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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Reb Chaim Kramer on Parshat Beshalach
Jan21
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Hold On! The Art of Walking
Jan20

Hold On! The Art of Walking

Hold On! Meshivat Nefesh #1 There are two basic motions in life—r’tzo and shov—“running” and “returning.” Up and down, two steps forward and one step back…we have a lot of ways of talking about the phases that we go through. Rebbe Nachman spoke of those cycles in terms of walking. I need two kinds of [...]

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Judging by Giving
Jan11

Judging by Giving

A Sacred Time - Tevet 7 Giving charity is an act of judgment, since we have to make a calculation about to whom we’ll give, in what way, at what time, how much, etc. The strongest motivating force for giving tends to be empathy—when we’re able to identify with and feel the pain of the other. [...]

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“Fear” No Evil
Jan07

“Fear” No Evil

One of the most misunderstood and potentially harmful emotions is fear of God. Like everything else in the world, fear is not some unfortunate feeling, but a creation of God. The opening word of Creation, BeReiShYT (In the beginning) (Genesis 1:1) is an acronym for YaREi BoSheT (fear-humility). The purpose of Creation, says the Zohar, [...]

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Reb Noson USA Tour Highlights
Dec31

Reb Noson USA Tour Highlights

  The following are recordings of select lectures by Reb Chaim Kramer during our successful East Coast speakings tour:   Reb Chaim Kramer speaking, December 24,2015 in Queens, NY   Reb Chaim Kramer speaking December 23rd, 2015 in Woodmere, NY   Pictures from the gatherings in Monsey, NY, Monroe, NY, Lakewood, NJ, Flatbush, NY, Woodmere, NY, [...]

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The Mashiach Within Us
Dec15

The Mashiach Within Us

I have always been intrigued by the dramatic meeting of the two leaders of Israel, Judah and Joseph, that takes place at the beginning of our parashah. The Torah states, “Then Judah approached him [Joseph]” (Genesis 44:18). This historic event foreshadows the future Messianic era, when the Jewish People will be led first by Mashiach, [...]

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Chaim Kramer East Coast Speaking Tour
Dec15

Chaim Kramer East Coast Speaking Tour

More than two centuries since Rebbe Nachman's passing, the intensity and fervor of Breslov Chassidus continues to grow ever stronger. Join us for special yartzeit gatherings commemorating the legacy of the Rebbe’s main disciple, Reb Noson z”l. Special events will be held in Monsey, Brooklyn, Lakewood, Long Island and Queens and will feature Reb Chain Kramer, prolific author and [...]

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Balancing Act
Nov13

Balancing Act

Have you ever wondered why Jacob was specifically chosen to father the twelve tribes and establish the Jewish nation? Weren’t Abraham and Isaac also fitting figures? Yet despite their greatness, Abraham fathered a “Ishmael” and Isaac fathered an “Esau.” What was Jacob’s secret to perfection? The Torah alludes to Esau’s essential point by saying, “Isaac [...]

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