I listen to your The Shmuz Podcasts, and I absolutely love them; thanks so much! You now have yourself another Mike!
I do not remember the last time I listened, (let alone enjoyed) a “Shmuz” as much as I did when I was in my car yesterday. It was the first time I can remember being glued to the stereo…..Listening to a torah tape! Keep Up the Good Work!!!
I want you to know that I am learning so much, ever since I pressed play on the first CD I got, it has changed my life. I look at the world differently, I speak to people differently, and I have become a better husband and father.
I want to thank you for reaching to my soul and giving it a jump start. .
Thank you for making The Shmuz possible, it has helped me out in so many ways it’s unexplainable.
The samples on iTunes were transforming!
I just want to thank everyone who's involved in getting the Shmuzin onto the web. It is so awesome! I can't even describe how much it helps me feel connected to ruchniyus ever since I got back from seminary. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!!
:) -A new Shmuz fan
Thank you very much for opening up the treasure troves of dais Torah on the Shmuz website. It is an enormous source of Naches and inspiration to me to know I can have the whole library within easy reach from any internet connection.
I am writing from overseas (approx 8,000 miles away) and have recently found out about your Shmuz, through a search on apple’s podcast system, and I must say that I have listened to that episode many many times, and it was really inspirational.
Thank you very much
I want to express my appreciation for the inspiration that you have given me the few times that I have been able to attend the Shmuz in Queens. It provides me with an opportunity for spirituality in a day otherwise filled with the mundane.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SPREADING SUCH WONDERFUL TORAH THROUGHOUT THE WORLD!
Just E-mailing you to say that the Shmuz was amazing. I told it over to everyone I met last night.
My friends and I have enjoyed and gained immensely from the Shiur and the Achdus that is offered at the "Shmuz".
I personally benefit tremendously from the Shmuzin as the Rebbe has a very understandable way of presenting concepts that, although are not new to me, have taken on a whole additional perspective into the concepts.
I thank you for that.
I listen to your shmuzim regularly in my car and its gevaldig source of inspiration. Even my son whose bar mitzvah is this fall enjoys them immensely.
Just a short "Hakoras Hatov" to the Rebbe for helping me understand in many different ways how to Daven better and to be a better person. I really see my own improvement from last year. May we all be zoche to grow and accomplish our goals to help us in this world and the next.
Who I am and who I will be, as well as the identities and fate of my entire family, is a product of the influence you had on me. Thank you for everything.
I loved the Shmuz that you gave last week about Kiddush Hashem
First of all, I would like to say thank you. I listen to the Shmuz to and from work every day in my car, and I enjoy it immensely.
I also want to tell you that I enjoy “The Shmuz” CDs tremendously. I hear their messages resonating in my mind at the strangest times…when I want to eat an extra helping I hear a voice saying “Don’t be a wimp! Have self-control!” When I make a bracha too quickly I laugh at myself for doing the mandatory ‘mouth twitch’ before eating. Purim time, I found myself sitting in the driveway long after I turned the engine off because I had to ‘find out what happened next’ in the Megilah. And so on and so on…Thanks so much for your entertaining (and some times unsettling) shmuzim!! Hatzlachah in all your work.
Your Shiurim are an absolute inspiration, and I have gained tremendously from them. Thank you so much for this incredible opportunity to share the wealth!
The Shmuz really helps me focus on what is significant in life, where I
have been, where I am now, and perhaps most importantly, where I am
going. Even 3,000 miles away, these CDs really inspire me and help me
get connected emotionally, physically, and spiritually, especially when
life is at its hardest. Thank you, thank you thank you.
-Alec in L.A.
Dear Rabbi Shafier,
I just started listening to your "shumz"in and really enjoy them.
Thank you for your time and Keep up the good work.
I just wanted to know how wonderful the Shmuzin are...I appreciate all the hard work, time, & effort that you put into them making them so palatable, & mesukim k'dvash! My cousin recently told me that The Shmuz is now available for free on the site for downloading, & listening. I listen to them while I work out, & on the way to, & from work. May Hashem continue to give you much koach, brocha, & hatzlachah for the wonderful hashpaah you are having on klal Yisroel through your Shmuzin!
To Rabbi Shafier,
Thank you very much for giving The Shmuz and inspiring me and helping me have a better understanding about life. I live in Lakewood NJ and was I wondering if somehow we can hear a live Shmuz in Lakewood. I would definitely be willing to help in what ever way I can.
I would just like to drop you an email to let you know that this website theshmuz.com has really transformed my day at my office. I run my own business, and I could've never imagined the chiizuk I can get from my daily activities here. Please keep up this wonderful website with many more Shmuz's. It really has been a great inspiration to listen to 2-3 shiurim every day.
I would like you to know like this. I am 23, and have been learning in great yeshivas my whole life. I daven and learn and do all the great thing we as Jews have been given to do.
I have never felt so fulfilled in my life, whether from Davening, learning, etc.... Until I got a hold of your shmuzim.
I was sitting at my desk one day (two day ago) thinking how I only use the internet for work. Google videos. Ebay... And I thought how I can use it for a Jewish purpose. So I googled TORAH, Theshmuz.com came up as an option and I clicked it.
Lo and behold I registered and downloaded 3 shmuzim burned them on to CDs and started listening to them.
I promise you after the first CD I felt like a changed man! I view life in a completely new way which makes me feel wealthy beyond belief. Just today on the way to work I listened to the WEALTHY Shmuz; you have been given a gift in which you are able to bring beautiful ideas into understandable lingo. You, after two days have mamesh changed my life.
Thank you and looking forward to working together with you,
-Your newest Talmid
Rabbi Shafier, Yechiel, and the Shmuz crew,
Thank you very much for opening up the treasure troves of daas Torah on the Shmuz website. It is an enormous source of Nachas and inspiration to me to know I can have the whole library of the Rabbi's Torah within easy reach from any internet connection. I’ve enjoyed several shmuzim from the site so far and look forward to exploring many more in the hours that I’m sitting in front of my computer. May Hashem bring enormous success to your work to Mechazek bnai Torah and create Achdus that will make this dor zoichid to witness the geulah!
Very truly yours,
I am writing this letter as a public declaration of Hakaras Hatov to Rabbi Shafier. Although I can only speak for myself, I am sure that many others reading this letter will share my sentiments.
It's been about 11 years since I was in Yeshiva full time and I can honestly say that being in a Beis Medrash setting cannot be duplicated. Though I've been Koveia Itim throughout the years in varying levels, I haven't necessarily felt the sense of real spiritual growth; that " I'm working on my own frumkeit" or the feeling of developing a personal relationship with Hashem.
Then I was given a CD of Rabbi Shafier's Maaser Shmuz (#52) by a friend. It was as if a light bulb went off in my head. It was immediately Mechazek me in this important and powerful Mitzvah and led me to purchase the entire set of The Shmuz cd's which I now listen to during my commute.
I now attend Rabbi Shafier's Shmuz weekly. Now, I am growing. I am developing a personal relationship with Hashem. I look more deeply at myself, my attitudes, my thought processes, my reactions. I now examine my relationship with my wife, my kids, family and friends. And, maybe most importantly, I am coming to appreciate the magnitude of each small act, because they are the stepping stones and springboards of real spiritual growth.
The act of giving someone a cd may have seemed small. The act of taking someone along with you the next time you attend the Shmuz may not seem like a big deal to you.
But it was to me.
It has and continues to change my life forever.
Thank you so much Rabbi Shafier for all that you do.