Dvar Torah for Sukkot
Sep17

Dvar Torah for Sukkot

Based on Rabbi Nachman’s Stories, The Exchanged Children, #11 (pp.251-62) The true prince and the son of the maidservant, unaware of each other’s identity, become companions while lost in a terrifying forest. While searching for his cattle the prince finds a sack of bread. He then meets a forest man. When the prince meets up with his companion, the latter begs him for bread. The prince counters that in the wilderness nothing is as...

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Jewish Meditation In 7 Steps
Jul28

Jewish Meditation In 7 Steps

Jewish Meditation in 7 Steps – Quick & Easy Rebbe Nachman’s path to Chassidic Meditation or Hitbodedut can be challenging for many people just starting out. Oftentimes people complain that an hour is just too difficult to find in their day. Reb Ozer Bergman suggests the following 7 step easy approach to Jewish Meditation:   Set a time during the day when you know you will be alone and fully available for just one...

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Ask A Breslover: Drawing Shabat Into The Week
Jan25

Ask A Breslover: Drawing Shabat Into The Week

Q: I was wondering if you could help me understand the concept of “drawing the holiness of Shabbos into the days of the week.” What does this mean? How is it done? Thanks. A: Thanks for your important – and extremely practical — question.  The holiness of Shabbos is manifested in a number of ways — e.g., the special foods we eat, clothes we wear in her honor — but the essence of Shabbos is something...

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I Lit the Chanukah Candles. Now What?
Dec06

I Lit the Chanukah Candles. Now What?

OK. I lit the Chanukah candles. Now what? One of the many beautiful things I like about Chanukah, is that it’s so easy. Don’t have to build a sukkah, get rid of all my cake and bourbon during pre-Pesach cleaning, try to stay awake all night as on Shavuot. I don’t even have to worry about a possible hangover as happens to some the day after Purim. Just show up and light a candle. Even I can do that! But in some ways, for some people,...

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What I’m Thankful For
Dec05

What I’m Thankful For

Eight—count ’em, 8!—days of Chanukah, the Jewish holiday dedicated to thanksgiving. Of course, we give thanks all year long, at least three times a day (morning, noon and night), usually more, but Chanukah and on Chanukah, it‘s all about giving thanks. Being thankful, saying “thank you” and living thankful is not just polite and more than being friendly and considerate. Rebbe Nachman zl teaches that giving thanks is what the World to...

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How does one convert to Breslov Judaism?
Nov20

How does one convert to Breslov Judaism?

Question: “How does one convert to Breslov Judaism?” Answer: Shalom T! First, one must convert to Judaism through an Orthodox Jewish beit-din (religious court) according to standard halakhic (Jewish law) procedures and standards. (Please do not ask us how to do that! This is not our area of expertise nor our field. Kindly do a Google search to find contacts and information.) Once that happens, one is free to affiliate with...

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Why: “Remove His glory from the other nations?”
Nov19

Why: “Remove His glory from the other nations?”

Question: “How come Moshe asks G-d to remove His glory from the other nations as a way of singleing out Israe’s unique character? Isn’t it better for other nations to have a greater connection to G-D?” Answer: Shalom G! As I understand the Rashbam (on Exodus 33:16), Moshe Rabbeinu’s request is not only Jews vis-a-vis Nations of the World, but also Moshe Rabbeinu vis-a-vis the Jewish people. The point of...

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Solving the Shidduch/Marriage Crisis!
Nov09

Solving the Shidduch/Marriage Crisis!

Bashert Is Bashert   “[Avraham] said to the senior servant … ‘Go to my native land, to my birthplace, and obtain a wife for my son Isaac.’ ‘But what if the girl does not want to come back with me to this land?’ asked the servant” (Genesis 24:2-5).   Just in case some review is necessary, let’s start with this. Bashert is the Yiddish word for “destiny” or “destined.” For example, a newly-engaged couple is often told, “You two are so...

