Leaving the Frat Boys Behind
Apr16

Leaving the Frat Boys Behind

Recently I read an abysmal statistic. According to a 2014 PEW Research Center study, the US marriage rate is at a 93-year low! Just about half of the adult population is not married. While there are various opinions seeking to explain why the rate keeps dropping, one of the most popular suggestions is that many young men would prefer to remain in the “frat boy” stage and aren’t at all interested in investing in a serious, demanding...

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Let Pesach Set You Free
Mar26

Let Pesach Set You Free

Of all the Jewish holidays, Pesach resonates especially well in America and other democratic societies. These societies can identify with the Jewish people in Egypt, enslaved and oppressed by a dominant race, who overcame their persecutors to live as a free nation. President Obama himself expressed this sentiment a few years ago during his weekly address at Passover time: “In America, the Passover story has always had special meaning....

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Virtual Shabbat
Mar12

Virtual Shabbat

Nowadays, everyone talks about the value of a healthy psyche. Newspapers and magazines are filled with advertisements for various mental techniques and services. Some of these ads claim their services will deliver success in business, while others promise better relationships and a happy marriage. Yet others claim that a positive mindset is the key to longevity and overcoming disease. All agree that the mind is an extremely powerful...

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Happy All Year Round
Feb26

Happy All Year Round

The anticipation has been growing for some time. The short, cold, dreary winter days, which reflect our deep spiritual slumber, are just about behind us. I recall traveling to Florida one January and being elated upon seeing some bugs and lizards crawling on the sidewalk. The vibrancy of life is so refreshing. Thankfully, the day Rebbe Nachman called “the beginning of all beginnings” – Purim – is about to begin. What inhibits us from...

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Master of Deception
Feb12

Master of Deception

Undoubtedly you’ve heard this story: one of the world’s foremost journalists, someone millions of people rely on to keep them informed about world events, has been accused of fabricating news stories. I think this shocks us because it begs an all-important question: “What is reality and what is nothing but a Hollywood production?” And: “How many other things have the media and other trusted agencies fed us that are total...

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In The Know
Jan29

In The Know

Knowledge, wisdom, education … these are the cornerstones of a typical Jewish upbringing. Almost as soon as a Jewish baby is born, his or her parents have already established a college fund. This reminds me of a joke: A Jewish mother is walking down the street with her two little boys. A passerby sees the children and remarks, “What adorable children you have. How old are they?” The proud mother replies, “The doctor is seven and...

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Striking It Rich
Jan21

Striking It Rich

What if I told you that I know the secret to accumulating wealth? I bet you’d want to be my friend. Doesn’t the prospect of gaining this elusive knowledge get you a tad bit excited? But what if I told you that it’s available to each of us? Impossible, you might say. But that would be your mistake. God promised Abraham that his children would descend to Egypt as slaves, but would eventually be redeemed with great wealth. In fact, this...

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Getting The Message
Jan15

Getting The Message

Negative emotions are extremely powerful and often completely debilitating. In fact, nothing has the ability to stunt our spiritual growth and life satisfaction like negativity. It’s essential for us to take the initiative to learn about ourselves and evaluate our reactions when dealing with such emotions. With Rebbe Nachman’s guidance, we can transform these emotions into great tools. Let’s deal with fear. Like everything else in the...

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Good To Go!
Jan08

Good To Go!

Do I deserve to be redeemed? Do I deserve to be saved by God? We often ask ourselves this question, whether consciously or subconsciously. Consider: The average person has 60,000 thoughts a day. Shockingly, 95 percent of them are repeated daily and 80 percent of those thoughts are negative. We tend to judge ourselves overwhelmingly negatively, and that’s why we can question whether we are worthy of God’s attention and ultimate...

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Chaim Kramer Video: Reb Noson’s Life
Jan01

Chaim Kramer Video: Reb Noson’s Life

Chaim talks about the incredible life story of Rebbe Nachman’s main disciple – Reb Noson. Learn how he single-handedly perpetuated Breslov Chassidus and insured its continued growth until the coming of the Mashiach. Understand why preserving Rebbe Nachman’s legacy was so critical to Reb Noson and why the Rebbe’s message is absolutely vital to each of us until today. For live classes, visit BreslovCampus.org....

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How Do We Redeem Ourselves?
Jan01

How Do We Redeem Ourselves?

I woke up this morning after another restless night. With an achy back, stuffy nose and aggressive cough, I wished I could stay in bed under the warm covers. After getting dressed and finally getting all the kids on their way, I opened the front door and was besieged by the freezing cold wind. I got into my frost-covered car and waited patiently as it heated up. Couldn’t I live in a nice, warm climate, or at least be able to take some...

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Light in the Darkness
Dec25

Light in the Darkness

Sunday, December 21, was the official “winter solstice” – aka the shortest day of the year. Although summer isn’t quite yet around the corner, we have already lived through the greatest darkness. It was no coincidence that this took place during Chanukah. At the end of the month of Kislev, as the moon is at its smallest phase and the nights are so very long, we dared to light the menorah and demonstrate that God’s light is with us,...

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Hear My Personal Story – Yossi Katz
Dec16

Hear My Personal Story – Yossi Katz

Wishing you Chanukah Sameach! As you know, we’re in the final days of 2014, a year in which your support was crucial to helping BRI accomplish vital projects. Some of these include: Creating BreslovCampus.org—the world’s first, live, free, online Breslov yeshiva! We went live with our first semester with five incredible courses—and we had over 500 enrolled in our program! Distributing Breslov books to Israeli soldiers (and their...

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Mission Impossible
Dec11

Mission Impossible

It’s literally the world’s oldest argument. Before Creation, God consulted with the angels, asking their opinion of His new enterprise. They argued against it: “What is man that You should remember him?” (Psalms 8:5). When God desired to give us His holy Torah, once again the angels countered, “Leave the Torah with us and we will properly honor and cherish it!” (Shabbat 88b). Thank goodness, God chose not to side with them then,...

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Th Silver Lining
Dec06

Th Silver Lining

When it rains, it pours. It often happens this way: first you have one problem, then another comes up, then a third… Before you know it, you feel completely overburdened, as if you can’t even breathe. You imagine all of the world’s issues being lumped together and heaped on your shoulders. But it gets even worse. Our typical reaction to feeling overwhelmed is to hibernate in a state of utter disconnect. We cut ourselves off from...

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The Rebbe’s Letter
Nov27

The Rebbe’s Letter

Every week, a few Breslov friends and I get together to discuss life in the light of Rebbe Nachman’s teachings. Recently, while schmoozing, one friend asked the following question: “Which Breslov teaching would you choose to share with a close friend who has yet to taste from the wellsprings of Rebbe Nachman’s Torah?” There seemed to be an almost unanimous agreement, something odd for a group of Chassidim who are each so unique. The...

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