Why Do We Sin?
Aug27

Why Do We Sin?

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Elul is upon us, and considering that we are seriously aspiring to engage in teshuvah (return to God), it may be high time to ask this fundamental question. You’re probably thinking the simple answer is that we sin because we just don’t care, or at least we lack sufficient interest to do what the Torah deems proper. Wrong! Shockingly, Reb Noson says that the majority of our wrongdoing actually comes...

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What Is Elul?
Aug24

What Is Elul?

For those who have studied in Yeshiva, just the sound of the word Elul is enough to send a chill down your spine. It is said that in the days of old, when the month of Elul was announced in communities throughout Europe (on the proceeding Shabbat), many would faint from fear. If one takes a quick glance at the laws and customs pertaining to Elul, we learn we should recite more Tehilim, refrain from certain activities that although...

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Striking It Rich!
Aug21

Striking It Rich!

Wealth is something that most people spend their days dreaming about. But how does one actually become wealthy? In 1999 the executive chairman of Google (then the CEO of Novell), Eric Schmidt, said in an interview with Forbes: “Lots of people who are smart and work hard and play by the rules don’t have a fraction of what I have.” Schmidt acknowledged that the scale of inequality generated by the new wealth “makes me uncomfortable.”...

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This Way to the Treasure
Aug14

This Way to the Treasure

A man once dreamed that there was a great treasure under a bridge in Vienna. He traveled to Vienna and stood near the bridge, trying to figure out what to do. He did not dare search for the treasure by day, because of the many people who were there. An officer passed by and asked, “What are you doing, standing here and contemplating?” The man decided that it would be best to tell the whole story and ask for help, hoping that [the...

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Send A Spiritual Protective Edge To An IDF Soldier
Aug10

Send A Spiritual Protective Edge To An IDF Soldier

A few days ago, we were contacted by the amazing people at NuCampaign.org. They give out t-shirts to the soldiers with a messages printed on them expressing our love and appreciation for their remarkable service. Sown inside of them is a line from Psalms – “Shamereini Keyl Ki Chasisi Vach” – “Protect me God, for I take refuge in You”. They realized that this was the first verse in Rebbe Nachman’s Tikkun HaKlali and decided that...

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Pathways: Parashat VaEtchanan
Aug07

Pathways: Parashat VaEtchanan

“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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Time to Rebuild
Aug07

Time to Rebuild

If someone were to curse and totally demean you,wouldn’t it seem strange if they told you moments later how great they are 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 children of the Cushites to me, O children of Israel?” (Amos 9:7) Comparing us to Cushites wasn’t exactly a compliment. The Cushites...

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Breslov Tisha B’Av Message
Aug05

Breslov Tisha B’Av Message

A king once told his prime minister, who was also his good friend, “I see in the stars that whoever eats any grain that grows this year will go mad. What is your advice?” The prime minister replied, “We must put aside enough grain so that we will not have to eat from this year’s harvest.” The king objected, “But then we will be the only ones who will be sane. Everyone else will be mad. Therefore, they will think that we are the mad...

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The Best Kind of Criticism
Jul31

The Best Kind of Criticism

Have you recently been criticized or rebuked? Did you find those words to be helpful? Did they initiate any positive change in your behavior? For most people, criticism makes them feel hurt and put down. And when we rebuke others, we often don’t see any change and, even more likely, a spiteful reaction. Although there is a great mitzvah to rebuke (see Leviticus 19:17), most people are not capable of fulfilling this mitzvah properly....

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R’ Tauber – What Are We Missing?
Jul25

R’ Tauber – What Are We Missing?

Rav Elchonon Tauber class #20 on Reb Noson’s Likutey Halachot Rabbi Tauber – Likutey Halachot, Class 20 - mp3 Download If you live in Los Angeles, consider attending the Tuesday night class on Likutey Halachot live with Rabbi Tauber, Chabad SOLA 1627 S. La Cienega starting @ 9...

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Feeling Homesick
Jul24

Feeling Homesick

I don’t know about you, but this summer has been especially challenging. Living in Lakewood, NJ, I am not too far from the Jersey Shore. As I look out my window on a warm, sunny day, I observe the cars going to and fro, the drivers blasting music and seemingly having a carefree time. I turn on the radio and hear yet another news report condemning Israeli aggression and reporting the latest sum of rockets fired on Israel, new...

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How We Can Bring Mashiach
Jul17

How We Can Bring Mashiach

  We think of Moses as being the ultimate prophet, someone who spoke “face to face” with God and stood between Heaven and earth. Therefore we assume that when he experienced a prophecy, its message and interpretation were obvious to him. Indeed, in this week’s parashah Moses states, “This is the word that God has commanded” (Numbers 30:2). Rashi explains that only Moses was able to say “this,” describing the vision that God had...

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An Interesting Gematria: Iron Dome
Jul11

An Interesting Gematria: Iron Dome

Over the last few days I have received numerous emails reading something like this: The numerical value of “Kipat HaBarzel” (the Hebrew translation of the Iron Dome missile protection system) is equal to 749. The ten chapters of Psalms included in Rebbe Nachman’s Tikkun HaKlali also equal exactly 749 (16,32,41,42,59,77,90,105,137,150). According to Rebbe Nachman’s tale, the 7 Beggars, in the merit of the ten...

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Recapture the Flag!
Jul09

Recapture the Flag!

The Jewish people have never lacked enemies. Just as we are attacked today by terrorists, so too, in the days of Moses, our enemies constantly schemed and planned our destruction. However, in the days of Moses, our nation was one worthy of prophecy – ours was a nation that witnessed the Ten Plagues in Egypt and the Giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. Because of our elevated spiritual status, our enemies were not brazen enough to...

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The Lost Princess – Back In Print
Jul07

The Lost Princess – Back In Print

We are excited to announce that we have reprinted our beautifully illustrated children’s book, “The Lost Princess.” Rebbe Nachman of Breslov was truly one of the most masterful storytellers of  all time. “Others tell stories to put people to sleep,” he said, “but I tell stories to wake  people up!” Sometimes simple, sometimes intricate, yet always spellbinding, educational and inspirational, Rebbe  Nachman’s tales...

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SHOCKING! People Like Pain?
Jul07

SHOCKING! People Like Pain?

According to a study carried out by the University of Virginia and published in the journal “Science”, most people – including 65% of men, would rather experience pain, then being forced to sit alone in private thought. The study found that even older people responded similarly. A broad selection of people of all backgrounds, ranging in age from 18 to 77, were asked to sit alone in a room without a cell phone or reading material...

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