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Treat Her Right
Oct26

Treat Her Right

Dvar Torah for Parshat Lekh Lekha Treat Her Right Abram said to Sarai, “Please say that you are my achot (sister), so that it will go well for me for your sake, and through you I will live” (Genesis 12:13). For those of us who are new at this, and for those of us who may need a reminder: our holy Torah is many, many things at one and the same time. So a story about a man and a woman who lived a few thousand years ago in ancient...

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Let The Feast Begin – In A Minute
Aug09

Let The Feast Begin – In A Minute

“When you eat and are satisfied, you must bless God … for the good land He has given you” (Deuteronomy 8:10). Rebbe Nachman said that if a person doesn’t make it a practice to ask God for his material needs—food, clothing, shelter, income, health—then even if God provides him with everything, he is living like an animal. Even though he doesn’t ask, God provides for him (Psalms 147:9). (The young ravens crying for help at the end of...

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Why We Should Cry
Jul25

Why We Should Cry

“For these things do I weep, my eyes flow with tears. Any comforter who might revive my spirit is far from me. My children are forlorn, for the enemy has prevailed” (Lamentations 1:16). Rebbe Nachman taught: The past is gone; our Holy Temple has burned down. Now, when God anticipates returning to us and rebuilding the Temple, it’s only right that we shouldn’t cause any delay. We should take care to rise at midnight to mourn the...

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Suicide? No, thanks.
Jul23

Suicide? No, thanks.

Suicide? No, thanks. I prefer Torah. I can’t tell you any statistics about how many people do or don’t ever think about committing suicide, or plan or attempt it. And anyway, it would be beside the point. We know suicide is bad. First of all, the family, friends and even acquaintances of the suicide feel guilt, remorse etc. The dead person may think that he won’t suffer anymore, but we Jews believe that suicide is a crime against God...

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Keep On Truckin’ – We’re Goin’ Home
Jul18

Keep On Truckin’ – We’re Goin’ Home

“Moshe wrote their goings out for their journeying at the word of God” (Numbers 33:2). Trick question: What is the opposite of sinat chinam (baseless hatred)? If you said ahavat chinam (baseless love), you’re wrong. There is no such thing. If there were, it would mean loving even the most vile, violent, cruel and deadly human animals that ever disgraced the planet and mankind. There is no such mitzvah. What is the opposite of sinat...

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Ask A Breslover: Which Questions Are OK To Ask?
Jul17

Ask A Breslover: Which Questions Are OK To Ask?

Q: The Rebbe speaks many times in Sichot HaRan (Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom) about not learning Sifrei Hamachakrim (philosophical works) or thinking about such questions. The Rebbe also writes in Torah 62 that questions that have answers to them a person must answer. What are the two types of questions the Rebbe speaks about? A: Simply put, the two types of questions come from two stages of Creation. Those which originate from the...

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Ask A Breslover: Was Likutey Moharan Written Through Prophecy?
Jul16

Ask A Breslover: Was Likutey Moharan Written Through Prophecy?

Q: How did R’ Nachman write Likutey Moharan? Was it through prophecy, or based on the teachings of the Zohar, or something else? A: Rebbe Nachman’s teachings are based on the Written Torah (TaNaKh) and Oral Torah (Talmud, Midrash, Zohar), both the revealed and esoteric (Zohar, Kabbalah). The combination of Rebbe Nachman’s genius and tremendous purity (kedushah v’taharah) is so powerful and astounding, that is...

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Ask A Breslover: Why Did the Uman Kedoshim Need A Tikkun?
Jul15

Ask A Breslover: Why Did the Uman Kedoshim Need A Tikkun?

Q: If the 1000s of Jews in Uman were masaquered why did they require a tikun? A: Although the reward dying al kiddush Hashem is extraordinarily great, it does not necessarily mean that a neshamah had fixed everything it needed to. For even if a neshamah fixed what it needed for itself, it may not have finished the work it needed to for other neshamot that were connected to it. Additionally, even if the kedoshim were fully ready to go,...

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