Reaching The 50th Gate: Week 2
Apr23

Reaching The 50th Gate: Week 2

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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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,...

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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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How Does Rebbe Nachman Speak To Me?
Jan22

How Does Rebbe Nachman Speak To Me?

At first glance it doesn’t seem possible. How can the words of a 19th-century Chassidic master from a small town in the Ukraine speak to people living in the 21st?century metropolises of the Western world? What does Rebbe Nachman know of the modern age—its scientific and technological breakthroughs; its advances in medicine, genetic engineering and telecommunications; its phenomena of global interdependence and cyber­ terrorism? If...

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How does Rebbe Nachman speak to me?
Oct25

How does Rebbe Nachman speak to me?

At first glance it doesn’t seem possible. How can the words of a 19th-century Chassidic master from a small town in the Ukraine speak to people living in the 21st?century metropolises of the Western world? What does Rebbe Nachman know of the modern age—its scientific and technological breakthroughs; its advances in medicine, genetic engineering and telecommunications; its phenomena of global interdependence and cyber­ terrorism? If...

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What is Joy?
Jul23

What is Joy?

Rebbe Nachman teaches: It is a great mitzvah to be happy always.  Strengthen yourself to push aside all depression and sadness. Everyone has lots of problems and the nature of man is to be attracted to sadness. To escape these difficulties, constantly bring joy into your life—even if you have to resort to silliness (Likutey Moharan II, 24). You’d think that being told to be happy is superfluous. Who doesn’t know this? Is it really...

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Video: Why Uman?
Jul18

Video: Why Uman?

Video of Chaim...

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True Humility
Jun17

True Humility

Look how hard we work and pray to attain mochin d’gadlut (an expanded awareness of God). Then, because we think that humility requires our seeing ourselves as nothing, we submit to katnut (a constricted awareness of God) and insignificance (Likutey Moharan II, 22). Humility does not mean walking around with your head down, feeling depressed and dejected. It does not mean thinking of yourself as small and of no value. The only way to...

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Thanks One and all (Updated)
May30

Thanks One and all (Updated)

My daughter’s surgery is now over and went well. Thanks so much for all of your prayers. ___________________ My wife had her surgery yesterday and barukh HaShem it was successful. We have to wait 10-14 days for full biopsy report but everything looks fine as of now. Thank Y, the One HaShem for Your kindness and thank you all for your prayers, concern and compassion. May HaShem bless you all with good health, financial success...

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Dear Friend – Help Pray (UPDATED)
May26

Dear Friend – Help Pray (UPDATED)

When Reb Noson’s followers asked him how they should pray for him, he replied: “Mention the merits I had in producing Rebbe Nachman’s works.” In the past thirty-four years of publishing Rebbe Nachman’s teachings, I’ve met many, many people who have sacrificed a lot to help produce these works. But, to my knowledge, no one has sacrificed as much as my wife, GITA GINENDEL bat ZIPPORAH, since our...

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Chaim Kramer Video: Likutey Moharan on Shavuot Advanced
May07

Chaim Kramer Video: Likutey Moharan on Shavuot Advanced

Advanced Likutey Moharan Shiur given in Lakewood, NJ about Shavuot. Date: 5/5/2013...

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What Is Our Potential?
Apr09

What Is Our Potential?

Everyone has potential. Enormous potential. When we develop our potential, we can transform it into great deeds and accomplishments. We can live a life of contentment. Our days will be filled with  substance. Work, leisure time and all our daily routines can take on meaningful expression. What exactly is our potential? Potential is a unique energy granted to each and every person by God Himself, and it resides within each person’s...

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Simplifying Our Lives
Apr07

Simplifying Our Lives

Rebbe Nachman remarked: “My achievements came mainly through simplicity. I spent much time simply conversing with God and reciting the Psalms”….The Rebbe yearned to serve God like the simple, common people. He often said, “Ay! Ay! SIMPLICITY!” (Rabbi Nachman’s Wisdom #154). The Rebbe wanted us to make every attempt to simplify our lives and our devotions to God. Thus, Reb Noson wrote: The Rebbe’s desire was for us to serve God...

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Chaim Kramer Video: Navigating Life’s Difficulties
Mar04
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