The Simple Truth
Nov20

The Simple Truth

Our Patriarch Jacob is referred to as “the perfect one.” He was so great that our nation took its name from him, Israel. He also fathered twelve sons who were each worthy enough to found his own “tribe of God.” But according to our modern definition of perfectionism, perhaps Jacob should have been nicknamed “the average one.” The Torah calls him “ish tam” (Genesis 25:27), which can be translated not only as complete or wholesome, but...

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Ask A Breslover: How Do I Be Happy?
Nov17

Ask A Breslover: How Do I Be Happy?

Q: I’m trying (in all of this mess that is my life) to be happy, but I’m finding it so difficult to even smile. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do , but I do know that I want to be happy and find happiness in all things and in every situation. A: Dear Friend, Rebbe Nachman said when you don’t have joy, fake it. He also recommended doing “milsa d’shetusa” something silly – this can be VERY important to just get you out of your...

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The Pattern Of Our Lives
Nov13

The Pattern Of Our Lives

Do you often wonder when you will finally be able to catch your breath? Do you ever say to yourself, “I thought I was finally done with these issues”? Well, life isn’t so easy after all. But this is also nothing new; in fact, Abraham had some very difficult life issues of his own. Famine: There is a famine in Canaan. Abraham is forced to leave his land and go down to Egypt where his beautiful wife, Sarah, is abducted by Pharaoh...

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Pathways: Parashat Vayeira
Nov06

Pathways: Parashat Vayeira

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive “Pathways” delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF,...

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Living “Here” & “Now”
Nov05

Living “Here” & “Now”

It was one of the greatest challenges of all time, the greatest sacrifice ever asked of a man: to offer up his own son. We often explain the difficulty of Abraham’s test according to the pain a loving father must endure in killing his beloved child; or because Abraham, being the worldwide leader of monotheistic religion, was being asked to do something that mimicked the lowliness of the pagan religions. But let us look deeper. God...

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All In Good Time
Oct29

All In Good Time

If I were to ask, “What is the secret cause of evil and sin?” what would you answer? Perhaps you would suggest lust, greed, or one of our many other base temptations. However, Reb Noson offers one basic catalyst: Time. Our Rabbis teach that the evil inclination is only influential “in its time” (Yerushalmi, Sotah 3.) Beginning with the first sin – the eating of the forbidden fruit – the great Tzaddikim erred only because they acted...

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Back to “Normal”
Oct23

Back to “Normal”

How was your Yom Tov? Mine was wonderful. First I experienced the awesome spiritual heights of being in Uman for Rosh HaShanah, then the solemn upliftedness of the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, and then eight joyous days together with my family in the sukkah. But the Sunday after was very difficult. Besides all the schlepping, like taking down the sukkah and cleaning up after Yom Tov, life was rapidly returning to “normal.”...

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Launching Breslov Campus
Oct07

Launching Breslov Campus

BreslovCampus is a FREE online learning program for people like you who want to explore the life-changing wisdom of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Along the way, the most common question you’ve been asking has been: Your books are great, but I also want to learn in person with Breslov teachers—are there any in my town? Except for a few notable exceptions, we’ve had to tell you that most Breslov teachers, including most English-speaking...

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“Holiday” Rental
Oct07

“Holiday” Rental

A Sacred Time – Tishrei #2 “Visamachta b’chagecha v’hayitah ach sameach”—“And you shall rejoice during your festivals and you shall be only joyous.” The astrological sign associated with the month of Tishrei is a balance scale—the iconic image that expresses the judgment of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, when good and bad are calibrated and the direction of the entire year is determined. The festival of Sukkot then falls out on...

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Staying Connected
Oct01

Staying Connected

As the sun begins to set, the Torah scrolls are removed from the Holy Ark. They are held close to the heart as the chazan, dressed in white and bedecked with a tallit, begins the famous chant, “Kol Nidrei, v’esarei, u’shevu’ei, vacharamei…” Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, is upon us. We will pray five prayer services and abstain from food, drink, washing or anointing our bodies, wearing leather footwear, and marital...

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Yom Kippur – A Day Of Love
Sep28

Yom Kippur – A Day Of Love

The idea of sin and atonement brings up the question of God’s role in punishing us. We often have the mistaken notion that God waits for us to slip and sin, and then coldly strikes us in an instant spur of retribution. For this reason, Yom Kippur is a dreadful day for many of us and amounts to little more than a mechanical self-defense process. In Likutey Moharan II, 66, Rebbe Nachman explains our being punished as akin to someone...

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This Year Will Be Different
Sep18

This Year Will Be Different

The summer is quickly fading away. Days are getting shorter, nights are a lot cooler and the leaves have begun their beautiful transformation. Indeed, it’s that time of year again – the “head” of the year is around the corner. On Rosh HaShanah, not only is our annual income predetermined, but our very lives hang in the balance. We say in the stirring prayer U’Netaneh Tokef: “On Rosh Hashanah will be inscribed and on Yom Kippur...

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Launching BreslovCampus.Org
Sep18

Launching BreslovCampus.Org

New Website Is Launched BreslovCampus is a FREE online learning program for people like you who want to explore the life-changing wisdom of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Along the way, the most common question you’ve been asking has been: Your books are great, but I also want to learn in person with Breslov teachers—are there any in my town? Except for a few notable exceptions, we’ve had to tell you that most Breslov teachers, including...

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Siddur & Uman Updates
Sep17

Siddur & Uman Updates

Mazel Tov! Our first even English/Hebrew Breslov Siddur has just been published in Jerusalem and is now on-route from the Holy Land. We expect to receive it in the States within the next month. As in previous years, we would like to offer you the ability to send a kvital (note) for free to the grave-site of Rebbe Nachman. Just click here to fill out our online kvital form. Our Uman Sefer Torah campaign is successfully underway. We...

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The Promise of Victory
Sep11

The Promise of Victory

Are you happy with your life? Do you feel like you’ve always made the right choices and are proud of everything you’ve done? If you could turn back the clock, would you do everything the same way? Or maybe you wouldn’t mind getting a fresh start or at least a partial reset? Preparing for Rosh HaShanah, the Day of Judgment, involves a great deal of introspection. (If you haven’t started yet, now may be a good time!) Naturally, as we...

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Pathways: Parashat Ki Teitzei
Sep04

Pathways: Parashat Ki Teitzei

“Pathways” is a weekly Torah publication exploring the festivals and parsha, published by BRI. To receive “Pathways” delivered straight to your email box, simply use the sign-up form on the right column of breslov.org. Download (PDF,...

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