L'Enfant Terrible NY 1975
L’Enfant Terrible, Greenwich Village NY 1975

I was 25 and living alone in New York City. I felt I had my back to the wall, with a string of broken relationships behind me, failure and frustration on all sides, and a sense of the total futility of life.

I decided to try a simple meditation practice, which was very soothing. At the same time something impelled me to open the Bible in Genesis — in search of the lost paradise.

It was hard to accept that the way must lie through the ancient Torah path, yet clearly there was no alternative, and I had to surrender and accept the Torah code.

Not long after that, I heard about Rabbi Nachman, the radical 18th century Chassidic innovator who, with the utmost grace and charm, proclaimed “a new pathway, which is really the old, old path our fathers walked”, the path of meditation, prayer, Torah study and practice that has enchanted me ever since.

Avraham ben Yaakov
Avraham ben Yaakov Jerusalem 2020

I was trained as a writer, translator and communicator, and my only goal is to try to share the eternal treasures of the Torah with you and with anyone else who sincerely wants to learn, regardless of their race, nation, background or beliefs.

I have published translations and commentaries on the teachings of the outstanding Hassidic luminary, Rabbi Nahman of Breslov, and on those of Kabbalistic genius Rabbi Moshe Hayyim Luzzatto (Ramhal). I am Director of the Azamra Institute and I maintain the azamra.org website.

I’m interested in Torah, personal & spiritual growth, holistic living, preventive healthcare, healing, social & environmental responsibility and trying to understand the End of Days and ongoing War of Gog and Magog.

I’m always on the lookout for the authentic, no-bullets Mashiah, and I daily await and pray for his coming and for the restoration of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. You can find more details about me here.

Avraham Ben Yaakov

Avraham ben Yaakov Greenbaum is a Torah teacher in Tz’fat (Safed) in Israel’s Galilee, and author of translations and commentaries on Bible, Hassidut, Kabbalah, Spiritual Growth, Health, Healing and the Environment.

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