations was the most stressful job in America – For me, owning a PR agency in NYC, the city which never sleeps its nonstop pressure, challenges and requires a constant state of high alert.
I have a friend who is a pilot and said “Flying allows me to see things from way above – To analyze from a higher angle above without clouds.”
While I am not ready to start flying, I have uncovered a number of ways which allow me to fly high naturally, think clearer and get answers to the daily questions and challenges of life:
Anyone who has never visited the Chabad ohel – the grave of the Chabad Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson in Queens, about 30 minutes outside of Manhattan is missing something very holy. I go approximately once a month and being there allows me to leave even after a few minutes with a little more clarity and focus. The Rebbe helped so many when alive – and his emissaries worldwide help so many today – and it’s impossible to not have that positive energy affect and bless anyone who visits there. Our Sages declare that the Righteous are holy even after their passing – and visiting his grave at any hour of the day or night one will see people from all over the world who believe it.
As I encountered recently in a late night visit, I recommend it for any good or bad day for answers, thanks and inner peace. Visiting the grave of our great Rabbis allows us a balance for the craziness of life.
Reading: With good reason, the Jewish people are known as the people of the book. Reading can allow one a healthy escape and clarity of thinking -A book I am always reading and always in my nightstand:
· Gan Emunah by Rabbi Shalom Arush – Based upon the teaching of Rabbi Nachman, this book teaches us everything happens for good reason and the importance of emuna – faith. It’s the cornerstone of everything in life and explains answers for personal and professional challenges.
· Lone Wolf – The Biography of Ze’ev Jabotinsky an inspirational Jewish hero.
n Prayer and Meditation: Attending Friday night services allows a bridge between the work and professional work and family and other life activities. It allows a time to think and reflect – and for me attending services at the Carlebach shul is nothing short of an experience of being high. Packed to the point one couldn’t move, it was a holy experience with singing, dancing, jumping and one simply felt they could communicate directly with the heavens.
o Rabbi Carlebach said when the Jewish people lost the Holy Temple, we lost the music that was played in the Holy Temple – and there were thousands of instruments and thousands of voices in the Temple. It was the most awesome experience to approach the Holy Temple. Between the smell of the incense and the sound of the music, it was beyond. Beyond!” One of the holinesses of Judaism is the melodies of the Torah and the Prophets – and as Reb Shlomo used to say the more people “who could ‘sing a new song to God!’ We could really fix the whole world.”
o Meditation – In a world where the Dalai Lama can win a Nobel Peace Prize (and 2 million Twitter followers), the ancient Rabbis who spoke of meditation may have had something right. I have a friend – a successful NYC investment banker who travels to Uman multiple times a year and commences each day with 30 minutes praying in meditation at the Hudson River prior to going to work.
Life is full of pressures and challenges whether owning a NY PR Agency, a stay-at home mom or a student – Judaism offers many options which allow high pressure people a balanced outlet – I know I prefer it over flying a plane.
Ronn Torossian is the CEO of 5WPR, a Top 25 PR Agency and has a best-selling PR book“For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations” an Amazon best selling Public Relations book available for purchase at: http://www.amazon.com/
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About the Author: Ronn Torossian is the CEO of NY based 5W Public Relations, 1 of the 25 largest PR Agencies in the US. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a Jewish philanthropist and active in a number of worldwide Jewish organizations. More about Ronn