​Baruch Hashem, it’s been a great 2 years at Emunah Builders since we officially launched and became official. We’ve grown from a small group of friends into an amazing community dedicated to the service of the Creator. We’ve been doing many great things together, but there’s a lot more to come!

​Our group has been focused on opening the channels of prayer and salvation to everyone. As we explained in many places, going to Kivrei Tzaddikim (Graves of the Righteous) has tremendous power to effect salvation.

​While some might think that this is just a “Kabbalistic” custom, the fact is that it is recorded in the Shulchan Arukh (the Code of Jewish Law), Orach Chaim 579:3. It’s written that one should go to the graves of the righteous, especially during fast days or difficult times. It’s been widely accepted to visit them also on Rosh Hashanah and Tisha B’Av. The Arizal teaches us that the Nefesh of a Tzaddik who passed away remains in the grave and going there can arouse him to pray for us since they are compassionate. We don’t pray to them, though we can certainly ask them to pray for us, as the Shelah HaKadosh, Pri Megadim and Maharam Schik, among othersteach us.

​This is one of the reasons the Talmud (Taanit 16a) gives to visiting Kivrei Tzaddikim. Another reason is to remind us of our own mortality. Here in this plastic world of materiality, we all have misconceptions due to faulty comparisons with the next person. Going to the graves of the righteous remind us that this world is temporary and the body’s end is the same no matter if you are rich or poor, wise or ignorant, strong or weak and so on. It puts things more in perspective and can also push a person to Teshuvah.

I’ve seen many fantastic things happening to our members and am glad to have started it. The power of our community combined (almost 4,000 people!) certainly adds to the efficacy of prayers and this is actually brought down. Based on Chassidic and Kabbalistic sources, the intention to connect to a larger group can greatly enhance its power even if people are so far apart.

According to our sages, prayer is “one of the things that stand at the top of the world, but people despise it”. Rebbe Nachman of Breslev also taught us that it has the power to change nature and actually is an aspect of having true Emuna. This is one of the reasons why he stressed in many places 1 hour of hitbodedut (prayer in seclusion) every day.

Going to the graves of the righteous increases our connection to them. When a Tzaddik is buried, his grave opens up a portal that traverses the spiritual worlds all the way to the Throne of Glory. That is why any Torah and Prayer that is done next to the graves has much more value.

It’s also noteworthy that the bodies of many of the Tzaddikim who have purified themselves so much didn’t decay. There’ve been witnesses of this fact with the Vilna Gaon, Rabbi Yochanan Perlow of Karlin Stolin and Rabbi Abdullah Somaich among many others.

Prayer is an essential life skill, which in fact can measure how one is living. A person who prays can truly feel Hashem close by and can rid himself of many problems. In fact, many of our Rabbis teach us that Hashem sends us challenges particularly so we are forced to pray. Remember that the more you pray, the better you get at it and you should never give up for Rabbi Natan of Breslev and many others already attested that praying for something straight for 40 days is sure to give some result (provided the prayer is worthy).


​It’s been a great honor to be able to help so many people with you! If you or someone you know needs help, make sure to sponsor a prayer trek or attend one of our up coming courses or prayer sessions.


Be sure to also subscribe to our newsletter and I hope to hear from you soon!



Baruch Hashem, it’s been a great 2 years since Emuna Builders

became official. We’ve grown from a small group of

sisters into an amazing community dedicated to the service of the

Creator. We’ve been doing many great things together, but there’s a

lot more to come!

Our group has been focused on opening the channels of prayer

and salvation to everyone. As we explained in many places, going to

Kivrei Tzaddikim (Graves of the Righteous) has tremendous power to

effect salvation.

While some might think that this is just a “Kabbalistic” custom,

the fact is that it is recorded in the Shulchan Arukh (the Code of

Jewish Law), Orach Chaim 579:3. It’s written that one should go to

the graves of the righteous, especially during fast days or difficult

times. It’s been widely accepted to visit them also on Rosh Hashanah

and Tisha B’Av. The Arizal teaches us that the Nefesh of a Tzaddik

who passed away remains in the grave and going there can arouse

him to pray for us since they are compassionate. We don’t pray to

them, though we can certainly ask them to pray for us, as the Shelah

HaKadosh, Pri Megadim and Maharam Schik, among others teach us.

This is one of the reasons the Talmud (Taanit 16a) gives to

visiting Kivrei Tzaddikim. Another reason is to remind us of our own

mortality. Here in this plastic world of materiality, we all have

misconceptions due to faulty comparisons with the next person.

Going to the graves of the righteous remind us that this world is

temporary and the body’s end is the same no matter if you are rich or

poor, wise or ignorant, strong or weak and so on. It puts things more

in perspective and can also push a person to Teshuvah.

I’ve seen many fantastic things happening to our members and

am glad to have started it. The power of our community combined

(almost 4,000 people!) certainly adds to the efficacy of prayers and

this is actually brought down. Based on Chassidic and Kabbalistic sources, the intention to

connect to a larger group can greatly enhance its power even if

people are so far apart.

According to our sages, prayer is “one of the things that stand

at the top of the world, but people despise it”. Rebbe Nachman of

Breslev also taught us that it has the power to change nature and

actually is an aspect of having true Emuna. This is one of the reasons

why he stressed in many places 1 hour of hitbodedut (prayer in

seclusion) every day.

