Dedicate A Torah For Uman
Aug25

Dedicate A Torah For Uman

Rebbe Nachman made an unprecedented promise: “Whoever comes to my grave, recites the Ten Chapters of Psalms and gives something to charity, I will extend myself the length and breadth of Creation for him; by his peyot (sidelocks), I will pull him out of Gehinnom!” For this reason, the Breslov Research BRI has pioneered bringing English speakers travel to Uman to be with Rebbe Nachman for Rosh Hashanah. And to help make this...

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I’m So Hungry!
Aug04

I’m So Hungry!

Rebbe Nachman explains that the true tzaddik is the true beauty and grace of the world. This tzaddik represents the luminaries of light which illumine a person’s mind and path throughout life. Conversely, there are luminaries of fire, which consume a person’s life with false paths and devotions and steer the person away from God. As the Rebbe explains, the tzaddik is the light which illumines the Temple and all that it...

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Chaim Kramer Audio: Taking A Leap Forward
Jun24

Chaim Kramer Audio: Taking A Leap Forward

On Thursday, June 19th, 2014 – Reb Chaim spoke at the Lakewood Shtible. He spoke about how Likutey Halachot is the most amazing book and also about how Rebbe Nachman teaches us how to take the next leap forward. Enjoy!...

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Free National Teleconference: Listen to the Recording
Jun18

Free National Teleconference: Listen to the Recording

Update: Almost 100 people dialed into our first national teleconference. We received a great number of questions as well. We are happy to present the recording and Q&A to you. Please stay tuned for future teleconferences. The topic was: “Rebbe Nachman is relevant and essential in our lives today.”...

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Reaching The 50th Gate: The Finale-Malchut
May30

Reaching The 50th Gate: The Finale-Malchut

Malkhut The Light of Faith and Prayer Malkhut translates as kingship and implies authority, similar to that of a monarch who wields power over his domain. In a deeper sense, Malkhut represents the Authority of God. As mentioned earlier (see p. 59), Malkhut is the vessel that manifests the Light of Keter. God’s Light originates at such a lofty level that we are unable to access it; it must be filtered down through all Ten Sefirot until...

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The U.S.-Israel Connection
May29

The U.S.-Israel Connection

Rabbi Zvi Aryeh Rosenfeld, a pioneering Breslov educator who spread Rebbe Nachman’s teachings in North America beginning in the 1940s, had a very deep love for the Land of Israel. While he reached out to Jews who were distant from God and taught many adults and children the basics of Torah and mitzvot, he would always try to strengthen his connection with the Holy Land. In addition to traveling to Israel over 50 times, he collected...

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Reaching The 50th Gate: Week 6 – Yesod
May25

Reaching The 50th Gate: Week 6 – Yesod

The Light of Foundation and Righteousness – Yesod translates as foundation and corresponds to the male reproductive organ. Explaining this connection, the Kabbalah refers to Yesod as Chai Olamim (Life of the Worlds) (Zohar I, 193b). Life—because Yesod serves the very essence and purpose of life, and also because it is said to be “alive” (that is, instrumental in bringing forth life). Worlds—because Yesod sparks the interaction...

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Stories of Breslov Elders: The Silent Partner
May13

Stories of Breslov Elders: The Silent Partner

Reb Chaim Krassenstein of Kharkhov (a city in eastern Ukraine) was a Breslover chassid who lived in Russia before the Communist Revolution. Reb Chaim was a successful manufacturer, and his business made him quite wealthy. In the beginning he tithed his income, but as his wealth grew, he began to give 20% to charity. He would either send it to Uman (where the largest Breslov community lived at that time), or he would bring it there...

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Reaching The 50th Gate: Week 4 & 5 – Netzach & Hod
May11

Reaching The 50th Gate: Week 4 & 5 – Netzach & Hod

We have now entered the fourth week of the seven-week Omer counting period. The weeks between Pesach and Shavuot each represent one of God’s seven attributes, by emulating these characteristics, we are able to prepare ourselves for the spiritual mastery necessary for receiving the Torah on Sinai. Netzach & Hod (Victory & Majesty) The Light of Attachment As the energy of the upper Sefirot is channeled into ever more...

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I Give, You Give
Apr24

I Give, You Give

The legendary Polish Breslover chassid and tzaddik, R’ Ben-Zion Apter, lost his entire family during the Holocaust. Somehow he survived and immigrated to Israel, where he was a favored guest in the courts of many great Chassidic rebbes. In his later years, he would go to weddings and other celebrations to collect money for the poor, even though he lived in dire poverty himself. A skilled badchan (wedding entertainer), R’ Ben-Zion...

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Reaching The 50th Gate: Week 2 (UPDATED)
Apr23

Reaching The 50th Gate: Week 2 (UPDATED)

We have now entered the second week of the seven-week Omer counting period. The weeks between Pesach and Shavuot each represent one of God’s seven attributes, by emulating these characteristics, we are able to prepare ourselves for the spiritual mastery necessary for receiving the Torah on Sinai. Gevurah – Part 1 Chesed represents giving. What happens, though, if the beneficence is too much and cannot be handled  properly...

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Reaching The 50th Gate: Week 3 – Beauty
Apr20

Reaching The 50th Gate: Week 3 – Beauty

We have now entered the third week of the seven-week Omer counting period. The weeks between Pesach and Shavuot each represent one of God’s seven attributes, by emulating these characteristics, we are able to prepare ourselves for the spiritual mastery necessary for receiving the Torah on Sinai. Tiferet Tiferet translates as beauty and represents the harmony and truth that can, and do, illuminate our lives. The Hebrew word...

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Respect For All
Apr09

Respect For All

During the years of persecution that Reb Noson and his followers endured, Reb Noson’s opponents in the town of Breslov arranged for the local authorities to set up a boot factory to supply an army unit stationed nearby. The site they chose for the factory was Reb Noson’s house. In the weeks before Pesach, a group of non-Jewish workers converted the main room into a workshop, filling it with foul-smelling hides. There they worked and...

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The Shadchan’s Chair – Finding Your Soulmate
Mar26

The Shadchan’s Chair – Finding Your Soulmate

What is a good match? Who makes a good mate? How, when and where does one find a marriage partner? And why should this be so difficult? The Midrash asks similar questions: A Princess once asked Rabbi Yosi ben Chalafta, “In how many days did G-d create the world?” “In six days,” he answered. “Well, what has He been doing since then?” “Making matches!” Rabbi Yosi answered. The Princess laughed and said, “That is His profession? I can do...

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Video: Chaim Kramer Purim Message 2014
Mar01

Video: Chaim Kramer Purim Message 2014

Chaim Kramer Purim Message 2014. Given in Lakewood, NJ

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Hitbodedut & Jewish Meditation: How To
Jan24

Hitbodedut & Jewish Meditation: How To

How? Set aside time each day to meditate in a room or in the fields. While there, speak out whatever is in your heart, with words of grace and supplication. These words should be in the language you normally speak, so that you will be able to express yourself as clearly as possible. When you entreat God in the language you are used to, the words are closer to your heart and will therefore flow more easily (Likutey Moharan II, 25)....

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