Explaining Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh – R. Itamar Shwartz
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”).
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 … »»
Devotion? Rav Yechezkel Levenstein once remarked that yeshivos in his time were not producing gedolim because the yeshivos had public phones, and people used them to be connected to the outside world. What would he say of the dreadful situation nowadays? »»
Discover the truth! The influences in this world are very strong. The values
are all wrong and our thinking can become distorted. The proper way is to discover the truth on your own … The Geulah will only come when we don’t copy others, but live from our own self-discovered truth. »»
Building A Sanctuary in the Heart I » This book, the foundation of the “Bilvavi” series, gently but firmly guides the readers to the awareness that we must rediscover the purpose of our own lives: deveikus to Hashem, a palpable connection to G-d. The author presents an outline of the way to achieve deveikus, one step at a time.
The Essence The only thing one really has throughout his existence, in this world and the next, for all eternity, is Hashem! One must recognize Him, become close to Him, and cleave to Him, “and anything else deemed good by people is vanity and deceptive emptiness.” Everything else is truly vanity. »»
Building a Sanctuary in the Heart II » In this book, the Rav offers very detailed instructions for step-by-step spiritual growth, going from the various levels of emunah to yirah and then to the stages of ahavah, culminating in selfless love of Hashem. It is filled with invaluable practical advice on achieving these levels and is the perfect companion to volume 1.
Consistency The way to attain levels in the service of Hashem is to keep awakening the matter again and again, with only brief intervals between the reminders. … If not, it is like… one who puts the kettle on a fire for a minute & then removes it for a minute, and keeps repeating the process. The water in it will never boil! »»
Getting To Know Your Self » To properly grow, you must first know who you really are. This work teaches us to see ourselves as pure souls, and not be disheartened by flaws, which are in fact nothing more than superficial “garments” over the soul. Once this is achieved, we learn to feel love toward the rest of the world, and finally, to discover Hashem deep within us.
Inner Mission I have come to write this sefer because of an inner mission – an awareness of a particular world that exists, which in reality, is more real than the world we sense, but is very hidden from people. This inner world is en-chanting. it is a world of pleasure and connection, but it is not a world of fantasy »»
Getting To Know Your Soul » This sefer helps us to take a deeper look into ourselves. We can align our personalities with the will of Hashem through in-depth study & understanding of our faculties. The 1st section explains the elements of fire, wind, water & earth corresponding to the 4 basic personality traits. The 2nd section explains the 13 basic faculties of the soul.
Getting to Know Your Home » This sefer explains the Torah view on taking care of our children’s emotional needs as well as the Torah perspective on love and marriage. The chapters describe love from various angles. Included also are chapters addressed to cheder Rebbe’s and sections on “Tikkun haMiddos” and Dealing with Challenges in Life.”
Shabbos Kodesh » This sefer focuses on the uplifting power of Shabbos, covering different aspects of the Shabbos preparations. Activities that may have seemed mundane, such as bathing, cutting fingernails, donning special clothing, and tasting the food, are shown in an entirely new light, as the teachings of the Arizal on such topics are made relevant and inspiring to all readers.
A collection of essays covering the fundementals of Yiddishkeit: kaddish, Bris Milah, Bar Mitzvah, Pideon haBen, Tzisis, Shema Yisrael plus several stimulating lectures such as the Path of the Baal Teschuvah, the Rav Speaks, Yishuv haDaas, Connecting to the Inner Will, the Way of Mussar and Chassidus, Avodah derech haShoresh.