Sunday, November 16, 2014

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Our 10th Year Blog-a-versary

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Welcome to Mystical Paths, a blog about Judaism, Emunah - Faith, Chassidus, Kabbalah, Jewish End of Days Prophecies, Secrets & Mysteries of G-d and the Soul, living the mystical each day and connecting to G-d.

We’ve been blogging for 10 years! 

-> During this time we’ve touched a lot of people, helped some with their emunah (faith) and feeling good about yiddishkeit (Judaism), upset a few (hopefully just a few), impacted the Jewish world, helped some find a good path, raised money for charity, and helped a few in needy and emergency situations. 

-> We’ve received some notes of appreciation, a few insults, a couple of very nasty and scary threats, one or two legal claims, over 15,000 comments, and been spoken to by security authorities.

-> Through these years our bloggers have raised their children, made aliyah (moved to Israel), there was a divorce, been accused of a crime (we’re innocent we tell you! no convictions), had children get into all sorts of trouble, some very serious, and had them survive and grow past it (thank G-d).  Some of those troubles and challenges we’ve shared, and some we’ve suffered silently while working to keep a positive outlook and positive message on the blog.

-> Our bloggers have started a yeshiva, started one synagogue and saved another. We’ve helped people with halachic (religious law) queries and problems, helped people make the right religious contacts, and even helped release several agunot.  Our bloggers have become rabbis, synagogue presidents, treasurers, and gabbais at different times while blogging over the years.

-> Some of our readers were influenced on the path of teshuva (repentance or returning/reconnecting with G-d), helped onto a path of emunah (faith), a few were influenced in deciding to make aliyah (moving to Israel), or on the path to become Bnei Noach (followers of the 7 universal mitzvot of Noah). 

-> We’ve had over 4,000,000 visitors, and over 1,500,000 Youtube video views or podcast listens (though most of that was Reb Gutman’s videos that have gone viral). 

-> We’ve streamcasted (live), podcasted (audio talks / MP3), and video’d, including the first ever internet video of Breslev hidbodedut by a Breslev Tzadik in the field.  We’ve published on the web, via email, by RSS (feed reader), on the Kindle, and by audio reader for the visually impaired.

-> We’ve live-blogged Lag B’Omer in Meron (before it was popular), Erev Rosh Hashana in Uman, and events in Jerusalem.  We’ve shared unique and sometimes one of a kind pictures of holy sites including the Ari in Safed, Rashbi in Meron, the Rambam in Tiberius, just to name a few, besides many pictures of the beauty of the Holy Land of Israel.  A few of those pictures were picked up by Wikipedia, and a few grabbed to turn into posters and sell (we’ll call it unauthorized borrowing).

-> We’ve discussed Kabbalah, Torah, Chassidus, Emunah, Biblical Prophecy (Jewish style), International Politics and Event Alignment with Prophecies, Moshiach, Morality, and Israel.

-> We’ve had a few of our articles picked up by the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the OU Magazine.  We’ve had more than some of our articles “borrowed” by other blogs without attribution, a few of our photos grabbed and used by Jewish magazines – at least one used as a COVER picture, all without attribution, but that’s part of the way things are with the internet and we can’t say we’ve been perfect tzaddikim in this area – we haven’t.

-> Our articles have been read worldwide, though mostly in the US, Israel, Canada, Australia, UK, and South Africa, with occasional readers from China, India, and even Saudi Arabia!

-> In this time we’ve published 5,611 articles, an average of 1 1/2 articles per day for 10 years.

It’s been an enormous amount of time and effort, and we’re definitely not in it for the monetary profit (since there is none!) 

We hope you’ve found something here inspiring, or at least interesting.

Although independent blogging seems to be declining (you can read us directly on Facebook here), we’re continuing to do what we do in the hopes of making the world a little bit brighter place.

Thank you for reading.  It’s been a privilege having you as an audience for the last ten years.  We never know what tomorrow may hold, G-d willing the coming of Moshiach tzidkaynu, or G-d forbid our task may be done.  We’ve grown older while blogging, our beards turning from black to grey.  If we merit to do so, we hope to continue trying to inspire for a while longer, and maybe even a while after that.  And if not, for nobody knows if they have tomorrow, we hope we’ve used this tool for a good purpose and brought a few good words of Torah and Hashem to the far corners of the world, and that that has had some positive value.

Thanks for stopping by…

Reb Akiva of Mystical Paths – mpaths.com

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3 comments:

Bat Aliyah said...

Just want to say thanks for the work you do. I often get a spiritual uplift reading your blog. May you continue blogging until we witness the geula together.

Josh said...

I want to thank Reb Akiva for hanging in there and for managing to keep my attention for all these years while other bloggers have stopped blogging, become boring, or moved to Facebook.

yaak said...

Mazal Tov, Akiva!

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