Going to the graves of the righteous increases our connection

to them. When a Tzaddik is buried, his grave opens up a portal that

traverses the spiritual worlds all the way to the Throne of Glory. That

is why any Torah and Prayer that is done next to the graves has much

more value.

It’s also noteworthy that the bodies of many of the Tzaddikim

who have purified themselves so much didn’t decay. There’ve been

witnesses of this fact with the Vilna Gaon, Rabbi Yochanan Perlow of

Karlin Stolin and Rabbi Abdullah Somaich among many others.

Prayer is an essential life skill, which in fact can measure how

one is living. A person who prays can truly feel Hashem close by and

can rid himself of many problems. In fact, many of our Rabbis teach

us that Hashem sends us challenges particularly so we are forced to

pray. Remember that the more you pray, the better you get at it and

you should never give up for Rabbi Natan of Breslev and many others

already attested that praying for something straight for 40 days is

sure to give some result (provided the prayer is worthy).


It’s been a great honor to be able to help so many people with

you! If you or someone you know needs help, make sure to sponsor a

prayer trek or attend one of our upcoming courses or prayer sessions.

Be sure to also subscribe to our newsletter and I hope to hear

from you soon!


​Whenever we think about the Maharal of Prague, Rabbi Yehuda Loew ben Betzalel, we immediately associate him with the making of the Golem, a clay monster that protected the Jews. However, he was in fact much more than that. There’s a discussion of when exactly he was born, which nobody knows for sure. While young, he was already recognized as a genius by being able to learn on his own. Yet, his first book, a commentary on Rashi’s commentary on the Torah called “Gur Aryeh” was published much later in his life, has become a favorite throughout world Jewry.

​The Maharal was one of the most illustrious Rabbis of the 16th Century, acquiring mastery in all fields of Torah. He was beloved by both Jews and non-Jews alike, including Emperor Rudolf II, and a statue of him was made and placed in the city hall of Prague.

​With his wife Perl who was also a big scholar, they had six daughters and a son, and he was known to have descended from King David. Surprisingly, he only came to Prague when he was about 50 years old, as he was born in Worms, Germany.

His approach to Torah

​Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Kook spoke about the Maharal in the highest terms, saying that "Maharal was the father of the approach of the Gaon of Vilna on the one hand, and of the father of Chasidut, on the other hand". His approach to Agaddah, the non-legal part of the Talmud, and also Midrashim was unique in that it taught many new levels of understanding them.

​While the Maharal was an expert on pre-Lurianic Kabbalah, the Zohar and Sefer Yetzirah (the Book of Formation), he was in fact very modest and shunned all forms of attention.

​One of his most characteristic points he emphasized in learning Torah is the defense of the supreme wisdom of the Sages. According to the Maharal, everything the sages taught is true in a literal sense down to the letter. Obviously sometimes we don’t even understand that literal sense, especially when the interpretation happens in the spiritual worlds (as is the case of the story of Adam HaRishon). We cannot know what the Torah meant with “garden”, “snake” or “fruit” because even Adam’s existence was entirely spiritual. Nevertheless, the Maharal was strongly against the extrapolation of the teachings of the Talmud or its dismissal as fantasy as many Rabbis were guilty of.

The Wax Figurine

A famous dramatic story is told when Pope Clement VIII wanted to incite the emperor against the Jews. He was experienced in using shemot hatum’ah (impure names) for his nefarious ends and crafted a figure of wax with the face of the Christians’ savior, which he put in a box. He came to a wealthy Jew in Italy and asked for a loan. The Jew, without knowing the Pope’s plan, took a locked box as security for the loan and kept it hidden in his house. The Pope said the box contained precious jewels, but in fact, had the wax figurine inside. His plan was to imbue the doll with holiness so it would gain life (like the Golem). That night the Jew dreamed of Eliyahu HaNavi, who warned him to get rid of the “tumah” that he was holding. But the Jew didn’t understand it until the Maharal of Prague himself came using Kfitzat HaDerech (cutting the way short, a mystical technique), and commanded the Angel who has authority over the fire to burn the wax figurine, thwarting the Pope’s plan.

The Golem

​The legend of the Golem is subject of much dispute. There are those that say it never really happened. For those that said that it was indeed true, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan explains that the Maharal of Prague used the holy Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Formation). The entire ritual, involving deep meditative techniques, took over 16 hours, in order to bring the soul of a powerful demon to give life to the Golem and writing one of the Holy names on his tongue.

​After the Golem saved the Jewish People from a blood libel by Emperor Rudolf II, the Maharal hid it on the attic of the Old New Synagogue. Legend has it that anyone that tried to go inside it would die on the spot.

His grave and Descendents​

​The grave of the Maharal is located in the Old Jewish cemetery of Prague and is a pilgrimage site to many people throughout the year. His many illustrious descendants include Rebbeim from Chabad, such as Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liyadi (the Ba’al HaTanya), the Tzemach Tzedek, Rabbi Dov Ber Shneuri (the second Chabad Rebbe), Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (the seventh Chabad Rebbe). Rebbe Nachman of Breslov also descents from the Maharal of Prague from his father’s side, Rabbi Nachman Horodenker.

​May we derive inspiration from the great Rabbi Yehuda Loew ben Betzalel of Prague.


This article was written and published in the zechut of all Emuna Builder Partners. May they have complete emuna and continue in spreading emuna!

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