Time to Rebuild  – Shabbat Nachamu
Aug21

Time to Rebuild – Shabbat Nachamu

If someone were to curse and totally demean you, wouldn’t it seem strange if he told you moments later how great he is going to make you? Well then, take a look at what’s going on: First, the prophet Amos informs us that God compares the Jews to Cushites, saying, “Are you not like the [...]

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Sadness That Leads To Joy
Aug10

Sadness That Leads To Joy

Tisha B’Av is often called the saddest day of the Jewish year. It commemorates so many tragedies, including the destruction of both Holy Temples, the Spanish Inquisition and European pogroms. On Tisha B’Av, we sit on the floor and weep as we remember everything that was lost, and recite many special prayers that bring us [...]

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A Home for G-d – The Three Weeks
Aug04

A Home for G-d – The Three Weeks

What if the Nine Days could be an exciting time of year? I don’t mean a time of partying and celebration, but more along the lines of a meaningful time that we feel grateful for having experienced. Not only does this opportunity exist, but this was certainly the intent of our Sages when they established [...]

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Should We Laugh Or Cry? – Parshat Pinchas
Jul31

Should We Laugh Or Cry? – Parshat Pinchas

When I think of the summer, I imagine people reclining on golden, sandy beaches, letting the cool waves wash up against their feet. They have no worries at all, just lots of time to relax and enjoy. The Jewish calendar is our spiritual compass; it points us in the direction we should be heading. Just [...]

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Know Where You Stand – Parshat Balak
Jul31

Know Where You Stand – Parshat Balak

Have you heard about the great “celebration” that takes place this month? You are probably dreadfully eyeing Sunday’s fast and the start of the Three Weeks of mourning, and wondering what in the world I am referring to. While describing this month of Tamuz, Rebbe Nachman teaches: “The first letters of ‘Zikhru Torat Moshe (Remember [...]

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Look For Your Good Point
Jul14

Look For Your Good Point

There once was a man who used to visit Rebbe Nachman whenever he came to Breslov. But after his fortune turned and he became wealthy, he no longer had time to visit the Rebbe. Once, while he was rushing around Breslov on business, Rebbe Nachman saw him and called him in. “Did you glance at [...]

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The Breslov Research Institute Mourns The Passing of Elie Wiesel
Jul04

The Breslov Research Institute Mourns The Passing of Elie Wiesel

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Prof. Elie Wiesel. Elie was one of the most well-known people to introduce Rebbe Nachman to the English speaking world. He wrote much about Rebbe Nachman and his teachings, and also lectured on Rebbe Nachman at Boston University. I had the privilege of meeting [...]

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Now It’s Your Turn – Uman For Women
May05

Now It’s Your Turn – Uman For Women

Every Rosh Hashanah men from around the world gather to be with Rebbe Nachman. They bond with each other and forge deep connections with the Tzaddik. Now it’s your turn!   Join history-in-the-making this summer and travel with The First Breslov Research Institute Women’s Mission to Uman June 22 through June 27* The BRI Women’s Mission [...]

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One Day at a Time
Apr14

One Day at a Time

“The Architect of the world never does the same thing twice. Every day is an entirely new creation” – Reb Noson of Breslov People like to say, “Today is a new day.” There’s an incredible amount of wisdom in that expression. That’s because we have a tendency to view time as one complete unit, and [...]

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Watch: Defeat Your Inner Amalek
Mar23

Watch: Defeat Your Inner Amalek

Rebbe Nachman of Breslov tells us: Never give up! But sometimes, the Amelek that dwells within pushes us to the brink. “Life’s just too hard,” we tell ourselves. The Purim story is an object-lesson in overcoming our inner-Amalek, that voice of sluggishness, doubt, and fear. Queen Esther overcame Haman, Amalek’s descendant, and you can too. [...]

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The Greatest Miracle
Mar17

The Greatest Miracle

Purim is the greatest Jewish holiday! How do I know? The Kabbalah says that Yom Kippur, or as it’s sometimes spelled out in full, Yom HaKiPURIM can be read as “the day that is like Purim” (Tikkuney Zohar #57b) The Midrash explains, “Even though all other holidays will be annulled in the future with the [...]

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Take It Easy
Mar04

Take It Easy

Do you ever feel like you’re “busy doing nothing”? Do you sometimes work endlessly and yet have the distinct sense that you haven’t really accomplished much of anything? We all experience those days from time to time, and as difficult as they are, they allude to the incredible possibility that the exact opposite experience is [...]

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One Good Eye
Feb26

One Good Eye

It was finally Friday afternoon, almost time for Shabbat and some long overdue rest. Jerry had returned from a long overseas business trip and hadn’t been at his familiar seat in shul for several weeks. As the men filed in for the Minchah service, Jerry was greeted by the Rabbi with a hearty “Shalom Aleichem.” [...]

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Distance Is An Illusion
Feb11

Distance Is An Illusion

“The essence of God’s greatness is that the very person who is most distant from Him can and should serve Him… There is a common misconception among young people that this principle does not apply to them, for a person may think he has too deeply tainted himself and has done too much wrong. But [...]

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Get Smart
Feb05

Get Smart

As I’m sitting in the airport terminal waiting for my flight home, I can’t help but notice the incredible amount of technology being used all around me. Just about every person is browsing on a smartphone, tablet or laptop. These devices are our connection to the internet and to a vast “web” of information about [...]

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The Tzaddik At My Side
Jan28

The Tzaddik At My Side

Yitro and Moshe could not have been more different from one another. There has never been a man as great as Moshe. On three separate occasions, Moshe ascended to Heaven for forty days and forty nights. He neither ate nor slept, and had no physical wants or needs to look after while he was there [...]

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